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Chang Yau Kung

Pinyin & Chinese characters Zhang Yougong 张有恭

Variant Spellings & Other Names Cheong Yan Kong
Chiang Yew Kung1
Yen Kung Cheong

Other Chinese Names

Detachment 2
LaFargue No. 51
Date of Birth 1862

Place of Birth Xiangshan, Guangdong

Age at Departure for U.S. 12 (Lunar Calendar)
Date of Death Died very young, soon after return to China.2

Place of Death Shanghai: drowned in Huangpu River.

Place(s) of residence in U.S. (1) Plantsville, CT;
(2) Exeter, NH.

American Host Family/ies

(1) Miss Mary Delight Twichell, Plantsville, CT3
(2) Laura A. (Graves) Colbuck, Exeter, NH4

School(s), with dates

Natchaug High School, Willimantic, CT, ?-18795
Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH, 1879-18815

Notable activities/ awards in school

College/University, with dates

Notable activities/ awards in College

Degree/Diploma Obtained, with date  
First Assignment in China

Later Positions


Employment sector(s)

Final rank, if in gov't service

Father's name

Mother's name  
Family relations w/ other CEM students Possibly a cousin of Chang Hon Yen (Zhang Kangren 张康仁 I, 10).  See Rhoads (2011), p. 25.

Children's Names


Other In June 1881, Chang was removed from Phillips Exeter and assigned to participate in a special course of instruction in telegraphy held at the CEM headquarters in Hartford.  The course was completed in July and Chang returned to China in August with the second group of returnees.6

Notes and Sources

1. Springfield Daily Republican, 26 July 1873, 3.

2. Yung Shang Him (1939), p. 25; Yung Shang Him (10/1939), p. 249.

3. Mary Delight (Twichell) Hall was the half-sister of Rev. Joseph H. Twichell; she married the Rev. Alfred H. Hall in 1875 and moved to Meriden, CT. It is not certain if Chang was transferred to another host family. Rhoads (2011), p. 72.

4. U.S. Census 1880.

5. Natchaug School and Phillips Exeter Academy: Rhoads (2011), pp. 97 and 100, Table 7.2.

6. Rhoads (2011), pp. 174; 175.