Chen Family from Huangdi to Cha Chau Toisan

This document traces the history of my maternal grandfather's family from it's beginnings in China's mythical past to the founding of the Ying Chuan branch of the Chin clan 潁川陳氏 in Henan Province, through to settling in Chachau Village 六村槎州 in Toisan County, Guangdong 廣東省台山縣 at turn of the 18th century.


February 18, 2022: Added paragraph on page 11 about Feng Tai’s sons scattering to places with the water radical in remembrance of their home town Sha Shui. (Source: Gene M. Chin

11/17/2021: Minor corrections to table of contents formatting. Corrected generation numbering for Chen Wen and added Hanson Chan's ancestor Chen Zhi-tong.

6/18/2021: I have made the following updates to this document to more closely match the family tree in Hanson Chan's book Finding the Direct Bloodline of My 111 Ancestors in China:

    • Added entries for the cadet branch of Marquises of Chen that moved to Qi and adopted the name Tian.
    • Removed entries for the Emperors of the Chen Dynasty, which has been republished in a separate article.
    • Added entries for the Fujian branch of the family. 

See Oops! Mistakes in the Book for the reasoning behind these changes.


Doug said...

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Kenneth Hong said...

Thanks Doug. Hope you're doing well.

Doug said...

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Kenneth Hong said...

Thanks for the info. I would love to attend the BACGG meetings, but I'm living near Philadelphia now. So, for now, I've subscribed to the mailing list.