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 Manie Woo <I>Sun</I> Sing

Manie Woo Sun Sing

Death 14 Aug 1886 (aged 15–16)
Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, USA
Burial Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, USA
Plot Grave location unknown (gravestone not found in 1986 survey or 2011 photographic survey of cemetery) in brothers grave
Memorial ID 100378198 · View Source
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Sun, Marie Woo
~Female, Chinese, married
~Place of birth: China
~Date of death: Aug 14, 1886
~Place of death: 410 E. 10th
~Cause of death: Mal. Fever
~Dr. J. Cooley

A very peculiar funeral took place August 15, 1886 from 410 East Tenth street, the deceased being Mrs. Sing, wife of Dr. Chung Sing, and the first Chinese woman who has ever died in Kansas City.
Late on Friday evening, August 13th, Undertaker Stine received a telephone call to go to the above address, as a person had died at that place and his services were required. When he arrived at the house he found two or three Chinese there and several American ladies who had called to offer their sympathies.
The body was laid out in the usual way and Dr. Sing ordered an elegant rosewood coffin with silver handles and a silver plate, upon which was engraved:" Manie Woo Sing, 16 years old. Died August 13, 1886."
Dr. Sing begged Undertaker Stine very hard to sit up with the corpse all night, but as he could not do so he sent one of his men, who watched the body until morning. Only once did the husband of the dead child wife enter the room, and then requested that the attendant should drop a twenty-five cent piece into her mouth, which request was granted. This proceeding is a part of the Chinese burial ceremony, and is designed to supply the wants of the celestial traveler in the world beyond.
When the undertaker went to fasten down the coffin lid for the last time yesterday Chung Sing stopped him with a motion of the hand, and going over to the corpse he patted her on the cheek as the tears streamed from his eyes. As soon as he could control himself he repeated in a soft tone a prayer, consigning the soul of his wife to the Chinese god. The undertakers were allowed to proceed after the prayer. The only mourners were the husband and his Chinese servant. The latter carried in his hands a large package of manila papers, abut six inches long and two inches wide, which were thrown out of the carriage window all along the route to Union Cemetery and in the cemetery. Each of these slips of paper contained nine holes in the center and were arranged in three rows of three each. The slips were intended to represent Chinese money.Dr. Chin Sing told a TIMES representative last night, stated in pigeon English that his wife was only 16 yrs old, and that they had been married in Pueblo, Col, on January 28. Her maiden name was Sun, and she came from the Celestial empire at the age of 6 years. After the marriage her parents returned to China and he and his bride came to Kansas City. She had been sick for fifty-two days.
The remains were buried, Sunday, Aug 15, 1886 without any ceremony whatever.
KANSAS CITY TIMES, Sunday , Aug 15, 1886
Transcibed by Harold DeGoode, Union Cemetery Historical Society.
Complete article at Union Cemetery cottage.




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