Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Descendants of Colonel Henry Gresham Paske

This relates to the descendants of John Pask who was a Yeoman of Stradishall, and died in 1577.

Last Saturday afternoon we had the pleasure and privilege to visit Major "Sam" Gresham Paske MC, together with his son Christopher.

They showed us the Coat of Arms and Pedigree for their family. The pedigree is believed to have been commissioned by Colonel Henry Gresham Paske (1836-1908), between 1885 and 1902. He was Sam's grandfather.

The original scroll was approximately 32 inches wide by 40 inches long, and contained 9 generations descending from John Pask of Stragewell, Suffolk. On a separate scroll, Sam has annotated the chart and included a further four generations.

The motto "virtus flos pulcherimus" means "the power of the flower", and probably refers to the Pasque flower.

We also had the opportunity to see other family memorabilia, from this distinguished family. A superb visit that makes family history research so worthwhile.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Website Updated 4 April 2014

The website was updated yesterday evening. 83 new narratives have been added since the last update on 1 January. This makes a total of 10,086 detailed narratives now available on the website - although altogether there was an increase of 204 people, including living people, making a total of 16,527 people in our database.

The focus of the update was Family Chart 09: John PASKE, was a Yeoman of Stradishall, Suffolk (d1577 ). There are currently 242 descendants, with their spouses, within this family group. There were several members of the clergy, based in Creeting St. Peter, Suffolk. Additionally there were several military personnel based in the Crimea, and India. Whilst we have been researching this family for some considerable time, the recent release by FindMyPast of the British India Office Collection has significant increased our knowledge of this family.

There were also a few updates on the PASKEs of Monmouthshire in Family Groups 42, and 49.

A full list of the recent changes to the narratives is available in the New or Changed Narratives section.

Many thanks to all who contributed.