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 is known of William’s early life. I found one reference that he was rumored to be a bodyguard of George Washington. It makes an interesting story, but I am not sure the dates work out for that to be accurate.
On 12 May 1805, William married Rebecca Watson in Fairfield Co, Ohio. He appeared on the tax roll in Greenfield Twp, Fairfield Co near Lancaster, Ohio in 1806.
William served in the War of 1812 in the 1st Regiment (Williamson’s) Ohio Militia as a Sargent Major.
William Tong was a contractor for the construction of a portion of the Ohio Canal. He constructed the state dam west of Lockville. In 1829, he laid out the town of Carroll at the junction of the Ohio Canal and the Lancaster Lateral (later known as the Hocking Canal). More information can be found at the Carroll, Ohio web site.
There is some confusion about this. I have found no records that William H Tong had a brother Oliver. He did have a son named Oliver who would have been 16 years old in 1829 and another son, William that would have been 22 years old. It is possible that it was the two sons of William H Tong that laid out the town of Carroll.
William H died in 1830 and is buried at Carroll Cemetery, Fairfield Co, Ohio at the age of 48. His wife died on 21 Jun 1850 and is buried in the same cemetery.