SEH TEK TONG CHEAH KONGSI PENANG.
The Origin Of Cheah Surname.
谢姓 出自姜姓，以邑为氏 堂号: 宝树堂，陈留堂 郡望: 陈留郡
The Sek Tong Seah clan consists of the descendants of Yan Di Shen Nong. Jiang Zi Ya, the 56th generation grandson of Yan Di, assisted King Zhou Wu in defeating the Zhou of Shang Dynasty in 1122 B.C and he was appointed as “General In Battle and Premier In Court”. The Cheah clan was famous and respected during the reign of Ching Dynasty. Ten generations later, Shen Bo or Cheah Sin Pek who was born during the Sung Dynasty became the brother-in-law of King Zhou Xuan and he was conferred with Xie (Cheah) title, somewhere near Chen Liu in Henan (presently known as Wan Cheng in Nan Yang District of Henan). He adopted the name of his county as his surname and he became the first great ancestor of the Xie (Cheah) clan.
History of Sek Tong Seah, China.
During the reign of Tang Min Wang in the last year of the Thean Poh during the Tang Dynasty, a rebel named Aun Loo Sun invaded the capital and forced the emperor to flee. In this connection,two generals Teoh Soon and Khaw Wan from the Sek Tong Seah in Fukien Province were commanded to guard the Hwa Yang gate to stop the rebels. However, these two generals were unfortunately killed. However, the royal army was finally victorious and peace was restored.
As a result of this high honour, they were subsequently worshipped as deities in our village of Sek Tong together with the founder of Sek Tong Seah, Xie An who was conferred the title “Khong Hui Seng Ong .“
Xie Aun (320-385AD) who was a premier of eastern Jin Dynasty, was a 36th generation descendent of Cheah founder Cheah Sin Pek.
In the 8th moon of 383AD, Xie An sent his generals, Xie Shi(his 6th brother), Xie Xuan(his nephew) also known as Da Shi Ye and Xie Yan(his 2nd son) to fight a war.
Cheah Beng Him also known as Cheah Tong San, one of the 85th generation grandsons of Shen Bo was born in 1233. Towards the end of 13th century, he moved to settle down in Sek Tong Village in the subdivision of Sam Tor, Hai Teng District of Cheang Chew in Fukien (presently known as Shi Tang Village of Hai Cheng District, Xiamen City, Fujian Province, China) and he became the progenitor of the Sek Tong Seah clan. During the late period of Manchu Emperor Qian Long in the 18th century, due to economical stagnation in Southern Fukien including Sek Tong Village, the Cheah clansmen left their village and braved through the stormy seas to look for greener pastures overseas. From a partial record of the Cheah Genealogy compiled in the early reign of Manchu Emperor Tong Zhi, there were 110 clansmen buried in Penang between the 18th century during the reign of Manchu Emperor Qian Long and mid19th century during the reign of Manchu Emperor, Xian Feng. This reflects the sufferings encountered by the Cheah clansmen during the early development of Penang and also the fact that Penang was an important destination for the Cheah clans in their emigration to South East Asia.
申伯的第85代孙谢铭欣，生于1233年，是石塘谢氏肇基祖，称东山公。13世纪末迁彰州海澄，世居三都石塘社。 18世纪乾隆末年，闽南各地民生凋疲，许多闽南人包括石塘谢氏族人因而离乡背景，远渡重洋，寻求新的生计。据同治初年刊印的《谢氏家乘》不完全的统计显示，自18世纪乾隆至19世纪中叶咸丰年间，卒葬槟榔屿的石塘谢氏族人先躯共计110人，然而， 皇家军队终于取得了胜利，并恢复了和平， 初步反映他们参与拓荒垦殖过程的艰辛与牺牲，也直接说明槟榔屿是谢氏族人移民南洋的主要港埠。