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Moy Wing Ting[梅 永 清 ] of Guangdong


There is an ancient Chinese book of lore named, "The Rise and Fall of Nations", which has the first recording of a people named Moy[梅 ]. This period was about the time of Confucius.

The first Moys lived in the northern region of China near the Yellow River. It is not certain when they migrated south.

Beginning from the time of An Fun[ ] there was the first generation; Moy Wing Ting[梅 永 清] lived in Gee Kee Hong[ ], Nam Hun[ ] and Canton(GUANG3ZHOU1)[廣州].

During the 15th Century, the time of the Ming[明 ] Dynasty, there were in total roughly 90 different surnames in this region of Gee Kee Hong. Most of the people worked as farmers.

One day, a merchant named Wong Bach Mon[黃 百 萬 ](millionaire Wong) sailed into the port of Gee Kee Hong. He took on a woman beggar who lived in this region. This beggar was once one of the Emperor's many wives. She had escaped from the Emperor's palace where she was held. The people of Gee Kee Hong were afraid of the Emperor when it was discovered that this beggar had escaped from the Emperor's palace.

The people of Gee Kee Hong escaped the Emperor's wrath by moving south to Toy San[臺 山].

They had no means of transportation, so they chopped down trees for logs and made rafts.

Thus the first generation lived in the An Fun village. An Fun was sparsely populated at this time.

There was an old lady who lived in a hut; her surname was Sa[沙 ], which means sand. The first generation adopted this as their family name.

In An Fun, there still stands the Nam Gai(Nan2Qi2)[南圻 ] Temple (Nam Gai means South border) which houses a stone tablet that reads the names Sa Ngen Liang2[沙 良] and Sa Ngen Ming[沙 明] which commemorates the Sa name.

Moy Wing Ting, the first Moy, left An Fun and never returned. No one knows what happened to him; during those times, there were more wild animals than people. In his tomb are two teeth; he left behind 2 sons in this village with nothing else but 2 teeth and that is the reason why his tomb is called teeth mountain.

Moy Wing Ting lived in Gee Kee Hong, Nam Hun district, Canton. He married from Kuangsi, 1372, 4th year of the reign of Hung Mu, the 1st emperor of the Ming Dynasty. The Ancestral Temple is in Soon Ot 30 km South of Canton. From Gee Kee Hong moved south to Toy San. Thus the first generation lived in the An Fun village. In An Fun, there still stands the Nam Gai Temple(Nam Gai means South border) which houses a stone tablet that reads the names Sa Ngen Liang and Sa Ngen Ming which commemorates the Sa name.

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