Monday, August 31, 2015

Website Update Sunday 30 August 2015

The website was updated yesterday, Sunday 30 August 2015.

108 new narratives have been added since the last update on 1 June 2015. There is now a total of 11,004 detailed narratives available on the website and 17,957 (214 new) people in our database.

This update includes additional information on families in Suffolk (Chart 6), Lincolnshire (Chart 11), and Monmouthshire (Chart 42).

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

In addition, there have been some structural changes to the menus.
Indices menu is now a combination of sub-menus of:
  • Master Index
  • Master Place Index
  • Surname Index
  • Unknown Families - this is new and highlights families not yet assigned to a major family groups
Family Charts now contains all Family charts with sub-menus for counties / non-UK.
Photograph Gallery
This is a new menu, with several sub-menus, focusing on photographs kindly provided by other researchers:
  • People - these are the standard photographs provided previously
  • Miscellaneous Photographs
  • Baptisms
  • Marriages
  • Deaths
  • Burials
  • Cremations
  • Newspaper Articles
  • Places
  • Anecdotes
We trust these changes are beneficial to you.

Your feedback to is welcome.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Pask Family Memorials in Valleau Cemetery New Jersey

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

Recently 'Tucker' a volunteer with Find a Grave, kindly photographed a Pask Memorial at Valleau Cemetery, Ridgewood, Bergen County, New Jersey, USA.

The Pask Memorial Inscription shows:
Durant W. (1889-1957)
Johanna W. (1900-1989)
Marion M.      (1923-2011)
Lawrence H. (1925-2012)
Durant Watson Pask was the son of Charles Pask and Filomela Gabrielli who immigrated to America in 1888. Charles was born in 1856 in Fulbeck, Lincolnshire, and was the 9th great-grandson of John Pask, (c1520-1591), the main Lincolnshire progenitor, who lived in Washingborough.

Marion and Lawrence were Durant, and his wife Johanna's son, and daughter-in-law.

In addition, Tucker noted that on the reverse of the memorial, there was a Tevis Memorial.

The inscription shows:
Yvonne Le H. 1898-1954
Ruth J. 1930-1990
Donald 1923-2001 Beloved Grandfather
Ruth J. Tevis née Pask was the daughter of Durant, and Johanna.

This information enabled us to do further research. The findings will be included in the next website update.

Sincere thanks to Tucker for his time and effort in providing the photographs. Find a Grave is an excellent free resource for finding the final resting places of famous folks, friends and family members. With millions of names, it's an invaluable tool for genealogist and history buffs.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Additional Photographs from Pask Melbourne Gathering 2015

This information relates to Chart 6 - Unknown Pask who lived in Kedington, Suffolk.

This information relates to Chart 10, the descendants of John & Frances Pask née Haffinden who originated from Thundersley, Essex.

As a follow-on from the previous blog Pask Gathering Melbourne Tuesday 3 March 2015, Colin Pask, who kindly organised the event, has provided an additional 27 photographs that he took.

Col Pask, Yvonne Sumner (née Pask), Peter, Serena, Robyn Smith

His excellent photographs can be viewed at his website

Many thanks Colin, for both the event, and the photographs.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

William Henry Rossington

Chart 11: John Pask, (c1745-1793) who married Elizabeth Fountain and they lived in Gautby, Lincolnshire.  

Yesterday, we received an usual request from Christopher Woodcock. He is the Tower Captain, and Bell Ringer, from St. Oswald's church in Blankney, Lincolnshire.

He is searching for information on William Henry Rossington, the younger son of Henry & Hannah Rossington née Pask.  

Christopher writes:

I am in the process of researching William Henry Rossington who was a bell ringer at St Oswald’s Blankney and who was killed on 15th April 1918 aged 21 in the Great War.

It is our intention to hold a service of remembrance at St Oswald’s Blankney (organised by the local Bell Ringers) to commemorate the centenary of the death of William Henry Rossington. We also intend to ring a half muffled peal lasting 3 hours on the bells at Blankney in memory of him and all being well to visit the Ploegstreet Memorial which he is commemorated on to lay a wreath on behalf of the Bell Ringers and to ring hand bells their. The date for all this is still to be decided and set but it will be around 15th April 2018.

We hope to get as much background information and history on William Rossington so that we can tell his story. We would also like to try and find a photograph of him which could then be framed and put up in the bell tower at Blankney as a permanent memorial to him there.

We would also like to try and invite family relatives of William Henry Rossington to attend the Memorial service in 2018.

If anyone can help with more information on William, please do contact Christopher, or ourselves. It would be great to honour William in such a way.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Link between Chart 42 and Chart 01

This information relates to the descendants of William Pask (c1720- ) who lived in Cwmcarvan, Monmouthshire.

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

Last week we had some exciting, and mind-blowing news. There is probably a link between Chart 42 Monmouthshire, and Chart 01 Lincolnshire.

We were investigating Stuart's DNA Family Finder (Autosomal) results, and realised that there was a match with someone who is a descendant of Caroline Amelia Paske, from Family Chart 42 of Monmouthshire. Whilst the relationship is distant - perhaps 8th or 10th cousin, it indicates that probably their common ancestor William Pask c1720 originated from Lincolnshire, and was not linked to the other Monmouthshire families.

We are currently including the descendants of Caroline Amelia into the Pask database. She married Robert Henry Silvester in 1871. Currently their four children are not included. We hope to have them, and their 60+ descendants included in the next website update.

In the meantime, we appeal to anyone in Family Chart 42 with a living PASK(E) male to persuade them to take a Y-DNA test. We have several matching test results in Family Chart 01, but no one has taken a Y-DNA test in Family Chart 42.

Alternatively, if any females in Family Chart 42 would like to take a Family Finder test, this would provide us with more indicators that there is a definite link between Family Chart 01, and Family Chart 42.

Do contact us for more information on purchasing a DNA kit. As we are members of the Guild of One-Name Studies, we are entitled to discounted priced DNA kits. See DNA Kits available from the Guild.


Monday, June 29, 2015

Herbert Pask (1882-1915)

A brief commemoration service took place at 11:00 am on Friday 19th June 2015 at Clare War Memorial, Suffolk. A wreath was laid on behalf of Clare Town Council to mark the 100th anniversary of each of the Clare men who died in World War 1.

The first to fall from Clare was Herbert Pask on 19th June 1915.

Phil Gryce, Clare Town Councillor, gave a brief summary of Herbert's life, as described below. Two students from Stour Valley Community School laid the wreath on the Town Council's behalf. A minute's silence was held. Deputy Chair of Clare Town Council, Alan Parsley, recited from the Lawrence Binyon poem:
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
The last line was repeated by those present. The Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk, Paul Lord, had a brief word of thanks to the fallen and the need to commemorate them.

Private 5965 2 Bn Suffolk Regiment
Enlisted Saffron Walden
Medals: 1914 Star, Victory Medal, British War Medal
1st Theatre of War France 22.9.1914
Died 19th June 1915, killed in action, age 33
Burial/Memorial Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium

Born 1882 Stoke by Clare
Parents Walter Pask and Hannah née Peacocke
Cousin of John Meekings who died in 1919.

Herbert Pask was the youngest of seven children. The Pasks came from Stoke by Clare and lived in Chilton from about 1891. Walter Pask was in charge of the cattle at Chilton Lodge Farm.  In 1901, Herbert was 18 and working as a hay binder in Black Notley. In 1911 he was living with his parents at Chilton Lodge Farm and was a horse keeper on a farm.

One of the streets in the new development off Stoke Road has been named after him.

Many thanks to Terence Farant for forwarding this information, kindly provided to him by Phil Gryce, Clare Town Councillor.

This information on Herbert will be included in the next Pask website update. His cousin, John Meekings, was the son of Charles and Ursula Meekings née Pask.


Monday, June 01, 2015

Website Update 1 June 2015

The website was updated today, Monday 1 June, 2015.

This is another significiant update, as there are 185 new narratives, and 936 changed narratives, since the last update on 26 February. There are now a total of 10,711 detailed narratives available on the website and 17,404 (219 new) people in our database.

This update includes all the information included in the database during our recent world cruise to Australia, and New Zealand. Also in-depth information on the descendants of George and Susan Rose née Pask, who married in Ipswich, Suffolk in 1845. See the separate blog titled Descendants of George and Sarah Rose.

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

Descendants of George and Sarah Rose née Pask

This information relates to Chart 6 - Unknown Pask who lived in Kedington, Suffolk.

We have recently been exchanging emails with David Bishop, from Australia, who initially contacted us in 2012. He has been extensively researching his family tree. His 3 x great grandmother was Susan Rose née Pask, who married George Rose on 22 April 1845 in Ipswich, Suffolk.

Previously, only Susan and George's marriage was detailed in their narratives. Subsequently, David has now provided detailed information on 26 of their descendants, including their:

  • three children
  • seven grandchildren
  • six great-grandchildren
  • seven x 2 great-grandchildren
  • three x 3 great-grandchildren 
These can be viewed at
Note: This is not the complete list of their descendants.

Many thanks for David's valued input. We hope to meet David when he visits Portsmouth in October.