Sunday, July 15, 2007

George Thomas Pask (1863-1919)

This information relates to the black-icon tree - descendants of John & Alice Pask née Woodcock.

Yesterday I was in contact, through Genes Reunited with Peter J. Pask. Fortunately Peter had given me access to his family tree, and I determined that he had traced his family back to John Charles Francis Pask who was born in Stronsay in the Orkneys.

We have not really done any Scottish research, except for censuses. However, I accessed the Scotland Peoples website, and searched for his birth in 1905. Fortunately the Scottish birth certificates for that period can be purchased online and downloaded.

I was extremely surprised, but delighted to realise that John's father was George Thomas Pask, the son of John & Ann Pask née Bell. We had "lost" George and his family, last known to be in Seaforth Lancashire in the 1901 census. We knew that George was in the Royal Artillery, similar to his brother John Edward Pask. George had married Mary Webb in Carew, Pembrokeshire in 1890, and they had three children.

I downloaded John Charles Francis Pask's birth certificate, and realised that although his father was George Thomas Pask, his mother was Margaret Elizabeth Liddle. Also in the birth index, there was another birth for a Lilian Dorothy Evelyn Pask, whose birth certificate showed the father as George Thomas Pask, and mother Mary Webb. Sadly I found the death certificate for Mary Webb who had died in February 1904, shortly after Lilian's birth.

With four young children to bring up, as would be customary in those days, George remarried on 8 December 1904 to Margaret Elizabeth Liddle in Stronsay. His brother John must have also been stationed in Stronsay at that time as he witnessed the marriage.

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

Together with Peter, we have been able to connect another 24 "living" people to the chart of John & Alice Pask née Woodcock. This was very timely as we are in the final stages of completing the Pasks of Great Gonerby book in preparation for the Pask Family Gathering on July 26, 2008. Stuart & Peter are fourth cousins. Many thanks to Peter for providing this information.