Transcribed by Mary Day from
Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southeast Missouri
Goodspeed Publishing Company (1890)

Biographical and Historical Memoirs Index

Goodspeeds 1880 History of SE Missouri, page 851-52

Rev. H. F. Tong was born on November 6, 1836, and is the only child of Henry D. and Virginia (Alin) Tong.

Henry D. Tong was of German-Welch descent, and was born in Kentucky, on January 29, 1818. He came with his parents to Missouri when about seven years old, they settling at St. Michael, now Fredericktown, Madison County, where he was brought up. When about twenty-two years of age he was married to his first wife, a native of this State. She died in 1836, leaving her only child, the subject of this sketch, then but three weeks old.

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William Tong served in the revolutionary War under Gen. Washington, and was in the battle of Brandywine. His, for many years, was one of the leading families of Southeast Missouri. He was a shoemaker by trade, and died in 1848 at the ripe age of ninety-six years.

Rev. H. F. Tong was born in Madison County, Mo., and in early life labored on a farm. He received his education in the common schools and Methodist Seminary at Arcadia, Mo. He began his ministerial work in 1855, and has been a Baptist minister in Southeast Missouri for twenty years. So far as pastoral and missionary work is concerned, his labors have been principally confined to the counties of Madison, Bollinger, Cape Girardeau and Scott; but while laboring as general financial agent of the Baptist denominational school known as Mayfield -Smith Academy, at Marble Hill, Mo., and also, as general missionary and colporteur for the Baptist publishing house of St. Louis, his work has embraced Southeast Missouri at large.

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In the years of 1885 and 1886, the closing years of his long extended labors, he sought the material, compiled and wrote what is known as the "Southeast Missouri Baptist History," an invaluable acquisition to the Baptist history of the State, as well as an aid to all students of history.

In 1858 Rev. Tong was united in marriage with Christiana H. Jones of his native county. To them have been born two children: Mrs. Carry Stuart (now living in California) and Mrs.Sausah Howard (who with her family resides with her parents on their little farm in Crooked Creek Township, Bollinger Co., Mo.

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