Hi, I am trying to trace any information related to my father. Chen Wai King. Obviously, surname King (I believe) was a mix-up of documentation. Original either Hing or Ching.
Very little is known, but here goes. Chen Wai was a merchant seaman (third engineer) who worked for Blue Funnel & then Westminster Dredging Co. in Liverpool, Merseyside, England, until the time of his passing on Feb. 14, 1966 aged 51 years. Along with his young widow he left 6-children ranging from 7.5-years to the youngest less than 1-year old. My mum believes he had a sister in China who owned a theatre??
The only other information available is the Chinese inscription on his grave headstone, which was translated by a friend as following.
The first line (on the right) states a place (I'm guessing where your dad was from) Taishan village, Dinghai district, Zheijiang province
The only inconsistency is that Taishan village should be part of Guangdong province (just above Hong Kong) so not sure there.
So this is where your dad originates from or born.
The second line appears to be translated as: The tombstone of Sir Chen Wai Hing (I know that's inconsistent with the English translation but that's the exact translation of the pronunciation in Cantonese.
I know it's a long shot but any suggestion, or leads would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Kevin King (Hing/Ching) (oldest son)
As our redoubtable researcher Henry would say, welcome to our Forum.
You are confusing Taishan village in Zhejiang province with Taishan county in Guangdong province. www.legacy1.net/ . This top page should clear up any misunderstanding you may have.
I may safely assume you are Eurasian, a loving child of a Chinese seaman father and an English mother. You are one of the lucky ones as your father was not unceremoniously deported at the end of WW ll. Did he serve in the British merchant navy during the war? Are you aware of your fellow travellers and their website:
I believe Douglas is quite correct in saying that your area of interest is really in Zhejiang province.
As a preliminary step, I am posting a map of Shanghai which also shows the prefecture level city of Zhoushan ( 舟山 ):
The next map shows the location of the Dinghai district:
As I cannot read or write Chinese, one of our other Chinese literate Forum members will have to provide a more detailed translation of the address from your father's gravestone. I believe the last part refers to "Taishan" heung - a heung being a a town level geographic entity.
Meanwhile, I will scan the Dinghai district on some Chinese maps to see if I can locate the Taishan characters - if I can find them, this would probably be your ancestral village.
Please advise on what you would like to do with this research and we could probably advise you more effectively. Are you trying to re-establish connections with relatives in China and/or acquire a copy of your family/clan genealogy book?
I believe I have found on a map the location of your ancestral village.
Apparently, the name has changed to Zong Taishan ( 总台山 ) under the jurisdiction of Dinghai ( 定海 ) in your father's time, it looks like it is now under Ningbo City ( 宁波市 ). See the following map, it is located as location "A" - for a general orientation:
My apologies, this is the first visit to the site since original post (long story) Thank you all very much for your research, feedback & encouragement It is greatly appreciated Best wishes & warm regards from a Chinese-Irishman (hence the name) Kevin Patrick King
kevinking, In case no one has informed you of this yet, surnames are written first in Chinese names and the given names after the surnames. So, your father's surname was Chen 鄭, more commonly translated as Cheng or Zheng (in pinyin). Wai King or Wai Hing (Hui Qing in pinyin) 惠慶 was his given name.
in effect your surname should also be Chen/Cheng/Zheng 鄭.
msen: Hi Sis, and welcome to the forum. As you know, I recently returned on a long journey from Florida to see one of our American cousins, sadly, in hospice. Her wish was to reconnect our family and visit with as many as could make the trip to her bedside.
Jun 15, 2013 12:27:50 GMT -5
msen: Oops, I guess i will continue in shoutbox, but merely wanted to reply to you! Long story short, her wish came true and now we have, thanks to forum friends, our village and some names in our father's family. Shout out to Laohuaqiao, FayChee and forum.
Jun 15, 2013 12:32:35 GMT -5