Wung – Ching : My Maternal Ancestry
My mother, Jean Hanoi Wung, married Gordon Y.H. Chang.
Her Father was En Kong Wung and Mother was Alicia Ching.
I am exploring my ancestry and essentially posting things that I find here.
I published this on Medium.com. It’s about my ancester’s hometowns in China.
In looking at Census, I found a 1910 Census that listed San Ching with
Wife: Kong She Ching
Nee Keau was my Mother’s Mother Alicia Ching Wung chinese name.
Uncle Frank was just born or wasn’t born yet. Yuk San must be Mable, Siu Yin doesn’t look like she is in the 1920 Census. Fook must be Albert or uncle David. I’ll have to check names.
My mother, Jean, said that her mother’s mother and sister had died in Kauai. Her grandfather moved to Honolulu and remarried so Alicia had step sisters younger than Frank.
His 2nd Wife and him had a daughter Ella who married a Fernandez. Jean said that Sang’s 2nd wife had a sister that married Akona. Sang Ching had an older brother whose descendants owned Haile’s Hawaiian Food.
San Ching was born on Kauai. He had older brothers born in China. Because he was born on Kauai. He would be 2nd generation… which makes me 5th generation on this side.
If you really are picky, I should be 3rd generation as my father’s father, my paternal grandfather, was born in China.
|Spouse’s first name(s)||Kong She|
|Spouse’s last name||Ching|
|Spouse’s birth place||China|
|Father’s first name(s)||–|
|Father’s last name||–|
|Father’s birth place||China|
|Mother’s first name(s)||–|
|Mother’s last name||–|
|Mother’s birth place||China|
|Record set||US Census 1910|
|Category||Census, Land & Substitutes|
|Collections from||United States & Canada|
Family Search.org has some records that look interesting. They are family geneologies photocopied and put online.
I found Weng
THe chinese character for Wung.
There are family histories but from a different district in Kwongtung.
THere are other districts including Taiwan that have ‘Wung’. Check it out.
I found updated maps of Hakka Villages in the area of which my great grandfather came from. This is a continuation of another post that I did:
There is a Jamaican Chinese website that has put together a database of thier tombstones, surnames, and home villages. They also have a map that list the hakka villages. Another interesting thing is that there are ‘Chuck’ that went to Jamaica. My dad’s mother’s name is Chock (same). Another area to explore.
https://mapalist.com/Public/pm.aspx?mapid=414030 You can find Ki Piang on the map of a Hakka Village:
I found a bigger picture from the book “JAMAICAN CHINESE WORLDWIDE – ONE FAMILY” by Patrick & Lorraine Lee”
It has a legend to find Ki Piang: It is on the left page about 3/4 page up above Gon Lan. You see Kee Piang.
I found this 1866 map
It doesn’t show Kee Piang but it does show Kon Lan
I thought this was cool. A little more verification on the location of this Hakka Village that Wung Sam Sing came from.
I found some things on Ancestry.com of my Uncle… Uncle Ed. He was my mother’s brother and died at the young age of 39. He went to Michigan State and became a Veterinarian, same as my brother Douglas. He was married to Irene and had a son, Randall.
Here is Uncle Ed in his Michigan State Yearbook
I found other pics of him at the University of Hawaii:
I started looking for signs of documentation on my mother’s, Jean Wung Chang, mother or my maternal Grandmother. We called her Grandmother as Popo was left to my father’s mother Chock Pang Chang. Her name was Alicia. My brother, Stuart, named his daughter after her. I just remember Uncle David and Uncle Frank (and Aunty Betsy) where were Alicia’s Brothers. Uncle David retired in Hilo raising Lichee tree’s. We used to go to Hilo and Uncle David would take us fishing off the pier in Hilo Bay to catch Papio. He would cast his line and sinker way out and we would either cast our poles or go with a bamboo pole and try to catch manini or the butterfly fish or crabs through their eyes. Uncle David was a great cook. Mom said he lived in NY awhile, a cook, and then retired to Hilo. Uncle Frank lived in Honolulu with his wife Aunty Betsy. Eunice, their daughter, go married to Roy. I was their ring bearer at their wedding. They had two children. Greg and Shelley, I believe.
Mom says that Alicia’s Father, Sang Ching, was born in Kauai. He had brothers also that lived in Honolulu who were born in China. Don’t know his father’s name or my Great grandfather. This would make me 5th generation Chinese. Alicia’s Mother and Sister died from small pox on Kauai. After this, the widowed Sang Ching took his family to Honolulu to stay and help his brothers on his rice farm in Nuuanu. Mom tells a story that Alicia picked Keawi pods to feed the horses.
Alicia, after finishing 9th grade, went to Normal school to become a teacher. After graduating, she went off to the island of Hawaii to teach somewhere on the Hamakua coast. Mom says that Aunty Alma (good family friend) was a Ching also and introduced Alicia to my mom’s father En Kong Wung.
I found a 1920 Census indicating Alicia’s family in Honolulu. I also found records of Frank F.M. Ching indicating his father was named San Ching born around 1878 and his wife was ‘Shee Gong”. (“Hawaii, Births and Christenings, 1852-1933,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FWS3-VLC : accessed 06 Feb 2013), Shee Gong in entry for Frank Fo Min Ching, 27 May 1910.)
In 1920, the census read:
San Ching 42; Albert Ching: Son,19; Alice (Alicia) Ching Daughter 17; Mable Ching Daughter 15; Frank Ching Son 10.
Uncle David was the oldest. I have to check if Uncle David changed his name from Albert or something.
I should talk to Eunice more about this for more info on the Ching Family.
Alicia died on my birthday when I was in 8th grade. Our family was traveling in the midwest. We found out a week later when we were entering Mesa Verde. Because we lived in Honolulu, we could only spend time with Grandmother during the summer. The things I remember were the mosquitos in Hilo, rain, rain. Fishing on the Bay. Going to my Uncle’s ranches: Uncle Alex Wung and Uncle Leslie. They would take us horseback riding and picking blackberries.
Grandma was hakka also. I don’t know how the ‘Ching’ is written in Chinese. I have one impression from her. She came to visit us and baby sit. Us kids were into throwing things and killing toads and African snails. We would either hunt toads or throw the African snails on the road to see if we could hit cars or something. Well, one day, I threw a rock at a pidgeon and hit it. Grandma saw this and picked up the bird and went back to the house/kitchen. Thinking nothing of this, we all just kept on playing. Come dinner time and guess what we had for dinner… the f*&()&* bird. All plucked, skinned and cooked. I didn’t not kill anymore birds for the rest of my life. I’m glad I didn’t kill a mongoose or something.
Where You Wen Grad?
Oh, high school. Is there any other time in our lives for which we’re so nostalgic, and yet so glad is over? Luckily (or embarrassingly), yearbooks are there to record the experience—the homecoming dances, the awkward fashions, the jocks, nerds and babes. Your yearbook is probably safely stashed in a closet somewhere, but someone else has a copy, too: the Hawaii State Library. Its collection includes just about every high school throughout the Islands, and dates back as far as 1914. We combed through the stacks to find what’s changed about the local high school experience over the years, and what’s stayed exactly the same.