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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 […]

Tong Implement – Grant Tong

Thanks to my brother for getting me started with this post. Sometime around 1931, Grant Tong left the farm, moved to Findlay, Ohio and started ‘Tong Implement’. He sold Minneapolis Moline tractors and other farm equipment at a location on West Main Cross Street in Findlay. This picture is during that time frame. It shows […]

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William H Tong (1781 – 1830)

William H Tong was my 3rd great grandfather. He was born on 12 Sep 1781 in Piscataway Creek, Prince George’s Co, Maryland as the fourth child of a total of thirteen to William Tong(ue) and Ellen Ford. After his mother died in 1793, his father married Elizabeth Thomas and had thirteen more children. Not much […]

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George Washington Tong (1808 – 1879)

My great, great, grandfather was George Washington Tong. He was born on 12 Dec, 1808 in Lancaster, Fairfield Co, Ohio to William H. Tong and his wife Rebecca (Watson) Tong. As of 1832, he was a canal boat captain. He married Isabel Crawford, also from Fairfield Co, Ohio on 13 Nov, 1834. Soon after they […]

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Nancy (Tong) Lanius (1813 – 1884)

Nancy was born on 2 Aug 1814 as the first of 11 children to Theodore Ford Tong and Drusilla Robinson. Theodore was one of the 26 children of William Tong. Nancy was born in Madison Co, Missouri. She married Rev Jacob Lanius and together they had 8 children. Nancy died on 19 May 1884 in […]

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Your name is Tong?

I get asked about our last name a lot and in all sorts of ways. How do you spell your last name? Where did it come from? You don’t look like a Tong. Where did your family come from? One of the most creative was when my wife (who used to teach school) was asked […]


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 […]

Births, deaths and anniversaries for Feb 12

Birthdays Joseph Shoemaker – 1762 Daniel BECK – 1815 Louisa Herdman – 1838 Asenath Gresham – 1864 Netta BOLANDER – 1878 Wilbert Chester TONG – 1919 Deaths Francis Broomfield – 1864 Joseph Cannon – 1879 Mary Almeda Newman – 1922 Effie Alice Jackson – 1953 Calvin TONG – 2009 Anniversaries Vincent King & Mary Brown […]

Fitzpatrick… Or is it Patrick?

My Grandma Tong’s maiden name was Mitchell. Going back another generation, her parents were Benoni C Mitchell and Harriet Sarah Stage. If we go back another generation, Harriet’s parents were John Stage and Arseneth Fitzpatrick. At least, this is what I thought. Any time I talked to family members, I got the same reply “Arseneth’s […]

Milton Bigelow Tong (1838-1906)

Over the years, we have collected a number of old pictures. So, I thought it would be fun to post some of them to share with everyone. This week’s feature: Milton Bigelow Tong and his wife Sarah A Beck. Milton was born on 24 Oct 1838 to George Washington Tong and Isabel Crawford. Milton served […]

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