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Looking for info on Tongs in Kent -

Query by Andy1969

I'm also looking for info on Tong family members in Kent, specifically Hernhill, Dargate, Boughton and Dunkirk.

Any info regarding the parents of Edward Tong c.1878 - 1953 would be most appreciated. He married Edith Hadlow in 1901 - that is all I know.

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on 2013-02-06 08:13:34

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by Andy1969 on 2013-02-06 15:42:34

Thank you again. That's the line I was going down but it doesn't quite seem to fit; their Edward appears to have married a different Edith and had children who would have been half brothers/sisters to my grandfather - but never heard of them. I'll have another look at it though...

Cheers for your help... =)


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by Andy1969 on 2013-02-07 13:04:23

Thank you - again -

I was tired last night and did miss it entirely...


by robletch on 2013-04-01 21:59:25

these tong families are my family on my mothers maternal side.i was brought up in the village in the 1950s. i remember we were taught our family line by my grandmother emily jane woodard nee tong.it was robert tong-isaac tong-mary tong-henry r tong.henry was born before his mother married his father john ralph, henry r tong married jane ann shilling daughter of william shilling and sarah branchett, their daughter emily jane tong born about 1888 married william woodard born about 1878 from the saxmundham area of suffolk uk. the tongs were to the best of my knowledge all related and were a pretty tough lot. they lived like a large clan and were the largest family unit in the area they mostly lived in and around the great forest of blean as woodsmen.this forest for years belonged to the archbishops of canterbury and the kings writ did not apply there.the last uprising on english soil took place here, the battle of bossenden woods took place here and one of my relatives george branchett was shot by the militia,as were about ten others,most of the others were transported,several of whom are related families.

by robletch on 2013-05-02 18:21:11

There was also isaac tong son of robert and esther. My gggg grandad and gggg granny .isaac is my ggg grandfather. There is also a charles tong and a christopher tong and joseph tong. somewhere in the mix .All lived on or about south st which splits into dunkirk rd and horselees rd and on to hickmans green and boughton common. hernhill.dunkirk.boughton.and selling are all parishes that border each other. This charles tong must be related because he lived at 15 north lane in 1871 census and I grew up in that house in 1950s and we owned the house next door too. This edward tong son of stephen was my grandmother emilys (1888) 2nd cousin once removed.
The row of cottages at horselees rd were torn down in the 1950s.

by Andy1969 on 2013-05-02 18:33:31

Thank you for all this info - I'll have a proper read through it tomorrow try and get my head around it and link it to people on my tree. My dad was born and rais ed at Yorkletts - think they moved to Swalecliffe around 1961.

by robletch on 2013-05-02 18:50:28

Further more andy if its the same edward
. and If hes your grandad?? then we are related. About 4 cousins or thereabouts. My granny would have been your tong parents 3 cousin. Actually andy im sure I sent you a message from another site last year?but got no reply. Bob letchford .gillingham kent uk.

by Andy1969 on 2013-05-02 18:55:55

You may well have done - I picked this up for a while then dropped it totally for ages. By the time I came back to it I had no idea what sites I'd been to before. I'm on here most days now, so that doesn't tend to happen these days. I've made a great deal of progress but there's still a lot needs untangling - there were so many of them - which is odd, considering I've never met another Tong in my life... =)

by Andy1969 on 2013-05-02 18:58:07

Edward was my Great Grandfather - just read that back. It's good to finally "meet you" properly. =)

by robletch on 2013-05-02 19:05:51

Andy my email address is robletgill@hotmail.com we can talk on the fone if we exchange numbers? Bob

by Andy1969 on 2013-05-03 16:56:42

I E-mailed you this morning, mate. Cheers. =)

by robletch on 2013-05-04 20:34:26

by the way andy my first cousins the beals who still live in boughton are the same relationship to you as i am. and my brother lives there too. the beals are related to the harlows as well, and this is the family of jean harlow the famous platinum blonde bombshell filmstar,they were a huge family group from the chilham,old wives lees,shottenden ,elmsted,selling area. im some sort of relative as well.my great great grandfather lived in shottenden.his name was john ralph and married mary tong.another distant relative has a brilliant site , check it out ted and marys guestbook.especially for kent relatives. check out the harlows on it,many still live locally.im related to harris family and so was jean harlow. in fact the whole neighbourhood was related over the last century.these were all neighbouring little villages and parishes which meant there was many related families.hey any shillings from kent,or branchetts,or tong out there?many emigrated some were transported to australia. it rhymes 3 branchetts,2 shillings and 1 tong were transported from kent including big ike, isaac branchett hes notorious as i think he was transported twice and came back still i believe. and george branchett was shot in THE BATTLE OF BOSSENDEN WOODS along with about 10 others,the rest were transported to oz,they were protesting about cuts in wages and the poor laws,they are buried in a mass grave in hernhill churchyard, it was unmarked but now theres a memorial and there recognised like the tolpuddle martyrs.it was the last armed uprising on english soil.dont know if your up andy but i call you on fone in the morning.bob

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