Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Descendants of James & Charlotte Mary Pask née Chaffin

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

Last Friday we received an inquiry from Raymond Pask from Australia. He is researching his great-grandparents James & Charlotte Mary Pask née Chaffin. He writes:

"... one of their sons, Henry James Pask, who migrated to Australia in 1896, is my grandfather. He died in Melbourne in 1931. His parents, James and Charlotte, migrated to Australia in 1907. James died in 1914, while Charlotte died in 1911. All four (incl Henry James' wife, Isabella Smith) are buried together in Brighton Cemetery, Melbourne."
Following up on this lead, I searched the migration records on Although James was not correctly indexed, I found them actually departing from London on 14 April 1899 on the ship Oroya. They travelled together with their son Arthur. Also their daughter Mary Ann, and son-in-law James Walter Dean and their two children George, and Edith Mary Dean.

This solved two mysteries as previously we could not find the family in the 1901 census, and also could not establish who Mary Ann married.

Raymond is curious to find out what happened to two other sons William and James, and their families. He knows that they also emigrated to Australia, however currently cannot establish when it was. There is also a family bible with more names mentioned that aren't on our birth list from James and Charlotte.

This information will be included in the next website update. We look forward to exchanging more information with Ray, and hopefully establish a connection between the Suffolk Pask families in charts 04, and 06.