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Kin Ta Ting


1890 CEM Reunion, LaFargue Collection


Pinyin & Chinese characters Jin Dating  金大廷
Variant Spellings & Other Names Kin Ta Chang, T.T. Kin

Other Chinese Names 金巨卿
Detachment 4
LaFargue No. 111
Date of Birth 1863
Place of Birth Baoshan County, Jiangsu Province

Age at Departure for U.S. 13 (Lunar Calendar)
Date of Death Early 1901, killed during the siege of Tientsin by the Foreign Coalition Forces, possibly by Russian soldiers.1

Place of Death Tianjin

Place(s) of residence in U.S. 1) North Hadley, MA;
2) Exeter, NH 2

American Host Family/ies 1) Miss M. E. Lamson;
2) Rev. Jacob Chapman 2

School(s), with dates Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH2

Notable activities/ awards in school

College/University, with dates

Notable activities/ awards in College

Degree/Diploma Obtained, with date  
First Assignment in China Assigned to Beiyang Medical School.

Later Positions

1894  During the Sino-Japanese War, Kin was Chief Medical Officer in charge of the Military Hospital and Ambulance Corps attached to the Imperial Army at the Front, Manchuria; he also held the official rank of "unattached expectant district magistrate"3

1898 Listed as "T.T. Kin - Medical Officer", Imperial Railways of North China, Locomotive Dept. & Tongshan Workshops.4 

Employment sector(s) Medicine and Military Service

Final rank, if in gov't service

Father's name  
Mother's name  
Wife/wives Kin was married, name unknown
Family relations w/ other CEM students

Children's Names 1 daughter, name unknown.


Kin was described by George D. Wilder, an American missionary, as beloved for his "kindly Christian life" and one who was "foremost in the YMCA work" in Tientsin (see Note 1).


Notes and Sources 1. News given in letter dated April 25, 1901, from George D. Wilder, North China Mission of the American Board, Tientsin, to Martha A. Wheeler in Keene, New Hampshire concerning the siege of Tientsin and the death of Dr. T.T. Kin [New Hampshire Historical Society. Minor Collections: Martha A. Wheeler Correspondence, 1900-1901 ].  According to another account, Kin was "killed by mishap in Tientsin during the Boxer trouble" c. 1900. Yung Shang Him (10/1939), 255; Yung Shang Him (1939), 31.

2. Source: online article, “Out of the Past: East Meets Exeter” by Julie Quinn at www.exeter.edu/fall_01/past.html, p. 1 (website of Phillips Exeter Academy).

3.  North China Herald, 1896.1.17, pp. 97f. The news report reprinted a letter from Kin to Ritter von Haas--Consul-General for Austro-Hungary in Shanghai and President of the Shanghai Chinese Red Cross Society--in which the author thanked the Society for its medical supplies to the Chinese troops at the front who were meeting the Japanese assault in November 1894.  Kin expressed particular gratitude to Mrs. N.P. Andersen (a daughter of former CEM interpreter, Chan Laisun 曾来顺), who had spearheaded the formation of the Society, as well as to Tong Kidson, i.e. Tong Wing Chun (Tang Rongjun 唐荣俊 IV, 106), who was responsible for much of the fundraising involved.

4.  Directory & Chronicle for China, Japan...for 1898, pg. no. unavailable. Info provided by Peter Crush of Hong Kong.