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Hon Yuen 翰苑 House, Eng Suey Sun[伍胥山公所], of Taishan[台山], Guangdong



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Founding Ancestor

Unless otherwise noted, the sources for this history are General Genealogy of the Ng Clan of Ling Nahm 《嶺南伍氏總譜》, compiled in 1933, and Genealogy of the Dau Doong Dai Hong Ng Family《斗洞大巷伍氏宗譜》, date unknown but still in use today. Transliterations appear first in Cantonese, then in Mandarin (Pinyin). When referring to their male ancestors, the Chinese attach to their names the word goong , a term of respect. The writer, Gregory Kimm 伍洞良, a twenty-sixth generation descendant of the Hon Yuen house 翰苑房 , welcomes questions and comments at gckimm@aol.com.

Most of the transliterations below are in Cantonese only.

Today, most members of the Ng clan live in China's Gwong Doong (Guangdong) Province 廣東省. Because of extensive immigration by the Cantonese people, however, many clan members also live outside China, in places such as the United States.

The Ng clan is divided into several major houses or fong , each with its own founding ancestor. Two of those houses, the Look Wai 綠圍, also known as the Chueh Gwok 柱國, and the Hon Yuen 翰苑, originated in what is now Hoi Foong (Kaifeng), Hoh Nahm (Henan) Province 河南開封 and eventually settled in Dau Doong[Au Ung,Tautung], northern Toishan County, Guangdong 台山縣斗洞鄉(around and south of Gungyik [Gongyi, Kung-i-fou, Goong Yik] 公 益).

Jing Goong 正公 (1122-1205), also known as Gai Sahn 佳山, was the founder of the Hon Yuen house. He was the nephew of Mung Goong and, like his uncle, a native of Bin Leung. He became a joon see in 1154. Subsequently, he was admitted to the Hon Lum (Hanlin) Academy 翰林院, which was comprised of the nation's top scholars, and rose to the rank of sau jahn 修撰 (an editor of national history). Sometime after 1127, when the invading forces of Gum (Jin) captured Bin Leung, bringing the Southern Soong Dynasty to an end, Jing Goong moved to Ling Gong in Ling Nahm Province 嶺南陵江 (probably near present-day Nahm Hoong [Nanxiong] 南雄, Guangdong). He moved once again to Mun Jeung Village, Sunwui County, where he lived with his wife, the foo yun Jeung Shee 張氏 (1123-1189). The location of his home was later situated in Dai Hong 大 巷 Village, Dau Doong, Toishan 斗洞大巷(located in the area of Do Tau 渡 頭 , between Goong Yik and Dai Gong).
Sunwui was split into Sunwui and Toishan [original name =Sunning] in 1499.
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The Generation Poem for the Hon Yuen House of the Ng Clan of Ling Nahm


Generation 13
siu
Generation 14
yee
Generation 15
wai
Generation 16
mau
Generation 17
yik
Generation 18 
wun
Generation 19
wui
Generation 20
jai
Generation 21
cheung
Generation 22
ming
Generation 23
鴻 / 洪 
hoong
Generation 24
fun
Generation 25
耀
yiu
Generation 26
lit
Generation 27
jo
Generation 28
gah
Generation 29
yau
Generation 30
hin
Generation 31
dai
Generation 32
ting

A generation poem indicates the generation to which a man belongs. Every man in a particular generation uses a name that includes the character designated for his generation. In Toishan men receive this new name or ho at the time of marriage. This particular generation poem, consisting of four sentences of five characters each, dates back at least to the sixteenth century. It may be translated as follows: "Those who follow are properly strong and flourishing; their fate is a time of glory. Their vast merit will illuminate upright ancestors; they will offer excellent plans to the Great Court."

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