Sarah Ponsonby (1755–1831) one of the Ladies of Llangollen died on 9 December. Her partner, Eleanor Charlotte Butler had died two years earlier they were buried together at St Collen’s Church, Llangollen
On the 18th ult. Llanberis, aged 76, Catherine Thomas; she had been celebrated by most of the modern Welsh tourists as the far famed Catrin of Cwmglas, who in her younger days was gifted with greater bodily strength than any man in the country, of which many anecdotes are recorded, such as her having in fact held a man of 14 stones at arms length suspended over a quay, rescuing some stolen goods from a powerful young robber, &c. In appearance she exactly resembled a strong man dressed in female attire, with extraordinary deep gruff voice, and strong black beard which she shaved regularly. She held a pretty extensive mountain farm under Mr. Asheton Smith, and was much esteemed as a kind and hospitable neighbour. Charitable to the poor, and exemplary in the whole of her conduct, she had one singularity which was, never to allow any individual whatever to sleep a night in her house.
Source: North Wales Chronicle, 14 February 1837
Sarah Jane Rees (1839–1916), also known by a bardic name as “Cranogwen”, is born on 9 January. She was a Welsh teacher, poet, editor and temperance campaigner and had two romantic friendships with women, first with Fanny Rees, until her death from tuberculosis, then with Jane Thomas, for most of the rest of Cranogwen’s life.