Monday, March 2, 2009

Names, Places & Most Wanted Faces

Surnames and Locales:

CHAMPLIN Surname: Rhode Island (Washington County)
HILL Surname: Ohio (Medina & other counties) New York (County unknown)
HANNAN Surname: Illinois (Cook County) Missouri (St. Louis) Ireland (County unknown)
HURD Surname: New York (Dutchess County)
JUCKET/JACKET Surnames: Massachusetts (Bristol County)
KANE/O'KANE Surnames: Illinois (Cook, LaSalle, & Lee Counties) Ireland (County unknown)
KENYON Surname: Ohio (Medina County) New York (Monroe & other counties) Rhode Island (Richmond & Washington Counties)
KNAP/KNAPP Surnames: Massachusetts (Bristol County) New York (County unknown)
McCORMICK Surname: Illinois (DuPage & LaSalle Counties) Canada (Richmond County, Quebec) Ireland (County unknown)
McINTYRE Surname: Ohio (Medina County) New York (County unknown)
DeCOSTA Surname: Portugal (Lisbon Region) Hawaii (Oahu County)
CARVALHO Surname: Azores (Sao Miguel) Hawaii (Hawaii County) California (Santa Clara County)
DeMATTOS/MATTOS Surnames: Azores (Sao Miguel) Hawaii (Hawaii & Oahu Counties)
LAU or CHONG Surname: Hong Kong, Hawaii (Hawaii & Oahu Counties)

My Top Three Wishes:
  • I would love to find what New York county my HILL family left when they moved to Medina, Ohio in the 1830's.
  • I would love to find exactly where all of my Irish ancestors originated.
  • I would love to find the baptism information for my maternal grandfather, Anthony DeCosta (Lisbon, Portugal.)
Most Wanted Ancestor:

My biggest mystery is my maternal great-grandfather. I'm not even sure what his name was as it was recorded differently on every document I have. It may have been LAU CHONG. He WAS born 03 May 1867 in Hong Kong. He WAS naturalized in Honolulu on 08 Aug 1887.  He WAS working as a contractor at Waiakea Sugar Plantation on the Island of Hawaii in 1910. He DID marry Maria Augusta CARVALHO on 09 Dec 1912 in Kaneohe on Hawaii. He DID build their home at 1223 Alani St., in Honolulu. They DID have three children: Rose Lyu, Kui Kyau Lau (known as Hilda) and Alexander CHONG. He DID have a niece, whose married name was Emma (Heu Fook) VICKERY. He passed away from heart disease on 11 Apr 1918 and was buried at Ket On Society Chinese Cemetery in Honolulu. Because of the condition of the cemetery, his grave is likely never to be found.  With all of his name variations and my not being familiar with all of the intricacies of Chinese names and culture, I feel he will always be a mystery.

LAU CHONG c. 1918

1223 Alani Street Honolulu, T.H.

*updated 7/12/2010