Sunday, December 31, 2006

Website Update 30 December 2006

The website was updated on Saturday 30 December. This update included information as detailed in the previous blogs:

A full list of these recent changes to the narratives is available in the New or Changed Narratives section. The narratives section now includes 6076 people.

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Descendants of Bertram Lionel Pask

I was recently in contact with Sarah Newell, via Genes Reunited, regarding her grandmother's sister Jennie Pask née Geggie. Jennie married Frederick Henry Pask, a son of Bertram Lionel & Elizabeth Pask née Johnson.

This has prompted me to start include some of the significant information provided by Andy Pask. All the certificates have been transcribed, but I am awaiting some clarification as some of the images due to size were difficult to transcribe.

In the meantime, in the next website update there will be some additional information on Bertram Lionel's family.

Descendants of George Albert & Kate Pask née Avery

In June last year, Alison Pask formerly Bynorth contacted us, and it was established that she was Stuart's first cousin, twice removed. Her great-grandfather was Stuart's uncle George Albert Pask.

Alison contacted us again last Wednesday and since then we have been updating the information on this family. As the majority of information is relating to living people, only the names are shown.

This branch of the family can however been seen in the descendancy chart for John & Alice Pask née Woodcock who lived in Great Gonerby, Lincolnshire in the 18th century.

This information will be included in the next website update.

Albert Ernest & Marjorie Joan Pask née Griggs

Last week in Genes Reunited we linked to Bill Griggs from Adelaide Australia. He advised that his 4th cousin, once removed was Marjorie Joan Griggs who was married to Albert Ernest Pask. We have been able to confirm that they married in 1949 in the Bromley registration district. Albert was the son of Arthur Claude & Susan Pask née Murfitt.

Arthur Claude Pask was a Private in the 2nd Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment. He died in World War 1 of wounds, and was buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinge, Belgium.

This information, together with an update on this family, will be available in the next website update.

Emily Pask's Bible

In September Lucy Meyer-Hubner wrote and advised that a Pask family bible was listed on Kevin Roy Shucksmith's website. I contacted Kevin and he advised that it had been used as a leaf press by someone and has a few leaves still left in it. The cover is worn but still holding and the first and last few pages are foxed.

The bible belonged to Emily Pask, who was born in 1863 in Fulbeck, Lincolnshire. She was the daughter of George & Betsy Pask née Woolhouse. John Pask of Aldershot (Emily's great-great nephew) has been researching the Pask-Woolhouse family for over 25 years.

John advised us a few weeks ago that he has now received the bible (new testament).

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Maternal Narratives Update

After a lot of nagging, I resorted to bribery and corruption, and finally got Stuart to update his maternal narratives. He last updated the website with these narratives on 16 December 2005. They then included 693 people.

The maternal narratives are kept in a separate database that Stuart solely maintains. For additional information see the introductory notes on My Ancestors and Direct Relations.

A full list of these recent changes to the maternal narratives is available in the New or Changed Narratives section, and now includes 835 people.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Monmouthshire Pasks - Holcomb Connection

Yesterday, through Genes Reunited, I connected with Ronald Elsey who was researching Charlotte Pask born c1829 in Monmouthshire. I advised him that although there was very little information on Charlotte, that she may be the person he was looking for.

All I knew was that in the 1841 census she was listed as aged 10, in the household of Margaret Powell [possibly her grandmother], at Kilgwrrwg, Monmouthshire.

Ron responded and provided some information on Charlotte. Ron wrote:

Charlotte Pask c.1829-1902 Newchurch, Monmouthshire married John Holcomb 1822-1887 Charlwood, Surrey (son of Francis Holcomb 1778-1850 and Ann Mitchell b.1778). Their children were:
  • Louisa 1850 Newchurch, Monmouthshire
  • Mary 1852 Itton, Monmouthshire
  • John 1859
  • Henry 1863
  • Agnes 1867
  • Alice 1871
  • all of Llangybi (Llangibbi), Monmouthshire.
Based on this information, I searched in the GRO marriage Indexes for Charlotte's marriage. I found:
1848/Q2 Pask, Charlotte Chepstow 26 65
1848/Q2 Holecombe, John Chepstow 26 65
Interestingly, listed on the same page was Timothy Pask who married Mary Ann Rees. Pat Maybrey, who is also researching this family, advised that Timothy & Mary Ann married on 23 March 1848 in Kilgwrrwg, Monmouthshire. As their marriage is on the same page, Charlotte and John were probably married on the same day. It is fair to assume that Timothy and Charlotte are probably siblings. Based on this assumption, Charlotte is the daughter of James & Ann Pask née Morgan. Unfortunately without purchasing Charlotte's marriage certificate I cannot prove this.

I have found Charlotte and John listed in the 1851-1881 census. In the 1891 & 1901 census Charlotte is listed as a widow, living with her daughter Agnes. All the census detail verify the information kindly provided by Ron.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Website Update 10 December 2006

The website was updated on Sunday 10 December. This update included information as detailed in the previous blogs:

A full list of these recent changes to the narratives is available in the New or Changed Narratives section. The narratives section now includes 6064 people.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Pasks of Boothby Graffoe, Lincolnshire

A recent connection in GenesReunited, made me revisit a family that lived in Boothby Graffoe Lincolnshire for over 100 years. Although it has been only 1-2 years since we last researched this family, the wealth of information that is now available has provided much more detailed information on this family.

Richard Pask, who originated from Caythorpe, moved to Boothby Graffoe probably after his marriage to Mary Wright, who was born there. They had eight children:

  1. Millicent Pask b. 5 Aug 18211
  2. Stephen Pask b. 21 Apr 1823, d. 3 Nov 1861
  3. Joseph Pask b. 8 Jul 1826, d. 21 Nov 1833
  4. Samuel Pask b. 5 Dec 1830, d. 1908
  5. Richard Pask b. 15 Jun 1834
  6. Ann Pask b. 17 Apr 1836
  7. Thomas Wright Pask b. 1 Dec 1839
  8. William Pask b. 1842 d. 1925

The updated information will be available in the next website update.

Descendants of John & Susan Pask née Empingham

Fred L. Taylor wrote to us last week, as he very surprised to see his Aunt & Godmother Gladys May Pask listed incorrectly. Since then, together with Fred, we have corrected the information, and found that she was the great grand-daughter of John & Susan Pask née Empingham who lived in Timberland, Lincolnshire.

John was born in 1776 in Gautby, Lincolnshire. In the 1851 census, he was listed as a Chelsea Pensioner. He married Susan Empingham on 21 February 1822, at the comparatively late age of 46, and they had seven children:

  1. Richard Pask b. 17 Nov 1822, d. Apr 1900
  2. Joseph Pask b. 1824, d. 1901
  3. Hannah Pask b. 14 Dec 1826
  4. Margaretta Pask b. 18 Oct 1829
  5. Ann Pask b. 1831, d. Feb 1833
  6. Ruth Pask b. 1831
  7. Edward Pask b. 1834 d. 1919

Their youngest son Edward married Elizabeth Bradshaw, and they had seven children. Their youngest son was also Edward (1872-1923), who married Fanny Maria Ardron in Lincoln. Edward and Fanny were Gladys' parents.

Fred has provided valuable information on this family, as the children were mostly born between 1902 and 1911 - a difficult period to research. With his detailed information we have been able to group together Edward & Fanny's family:

  1. Doris Eliza Pask b. 2 Nov 1902, d. 19 May 1972
    Doris emigrated to Australia
  2. Gladys May Pask b. 12 May 1904, d. 7 Mar 1994
  3. Mable Pask b. 10 Mar 1906, d. 15 Nov 1988
  4. Edward Leslie Pask b. 11 May 1908, d. 24 May 1936
  5. Joseph Pask b. 1 Feb 1913, d. 28 Oct 1931
  6. Kathleen Pask b. 8 Dec 1914, d. 19 Nov 2004

Their youngest daughter Kathleen was Fred's mother.

This information has been included in the database, and will be updated in the next website update. Sincere thanks to Fred for sharing his research.

Marion Houghton Pask

Several months ago Sharen Gill wrote and sent me the very unusual birth certificate of her grandmother Marion Houghton Pask.

Marion was born on 13 September 1894 in Northorpe, Lincolnshire. Her birth was registered on 13 October 1894 and lists that she was the daughter of William Haigh & Mary Hannah Houghton née Pask.

However, all this information was corrected by a Statutory Declaration that was made on 19 November 1894 by Mary Hannah Pask and her father James Pask to Joseph Jackson Oates, the Register.

The events, as related by Sharen Gill née Whardle, were:

Mary Hannah Pask my great grandmother went to work as a maid in West Yorkshire and at that point we all thought it was Dewsbury she was working at, ie as that was where Marion was born, but as it transpires it was a villiage called Almondbury Huddersfield ... Mary Hannah Pask had not been in touch with her family in Prestwich for some time, a number of months, and the family became worried and sent her brother Noah to check on her, Noah found his sister Mary Hannah Pask living in a cottage in the grounds of the Houghton family home with a baby girl who was a few weeks old, this ofcourse being my grandmother. We know that Mary Hannah Pask returned home to Prestwich with Marion with the help of her brother Noah, hence now the story as we knew it unfolded, we were always lead to believe that William Haigh Houghton ( Marion's father) had intended to marry Mary Hannah Pask but his family had said if he did they would cut him off from the family and all inheritance, and at this point Mary Hannah Pask always said she would never allow that to happen, we were told that William Haigh Houghton was well to do maybe a Lord or son of a Lord. My grandmother was told she was paid for until she was 16 years old.I grew up knowing the story and listening to my Mother talk about how Polly ( Mary Hannah Pask's nickname) liked a drink in her later years and would talk about the Houghtons and who did his Lordship think he was sort of thing!

The certificate, together with the information that Sharen has extensively researched is included in the database, and will be updated in the next website update.

In my 20+ years of family history research I have never seen such a certificate. Sincere thanks to Sharen for sharing this fascinating information.

Website Update 27 November 2006

The website was updated on Monday 27 November. This update included information as detailed in the previous blogs:

A full list of these recent changes to the narratives is available in the New or Changed Narratives section. The narratives section now includes 6035 people.