Friday, October 06, 2006

Thomas & Martha Pask of St. Pancras

As mentioned in the previous blog Ellen Pask née Levy or Villiers, during the past few days, together with John Morton Cross, we have been researching James Pask.

We knew, from the Family Register, that he was born on 22 November 1813. In the censuses he stated he was born in Bloomsbury, London. We searched the 1841 census, and found him living in Queen Street, St. Pancras, assumed to be living with his parents Thomas & Martha Pask. Also listed was Sarah Pask, assumed to be their daughter.

On searching the GRO marriage index and, I found that Sarah married a William Willis on 3 February 1845 in Old Church, St. Pancras, London. This was the same church as James and Ellen married at on 22 September 1841. I then searched for Sarah Willis in the 1851 census, and found them living in 20 Stanmore Street, St. Pancras. William was listed as a Painter, living with his wife Sarah. Also listed was a visitor [Mother-in-law] Martha Pask.

Martha was a widow, so therefore it is assumed that Thomas died between 1841 and 1851. Martha died in 1855 in the St. Pancras registration district. I did not locate Sarah & William Willis in the 1861 census, however in the 1871 census they were living in Moss Side, Lancashire. In the same town as James' daughter and son-in-law Adolphus Tesdorpf & Amy Lee Forrest née Pask.

Interestingly enough when I was including the 1851 census information in the database I noted that another family was listed literally only 20 pages before at 13 Aldenham Terrace, St. Pancras (HO107 Piece 1496 Folio 891 Page 48). Henry Pask was listed as aged 41 born in St. Pancras, the Head of Household a Master Painter employing 2 men, living with his wife Elizabeth and children Marie, Caroline, Louisa, and Henry.

I then searched for the Henry in the 1841 census, and found him living in Stanmore Street, St. Pancras (the street where Sarah & William Willis lived, together with Martha in 1851). Henry was listed as aged 30, the Head of Household; a Painter, assumed to be living with his wife Eliza [Elizabeth]. In the 1871 & 1881 censuses, Henry gives his place of birth as Bloomsbury in 1810 (the same place as James who was born in 1813). It is fair to assume that Henry and James are probably the sons of Thomas & Martha Pask. Although obviously further verification is required.

This information has been included in the database, and will be subsequently included in the next website update.