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.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Descendants of Colonel Henry Gresham Paske


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

Last Saturday afternoon we had the pleasure and privilege to visit Major "Sam" Gresham Paske MC, together with his son Christopher.

They showed us the Coat of Arms and Pedigree for their family. The pedigree is believed to have been commissioned by Colonel Henry Gresham Paske (1836-1908), between 1885 and 1902. He was Sam's grandfather.

The original scroll was approximately 32 inches wide by 40 inches long, and contained 9 generations descending from John Pask of Stragewell, Suffolk. On a separate scroll, Sam has annotated the chart and included a further four generations.

The motto "virtus flos pulcherimus" means "the power of the flower", and probably refers to the Pasque flower.

We also had the opportunity to see other family memorabilia, from this distinguished family. A superb visit that makes family history research so worthwhile.


Saturday, April 05, 2014

Website Updated 4 April 2014

The website was updated yesterday evening. 83 new narratives have been added since the last update on 1 January. This makes a total of 10,086 detailed narratives now available on the website - although altogether there was an increase of 204 people, including living people, making a total of 16,527 people in our database.

The focus of the update was Family Chart 09: John PASKE, was a Yeoman of Stradishall, Suffolk (d1577 ). There are currently 242 descendants, with their spouses, within this family group. There were several members of the clergy, based in Creeting St. Peter, Suffolk. Additionally there were several military personnel based in the Crimea, and India. Whilst we have been researching this family for some considerable time, the recent release by FindMyPast of the British India Office Collection has significant increased our knowledge of this family.

There were also a few updates on the PASKEs of Monmouthshire in Family Groups 42, and 49.

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, January 06, 2014

Shirley June Amos née Pask (1929-2013)


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

It is with a heavy heart that I write this blog. We were notified this weekend that Shirley June Amos née Pask sadly died on December 4, 2013 at Medina Memorial Hospital, Medina, Orleans County, New York State, America.

We have been corresponding with Shirley since June 2008, and she kindly provided extensive information, and photographs, on six generations of her family. She last wrote in May 2013, and explained that she was not in good health. We are so sorry, and offer our deep condolences to her husband Bernard, and their four daughters.

Shirley enjoyed life and lived it to the fullest. Her family was always at the center of her life. She made every event special, from church activities to camping trips, and scouting events to birthdays and holidays. Shirley was considered as a "social planner extraordinaire." She began two chapters of the Red Hat Society (Medina and Lady Lake, FL) for whom the "Queen Mother" and her "court" created many wonderful events. She also made sure that "The Gang", a group of seven high school chums, have remained close through the years and planned their yearly get-togethers. An integral part of Shirley's life was her volunteer service, giving countless hours to the Medina United Methodist Church, Medina Memorial Hospital Gift Shop, TWIG Association, Senior Citizens Center of Medina, Meals on Wheels and Girl Scouts. Shirley worked as a direct sales representative for several companies, earning national recognition and honors. Her full obituary is available in The Journal Register.

Shirley provided a wealth of information, especially in the Family Booklet that she provided us in March 2012. We reported this in the blogs Family Reunion - Sunday 29 July 2012, and  Family Reunion 29 July 2012 Update. Her powers of persuasion provided a major breakthrough in establishing that the Lincolnshire PASKs of Nocton, Washingbrough, Wellingore, Fulbeck, and Great Gonerby were all related.

She was the daughter of Claude Howard Pask, and his wife Anna Geraldine Pask née Schrader. Claude was the grandson of Henry "Harry" Pask, and his wife Mary Pask née Marshall, who immigrated to America from Nocton, Lincolnshire, England on the RMS Abyssinia, as a group - Edward Pask, with his wife Ann Pask née Marshall, Henry "Harry" Pask, Jane Pask, John Marshall, and Mary Marshall. They left Liverpool, called at Queenstown, Ireland and then sailed to New York, arriving on 22 April 1872.

We shall think of her often, and remember her always.

MEDINA — Shirley June (Pask) Amos, age 84, passed peacefully from this life at Medina Memorial      Hospital on December 4, 2013, surrounded by her family. She was born on June 3, 1929 to Claude Howard and Anna Geraldine (Schrader) Pask. She spent her childhood in Millville, where she attended the Millville Academy. Continuing her education at Medina High School, she graduated in 1947. Shirley married Bernard William Amos on June 19, 1948, and they resided in the home built by her father, father-in-law and husband for most of their married years together.

Shirley enjoyed life and lived it to the fullest. Her family was always at the center of her life. She made every event special, from church activities to camping trips, and scouting events to birthdays and holidays. Shirley was considered as a "social planner extraordinaire." She began two chapters of the Red Hat Society (Medina and Lady Lake, FL) for whom the "Queen Mother" and her "court" created many wonderful events. She also made sure that "The Gang", a group of seven high school chums, have remained close through the years and planned their yearly get-togethers. An integral part of Shirley's life was her volunteer service, giving countless hours to the Medina United Methodist Church, Medina Memorial Hospital Gift Shop, TWIG Association, Senior Citizens Center of Medina, Meals on Wheels and Girl Scouts. Shirley worked as a direct sales representative for several companies, earning national recognition and honors. - See more at: http://www.journal-register.com/obituaries/x853085758/Shirley-June-Pask-Amos#sthash.eooMDph0.dpuf
MEDINA — Shirley June (Pask) Amos, age 84, passed peacefully from this life at Medina Memorial      Hospital on December 4, 2013, surrounded by her family. She was born on June 3, 1929 to Claude Howard and Anna Geraldine (Schrader) Pask. She spent her childhood in Millville, where she attended the Millville Academy. Continuing her education at Medina High School, she graduated in 1947. Shirley married Bernard William Amos on June 19, 1948, and they resided in the home built by her father, father-in-law and husband for most of their married years together.

Shirley enjoyed life and lived it to the fullest. Her family was always at the center of her life. She made every event special, from church activities to camping trips, and scouting events to birthdays and holidays. Shirley was considered as a "social planner extraordinaire." She began two chapters of the Red Hat Society (Medina and Lady Lake, FL) for whom the "Queen Mother" and her "court" created many wonderful events. She also made sure that "The Gang", a group of seven high school chums, have remained close through the years and planned their yearly get-togethers. An integral part of Shirley's life was her volunteer service, giving countless hours to the Medina United Methodist Church, Medina Memorial Hospital Gift Shop, TWIG Association, Senior Citizens Center of Medina, Meals on Wheels and Girl Scouts. Shirley worked as a direct sales representative for several companies, earning national recognition and honors. - See more at: http://www.journal-register.com/obituaries/x853085758/Shirley-June-Pask-Amos#sthash.eooMDph0.dpuf
MEDINA — Shirley June (Pask) Amos, age 84, passed peacefully from this life at Medina Memorial      Hospital on December 4, 2013, surrounded by her family. She was born on June 3, 1929 to Claude Howard and Anna Geraldine (Schrader) Pask. She spent her childhood in Millville, where she attended the Millville Academy. Continuing her education at Medina High School, she graduated in 1947. Shirley married Bernard William Amos on June 19, 1948, and they resided in the home built by her father, father-in-law and husband for most of their married years together.

Shirley enjoyed life and lived it to the fullest. Her family was always at the center of her life. She made every event special, from church activities to camping trips, and scouting events to birthdays and holidays. Shirley was considered as a "social planner extraordinaire." She began two chapters of the Red Hat Society (Medina and Lady Lake, FL) for whom the "Queen Mother" and her "court" created many wonderful events. She also made sure that "The Gang", a group of seven high school chums, have remained close through the years and planned their yearly get-togethers. An integral part of Shirley's life was her volunteer service, giving countless hours to the Medina United Methodist Church, Medina Memorial Hospital Gift Shop, TWIG Association, Senior Citizens Center of Medina, Meals on Wheels and Girl Scouts. Shirley worked as a direct sales representative for several companies, earning national recognition and honors. - See more at: http://www.journal-register.com/obituaries/x853085758/Shirley-June-Pask-Amos#sthash.eooMDph0.dpuf
MEDINA — Shirley June (Pask) Amos, age 84, passed peacefully from this life at Medina Memorial      Hospital on December 4, 2013, surrounded by her family. She was born on June 3, 1929 to Claude Howard and Anna Geraldine (Schrader) Pask. She spent her childhood in Millville, where she attended the Millville Academy. Continuing her education at Medina High School, she graduated in 1947. Shirley married Bernard William Amos on June 19, 1948, and they resided in the home built by her father, father-in-law and husband for most of their married years together.

Shirley enjoyed life and lived it to the fullest. Her family was always at the center of her life. She made every event special, from church activities to camping trips, and scouting events to birthdays and holidays. Shirley was considered as a "social planner extraordinaire." She began two chapters of the Red Hat Society (Medina and Lady Lake, FL) for whom the "Queen Mother" and her "court" created many wonderful events. She also made sure that "The Gang", a group of seven high school chums, have remained close through the years and planned their yearly get-togethers. An integral part of Shirley's life was her volunteer service, giving countless hours to the Medina United Methodist Church, Medina Memorial Hospital Gift Shop, TWIG Association, Senior Citizens Center of Medina, Meals on Wheels and Girl Scouts. Shirley worked as a direct sales representative for several companies, earning national recognition and honors. - See more at: http://www.journal-register.com/obituaries/x853085758/Shirley-June-Pask-Amos#sthash.eooMDph0.dpuf
MEDINA — Shirley June (Pask) Amos, age 84, passed peacefully from this life at Medina Memorial      Hospital on December 4, 2013, surrounded by her family. She was born on June 3, 1929 to Claude Howard and Anna Geraldine (Schrader) Pask. She spent her childhood in Millville, where she attended the Millville Academy. Continuing her education at Medina High School, she graduated in 1947. Shirley married Bernard William Amos on June 19, 1948, and they resided in the home built by her father, father-in-law and husband for most of their married years together.

Shirley enjoyed life and lived it to the fullest. Her family was always at the center of her life. She made every event special, from church activities to camping trips, and scouting events to birthdays and holidays. Shirley was considered as a "social planner extraordinaire." She began two chapters of the Red Hat Society (Medina and Lady Lake, FL) for whom the "Queen Mother" and her "court" created many wonderful events. She also made sure that "The Gang", a group of seven high school chums, have remained close through the years and planned their yearly get-togethers. An integral part of Shirley's life was her volunteer service, giving countless hours to the Medina United Methodist Church, Medina Memorial Hospital Gift Shop, TWIG Association, Senior Citizens Center of Medina, Meals on Wheels and Girl Scouts. Shirley worked as a direct sales representative for several companies, earning national recognition and honors. - See more at: http://www.journal-register.com/obituaries/x853085758/Shirley-June-Pask-Amos#sthash.eooMDph0.dpuf
MEDINA — Shirley June (Pask) Amos, age 84, passed peacefully from this life at Medina Memorial      Hospital on December 4, 2013, surrounded by her family. She was born on June 3, 1929 to Claude Howard and Anna Geraldine (Schrader) Pask. She spent her childhood in Millville, where she attended the Millville Academy. Continuing her education at Medina High School, she graduated in 1947. Shirley married Bernard William Amos on June 19, 1948, and they resided in the home built by her father, father-in-law and husband for most of their married years together.

Shirley enjoyed life and lived it to the fullest. Her family was always at the center of her life. She made every event special, from church activities to camping trips, and scouting events to birthdays and holidays. Shirley was considered as a "social planner extraordinaire." She began two chapters of the Red Hat Society (Medina and Lady Lake, FL) for whom the "Queen Mother" and her "court" created many wonderful events. She also made sure that "The Gang", a group of seven high school chums, have remained close through the years and planned their yearly get-togethers. An integral part of Shirley's life was her volunteer service, giving countless hours to the Medina United Methodist Church, Medina Memorial Hospital Gift Shop, TWIG Association, Senior Citizens Center of Medina, Meals on Wheels and Girl Scouts. Shirley worked as a direct sales representative for several companies, earning national recognition and honors. - See more at: http://www.journal-register.com/obituaries/x853085758/Shirley-June-Pask-Amos#sthash.eooMDph0.dpuf
MEDINA — Shirley June (Pask) Amos, age 84, passed peacefully from this life at Medina Memorial      Hospital on December 4, 2013, surrounded by her family. She was born on June 3, 1929 to Claude Howard and Anna Geraldine (Schrader) Pask. She spent her childhood in Millville, where she attended the Millville Academy. Continuing her education at Medina High School, she graduated in 1947. Shirley married Bernard William Amos on June 19, 1948, and they resided in the home built by her father, father-in-law and husband for most of their married years together.

Shirley enjoyed life and lived it to the fullest. Her family was always at the center of her life. She made every event special, from church activities to camping trips, and scouting events to birthdays and holidays. Shirley was considered as a "social planner extraordinaire." She began two chapters of the Red Hat Society (Medina and Lady Lake, FL) for whom the "Queen Mother" and her "court" created many wonderful events. She also made sure that "The Gang", a group of seven high school chums, have remained close through the years and planned their yearly get-togethers. An integral part of Shirley's life was her volunteer service, giving countless hours to the Medina United Methodist Church, Medina Memorial Hospital Gift Shop, TWIG Association, Senior Citizens Center of Medina, Meals on Wheels and Girl Scouts. Shirley worked as a direct sales representative for several companies, earning national recognition and honors. - See more at: http://www.journal-register.com/obituaries/x853085758/Shirley-June-Pask-Amos#sthash.eooMDph0.dpuf

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Website Update Wednesday 1 January 2014

Happy New Year to all our followers.

The website was updated today, Wednesday 1 January. The focus of this update was information, and photographs, on the descendants of George William & Elizabeth Martha Pask née Butler kindly provided by their grandson, Bernard C. Pask of Belgium, and their grand-daughter Jan Ellam née Pask.

There are now over 10,000+ narratives on the website!
There were 23 new, and 36 changed narratives, since the last update on 20 December. 

The updates relate to the following charts / family groups:
2 changed narratives in Chart 01: The Lincolnshire main progenitor, John Pask, (c1520 - 1591) who lived in Washingborough, Lincolnshire. (Stuart's own ancestors)
28 new, or changed narratives, in Chart 02: The Suffolk main progenitor, John & Mirabel Pask née Sparrow
22 new, or changed narratives, in Chart 06: Indented Chart - Unknown PASK lived in Kedington, Suffolk
2 changed narratives in Chart 09: John PASKE, was a Yeoman of Stradishall, Suffolk (d1577 )
3 changed narratives in Chart 11: John PASK, (c1745-1793) married Elizabeth FOUNTAIN and they lived in Gautby, Lincolnshire
1 changed narrative in Chart 42: William PASK (c1720-) lived in Cwmcarvan, Monmouthshire
I changed narrative in an unspecified family
This makes a total of 10,003 detailed narratives are now available on the website - although there was an increase of 30 people, including living people, making a total of 16,353 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.