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Saturday, 2 August 2014

George Doel Kither Plaisted b.1904

I actually thought I had posted about this gentleman.  It seems I haven't.

George Doel Kither Plaisted was born in Whangarei, New Zealand in to Ernest Philip William Plaisted and Emma Jane Harris.  He was their fourth son and it seems he was a bit of a scoundrel during his life time.

His eldest brother  Ernest Arthur died in world war one.  Richard William Plaisted is my husbands great grandfather.  He married at age 17 to Eileen Gladys Gillbanks.  He also tried to get into the army though being underage he was dismissed.

David Plaisted sadly died as a baby.

I'm not sure what happened with George, he was certainly a bit of a lad in his youth with many minor court cases in the local newspapers.  He was with Richard (who'd left his wife accusing her of infidelity) and two other friends when they decided to steal  a car, of course they were caught and fined.  George is also accused of smashing plate glass windows and causing disturbances.  

I'm not sure what year Gorge went to live in Sydney, it was around 1935 ish.  Even here he couldn't stay out of trouble.  Along with an associate he was accused of murder of an underworld figure.  They were both sent to trial and so far I've not been able to find the results of the trial.  I do have later reports in the 1940s and 50s of him been fined.

In 1931 George Doel Kither Plaisted married Carol Stella Cuthbertson, In New Zealand.  I have never manged to find any children of this marriage.  In fact she is never even mentioned in any of the news reports that George was involved in.  George Plaisted died in 1967 in Sydney, Australia.

Updating The Family History Book

Welcome to my blog for the Plaisted Family History.  

Depending on who you are and what you have researched; will help the Plaisted Family unite in a new and updated Family History Book which over the next year or two will be re formatted into a proper print edition that will be available online for sale.  Costs as yet unknown.  Proceeds from all sales will be put back into research (Possibly a charity in Arthur H Plaisted's name; who wrote the original book for us all.) so we can find those missing links, be they American, European, Australian , New Zealand or any other country for that matter. Considering how spread out the families are over the world it is going to be quite a challenge.

I will start with the original book.  It is hoped that the book will be turned into at least 4 books so you, the ancestor can buy the relevant one to your family line.

Of course like Arthur H Plaisted I will need assistance in the updates, the mysteries and the true connections which we all hope are out there somewhere just waiting to be found.  I would love you all to participate in this research, adding to the family trees so future generations can continue in years to come.

In the original book there are family trees which I am slowly turning into different trees on a computer program, hoping they will connect somewhere.  (Plaisted Genes are really strong)There are a few really good researcher out there.  Gladys and her daughter in the USA along with Dorothy, Trish and a few others.  In the Australisaian line we have three main researchers with others who have delved into minor lines.  There are two Plaisted lines in NZ and I also think at least two in Australia, with research been done on both.  I know I have missed people out, so lease forgive me as I am doing this from memory.

If you have information which you would like to be included either in the book  (if connection proven) or as an added story at the end then please contact me here on this blog.  I can also be contacted at "Are you a Plaisted" and "Plaisted Publishing House" Groups on Facebook.

I will keep everyone posted on each site.  At this stage it looks like I will be dealing with England and then those who migrated.  First Roger Plaisted who went to America.

If you would like to see history books on various individuals them I will consider it at a future date (unless you want to have a go yourself).  If you can do FTDNA (Family Tree DNA) to help make those connections (Men with Plaisted surname) then it would be much appreciated due to the fact my husband is the only one that I know of who has done so.

Thank you all very much for your support.

Claire Plaisted.

Saturday, 31 August 2013

Samuel Plaisted son of Benjamin & Hannah Plaisted b. 1874

Well these Plaisted's of mine seem to have mystery after mystery, not sure if that makes them irritating or not.

In my family tree I have Samuel Plaisted b. 1874 Woolwich, London, England.  In the 1901 census he is with he wife Marion Louisa Plaisted nee Brooke.  With them is their 2 month old daughter Haidee b. 1900.  In the 1911 census Marion is with her father William Brooke (Fruiter).  It states that she has been married 12 years and has two out of three children, one obviously dying at a young age.  The other child was Arthur Plaisted b. 1903.

Now here is where it gets tricky.  There is no marriage certificate for Marion and Samuel Plaisted.

Marion Louisa Brooke married William Henry Bowden in 1891.  Yes it is the same lady.  Marion was 21 and her husband was 18.  William Henry Bowden died in 1904.

To make matters worse.

Samuel Plaisted married Sarah Pearson on 21 Jun 1902 at Clapham Christ Church, London, England.  The marriage certificate states Thomas Samuel Plaisted aged 33 years married Sarah Pearson aged 37 years.  He is the son of Benjamin who was a publican.  Yes he is mine.  Yes the ages on the certificate are incorrect they should be 28 yrs for Sam and 39 for Sarah.  On top of that Samuel has added Thomas to his name.

Samuel & Sarah do not appear in the 1911 census from what I can find in Ancestry.

By 1918 Samuel Plaisted was in the Merchant Navy.  There is a death for his wife Sarah in Dec 1928 in Kent giving her age as 69 years instead of 63years.  Her probate leaves her money to Samuel her husband. 

Samuel Plaisted re marries in 1930 to Annie Sarah Downing.  He died in 1960 aged 85 years.

So was Samuel having a long term affair with Marion Brooke?  Or did he have a bigamy marriage like his older brother Benjamin Wilkes Plaisted.  (another story)

If you ever find anything please let me know...........the mystery still stands.

Friday, 31 May 2013

Plaisted Coat of Arms

This is the original Plaisted Coat of Arms that once hung in "The Coopers Arms" pub in Woolwich, London.   It seems that is was owned by Thomas Plaisted, so is well over 200 years old.  Today it lives in America with an ancestor of Thomas Wilkes Plaisted. 
Thank you to George for kindly sending me this photo, it is a Coat of Arms that I have never seen before.
I originally obtained it for my nephew.
I hope to get a better image sorted via Rootschat photo forum, due to the fact I am still learning how to use Photoshop Elements.

Well with a big thank you to Tommy from Rootschat we now have a Poster type photo of this coat of arms.  Tommy has done a remarkable job.

If you would like a copy please get in touch with me and I will see what I can do.

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Another DNA. Do you think they are sister?

Just had another two photos sent to me one of Lizzie Hamilton and the other of Margaret Ann Hamilton.  Margaret Ann married Walter Benjamin Plaisted.  Alan the researcher involved with this line is wanting to prove 100% that they are sister.
Lizzie stayed in Ireland and married Matthew.  Margaret Ann came to Australia.  Please tell me what you think


             Lizzie & Mathew                                                Mrs Plaisted

Friday, 26 April 2013

Ralph Plaisted, Adventurer - 1927 - 2008.

Ralph Plaisted showing you where he would be travelling within the month.

Another claim to fame for the Plaisted family is Ralph Summers Plaisted who was born 30th September 1927 in Bruno, Minn., south west of Duluth.  He was the son of Orey Plaisted and Phyllis Summers

Though he dropped out of High School in tenth grade, I doubt anyone could imagine that he would end up holding the title with three friends of the first person to be verified at the North Pole.  This is his story.

He made his mother very proud by joining the Navy, where he became a Baker in the Aleutians towards the end of World War II.  After leaving the Navy he finally settled in St Pauls where he opened his own Insurance Agency.

Information read from another blog by Michael Plaisted who is a relative of Ralph's through his father says that Ralph was out drinking with three of his mates when the idea of making a trip to the North Pole on Snowmobiles a recent invention would be a great idea.  This was in 1967.  Snowmobiles had only been around a few years, the first time Ralph sat on one he loved it.  He proved that they were capable of extended journeys in 1965 when he did a 14 hour journey of 250 miles from Ely to St Paul's.

The title of the first proven team to cross the ice to the top of the world goes to Ralph Plaisted and his friends.  Gerald Pitzl, Jean-Luc Bombardier & Walter Pederson.  On their first attempt in 1967 failed, however all their trails and tribulations were documented by TV Journalist Charles Kuralt.

On 7th March 1968 they set out for another shot at reaching the North Pole.  They left Ward Hunt Island in Canada which was 474 miles from the North Pole.  They had many challenges along the way.  It took them 44 days to reach the North Pole, travelling through ice ridges and fissures and of course all the weather changes that occurred.  Once on the pole they hoisted flags for America & Canada then put up tents and rested.  The following morning they had to move their tents 2 miles back to the North Pole, this certainly shows how much movement there is in the ice.  A 10am that morning a US Forces aircraft confirmed their position as on top of the world, right at the North Pole.

There are various books written about this mans story, it would certainly make an interesting read.

My information came from one of Ralph Plaisted's obituaries which states that he died of a heart attack 8th September 2008.  Here is the link to that obituary.

Friday, 19 April 2013

DNA Plaisted via photos

Two lines that are not yet connected, though have strong DNA similarities

First I will put in a photo of my husbands 4th great grand uncle that was taken in about 1885 in London a few years before he died.  A rather handsome man to say the least.

Thomas Wilkes Plaisted   1811 - 1886

Next are two photos.  One of my husband and another of a gentleman from the American line.  Note these two lines do not yet connect at this stage.  Though looking at the photos I am sure they do somewhere.

                         My husband - photo taken May 2012                   Bob from the USA

So looking at these three photos tell me  what you think.  Most definitely  strong Plaisted