Respects to William S. Bowers , deceased , for the following research.
The first tax on Peter Grumbine in Washington Township, Franklin County is for 1827 as a silversmith, Freeman. For the next 20 years he is called a watchmaker, and clockmaker, having no property and taxed just on his trade. 1846 he is termed a silversmith with $100 yearly income. The Waynesboro Village Record (newspaper) carried his advertisement Sept. 1849.: Peter Grumbine Watch and Clockmaker. Next Door to Detrick’s Saddle Shop.
July 7, 1853 advertisement read: Watch and Clockmaking at his old stand on the diamond.
Waynesboro Village Record May 28, 1857: Clock and watch Establishment….Peter Grumbine and son respectfully announce the opening of a new shop one door east of Miss Seider’s Millinery Store and nearly opposite the Saddler’s Shop of William P. Weagly- where they repair, sell and manufacture all sorts of goods in their line.
Waynesboro Village Record April 5, 1867: Peter Grumbine died at his residence, aged 60 years- 3 mos. – 28 days . He died intestate, there is no property recorded. His shop was a few doors east of the Diamond on the north side of Main Street. His last taxable year was in 1866, listed as a tenant, and paid .38 tax on his silversmith trade.
Renfrew Museum and Park 1010 East Main St, Waynesboro has two fine examples of early Grumbine tallcase clocks.