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Re: Origin of Seng family name
Posted by: Thomas Ridgway Allen (ID *****5742) Date: February 10, 2003 at 15:03:24
In Reply to: Origin of Seng family name by Brian Doucette of 46

Richard, My apologies for not getting to your note of 12/02 - but I am a Procrastinator-World Class. As told to me by my Grandmother...Mrs. John T. "Julius" Seng, whose maiden name was Matilda Wildner Seifert, Grandfather Julius had shared the following information with her: the Family, originally, was Chinese! Believe it or not. And, they became traders with the area later known as "Germany", in the "Wetschesapel area - concurrent with Marco Polo's movement to the East! It was their Chinese philosophy to "leave behind" the eldest Son...whenever they returned to China, carrying what they had traded for, as well as "earned," while in the West. Through the years...and we are talking about HUNDREDS of years, our Family became more and more "German"; less and less "Chinese." Finally, after about 7 generations, the now almost 100% German "Seng" Family decided that we had to stop using our Chinese "chop", in favor of a name that could be read by the Germans. So, phonetically, from their Chinese-sounding name, came its German equivalent, of "SENG." If you listen to it, you can hear the Chinese sound...still being said, but now being written, in German, and not in Chinese characters, or its "chop." The FIRST of our Grandfathers, to so use the German version, was Johann Conrad Seng; born in 1534 in Langenbieter. (Please forgive my German spelling, but I am pulling most of this from memory. God save us all!) Johann married Maria C. Breel and the Son we have chosen to keep track of is/was Sabastian Seng. His Wife was Eva Marie Brull. In turn, their Son was Johannes,("Hans"),Seng, who married Gertrude "B"...(My handwriting is very poor, here...but it "looks like "B -something/something-D-something-something." I'll bet you have that information. If not, I'll dive back into my typewritten files. In turn, their Son was Johann Heinrich Seng,(1650-1694), and he married Anna Plappet. They had a Son, Matthias Seng, who married Anne Schaeffer. Their Son, Johannes Seng,(1718-1801), married Anna Barbara Bleu,(1722-1772). Their Son, Johannes Heinrich Seng, married Maria Catherine Kramer. In turn, their Son, Valentine Seng, married Marie Anne Lister. And, their Son, Wendelin Seng, who was born in Wetschesapel, Germany, in 1828, married Agnes Baer. Both of them are buried in Chicago, Illinois... Wendelin, in 1891...and were the first of the "German Sengs" to become "American Sengs." They had MANY children, one of whom was my Grandfather: John T. "Julius" Seng. Other siblings were Francis, Maria Frances, Frank Joseph, Helena, Peter W., Agnes B., Dorothy M., Rose Pauline and William Seng. I well remember Aunt Rose, Aunt Agnes, and Uncles Frank and Francis. In fact, when we were visiting from Leesburg, Florida...Grandmother and I - almost always - stayed with Aunt Rose. The Seng Family had managed to build a semi-compound on Chestnut Street, in Wilmette. And, as people were born, lived and died...the case was often made that one set of Sengs just moved into, other, Seng Homes. Grandfather, (John Thomas) married Matilda Seifert Wildner, and they had 4 children: Helen, (the eldest), Virginia Grace,(my Mother), James and Thomas. Aunt Helen married Marshall Corns and had 4 Children: Daniel, Mary-Helen, Marsha and Michael. Mother married Charles Wesley Allen, and had one child...the writer - whose FULL name is "Thomas Ridgway Charles Seng Allen." Uncle James married and had twins, Peter and Paul Seng, while Uncle Thomas married and had Thomas and Donna, also twins.All of the children of Grandfather and Grandmother have now passed on. Grandfather died in 1934, while Grandmother died in 1948. So, the next time you choose to "eat out", and "order Chinese", remember that, by doing so, you are going back to the original Family food, circa 1100 - 1300AD. With all best wishes, your Cousin - Tom


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