美 國 芝 城 梅 氏 總 公 所
Moy's Family Association
2238 S. Wentworth Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60616, U.S.A.
Phone: (312) 225-0687





The Moy Family General Association in Chicago
-- A Brief Introduction


Stanley Moy ( 梅新立 )

                  According to the Moy family association records, upon given the family name Moy* (梅), the family was granted land to settle in "Nei-Nam" (this area is now known as Hao County in Anhui province, which was governed by the Nei-Nam prefecture, thus considered the birthplace of the Moy families), and generations of Moy descendants have originated from the region ever since. Over time and many changes throughout different dynasties, the Moy population has settled over many provinces of China such as Anhui, Hubei, Henan, Hunan, Sichuan, Jiangxi, Zhejiang, Guangdong, and Jiangsu.
                  History has shown that many famous officials, scholars, and other distinguished Individuals have emerged from the Moy families. Among the first ancestors originally born in Nan cheng County, Jian –jiang were Yong Qing Tai Gong ( ) and his wife Yang ( ) who first moved to Di-shi-li ( ), Feng-yang County, Anhui province. They then moved to Zhu-ji Village ( ) , Nan-xiong County, Guangdong province. Finally, with his younger brother, the family settled in Jiu-jiang, Nan-hai ( ) and Long-shan, Shun-de ( ) counties, to escape the disaster of the Hu-fei incident.                   Yong Qing Tai Gong was a Jin-shi ( ), a scholar successfully passing the highest imperial examinations in China. He later took a position as an officer known as Guangzhou-fu Jing-lue ( ). Due to bandits in 1371, he was assigned to guard Xinhui ( ) ( Tai-shan ( ) was formerly a part of Anhui.) While relocating, he passed the Duan-fen region and was attracted by the pleasant environment. He decided to settle in the region, opening an era for the Moy people to inhabit Duan-fen. Yong Qing Tai Gong had two sons in Duan-fen, Yan-liang ( ) and Yan-ming ( ) Yan-liang later moved to Yang-chun, Zhao-fu County, while Yan-ming stayed in Duan-fen. Today, more than 20 generations of the Moy people have called Duan-fen their home. Many other descendents of the family have spread throughout the Tai-shah region in Guangdong province, and the May population continues to grow and prosper today.

                  During the late 19th century, children of the Moy families started to emigrate overseas. Their footprints reached Southeast Asia and the Americas. A significant number of the Moy families in the United States gathered in the City of Chicago. Soon thereafter, they organized the first Moy Family Association. As time passed by, more Moy families joined friends and relatives in Chicago. During the 1920s and 1950s, the proportion of members of the Moy families among the Chinese population in Chicago was so high that "Chicago" could very well have been interchangeable with the Moy family name. As a result, Moy was the most commonly seen surname among the • Chinese population in Chicago.
                  Today, the Moy Family General Association has been in Chicago for over a century. The arrival of the new millennium marked the beginning of the third century for the Moy families living in Chicago, the family name with the longest history in the city. The family members settled in Chicago are the 241h generation of Yong Qing Tai Gong. The original location of the Moy Family Association was at the near-south-side of Chicago at Clark Street. It later relocated to the present Moy Family General Association Building, located at 2238 South Wentworth Avenue, which was built in 1927 thanks to the donations from the Moy brothers and sisters and other loans.
                  The mission of the Moy Family General Association is to unify the Moy descendants in the United States and to promote mutual assistance for all the members and the local communities. In addition to the Moy Family General Association in Chicago, other Moy Family Associations have started in other cities such as New York, Boston, Miami, Minneapolis, Detroit, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and all throughout the United States. However, there is only one "General" association for the Moy families, here in Chicago. Beyond the United States, other Moy family associations or similar benevolent organizations in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Canada, Malaysia, etc. have developed.
                  Every three years, a Convention of all the Moy Family Associations ( ) in the U. S. is held in a selected city in the United States. During this Convention, the president and other officials are elected to serve the following three-year term. The Moy Family General Association in Chicago holds its own Spring Banquet every year to promote friendship and harmony, and to enhance connections among the Moy families. An election is held annually in early December to choose the officials that will serve the association for a one-year term.
                  Emphasizing scholarly pursuits, the May Family General Association in Chicago also encourages younger generations to excel in school. For this purpose, scholarships are issued at the annual Spring Banquet to those students who perform exceptionally well in school. At the same event, senior members of the Moy families are specially recognized, honored, and encourage younger generations to cherish the roots and traditions of the Moy families so that the virtues and traditions of their ancestors can live on.
                  Since a great majority of the Moy members in Chicago migrated from Duan-fen, Taishan, Guangdong province; they have been tirelessly supporting the construction of their hometown. The Duan-fen Middle School, Memorial Park of the Moy Ancestors, and the Feng-shan Park of Duan-fen are just a few examples they have helped construct.
                  Time and environments are ever changing, however, the mission of the Moy Family General Association remains unchanged: to build a harmonious community and to live peacefully and cooperatively with each other. We treat all members of the Moy families as brothers and sisters, wherever they live. We understand that we must continuously enhance our relationships and support each other to be successful. Blood is thicker than water, and we are all one family originating from-the same root.

"Please note that the family name (梅 ) is pronounced Moy in Cantonese, and Mei in Mandarin. Since the majority of the early (梅 ) immigrants spoke Cantonese, they chose to spell their surname Moy or Moi in English. Newer
(梅 ) comers, however, spell their surname as Mei, according to the phonetic system called Pinyin, which was adopted by the Chinese government in the 1950's. Regardless of its discrepancies in the spelling - Moy, Moi, or Mei, they all refer to the very same Chinese character: (梅 )".



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