Tong blog

Bits of history from our familes


Tong DNA Test

A while back, I submitted a DNA sample to Ancestry for testing and inclusion in their database. I have to admit that some of the science is a bit hard to understand. Ancestry has a good page of information here if you would like to learn about it. I thought I would share a summary […]

Elizabeth Delphine (Bolander) Montgomery (1869 – 1934)

I found this picture in my Aunt’s collection of old family pictures and I had to share. I would love to know the story behind having a picture of Elizabeth feeding the chickens. It is my great grandmother Elizabeth Delphine (Bolander) Montgomery. Elizabeth was born 7 Sep 1869 in Findlay, Ohio to William Henry Bolander […]

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John Maurice Montgomery (1868 – 1903)

One of my great grandfathers is John Maurice Montgomery. John was born on 10 Jan 1868 to Charles Milo Montgomery and Martha Ruvitha (Smith) Montgomery. He was one of three children and the only son. Martha (his mother) died when John was only seven years old. In the 1880 census, John and his sister Margaret […]

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Births, deaths and anniversaries – Feb 13

Birthdays Mary HAMBLETON – 1774 Elizabeth Stephenson – 1776 Esther T KIRK – 1818 Jonas FENSTERMAKER – 1826 Hiram Tong COUNTS – 1842 Charles Milo MONTGOMERY – 1844 Mary Elizabeth SMITH – 1846 William P Haines – 1862 Ida Jane (Jennie) SPRAY – 1863 Jemima Mae TONG – 1884 Deaths Louisa SCHLEICH – 1856 Mary […]

William Henry Bolander (1844 – 1911)

This week’s feature is William Henry Bolander. William was my great, great grandfather on my mother’s side. He was born in Biglick Twp, Hancock Co, Ohio on 13 Mar 1844 to Henry Bolander and Elizabeth Renschler. William served in the Civil War. He enlisted in 1861 at an age of 17. He was engaged in […]

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Wiggins family history – how it started

About the same time as my Mom and I started collecting Tong info (early 70’s), we also started collecting Wiggins family history. My Aunt Cathryn was working on the Wiggins line, and the names associated with it (Montgomery, Aukamp, and Bolander). Everything Mom and I found, we sent on. My cousin Steve is also smitten […]

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