Sunday, December 13, 2009

Frank William Pask (1874-1928)

This information relates to Chart 7, the descendants of Henry Paske, (1765 - 1845), who lived in Kedington, Suffolk.

Last week, our friend and family historian Marion Hopkins contacted us. She had found the baptism of Frank William Pask in St. James The Great, Bethnal Green.

I found that Frank was the son of George & Mary Ann Pask née Bettoney. His mother died when he was 2 years old, and probably he was institutionalized as he was not listed with his father in the 1881 census.

However I did locate him in the 1891 census. He was on an Institution Ship "Shaftesbury", harboured off Grays Essex. This ship was an Industral School Training Ship under the management of the School Board for London. It states on the census return a list of boys that were "Under legal detention to the age of 16 years according to Industrial Schools Acts of 1866 and subsequent acts".

There is a superb photograph of the ship on the National Education Network Gallery

The Shaftesbury training ship, Grays Essex. One of many training ships moored at Grays from the 1860's to 1939.
Frank was listed as a Shoeblack in the 1901 & 1911 census. He married Elizabeth Gray on 5 August 1901 at St. Anne's Church, Hoxton, Shoreditch. No children from the marriage were identified. Frank died in 1928, and his wife Elizabeth probably in 1951.

This information will be included in the next website update.