George Alexander Chan

18 January 1876–30 September 1957 (Age 81)
Guangzhou, Guangdong, China

The Life Summary of George Alexander

When George Alexander Chan was born on 18 January 1876, in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China, his father, Sing Kai Chan, was 21 and his mother, Chow Kate Shee, was 18. He married Nell Soo Ling on 19 June 1922, in Alameda, California, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. He lived in Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada in 1901. He died on 30 September 1957, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 81.

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George Alexander Chan
Nell Soo Ling
Marriage: 19 June 1922
Constance Chan
George A Chan Jr

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World Events (8)

1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield
Age 5
Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.
1882 · Electricity Comes to Los Angeles
Age 6
Electricity was first introduced to Los Angeles. The first electric street light had “three carbon-arc lamps of three thousand candle-power” and stood 150 feet tall. 
1898 · War with the Spanish
Age 22
After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.

Name Meaning

1 Chinese 陈: Cantonese variant of Chen .2 Chinese 詹: variant transcription of Zhan .3 Vietnamese (Chân): unexplained.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (19)

  • Alex George Chan in household of Sing Kai Chan, "Canada Census, 1901"
  • George Chan, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
  • George Chan in entry for Wong Sue Goon and Cohstance Chan, "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952"

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