Saturday, September 30, 2006

Adolphus Tesdorpf & Amy Lee Forrest née Pask

Recently John Morton Cross contacted us about the family of Adolphus Tesdorpf & Amy Lee Forrest née Pask. John is their great-grandson.

John originally provided a transcription of a handwritten "Family Register" that details the descendants of James Pask and Ellen Levy, who were the parents of Amy Lee Pask. Yesterday, he kindly provided an image of this superb and unique document.

He writes:

The document is unsigned and could be in two differing hands, albeit similar. It is slightly ragged down its left hand side and could have been removed from some form of book. The form on which it was written was printed by J.F. Tallis London.
Over the next few days we will include the information in the database, and this will be included in the next website update.

Website Update 30 September 2006

The website was updated today. This includes updates, as detailed in the previous blog:

Descendants of Frederic & Maggie Ruth Smart née Pask
In addition, links have been included in the narratives of those featured in the Photograph Album of Melanie Carter.

A full list of these recent changes to the narratives is available in the New or Changed Narratives section. The narratives database now includes 5,843 people. Many thanks to all those who have contributed.

Descendants of Frederic & Maggie Ruth Smart née Pask

Melanie Carter has provided an extensive update on the family and descendants of Frederic Smart, and his wife Maggie Ruth née Pask. Frederick & Maggie had four children - Peggy, Tom, Joe, and John.

Frederic worked for a Grain & Seed Merchant in Whittlesford, and the company still exists today. Melanie has recently been in touch with their grandson Andrew, and their great-grandson Douglas.

As they are descendants of John & Mirabel Pask née Sparrow, yet again this extends John & Mirabel's family chart.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Great Gonerby - Grimsby Pasks

We recently linked via www.genesreunited, with Katie Pask whose family live in Grimsby. After our initial contact it was realised that Katie's ancestors originated from Great Gonerby, and that Katie's father Martin and Stuart are fourth cousin, and fourth cousin once removed. You are probably wondering how he could be both. Martin's parents were Herbert Edward and Annie Mary and both Pasks, as they were first cousins once removed.

As we have recently completed the transcription of all births, marriages, and deaths we have been able to update their descendants as the original information was provided by Michael Wood several years ago, and only included their names.

By coincidence during our trip to Grimsby we visited Cleethorpes Cemetery in our search for Pasks mentioned in the National Burial Index. We visited Annie's unmarked grave. We also located the grave of Katie's great grandparents Edward & Mary Pask née Askew.

Website Update 24 September 2006

The website was updated today. This includes updates, as detailed in previous blogs:

A full list of these recent changes to the narratives is available in the New or Changed Narratives section. The narratives database now includes 5,816 people. Many thanks to all those who have contributed.

Additional Certificates from Andy Pask

Andy Pask has yet again provided 18 more certificates relating to his Pask family. These certificates relate to:

The previous certificates have now been transcribed, and after checking, will be included into the database. Sincerest thanks to Andy for so generously sharing this information with us and other Pask researchers.

Pask Marriages from the London Metropolitan Archives

Susan Keefe kindly provided some marriages from the parish registers held at the London Metropolitan Archives.

They are the marriages of :

  • John Pask at St Leonards Shoreditch on 1 April 1849 to Mary Ann Edmonds/Edwards
  • Edward Bishop to Frances Wood on 15 Feb 1863 at the Parish Church, Spitalfields
  • John Pask to Mary Kennedy on 4? November 1867 at the Parish Church, Bethnal Green

Susan has also provided information on Joseph Pasque and his family. This, together with the details for the marriage of Edward Bishop will be included in a subsequent website update.

Many thanks to Susan for these certificates, and the information.

Friday, September 22, 2006

George Henry & Jane Levesley née Pask

Sally Baldwin contacted us last weekend, and provided the marriage of George Levesley (born c1847 Heckington) to Jane Pask (born c1847 Ewerby Thorpe). They married in 1867 in the Sleaford Registration District. Sally also advised that the family were living in Bicker in the 1871 and 1881 censuses, and then Rippingdale in the 1891 and 1901 censuses.

I found them living in Bicker in the 1871 Census, together with their young daughters Harriet & Elizabeth. I searched the database and realised that Jane was the only daughter of Michael & Harriet Pask. I have currently not found the marriage of Michael & Harriet, as it is not listed in the GRO indexes.

Penny Scharning had recently contacted us about Michael & Harriet Pask, and provided information and photographs of their gravestone in Heckington churchyard. When Michael died in 1893, probate was granted to his son-in-law George Henry Levesley.

No Access to E-Mails 19-22 September

Unfortunately I have been away this week on business in Galway Ireland, and have had no access to my e-mails. I am flying home this afternoon, and will catch up on my e-mails over the weekend.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Walter John & Emily Margaret Pask née Smith

Michael Neal first contacted us in early 2005, regarding his great-grandparents Walter & Rosetta Pask née Rixon.

He has now provided us with additional information on his grandparents Walter John & Emily Margaret Pask née Smith, and their children.

Michael has also provided their marriage certificate, and a photograph of Walter John.

This information will be included in the next website update.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Blake - Savage - Pask Cousins

On Monday September 4, we visited the National Fishing Heritage Centre in Grimsby. We met with Lucy, one of the archivist. We had written to Lucy three weeks' ago about documents that were deposited by Albert Blake (Stuart's cousin) in the Welhome Galleries in Grimsby in the early 1980s. These documents included a wallet containing the militia papers of William Savage (Stuart's grandfather). The papers date from 1876 to his discharge in 1888, when he lost his left leg in an accident when loading the ship, the Brig "Anna" lying in Grimsby dock on 1 September 1888. Other documents included his and his wife Frances' hawker licenses.

Unfortunately Lucy had to report that as the Welhome Galleries had now closed and that currently they could not locate the documents. However, Lucy did advise us that almost simultaneously another person had requested the same documents! Stuart's mother's sister Frances "Annie" Blake née Savage youngest son, Harry Blake, who still lives in Grimsby had recently written to the museum to obtain the documents.

Stuart had attempted several times to contact the descendants of his maternal aunt Annie. Lucy kindly provided the address and telephone of Harry & Rosemary Blake née Dennis. We immediately telephoned them, and arranged to meet the following day.

You can imagine our surprise, but sheer delight to meet them. Also Stuart's cousin Rose Little née Blake also called to see us. Rose is a very sprightly 92 year old who is nimble, quick thinking, and still drives a car. Rose remembers, amongst a wealth of other information, pushing Stuart around in a pram when he was a baby.

Harry & Rosemary kindly provided numerous photographs and documents which we were able to scan and return the following day. This included a wedding photograph which showed left to right, John Albert Blake & Frances Ann Blake née Savage [groom's parents], unknown bridesmaid, Harry Blake & Rosemary Blake née Dennis, Frances Blake [groom's sister], and Mr & Mrs Dennis [bride's parents].

As if that was not enough, we were then invited to Harry & Rosemary's 50th wedding anniversary on Friday September 8. Of course we changed our previous plans, and returned to Grimsby on Friday night to join with them and 80+ family and friends to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary.

More information, and photographs is anticipated in the near future from the many cousins, and second cousins met at the party.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Suffolk Pask Get-Together September 2, 2006

We were very fortunate to stay with Jo Pask of Hartest on Friday to Sunday, September 1-3. She hosted an excellent BBQ on Saturday night and nearly 20 of her relatives attended. As mentioned in the previous blog, we updated the chart, which now contains 976 descendants of John & Mirabel Pask née Sparrow, and consists of 12 generations. Fortunately Jo's hallway was just long enough to display the chart, which is nearly 30 feet long.

Stansfield, Suffolk

On Saturday September 2, during our visit to Suffolk we visited Stansfield. In the 1881 & 1891 census, the grocers and drapers shop was the home of Thomas & Hephzibah Maria Pask née Tyte.

This photograph was supplied by Melanie Carter and shows them standing in front of the shop.

Regretfully we could not locate the shop. Whilst we visited the church, we did not find any Pask graves.

The family moved to Felixstowe between 1891 and 1901.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Chevington, Suffolk

The next place we visited was Chevington. On our arrival at the churchyard we were met by the resident meeter and greeter - a cat. She accompanied us on our tour and helped us find the grave of Herbert George Pask, and his wife Matilda Margaret Pask née Argent. They are buried with their son Peter Pask.

Visit to Wickhambrook, Suffolk

This week we have been in Suffolk and Lincolnshire. Primarily to enjoy the countryside, relax, and meet old and new friends and familiarise ourselves with the countryside where Pasks have lived for several generations.

Last Friday we visited Wickhambrook, the home of John & Mirabel Pask née Sparrow. This is a very picturesque village complete with the alms houses, and thatched cottages.

Unfortunately we did not locate any Pask graves.