Saturday, May 30, 2009

Current Activities

To those who regularly look at the Pask website and the blog you may have noticed an absence of updates and blogs. This is two fold:

  1. We are renovating the house at the moment. Building & decorating work is being carried out by Stuart until the end of October.
  2. The project that I have been managing at work for the last 2+ years is just about to go-live. It will be a phased rollout to 60 countries from June to August. So it is an exceptionally busy period.

So unfortunately there are not enough hours in the day. However hopefully normal service will be resumed in the not too distant future.

Elizabeth Pask b1835 Raglan Monmouthshire

This information relates to Chart 34, the descendants of Philip Pask, (1768-1843), who lived in Bryngwyn, Monmouthshire.

Today we had a new inquiry from Ted Broadhurst, who is researching his 3 x great-grandmother Elizabeth Pask who was born in 1835 in Ragland Monmouthshire. She was the daughter of Phillip & Mary Pask née Morgan.

This family was extensively researched previously by Sylvia Rycroft. However there was no information found on Elizabeth.

Ted has informed us that Elizabeth married William Winyard in 1855 in Birmingham. William was a Saddler. They had seven children. Ted has now definitely filled in the gaps, by providing us with 25 pages of detailed information. He also has photographs and certifications.

PASK Publications in Amazon

The PASK publications are now available for sale at

  • PASKs of Lincolnshire Volume I - Great Gonerby
  • PASKs of Suffolk Volume I - Wickhambrook
  • PASKs of Suffolk Volume II - Wickhambrook
  • PASKs of Monmouthshire Volume I
Please note that the prices are more expensive than at However some people prefer to deal with Amazon instead of creating another account with Lulu.

For more information see the webpage Pask Publications.

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.