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Lin Pay Chuan

Pinyin & Chinese characters Lin Peiquan 林沛泉

Variant Spellings & Other Names Lum Poy Cheun1

Other Chinese Name(s) Lin Yuting 林雨亭

Detachment 3

LaFargue No. 71

Date of Birth 1863

Place of Birth Panyu, Guangdong

Age at Departure for US 12

Date of Death  
Place of Death Shanghai2

Place(s) of Residence in US (1) Greenfield, MA3
(2) Westfield, MA.

American Host Family/ies (1) Miss Lizzie (Elizabeth) Clark, Greenfield, MA
(2) William H. & Josephine S. Foote, Westfield, MA4

School(s), with dates  
Notable Activities/Awards in School  
College/University, with dates  
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Degree/Diploma Obtained (date)  
First Assignment in China Tianjin Customs Bureau5
Later Positions

1883 Oct: Sent with Chow Chang Ling (Zhou Changling 周长龄 III, 63) to Korea to work under Paul Georg von Möllendorff (1847-1901) who had been recommended by Li Hongzhang to advise the Korean government and was engaged in setting up the Korean Customs Service.6

Left Korean Customs to join Peking-Mukden (Beijing-Shenyang) Railway; Chief of Traffic Department, Peking-Mukden  Railway;

Later, went into business;

Retired to Suzhou.

Employment Sector(s) Railways; business

Final Rank, if in Gov't Service  
Father's Name  
Mother's Name  
Family Relations w/ other CEM Students  
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Notes and Sources

1. Signature: "Yours truly, / Lum Poy Cheun / Westfield / Mass.” in autograph book (ca. 1875) of Yung Kwai (Rong Kui 容揆 II, 34) in Archives and Manuscripts, Yale University Library, New Haven, CT.

2. Place of death as in CEM name list compiled by Won Bing Chung (Wen Bingzhong 温秉忠 II, 36) in 1924 but subsequently updated.  Cf. Yung Shang Him (1939), 28; Yung Shang Him (10/1939), 252, where Lin is said to be “Retired, living in Soochow” as of 1939.

3. Robyn (1996), p. 146; Rhoads (2011), p. 53, Table 5.1.

4. U. S. Census 1880; Rhoads (2011), p. 140, Table 9.2.

5. Rhoads (2011), p. 192, Table 11.1. 

6. See Rhoads (2011), p. 200 for a description of the complicated set of circumstances leading to the transfer of Lin and Chow from the Maritime Customs at Tianjin to the Korean Customs Service.  Cf. also Victor Zheng & Charles W. Chow, Grand Old Man of Hong Kong: Sir Shouson Chow (Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2010), pp. 74-5.