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 […]

Harriet Sarah Stage

My great grandmother was Harriet Sarah Stage. Harriet was born 3 Sep 1850 in Lyme, Huron Co, Ohio to parents John Stage and Arseneth (Patrick) Stage. We don’t know much about Harriet’s early life. She appears in the 1870 census at the age of 19 as a school teacher living with the family of William […]

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Benoni C Mitchell (1849 – 1891)

One of my great grandfathers was Benoni C Mitchell. Benoni was born on 5 June 1849 in Pleasant Twp, Hancock Co, Ohio to parents Robert A Mitchell and Miriam (Butler) Mitchell. He appears in the 1850, 1860, and 1870 census living with his parents in Hancock Co. He was the last of 10 children. On […]

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UPDATED: Fitzpatrick… Or is it Patrick?

Update: And I FOUND IT! I now feel I have conclusive proof that my 2nd great grandmother’s maiden name was Patrick and not Fitzpatrick. Recently, I have been looking at all the information I have for my great grandparents Benoni C. Mitchell and Harriet Sarah Stage. Harriet was married four times (more on that later). […]

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 […]