"The LeGassick Watch"
11-Feb-12 Charles opened the box and inside was a
beautiful watch... a "LeGassick" watch. The watch was a gift from
Ted and Shirley LeGassick of the Gold Coast, founders of the LeGassick
Collections jewelry stores. Ted and Shirley met Charles in
Plymouth on their visit to the UK last year. Ted and Shirley have
turned over the day-to-day operation of the business to the next
generation to make room for a little more travel in retirement.
For more information on the three stores (Logan Hyperdome, Runaway Bay
Shopping Village and Robina Town Centre) visit
A Big Year...
... but your website administrator
spent most of it working in Calgary, Alberta, Canada (I live in
Los Angeles). I also switched from a PC to a MAC so travel
with a computer that cant run my website software. Blah,
blah, blah I know. I will do better in 2012 so if you have
a story and pictures you want to get on the site send them to me
Preston Le Gassick Wins
Blaze Rookie of the Year
Continuing the line of championship basketball players named "Le Gassick"
in Australia, young Preston Le Gassick wins the
of the Year 2010/11.
Preston's father Brendan was honored in
1989 by the Australia Institute of Sport for his basketball career.
mother Sara says " I'm sooooo excited for him !!! He wins (us) a family
season membership valued at $1000 ... and also gets his own Blaze
uniform and runs out on court with the Blaze players at their first home
game on Sunday 24th Oct !!! "
Preston Le Gassick
Preston and his father are also big Lakers fans (see
story below "Australia comes to California").
South Africa, The BIG Picture
With lots of help we now have a pretty good "start" on the Legassick
family of South Africa.
Follow this link to the BIG picture.
Cyril (Sandy) le Gassick lives in
Aberdeen, Scotland and has descendants today in the United States.
Sandy was born in Medway,
England. If you look further back into the family's genealogy it
is possible to "get confused" into thinking that there are family
members originating from Scotland. Now, after
some research (by our noted genealogy guru Sue Legassick Simpson) we can
now confirm that there are no "Legassick" or "Gassick" family
of Scottish descent.
However, there are loads of very Scottish
Sue says: "The confusion came because in the 1841 census
are Gassicks in the index for Brechin in Angus,
and in the 1881 census there are
Gassicks in Aberdeen. HOWEVER having looked at the
original census on Scotlands People they are definitely
GRASSICK. The IGI threw up lots of Grassicks as did all
the censuses. Some Grassicks also emigrated to Canada and USA and a
doctor Grassick became famous. The only Le Gassick came in the
1881census. This was a John B Legassick who was a student probably at
Edinburgh University and was born in England (no further details)."
Australia Comes to California
and Sara Le Gassick and their two very cute children Preston & Paige are
in California on vacation with their friends for two weeks.
They've just done 4 days at Disneyland and a Lakers game (this
afternoon), then to Universal Studios, Las Vegas, San Francisco, down to
San Diego for the zoo and water parks before returning home. After
the Lakers game today they met some of the Le Gassicks from California
(Greg, Gale and son Josh) at the ESPN Zone sports restaurant. Met,
like for the first time. Ever. As we are all related we are,
by blood, actually cousins... but you have to go back to about 1700 for
the common ancestor! Brendan descends like most of the Le Gassicks
in Australia from Alfred Jacob b1861
St Peter Port, Guernsey who immigrated to Victoria, New Zealand.
Clockwise: Greg, Paige,Gale, Josh, Sara, Preston, Brendan
The Florida LeGassicks
Connect To The Tree...
Jaime and their three children Janice, Seth and Kelsey-Lee are related
to the Le Gassick family of California. The short story is that
John Le Gassick b1820 in Tiverton had an older brother George b1815.
John ended up in Southern California via Kingston Ontario. George
also went to Canada and his whole story is still being uncovered.
Jerry and his family descend from George.
More details to follow
and a Family page to come soon.
"Complete Database" Update
(1st in last 12 months)
new version of the complete database is now available. This
version includes a variety of updates mostly addressing the family in
Australia and major updates for the family in south Africa. To download it go
The Legassick House, Updated Research
we introduced you to The Legassick House which is located in the quaint little neighborhood of Plympton St. Maurice (Plymouth).
Sue (Legassick) Simpson has picked up the research and done her normal
superb job of detailing the history of this home.
Find the updated research here.
South Africa News
Another quite amazing coincidence... Brian Le Gassick of
Johannesburg was searching the internet and came across another Brian
Legassick-- living in Plymouth, Devon, England. They struck up an
email conversation and shortly began examining genealogy, of course!
In South Africa Brian was a singer and guitarist in the popular band
The Stacattos. In Plymouth Brian manages the
retrofitting of large (very large) vessels for the British Navy.
Brian Legassick, Plymouth
|Brian Le Gassick, Johannesburg
The Webmaster's Update
2009 was a very busy year for me and as a result I made few updates to
the website and managed to collect close to 50 emails that are sitting
in my "Genealogy To Complete" file. I have now begun to work
through them and although it will take some time rest assured I will get
to the very last one.
Work has continued on the "early" members of
Richard Grylls has produced new family
trees which are yet to be loaded on the website-- but will soon, I
Sue (Legassick) Simpson has retired from
her career as a teacher in Frome, Somerset and has resumed her
research to round out a life of travel and spending time with her
husband and grown boys.
Besides a busy year of work and travel I
became a grandfather to a very sweet little girl named Cailyn Rose Le
Proud Grandma, Cailyn
loves hats, Posing at 6 Weeks?
Cailyn Rose Le Gassick...
Ryan and Nikki Le Gassick became proud parents of their first child,
Cailyn Rose Le Gassick on December 27, 2009. Miss Cailyn Rose
weighed in at 7lbs 1oz and measured 19 inches long. Baby, mother
and father are all in excellent shape.
South Africa Update
We have some recent information on the Legassick family in Durban and
with a little more help may be able to connect to the Henry Legassick b
abt 1720 & Christian Puttaven branch of the family. There is an
updated "tree" for both the family in Durban and the family in Pretoria
here. IF you have any information to contribute
please forward to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Legassick House, Plymouth
In the quaint little neighborhood of Plympton St. Maurice (Plymouth)
sits the Legassick House. A search of the records in the
indicate that it was built in 1710. For more pictures
follow this link.
Family Meets Family ... in Los Angeles
and Sharon Legassick of Plymouth, England arrived Los Angeles for a
California holiday and to meet the LeGassick family in California.
They stayed at the home of Greg & Gale LeGassick. Greg, his
brother Rich and sister Sue are part of the
research team and first met Brian in Plymouth last July. For a
photo journal of their trip go
"Complete Database" Available
new version of the complete database is now available. For a
summary of the changes and to download it go
Another Baby... Welcome
Little Jack to the World
Stuart and Margaret LeGassick of Bath, Somerset announce the birth of
grandchild #6... little Jack... born to their daughter Danielle and
Nicolas. Jack is named after Margaret's brother who died
tragically at the age of 20 from pneumonia. Baby, parents and the
rest of the family doing well. This picture was taken on Easter.
Identifying Family Members in South Africa
We have known for several years that there were one, maybe two families
in South Africa but have not been able to identify the family members.
Using Facebook we have now identified about 10 descendants but are still
working to build the family tree there and connect it together--
probably with with a family in Cornwall.
See what we have so far.
Legassicke Descendants in
6-Feb-09: If you
trace her ancestry back far enough you will end up with John Legassicke
born about 1570-80 and died in Ermington in 1606! Christine b1942
(Hazel Allison Christine Hatton-Ward) lives in San Diego and recently
retired as a school teacher. In this picture taken Christmas 2008
Christine (front, red sweater) is with her boys, their wives,
grandchildren and the family dog.
Legassicke of Modbury
transcript of James Legassike's Will, A Codicil to a previous will and
the Probate of his estate is now available
Thanks to Sue nee Legassick Simpson for doing the hard work of reading
that really old English and producing readable text.
Jason LeGassick ...
The Newest LeGassick
and Jason LeGassick of Manchester, Iowa have just delivered a new baby
boy to the world. Jaxson Jason weighed in at 8' 12 oz and is
sure to follow in his father's footsteps... driving those big tractors!
Well, he can start with the toy ones for a couple years. Jaxson
was born on January 26th and joins siblings James,
CONGRATULATIONS JODI and JASON!
New Tree-1 (Ermington) Available
Richard Grylls and Sue Simpson continue to refine the early years
(1600-1800) and as a result there is a new version of Tree-1 (Ermington)
IMPORTANT NOTE ON
VIEWING THE FILES:
The Tree files appear differently on different screens and in
different browsers. Probably when you first open one of the
trees it will be too small to read. If you "click" on it it
might then become too large to see the whole picture! The
solution for those of you who use either Internet Explorer or
Mozilla Firefox is to use the plus (+) key or minus (-) key while
holding down the CTRL key. This will increase/decrease the
image size accordingly.
News From Portland, Oregon...
Julie Mayers Le Gassick delivered two beautiful baby girls (twins) in
Portland this weekend! The girls, Sadie and Stella make three
girls for Jeff and Julie-- their first daughter is Ivy. The whole
family is seen below. Two more LeGassick babies... the world is
happy. Congratulations Julie and Jeff-- and grandfather Trevor!
New "Complete Database" Available
result of changes made to the master database we have made a new version
of the same available for download
here. This version incorporates changes to the Benjamin John
Legassicke family line-- Benjamin and wife Annie Jane Montgomery had 5
daughters and 5 sons--- and are the main source of the Legassicke family
members across Canada. George of Hope Cove is also added with wife
Elizabeth Ash Partridge and their children. A future update will
incorporate their issue which are yet to be identified.
George Legassick of Hope Cove
have received a photo of George Legassick, wife Elizabeth Ash Partridge
and two of their sons from
Barbara Parish nee Perring.
George was born 1854 and lived an amazing 98 years! He was the
Harbormaster of Hope Cove and the family were important in the fishing
industry there for many years.
Roy John Benjamin Legassicke
contact with Roy Benjamin John Legassicke of Keene, Ontario
today. Roy is an octogenerian, retired several times, swims daily
and still married to his lovely wife Lucy. After searching records
we found that he is descended from Benjamin John Legassicke b1861 London
who immigrated to Toronto and had five sons and five daughters.
This means that Roy is related in a fairly close way to most of the
Legassicke family across Canada. We hope to have a few pictures to
Deed from 1497/8 found by The National Archives!
Researcher Richard Grylls is now in possession of a set of historical
documents referencing members of the Legassick family. One of the
documents mentions a deed made in 1497/8! It will take some time
before the document is transcribed and we know exactly who the party was
and what land the deed refers to... but stay tuned!
The New Website Is Finally Here !
The new Legassick Family Website is finally here and we do hope that you
like it and find it valuable. While it is being launched today
there is still a lot of work to complete some of the sections.
While the best way to learn about it is to just start playing with it we
do have one suggestion and one request.
Suggestion: Go to the
Complete Database section and download the most recent version of
the entire Legassick Family Database. You can put a copy on
your own computer and play with it while you are at the coffee shop!
Request: This version is
formatted so that we can present a "snapshot" of all living
families. This is in addition to the historical/ancestral data
and research which will continue to be presented. Essentially,
the site is designed so that each living family can post a 1-page
overview of their family. One example can be seen
here. If you provide some simple text talking about your
family and a few photos, we can add reports and descendant charts to
fill out the genealogy. We will be sending out more
information about this in the next few weeks.
News From Portland, Oregon
The research team has made contact with
Jeff Le Gassick in Portland, Oregon. Jeff is the son of Trevor
Le Gassick (b1935, Medway) of Ann Arbor Michigan, and grandson of Edward
Charles (Ted) Le Gassick (b1902, Medway).
Richard Grylls Research
One of the most exciting things that has been happening over the past
couple months is the genealogy research done by Richard Grylls of Tring.
It would be hard to do justice to his contribution, and I think that
will be clear to you as well when you
review his work. For this "News" flash lets just say that all
Legassicks interested in their heritage are indebted and grateful.
Big (Electronic) Family Christmas...
Today we made history! Members of the George Elmer Le Gassick
(b1892) family in Southern California AND members of the Charles
Legassick (b1927) family in Plymouth shared a teleconference Christmas
using the Skype program! About 20 people participated from both
sides of the pond.
On the left we are talking to Plymouth from Los Angeles.
The next two photos owe their existence to some real Legassick
creativity. In the center are Robert (Santa Barbara, California)
and Charles (Plymouth, England)... but Charles' face was a photograph
mounted on a stick and held up to make it appear they were together!
and the one on the right... from left to right: Sharon, Greg, Charles,
Sue, Trent and Brian. But... Sharon, Charles and Brian are
all photographs mounted on sticks! The moral: you just can't keep
Webmaster On A Genealogy Break
to an-08 Your webmaster was on a break! I was building a spa
in our backyard in Los Angeles, which I completed on December 11th.
I was the "general contractor" and "assistant to the handyman." We
built forms, ran pipe, poured cement and laid tile. And a whole
lot more. A couple photos... Before, After & the
Keeping A Sharp Eye On Things...
As they passed Exeter on their trip from Plymouth to Collumpton for
Falconry Days the rain stopped and the skies cleared. Sharon
Legassick had a great time, as the pictures show. And husband
Brian tells it "Luckily
we did not bring back any owls !!!!!!"
New Families from Toronto
Two new families have been identified living in the Vancouver, BC
area. Christopher Joseph (Joe) Legassic and his wife Pamela live
in Maple Ridge (outside Vancouver). Joe is descended from
Frederick Legassicke b1863 in Middlesex.
Cal Legassicke and his wife Louise live in
Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. Cal is descended from Benjamin John
Legassicke b1861, London. Both are descended from Benjamin
Legassicke b1829 England and Mary Ann Law. Benjamin's father is John
A descendents chart for these families can
be found at:
John Legassicke b abt1800
Desmond Herbert LeGassick, 1954 - 2008
Susan (LeGassick) Bell wrote to say that her brother, Desmond
Herbert LeGassick passed away on August 13th. Desmond was
born May 26th, 1954 in Montreal & is
buried at Saint Pauls Church yard in Hampton, New Brunswick next
to his parents & grandparents. He apparently had a heart
condition and passed away in the early morning hours.
Desmond was married in 1960 to Carol Ann McLeod and had two
children, Desmond Kyle and Nicole Ann.
-- Our thoughts and prayers are with all of
July 17-28th in England
Day-by-Day Photo Journal
--end of reunion
Major Progress on the Family Tree / Genealogy!
8-May-08 Soon you will see the website in a new
way. Progress in research over the past 6 months has pieced
together some key links and, while we're not all knitted together yet we
have made some major progress.
HAPPY 50th BIRTHDAY
24-Jan-08 Devon, England: Brian celebrated
his 50th birthday this week and is preparing for his next 50 years.
He received a new chair for his home office so that he could be more
comfortable as he ages (and works on the family's genealogy).
Brian is responsible for a major amount of all the research that has
taken place on the LeGassick family and is a good place to go if you
have a question. Here he is in his new chair:
Join me in wishing him 50 more great years!
Where Did The Time Go?
27-Jan-08: Hard to believe that my last news update
was all the way back in July of last year. It couldn't be that
there was nothing to report... no, the "reporter" was taking a break.
I embarked on several major projects, one being a new backyard--
removing the plants and shrubs and putting in a jacuzzi and new patio in
the back and redoing the front yard. Sounds simple, but for some
strange reason I decided to do the work myself ! To be honest, the
jacuzzi is not quite done but I can offer 'mud baths' for those
interested. I will update with a photo or two when its all done.
But for now, its time to resume the 'legacy' of the LeGassick clan.
Ian Legassick & Family Move to Australia
As in history another Devon family of Legassick's, Ian his wife
JO and children Danielle, Callum and Kate have left Plymouth to
start a new life in Perth Australia. 45Ian a marine
engineer had a brief time with Jo in Australia many years ago
and he has at last got his wish and emigrated. We all wish
them the best of luck and look forward to visiting them on
holiday in the future.
-- Brian Legassick, cousin
Who was Prestwood Legassicke?
years there has been a cloud of uncertainty around the woman known as
"Prestwood." She married James Legassicke in 1716. Some had
thought her family name was Prestwood. Others thought Prestwood
was her given name but her family name was unknown-- until recently.
Three of the best researchers anywhere are taking a fresh
shot at cracking this mystery-- they are: Sue (Legassick) Simpson,
Richard Grylls, and Guy Roberts. Data from family wills and parish
registers are painting a picture... and we will have a full report here
as soon as the fact checking is concluded.
Happy 80th Birthday... Charles Legassick
Born July 11, 1927, Charles Legassick recently celebrated his 80th
birthday with a full house of relatives. The weather cleared in
time to enjoy the day without getting wet.
Alfred Jacob Legassick...
23-Jul-2007: Courtesy of Danni
LeGassick of Melbourne, Australia
Updated Modbury Family Descendants Chart
16-Jul-2007: There is a
new descendants chart for the Modbury family. The new chart
corrects several errors and adds a couple families in the "Legassick-Crespin"
family line. Eventually descendants of this family end up in
Australia. This means that there are now two separate families
(one out of Modbury and the other out of Holne) that end up in
Transcript: Clive Le Gassick's Letter
on the History of the Australia Le Gassicks:
28-Jun-07: We now have Clive Le
Gassick's letter dated 1988, surfers Paradise, transcribed and on the
Australia family branch.
Or, follow this link.
Why Our Genealogy Search Matters
27-Jun-07: This was found by Sue (Le
Gassick) Spangler while searching through genealogy sites recently.
"Lives of great men all remind us,
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us,
Footprints in the Sands of Time..."
Henry Longfellow: "A Psalm of Life"
In the above extract from Henry Longfellow's poem "A
Psalm of Life," we are reminded that our Ancestors left Footprints in
the Sands of Time for us to find-- they may be barely visible--
but they are there, if we look close enough.
We should never lose sight of the fact that our
Ancestors are waiting to be found. They have not moved-- they
remain where they were buried, one, two, three or even four hundred
Bulletin Board Added !
26-Jun-2007: We have added a Bulletin
Board feature to the site. You can get there from the home page.
Create a username and password for yourself and begin using it today.
Or click this link. [removed because we couldn't keep spammers
Opening "Family Tree" and "Descendants Reports"
23-Jun-2007: The Family Tree and
Descendant Reports on the site are ".pdf" files.
The program that normally opens them is Adobe Acrobat Reader.
HOWEVER, Adobe's program is VERY large and takes a LONG time to load
before it can open the Family Tree or Descendants Report files.
Personally, I never use it. I strongly recommend that you
use the free program called "Foxit Reader for Windows." It
is much, much, much faster. You can download it from their site at
20-Jun-2007: Peter Milhench Nettleton
le Gassick was born 29-May-2007, making him the youngest Legassick on
the planet! Little Peter is the son of Stuart and Loren Legassick
of Providence, Rhode Island, USA and grandson of Cyril (Sandy) le
Gassick of Aberdeen, Scotland. He weighed in at 8lbs 10 oz.
Welcome to the family!
Peter Milhench Nettleton le Gassick
Pictured here at 1-day old.
Through contact with Ted in Melbourne we have received a letter that
relates the family's move to New Zealand and Australia. The
letter, from Clive LeGassick and dated 1988, identifies Jacob LeGassick
b1829 and wife Margaret Hill living in the Channel Islands and their
family. More details to come. Check out the entire branch of the family
17-Jun-07: We have made some big
This is the all new "Breaking News" section
and will contain... you guessed it, the breaking news. Read about
it here first!
Each branch of the family now has an
"introduction" page which can be used to provide a brief history of that
branch. This page also makes it possible to provide as many
reports or charts as we like for each branch. The previous
structure only permitted one report per family. To visit one of
the families to see the difference go
And also new...
We have added a number of internet addresses
(url's) that point to businesses or major pages of Legassick family
members. If you have a url and would like to be added to the
Links section send a
And Also new...
We have added a new section called
"Migration out of England." It is designed to help us track the
Legassick surname as it crosses the globe. Hopefully it will let
us identify each family unit and their connection to the family's roots.
Link for more details.
consider writing an introduction for your branch of the family because
you will certainly write something more meaningful than anyone else.
IF you have something you want
included in the Breaking News section send an email to
New family found migrated to Canada...
16-Jun-07: We have identified the
nucleus of a family that left England and settled in Toronto between
1863 and 1865.
Benjamin Legassick, with his wife Mary Anne and 3 of their 4 children (Katherine, Rosina and Frederick) depart for Canada. They settle in Toronto.
It is possible that there are descendants of Frederick but we have not
done enough research to know. We have not yet identified Benjamin's parents.
Link for more details.
We connect with Australia !
30-Apr-07: Brian (of Devon) made
contact with Keith Edward (Ted) Legassick of Melbourne. This is
the first contact with the continent for
. Ted and his wife Shirley owned the Legassick jewelry company you
have probably seen on the internet... but have since sold to their 3
sons. His children are Mandi, Darryn, Wade and Kenton. Ted has given us some material that
identifies how his family came to be in Australia and once we get that
transcribed we will let you know. Welcome Ted and family!
Link for more details.
Welcome Sandy le Gassick of Aberdeen
30-May-07: A new "branch" on the tree
has appeared! Sandy le Gassick has been working genealogy for his
branch of the family for some time. He is descended from William
Nettleton Legassick (b1834). This makes his branch directly
related to the Samuel Searle Legassick family that migrated to America
Sandy's son Stuart is the squash coach at
Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, USA and has a cousin
(Trevor) who is a professor at the University of Michigan, USA.
Sandy is also the proud grandfather of a new baby boy... born
May 29th, Peter
Milhench Legassick... He weighed in at 8lbs 10 oz.
Link for more details.
29-May-07: We were contacted
by Peter Gallagher researching ancestry for his wife Patricia. As
it turns out Patricia is a descendant of William Legassick b1804, a
brother of Samuel Searle Legassick b1802. Samuel Searle immigrated
to the United States where he settled in Iowa where his descendants still
live. Brother William stayed in England and his descendants are still
Link for more details.