Chang Chock – My Paternal Ancestry
My father is Gordon Yen Hoi Chang MD. He married Jean Hanoi Wung.
His father was Ah Gett Chang. His mother was Pang Chock
I thought that I would blog about my explorations in finding information on my ancestry.
This pic was taken about November 1919. Ah Po (Chock Sai See) at 34 McGrew Lane with 15 grandchildren of 3 older sisters.
L to R:
Top row: Lena (#1 of 1rst Sister), Humphrey (#2 of 2nd sister my popo), Tommy (4th of 2nd sister) and Allen (4th son of 3rd sister) in arms of Ah Po, Diana (2nd of 1rst sister); Gordon (3rd son of 2nd sister, my Dad);
Middle row: Willy (2nd of 3rd); Ah Kwock (Son of first); Mary (3rd of 1rst); Henry (1rst son of 3rd sister)
Bottom row: Teddy (3rd son of 3rd sister); Florence (1rst daughter of 3rd sister)
In Front: Dorothy (younger daughter of 3rd sister)
My Gung Gung’s restaurant had a parade float circa after WWI.
Chock Pang Chang and Chang Ah Gett; Jack Chang and Humphrey Chang on parade float. Gordon Chang is in house.
The Chang and Chock family enjoying a day at the Ala Moana (Akana) Salt Ponds. Picture was taken about 1924.
Front Row: ? ; (Dr.) Thomas Chang; ? ; ? ; (Dr.) Gordon Chang
Middle Row: Humphrey Chang; ? ; ? ; Chock Sai Shee (Ah Po); ? ; King Tan Chock’s Wife ; Jack Chang
Back Row: Chang Ah Gett; Chuck See Hung (relative); ? ; Chang Pang Chock (my popo) holding a cute baby girl (?0; Bernice; Auntie Gertrude (King Chee Chock’s wife); King Chee Chock; ? ;
This is my Popo and GungGung’s family including my Father Gordon Yen Hoi Chang as a child. It is without my Aunty May Blossom. This picture is about 1918.
Left to Right: Jack Chang as a student of Saint Louis High School. Popo (Chock Pang Chang), Gordon Chang in her lap. Humphrey standing in front of Chang Ah Gett (my GungGung).
This photo was taken about 1912 of Chock Sai Shee(See)’s extended family. Chock Hinn is not in the photo as he passed away.
Standing top row: King Tan, Chang Joe(husband of 3rd sister), Dang ? (husband of 1rst sister), Chang (Mun) Ah Gett (husband of 2nd sister (my GungGung), King Chee
Seater: Diana(2nd daughter of 1rst sister), Bernice(youngest daughter), Jack Chang (1rst son of 2nd sister), Kam Pung (my popo), Chock Sai Shee, 1rst Sister, 3rd sister, Lena (oldest of 1rst sister).
In Front: Mary (3rd of 1rst sister), Ah Kwock (1rst son of 1rst sister).
Widowed Chock Sai Shee (See) and Family taken about 1905. It includes the first Son King Lun before he went to China as part of a swim team where he unfortunately drowned.
Left to Right: 3rd brother King Chee, 3rd sister Ah Lan, 2nd brother King Ho, 1rst son King Lun.
Front row: 4th son King Tan, 1rst sister, baby sister Bernice, Chock Sai Shee, 2nd sister Kum Pung( My popo).
Talking to Mayblossom Wilkinson. When I told her about GoonTong instead of GooHokChyun, she said that that sounds right. So I am going to go with GoonTong as our Chock and Chang home village. In Mandarin, it is GuanTang. I also talked to her about the time that Popo and Uncle Jack went back to China. This was because GungGung didn’t feel that he could go back to China because he was unsure whether or not he could get back to Hawaii. He felt he was an illegal (this is why he said that he was from Kauai). Anyway, his parents had fallen ill or passed away and Popo/Uncle Jack went back to visit the Chang and Chock shrine at the ‘village’. So I’m assuming that this village is GoonTong (in Cantonese). I believe it is GuanTang in Mandarin.
Again, the problem is that I’ve seen two chinese characters describing ‘Guan’ but look to be the same town. The other thing is that I’ve seen two sources describing that they belong to two different districts and two different towns.
Chock Sai Shee’s Manoa Tombstone indicates Goon Tong 官 塘 Joong San (ChungShan and Zhongshan). In mandarin, it is GuanTang.
The following links all label on the map the same ‘village’ Guantangcun
The following 3 links, however, describe this town from two different ‘districts and towns.
One labels it Guantang community of Tanjiawan Town of Xiangzhou DIstrict of Zhuhai Municipality (city) of Guangdon Province.
Another labels it Guantang Village 关塘 (with the other characters) of Nanlang Town of Zhongshan City of Zhongshan Municipality of Guangdong Province.
The problem is that they GPS the location to the same area.
China Guangdong, Zhuhai, Xiangzhou 南安一巷
Your Guide to China> Guangdong Province>>Zhuhai Municipality>>Xiangzhou District >Tangjiawan Town>>Guantang Community(广东省 珠海 香洲区 唐家湾镇 官塘社区)
Your Guide to China> Guangdong Province>>Zhongshan Municipality>>Zhongshan City >Nanlang Town>>Guantang Village(广东省 中山 中山市 南朗镇 关塘村民委员会)
Here are some links on the history of Chang’s. One of them by Lai talks about the Chang’s of SamXiang which may be the Chang clan that Sue’s Grandmother came from. Problem is that it is the same Chang Character.
This talks about the different areas, linguistically, that the overseas Chinese came from from China by districts, villages etc.
This has a whole bunch of articles historically relating to Hawaii Chinese.
Zhongshan, Zhuhai, Macao-Geographical notes
this has some info on the Chang clan of ‘third Village’ (samxiang or samheung) as well as other villages. You should look at Mr. Lai’s digital archives to read other articles etc on Chinese. Lot of good reads.
Mayblossom Wilkinson related a story to me.
She said that Chang Ah Gett came to the US from China at the age of 14 with a group of chinese because he could read and write. He was from a family of scholars that were stripped of their ‘title’. Couldn’t make a living so he left. He came from the same home town as Chock Sai Shee and my grandmother Gam Pang Chock (Goo Hok Chyun). They were setup in marriage by Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s brother Son Hu (Sun Mei in Honolulu?). She also relates that my grandmother was presented to Dr. SUn Yat Sen as a possible bride since our families knew each other and were from the same village… but was eliminated.
The interesting thing is that Sun Yat-sen’s village is Cuiheng 翠亨村 (now a part of Nanlang)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuiheng. It is about 10 miles from Guhe or GooHok.(Chock Sai Shee’s village).
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Chock’s (Cheuk) also come from Ngan hang or Yinkeng which is about 10 miles from CuiHeng.
I believe that I found our town for Chock Family
Verbally, our town is Goo Hok Chyun, Kung Seong Doo, Chungshan. This is Cantonese
Chungshan is the district in Guangdong province.
Kung Seong Doo is the district which I think has changed.
Goo Hok is the village. Chyun (village).
In Mandarin, it is pronounced GuHe Cun
Kung Seong Doo is one of the administrative districts of Chungshan. Chungshan was named Heungshan pre 1911. Doo is a district so Kung Seong Doo is one of 10. In 1911, there were slight boundry changes and doo became ‘kee’. There were 9 districts. Kung Seong Doo became #6 precinct. I guess it would be called no 6 kee now. I haven’t found a map that states these precincts or districts today, but I did find maps of the ‘doo’s.
Each of these districts then had ‘villages’ within them called chuen (jyutping) or cun (pinyin).
You may see Heung (jyutping) that is a subdistrict made up of one or more villages.
I found several maps of Chung Shan ‘doo’ or ‘kee’ districts: One of them from Wai Jane Char’s ‘Geography of Kwangtung Province for Hawaii Residents’ ( a good read) indicates ‘Goo Hok’ on the left or west side of Kung Seong Doo.
I found this map 1954 army map which indicates Ku-Hao. In the middle next to Mao-wan. I put the larger map also..
Google maps indicates that this area is Guhecun
guhecun, near Zhongshan, Guangdong, China
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Here is a link that has a satellite Map of Guhe along with Panoramio pictures that other people have uploaded to the site of Guhe
of a map and pictures of the town.
I think that this pic is Guhe on top of the building.
Gu He (pinyin) or Gu Hok (jyutping)
The character for Gu is
It is pronounced Gu in pinyin and jyutping. It means
1] old; classic; ancient; antiquated; antiquity  not following current customs or practices  a Chinese family name
He (pinyin) or Hok (jyutping) can be written like this.
It means ‘crane’
You may also see or hear the word
cyun/chuen (jyutping) or cun (pinyin) following Guhe or Guhok
This means village.
 village; countryside; hamlet
 vulgar; coarse
 naive; simple-minded
 [v] embarrass
 [v] scold
I was searching on Google Books and found this excerpt from the book
Chinese Historic Sites and Pioneer Families of Rural Oahu by Tin Yuke Char 1988
There are references to the Chang Ah Gett family. Need to get a copy of this book and article.
Tin Yuke Char also got a book ‘Chinese historic sites and pioneer families of Kauai. THere are Ching’s and Chang’s here.
Aunty May Blossom Chang Wilkinson mentions that Chang Ah Gett had a sister and he came from Kauai. Need to discover and research more of this. Ching’s, is the last name of E.K. Wung’s wife Alicia (Ching) Mother of Jean Wung Chang. The Ching’s came from Kauai.
Chinese historic sites and pioneer families of rural Oahu
From inside the book
3 pages matching chang gett in this book