Posted by Al Chinn (18.104.22.168) on June 25, 2007 at 14:29:31:
In Reply to: Re: Re: Help Locating Tan/Chen/陈 from Amoy/Xiamen/厦门市 1850-1900 posted by John on June 24, 2007 at 09:26:59:
Your Eng Jwan/Hjuan Tan should read Yingchuan Tang 潁川堂to mean Yingchuan Hall which is the largest branch of the Chen clan. While I am not a Hokkien, Eng Jwan does sound like this hall name. Sorry I would not know where to find your gggf's tomb in Fujian without some kind of clue. Also cannot venture to guess what your ggf's Duan character might be. Tan is one of the largest surname in Fujian and there are many villages around the Xiamen area where a lot of them came from. The largest area is around Zhangzhou 漳州 because Chen Yuanguang 陳元光 (a famous Chen ancestor of the Chaozhou-Minnan area)lived there in the past.
I am not aware that the position of Imperial Tutor 太傅 could be purchased (only a few lower rank titles could be bought). It was supposed to be bestowed by the royal court to an outstanding scholar to tutor the crown prince. The branch (not wave) 太傅派 may have been misinterpreted by your gf as you said due to the similiarity of the first two characters. The term Pai means a branch, a division as well as a particular school of thought; perhaps this last usage may have been mistaken by your gf.
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