Thursday, September 18, 2014

New Monmouthshire Family Chart 58

This information relates to the Pask(e)s of Monmouthshire:
  Chart 49: Charles Pask (1760-1833) who lived in Dingestow, and Cwmcarvan, Monmouthshire, and

Chart 42: William Pask (c1720- ) who lived in Cwmcarvan, Monmouthshire, and 

Chart 58: Charles PASK (c1650-1726) who lived and died in Cwmcarvan, Monmouthshire.

Since the last website update we have worked extensively on finding documental evidence of the connection between the Pask(e) families who lived in Monmouthshire. This has involved looking at the Llandaff Probate Records 1568-1857, as detailed in the previous blog Monmouthshire Pask(e) Wills. In addition, the Monmouthshire collection Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, now available at FindMyPast, have helped considerably.

As a result we have identified an additional family that has been linked together into Chart 58. This is anticipated to be a temporary chart. Hopefully we will find links to the other Monmouthshire charts in the foreseeable future.

A website update is imminient, which will include all our recent findings. However, this is far from the 'complete' picture.

New Family Charts 80 & 81

In June, we received a Google Alert about the death of Edward Paske who was born in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Edward was the son of Frank and Jeanette Paske née Rozwalka, and the husband of Laurie LaMond Paske.

We did some research, and found not one family, but two separate PASKE families who immigrated to Chicago. Interestingly, this took us to completely different locations researched previously. As a result there are now two new family charts:

  Chart 80: Unknown Paske, was born in Germany, and married c1880. He immigrated to Chicago, America. He had three sons, and a daughter.
Chart 81: Frank Paskewicz was born in Lithuania, and married Anna Cibulskis c1867. Their son John Kajetan Paske immigrated to Chicago, Illinois, America. For more information on this progenitor, see
Whilst neither had the name of PASKE originally, the name has evolved, and resulted in several generations of PASKEs in modern America.

Hopefully, through the powers of the internet, we will be in contact with the current generations of these families.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Monmouthshire PASK(E) Wills

This information relates to
  Chart 49: Charles Pask (1760-1833) who lived in Dingestow, and Cwmcarvan, Monmouthshire, and
Chart 42: William Pask (c1720- ) who lived in Cwmcarvan, Monmouthshire

In an endeavour to find documental evidence of the connection between the Pask(e) families who lived in Monmouthshire, we have been looking at the Llandaff Probate Records 1568-1857, available at the National Library of Wales.

This was a very positive search, and the images of the wills of 13 Pask(e)s are available on the National Library of Wales website, in the wills section. In date order they are:

  1. Phillip Pask 1713 from Cwmcarfan
  2. Maud Paske 1719 widow from Cwmcarfan 
  3. Charles Pask 1726 from Cwmcarfan
  4. William Paske 1744 from Cwmcarfan 
  5. Charles Pask 1806 from Cwmcarfan
  6. Mary Pask 1809 from Tryleg
  7. Charles Paske 1820 from Cwmcarvan - Transcript available
  8. Charles Paske 1825 from Cwmcarvan
  9. William Paske 1829 from Cwmcarfan
    - Transcript available
  10. Charles Paske 1833 from Dingestow
    Could be Charles Paske
  11. Mary Paske 1833 spinster from Cwmcarfan 
  12. Martha Paske née Vaughan 1837 widow from Cwmcarfan
  13. William Paske 1855 from Llangyfiw
Where the person's name is underlined, this is a link to the Pask(e) website. The year refers to the probate date. A direct link to the record at the National Library of Wales website is provided after each name.

As time allows, we will include the information from the wills into our database. If anyone purchases a will (at the cost of £3.50 from the National Library of Wales website), we would appreciate a copy of the document. Also if you have transcribed the will, we would appreciate a copy of the transcript.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Pask Grave in Newport Cemetery in Lincoln

This information relates to Chart 11 - John PASK, (c1745-1793) who married Elizabeth FOUNTAIN and they lived in Gautby, Lincolnshire #7697

Recently Paul Stainthorp was in Newport Cemetery, Lincoln and spotted the grave of Edward Pask, and his wife Fanny Maria, and their sons Joseph, and Edward Leslie. He took this excellent photograph.

In a previous blog in April 2007, photographs of Edward, and his wife Fanny were kindly provided by Fred L. Taylor.

Many thanks to Paul for providing the photograph of their gravestone. This information will be included in the next website update.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Website Update 24 August 2014

The website was updated today, Sunday 24 August. This was an extensive update. 171 new narratives have been added since the last update.

The main focus continues to be on the chart / family group 09 - the descendants of John Pask who was a Yeoman of Stradishall, and died in 1577, as detailed in the previous blog Descendants of Colonel Henry Gresham Paske.

This also included the information from Alice Herne née Paske's will, as detailed in the previous blog.

A full list of the recent changes to the narratives is available in the New or Changed Narratives section.

Many thanks to all who contributed.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Will of Alice Herne née Paske dated 25 November 1628

This relates to the descendants of John Pask who was a Yeoman of Stradishall, who died in 1577.

Earlier this month, Peter Whitlock, a fellow Guild of One-Name Studies member who runs the Whitlock Family Association, contacted us. He wrote:

I am looking for descendants of the two Paske sisters who married Hernes.

Alice Paske married Richard Herne Feb.18,1592 St. Vedast
Jane Paske married Robert Herne Jan.6,1602 St. Vedast

I have Alice (Paske) Herne's very interesting Will. She lists all the children of her sister Jane Herne.
Alice Paske was the daughter of John PASKE Jnr and Mary GOLDSBOROW.

Peter has provided not only a copy of the will, but also a transcript of the will. As he says, it is a very detailed will, and names her sister Jane's children as well as her own children.

We are currently putting all the pieces together, and doing some very interesting research. Richard Herne was Sheriff of London in 1618 - a very prestigious position.

In our research we found the fact that Alice & Richard Herne had a grandson Sir Nathaniel Herne (1629-1679), who married Sarah Ironside, and their son Nathaniel Herne is reputed to be the 7 x great-grandfather of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Lady Diana's 9 x great-uncle.

We plan to include details of Alice's will in the next website update.

Sincere thanks to Peter for kindly providing the will and it's transcript.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Frederick Ernest Pask (1923-2014)

Frederick and his daughter Janet, 
taken at Janet's 40th wedding anniversay 
on 29th March 2003

This information relates to the main Lincolnshire tree - descendants of Johannis [John] and Elizabeth Pask née Archer, who lived in Lincolnshire.

Sadly, on Monday 6th May 2014, Frederick Ernest Pask, Stuart's brother died. His cremation took place on Wednesday 16th July at the Seven Hills Crematorium, and afterwards there was a service of thanksgiving and celebration at the Salvation Army Citadel, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich.

A Tribute was written by his daughter Janet Thornhill and read by her son Lieutenant Commander Stephen Thornhill. It read:
How do you sum up the life of a beloved Parent who has lived a full life for 91 years? It’s not an easy task, but hard though it is I would like to honour my father by trying to do just that.

My father was born Frederick Ernest Pask on 13th March 1923, at Woolsthorpe-by-Belvoir, Leicester, where he lived with his parents and their then four children - Harold, Evelyn, James, and Dad. Stuart, his youngest brother, was born seven years later.
The family moved to Nottingham while Dad was still a schoolboy, and as he would tell you himself, he was not at all academic ― in fact he heartily disliked school!!  Dad came from a family of Engineers ― his father was an Engineer, as were all his brothers, so no-one was surprised when Dad became an Engineer too.

By 1941, everyone was involved in war work, so the whole family were directed to move on yet again to Newport, Monmouthshire. Dad had started his Trade Apprenticeship, which he continued at the Royal Ordnance Factory. At the end of which his Trade Apprenticeship Certificate confirms:
 "Character very Good, Ability Very Good, Timekeeping Good" followed by "This Apprentice did very well........and as a result was awarded a Merit Scholarship".

Marriage to my mother Elsie followed, and early on in their marriage my parents were bereaved by the loss of their first child ― their baby son Michael, who died by accident. Dad never forgot Michael, and he was remembered every birthday and Christmas for the rest of Dad's life. Later, I came along, followed soon afterwards by Dad being conscripted at the end of his Apprenticeship to join the Army, where he saw service in Ireland and Malta, achieving the rank of Sergeant. He was very proud of his own military service, so he was immensely proud when my son Stephen later chose a career in the Royal Navy.

After being discharged from the Army, Dad resumed his career as an Engineer, commencing work with British Railways as a Fitter ― an arduous and strenuous job working round the clock shifts in all weathers. It was here he developed his life-long love affair with Steam Trains. War work at an end, the family returned to their roots and moved back to Nottingham, Dad transferring his employment to British Railways Toton Depot.

One of my earliest memories was Dad taking me to the Railway Depot on Friday afternoons after he'd worked on the night-shift all week ― to collect his wages.  To a small girl of three, this was such an exciting place to be, with giant Steam Engines making loud whistles and noises, and puffing clouds of smoke, and he carried me around the depot in his arms or on his shoulders because it was too dangerous to let me wander around. If I was a good girl he'd persuade one of his train-driver pals to let him take me onto the footplate for a ride (completely against all the rules of course!) showing me where they shovelled the coal into the fiery furnace, which got so hot the drivers could fry eggs on the shovel for their breakfast! He taught me the names of the engines ― which were always known to be ladies and called ‘she’. To a small child, absolute magic.

In those days, times were hard and money was short, so Dad worked all hours to make extra money for the family. But he was generous with what he had, and I well remember Dad giving me his last half-a-crown to send me on a school trip, which was meant to be his money for the week. What Dad loved to do above all else when he wasn't working hard was to go to his beloved Salvation Army. A passionate and enthusiastic Salvationist, we went along every Sunday. Dad played the Double Bass, and sang in the Songsters, and I of course went to Sunday School, joined the Singing Company, and played the tambourine.  Always willing to serve, Dad was commissioned as Recruiting Sergeant in June 1961.

Life changed significantly for my Father in 1965 when his marriage ended, and it changed again in March 1966, when Dad married Doris, who most of you will also have known very well indeed. Known to their numerous friends and Salvationists alike as "Doris and Fred" they both worked tirelessly for the Salvation Army for many years and had an enduring and very happy marriage for 36 years.

Now there was time for family, holidays and enjoyment of their two Grandchildren, five Great-Grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. There were trips abroad with the Band, a visit to Oberammergau to see the famous Passion Play, and most memorably a visit to the Holy Land.

My father's health was not without problems, and always having had severe arthritis accelerated by his strenuous job the arthritis took more and more of a hold, so major surgery was required. He was eventually forced to retire early in 1985 but Doris and Fred carried on their service to the Salvation Army devoting most of their spare time to its service. Altogether Dad served in the Band and Songsters for over 50 years, in addition to which he was also Recruiting Sergeant for many years whilst Doris served for many years as Home League Secretary.

Dad and Doris loved entertaining, and were famous for cramming loads of people into their little bungalow, with Doris cooking up a storm, feeding delicious food to everyone. Christmases were particularly memorable - everyone was welcome. However, very sadly, Doris suddenly passed away most unexpectedly in April 1999, which really was a dreadful blow for Dad. However, Dad was blessed to be part of a close community in Nuthall, where he and Doris had made many friends, and he also had close connections with his local Church in Nuthall. Eventually though, Dad moved from his bungalow into a Sheltered Housing flat in Basford for extra support.

As his health problems mounted, and following many admissions to Hospital with falls and mini-strokes, Dad eventually decided he wanted to move down to sunny East Anglia in 2010, to be nearer to us, my family having lived here for some years  a brave move I'm sure you will agree. But he embraced the change and eventually settled into the slower pace of life here in East Anglia, transferring to worship at Ipswich Citadel. Dad loved to socialise and looked forward so much to the Cameo Club lunches where, as is always the case with the Army, he was welcomed with open arms and made many friends.  Ever an issue, his mobility continued to deteriorate and he became confined to his wheelchair. Numerous admissions to Ipswich Hospital forced Dad to reluctantly agree that on the advice of the Hospital he needed to accept professional full-time care.  We were blessed to find a superb Residential Care Home, Maynell House, Felixstowe. Here he was cared for during the last 3 years of his life with the utmost patience kindness and consideration - for which my family and I will always be eternally grateful. The wonderful carers at Maynell House deserve the highest praise for their skill and dedication, especially the last three difficult months of tender loving care. I thank them from the bottom of my heart.

So how can we sum up my father's life?   A man of profound faith, a much-loved father, husband, brother, Grandparent and Great-grandparent. A friend to all, as the many people he helped throughout his life will testify ― in short,  ‘a life Well lived’. His pain has now gone away, and he has gone to his reward in heaven. However, there really will be a large Fred-shaped hole in all our lives.        Thank you Dad.

Fred, taken in Malta, during WWII

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Website Update 22 June 2014

The website was updated today, Sunday 22 June. The main focus continues to be on the chart / family group 09 - the descendants of John Pask who was a Yeoman of Stradishall, and died in 1577, as detailed in the previous blog Descendants of Colonel Henry Gresham Paske.

Other updates relate to the following charts / family groups:

46 new narratives have been added since the last update on 4 April 2014. This makes a total of 10,132 detailed narratives are now available on the website - although there was an increase of 85 people, including living people, making a total of 16,612 people in our database.

A full list of the recent changes to the narratives is available in the New or Changed Narratives section.

Many thanks to all who contributed.