Monday, December 14, 2009

Website Update 14 December 2009

The website was updated today, Monday 14 December. This focuses on 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 8,178 narratives available on the website - 51 new narratives in this website update.

This will be the last update this year. Many thanks to all who have contributed to the additional 350+ narratives created during 2009.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Descendants of George & Mary Ann Pask née Bettoney

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

Whilst researching information on Frank Pask - see blog titled Frank William Pask (1874-1928), I also found the baptisms of some of the other children of George & Mary Ann Pask née Bettoney:

Fortunately the baptism records were available on, and gave not only their baptism dates, but their birth dates also.

This information will be available in the next website update.

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.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Descendants of John & Annie Pask née Abbott

This information relates to the main Lincolnshire tree - descendants of Johannis [John] & Elizabeth Pask née Archer, who lived in Lincolnshire.

Recently we have been focusing our research on Leicestershire, and linking together families who lived there in the 1900-1930s - in particular Blaby, Lutterworth and Leicester registration districts.

Subsequently we have established that most of them link back to John & Annie Pask née Abbott. John orginated from Nocton Lincolnshire, and was the third son of Henry & Elizabeth Pask née Asman. We originally researched this family back in 2004, and with recent available records like the 1911 census we have been able to put together quite a lot of additional information.

John married Annie Abbott on 17 November 1891 in the Lutterworth registration district. They had 11 children. In the 1911 census he was a Shepherd, living with his wife Annie, and his children John, Frank, Edith, Alfred, Ethel, Edward, Richard, and Frederick. So this valuable information provided the connection between those children born between 1901 and 1913.

We also purchased two GRO certificates to help us establish a connection:

  1. Birth of Ivan Michael Pask in 1937
  2. Marriage of Arthur C. Pask & Jessie M. Tomlinson in 1927

The GRO reference for Ivan, who was later known as Michael Ivan, gave his mother's maiden as Ellis. However we could not locate his parent's marriage. The birth certificate gave that he was born 20 May 1937, and he was the son of Edward & Annie Elizabeth Pask née Ellis formerly Baker. Based on this we easily found their marriage in 1936 in the Spilsby, Lincolnshire registration district. Edward was the fifth son of John & Annie Pask née Abbott.

The marriage gave the name of Arthur Charles, however this is probably an error in the transcription from the church marriage register to the civil registration certificate. Arthur was actually called Alfred Charles Pask, he was the fourth son of John & Annie Pask née Abbott.

We have now included in our database all 1837-1984 birth, marriages, and deaths in the Blaby, Lutterworth and Leicester registration districts. Wherever practicable we have researched the families through to current day. These will be included in Chart 03 in the next website update.