Monday, February 23, 2015

Mary Wee (Bukit Brown)

Miss Mary Wee who passed away at the age of 12 on March 17, 1927 is the daughter of Mr and Mrs Wee Eng Cheng based on the inscriptions of this simple marble tomb.
Miss Mary Wee daughter of Mr and Mrs Wee Eng Cheng
Mr and Mrs Wee Eng Cheng sounds familiar. Based on the year of Mary's death and Mary's parents name, Mary Wee is possibly the daughter of Mr. Wee Eng Cheng, who is the son of the late Wee Siang Tat , head of shipping firm, Wee Bin & Co. and grandson of Wee Boon Teck. Unfortunately this is at the moment, only speculation and i am not able to verify 100% for sure. If there any descendants with insights on this, i hope they can email me and verify.

Wee Eng Cheng (黄永清) was a Straits born Chinese from the prominent Wee family. He is the great grandson of Wee Bin of Wee Bin & Co , merchant and shipowners. Wee Eng Cheng was a Director in the Ho Hong Bank and Chinese Commercial Bank. He held partnership in the Eng Hoe Kongsi of No 19 Church Street which dealt with Sago manufacturers and dealers before he sold it to his managing partner in 1920 and was the Vice-President of the Jin Hua Kok Association (1923)
Wee Eng Cheng (source: NUS Museum-Dressing the Baba)
Wee Eng Cheng passed away on May 3, 1928 at the age of 34. Lim Peng Mau and Madam Goh Boh Tan (mother of Wee Eng Cheng ) were appointed the joint trustees of the estate in 1928. Wee Eng Cheng left behind valuable landed property in Singapore and cash in the sum of $97, 252 in Ho Hong Co and in the bank.

His wife, Madam Ang Peng Neo passed away on May 1929, a year after Wee Eng Cheng passed away, leaving behind an infant son (Wee Seck Hock) and a daughter.  Both Mr and Mrs Wee tombs were staked by LTA for the proposed highway project and have already been exhumed.

His son, Wee Seck Hock was a beneficiary of the estate and took to court to remove Lim Peng Mau and Madam Goh Boh Tan as trustees and to appoint a new trustee. What exactly happen to the case is not known to me. Wee Seck Hock passed away January 12, 1972 at the age of 54. He is survived by his widow, 2 sons and mother. The cortege left from 157 Neil Road. His two sons, Wee Lin and Wee Sun later agreed to sell the family home to National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2005. With a memorial gift from Agnes Tan (the daughter of Tan Cheng Lock ) , NUS was able to purchase, restore and turn it to a museum today known as The Baba House.

Wee Eng Cheng (黄永清) (peg 1497) and Ang Peng Neo (洪平娘) (peg 1496) tombs have already been exhumed.

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