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 […]

Henry Hamilton Wiggins and Kathryn (Aukamp) Wiggins

One of my great grandparents on my mother’s side was Henry Hamilton Wiggins and Kathryn Louisa (Aukamp) Wiggins. Henry was born on 18 Sept 1855 in New Providence, Lancaster, Pennsylvania as the youngest of 14 children to Stephen H and Elizabeth (Bowman) Wiggins. It appears that he remained in this same area all his life […]

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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 […]

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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