Saturday, August 30, 2008

Florence Ellen Harvey née Pask

Florence Ellen Pask

This information relates to the main Suffolk tree - descendants of John & Mirabel Pask née Sparrow, born c1680 who lived in Wickhambrook, Suffolk. In particular, Florence Ellen Harvey née Pask, who was the 5 x great-grandfather of John & Mirabel Pask née Sparrow.

We recently exchanged e-mails with James Harvey, who is researching his great-grandmother Florence Ellen Harvey née Pask, the daughter of Edgar & Caroline Kate Pask née Sharpe. Florence married Alfred Cecil Harvey of Ipswich.

James writes:

"Alfred Cecil Harvey was born in All Saints, Ipswich in 1891 and was a carpenter. He fought with the Suffolk regiment in France during WW1 and was wounded in the side, but survived. He died in 1945, they were living at The Street, Whitton. Florence died in 1964 and was buried at Whitton church, Ipswich with Alfred."
James also provided a photograph of Florence with her son Alec Harvey and Grandson (James' father) Mervyn Harvey. This information will be included in the next website update.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Website Update 24 August 2008

The website was updated today Sunday 24 August. Saturday 9 August. This update includes 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. There are now 7,754 narratives available, and increase of 72 narrative in this latest update.

Chart 44: William & Elizabeth Pask of Timberland Lincolnshire

This information relates to Chart 44: William PASK married Elizabeth c1814, and lived in Timberland, Lincolnshire.

Recent information gleaned from the Family Search new pilot site related to a Grimsby, Lincolnshire Pask family. A connection was linked back to a Timberland family, which may in turn be possibly linked back to the Wellingore branch of the family. Therefore we decided to show this as a separate family - chart 44.

If you have any further information, do contact us.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Descendants of Henry & Mary Pask née Shaw

This information relates to Chart 6 - Peter & Catherine Pask née Frost, born 1739 in Kedington, Suffolk.

One of the certificates mentioned in the blog yesterday was the birth certificate of Henry Frederick William Pask, the son of Henry & Mary Pask née Shaw. He was born on 29 January 1885.

This family is being researched by Pat Taylor in Australia. I wrote to her and received an immediate response. Pat knew that Henry & Mary had 14 children, although only 7 survived to maturity. However previously only 8 children had been identified. Unfortunately Henry Frederick William Pask was one of those who did not survive to maturity. He died at the age of 5.

Pat has also been able to find another son - Henry Clarence Pask, who was born on 10 December 1904. This meant that they had three sons called Henry. Pat writes:

"... as often happened in those days, my grandparents thought my dad wasn’t going to make it into adulthood and when my uncle was born they went ahead and named him Henry, hedging their bets just in case, but when my dad survived against all odds, as he was a sickly child with bronchitis, they just dropped the Henry and Clarence became my uncle’s name for the duration".

Pat has kindly provided the birth certificate for this third Henry.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Descendants of George & Annie Pask of Camberwell, London

This information relates to Chart 41 - James PASK, who lived in Finsbury, London c1758.

Earlier this year we were in contact with Michael Pask whose grandparents were Robert John & Phoebe Pask née Coode. This has been one of the most challenging bits of research we have done. With Michael's perservation, I think we have finally resolved the mystery.

Registered names, and names used in the census do not always tie up. In the case of Michael's ancestors George & Annie were found easily in the 1891 and 1901 census. However we drew a complete blank with the 1881-1861 censuses. Similarily with George's birth, death, and marriage registrations.

Michael purchased three certificates relating to children listed in the 1891 & 1901 censuses. Unfortunately none of them had the father's name of George, or mother's name of Annie.

In the 1891 census, Annie was listed as Mary Ann. Fortunately her place of birth was Wantage in both censuses. Persuing this line, we researched all the Annie, or Mary Ann's born in Wantage, and this paid off as we found that Mary Ann Stroud married an Edwin Pask in 1876 in Wandsworth registration district.

Knowing this, we immediately identified Edwin who was already in our database - we last did some preliminary research on this family in December 2003, when online records were very limited. We then did another search of the 1851-71 censuses, and found he was in fact called Edward, and was the son of John & Isabella Pask née Gollan.

I think this is a prime example of how difficult research can be at times, and how rewarding it is when you finally solve the mystery.

This information, together with George & Annie's descendants will be included in the next website update.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Website Update 9 August 2008

The website was updated on Saturday 9 August. This update includes:

  • Additional information on the descendants of Philip & Rosetta Pask née Keen, including images from the family bible provided by Alan Michael Pask at the Pask Family Gathering.
  • Transcript of Pask Monumental Inscriptions at Wickhambrook, Great & Little Whelnetham, provided by Jo Pask. She visited these graveyards on Monday 28 July 2008 with Dorothy Pask.
  • Transcript & images of Pask Monumental Inscriptions at Wickhambrook, provided by Barry Pask, at the Pask Family Gathering. Barry has provided a lot more photographs, and information. This will be included in the near future.
  • Information from Gareth Paske, who is a descendant of Charles Oliver Thomas Dechiemery & Harriet Paske née Stephens of Bristol.
  • Information from Melanie Carter, provided as a result of the Pask Family Gathering, on the descendants of Thomas & Hephzibah Pask née Tyte.
  • Marriage transcripts provided by Peter Copsey, as part of the Guild of One-Name Studies Marriage Challenge - these include
    Arthur Henry Pask and Jenny Mace Clayton who married in St. Saviour, Brixton Hill, London on 17 May 1911;
    Arthur William Pask and Florence May Wells who married in St. Philip, Lambeth, London on 18 May 1911;
    Charles Pask and Alice Louisa Weeks, who married in St. Matthew, Brixton, London on 10 August 1895;
  • Descendants of Francis & Elizabeth Playle née Pask, who married in October 1782 in Stambourne, Essex. Additional details will be provided in the next website update, as updated by Geoffrey Brightwell, via GenesReunited.
  • A new family group - Chart 43: John Pask (1769-1835), who lived in Northamptonshire & Cambridgeshire
Many thanks to everyone who have contributed. A full list of these recent changes to the narratives is available in the New or Changed Narratives section. There are now 7,682 narratives available.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Pask Family Gathering 2008 - Photographs

I have now included an additional 114 photographs on the website. There is a link from the Pask Family Gathering 2008 webpage.

To view all the thumbnails click the icon at the bottom of the page. To view the pictures in full size, double-click the photograph. You can also view all the full sized photographs by clicking forward , or back .

Wherever possible, we have provided a caption detailing who is in the picture. Any additions, or corrections would be appreciated. We have not provided a caption to the group photographs, as it will take some to complete these. A volunteer would be most welcomed to take on this task.

If anybody would like a particular photograph(s), please e-mail us with the file name, and we will provide the print-quality image.

In the foreseeable future, I will be writing a detailed account to be included in the website, the Pask Publications, and the Guild of One-Names Studies journal.

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Pask Family Gathering - July 26 2008

Pask Family Gathering 2008 held on July 27 at Whepstead, SuffolkWhat a superb event! 210 Pasks, and Pask-related people converged on Whepstead Village Hall in Suffolk on a glorious sunny day. They travelled from far afield, including New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and throughout England and Wales.

Pask Family Gathering 2008 held on July 27 at Whepstead, Suffolk
Some of the success is accredited to Jo for her local knowledge. She recommended the hall, and organized all the local logistics in Suffolk, leaving us to focus on the genealogical side. Also most sincerest thanks to all the helpers, including Fiona & Francis, Ros & John, Marjorie & Ted, Jeff, and Paula. With special thanks to Judy, Tessa & David, David & Karen, and Chris & Alyson for the sumptuous BBQ they provided, that was enjoyed by all in the early evening.

However, the main success was to all those who attended, and made the day such a momentous occasion.Pask Family Gathering 2008 held on July 27 at Whepstead, Suffolk

The Bury Free Press attended the event, and an article is in the paper this week, together with a photograph provided by Ian Konrath. For those who don't live in the area, the Bury Free Press article is available online, and the group photograph is available on the Pask, Paske One-Name Study website.

We are currently collecting together all the photographs, and these will be available on the Pask, Paske One-Name Study website over the weekend. So if you attended, and have taken any photographs we encourage you to e-mail them to us. Preferably identifying who the people are.

A full detailed account, and illustrated webpages will be available shortly. We just need a few days to recuperate, and to savour the wonderful memories.