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Ho Ting Liang


Circa 1873-74, Ct. Hist. Soc.?

Pinyin & Chinese characters He Tingliang  何廷梁
Variant Spellings & Other Names

Other Chinese Names 何桂臣
Detachment 1
LaFargue No. 18
Date of Birth March 3, 1860
Place of Birth Shunde, Guangdong Province
Age at Departure for U.S. 12 (Western Calendar)
Date of Death 1908
Place of Death Canton
Place(s) of residence in U.S.

1) Northampton, MA

2) Andover, MA

3) Amherst, MA (1880 U.S. Census)

American Host Family/ies

Martha Ely Matthews;

Sarah J. Young (1880 U.S. Census) 

School(s), with dates 1) Northampton High School, MA;

2) Phillips Andover Academy, MA (1 yr)

Notable activities/ awards in school Good at drawing & painting, of which he did a great deal
College/University, with dates 1879-81 Amherst College, MA; Class of 1883 (non-graduating)
Notable activities/ awards in College

Degree/Diploma Obtained, with date  
First Assignment in China Beiyang Medical School in Tianjin
Later Positions

Naval Doctor1

Employment sector(s) Government: Medicine/Navy

Final rank, if in gov't service

Father's name  
Mother's name  
Family relations w/ other CEM students

Children's Names 3 children, names unknown



“Ho Ting-liang was one of the first detachment to come to Miss Matthews.  He was very keen and was soon fitted for the high school in Northampton, where he graduated. He then took a year’s preparatory course in Phillips Andover academy, after which he entered Amherst college. President Seelye passed many complimentary remarks concerning his achievements while in college…He was pressed into service during the Japanese-Chinese war in 1894 as a surgeon on one of the Chinese gun-boats, where his health became much broken.”2

"Retired and died early in Canton"3

Notes and Sources

1. Shi (2000), 201.
According to the Amherst College Biographical Record, Centennial Edition (1821-1921),
Ho worked as a "surgeon on Chinese war vessel, 1886-."

2. Springfield Sunday Republican, March 30, 1902, p. 11.

3. Yung Shang Him (10/1939) , 246, Yung Shang Him (1939), 22.

4.  An excerpt from an unknown publication giving somewhat different information in compact format about Ho should be noted here:
"* Ho Ting Liang. s Sach Ho, b Kwang Tung Province Canton China Mar 3 1860.  Phillips Acad Andover; Amh 1879-81; recalled by Chinese govt; stud med; served in war between China and France 1884-85; surg Chinese war vessel 1886; prac Canton after war; retired; clerical position govt telegraph and customs service Canton. d 1908.  Married; 3 ch (2 d)." (Clipping found in "CHS Social Scrapbooks, Vol. 6, pages 106-107" kept at Connectical Historical Society Museum & Library, Hartford, CT.)