Siow Cheng Watt

Siow Cheng Watt (Seow Cheng Watt) 

In Loving Memory of
Siow Cheng Watt
Born in 1850 Goh Gwek Jee Sie Jit
Died 13th July 1924 Lak Gwek Chap Jee Jit 
Age 75 years 

Seow Siew San
Seow Siew Keng
Seow Siew Guan 
Seow Siew Kim 
Seow Pin Neo 
Seow Wee Neo 
Seow Bee Neo 

The Straits Times, 15 July 1924, Page 8

On July 13, 1924 at 27-5 Killiney Road, Singapore, Siow Cheng Watt, ages 75 years, leaving his widow, four sons, Siow Siew San, Siow Siew Keng, Siow Siew Guan and Siow Siew Kim, 4 daughters, 31 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren,. Funeral at 10 am on Sunday, July 20, for interment at Bukit Brown Cemetery

In January 1885 judgment was given by Mr Justice Ford in an im- portant bankruptcy case, the hearing of which lasted a whole week. Briefly the facts are as follows:

The bankrupts Seow Cheng Lam, Seow Cheng Watt, Ang Kee Guan and his mother Goh Eng Neo were carrying on business under the chop Heng Moh, and in the early part of December 1884 suspended payment, their liabilities amounting to $200,000. For some time previous to this, they appeared to have found difficulty in obtaining credit and applied for assistance to Ang Kim Tee and Seow Tiang Swee, trading under the style of Ang Kim Cheak & Co in English, and under the Chinese chop Ang Chin Seng, the chop being only used in their dealings with Chinese firms. Ang Kim Tee was the uncle of Ang Kee Guan, and Seow Tiang Swee the father of Cheng Lam and Cheng Watt of the bankrupt firm, and they had become sureties to the extent of many thousand dollars to the young firm, partly secured by mortgage to them over certain property  of the bankrupts. It was therefore sought by the creditors to make Ang Kim Tee and Seow Tiang Swee, individually, and their firm, collectively, partners in the bankrupt firm of Heng Moh. 

Counsel for the petitioning creditor Tan Tock relied on three points: (1) conduct, in the fact that Ang Kim Tee kept the chop or seal of Heng Moh in his own office, (2) alleged conversations, and (3) documentary evidence, viz. two delivery orders for rice bought by Heng Moh from Bun Hin, stamped with Ang Kim Tee’s chop. Much stress also was placed upon the signature of Ang Kim Cheak & Co appearing on a promissory note for $4,000, drawn by Heng Moh on the 24th August 1884 in favour of Tan Tock.
The defence of Ang Kim Tee was a denial of the alleged conversations, and he accounted for the possession of Heng Moh’s chop by saying that it had been brought to him by Ang Kee Guan as a precaution, on account of the indiscretion of one of his partners, who had, without his knowledge, affixed the chop to a promissory note of another firm for $2,500 which Heng Moh had been obliged to pay, and therefore, to guard against further liabilities of a similar nature, the partners had decided to leave the chop with their uncle and father. It was urged that it was not at all strange for Chinese to do this, they always reverencing and trusting their parents and the elders of their family. The signing of the delivery orders for rice was explained by Ang Kim Tee, who said that the bankrupts had told him that Bun Hin had refused to deliver the rice unless they could get Ang Kim Tee’s signature, and that, on these representations, he had affixed the chop Ang Chin Seng to the delivery orders merely as a guarantee, in order to help Heng Moh in what appeared to him to be a desirable transaction. Judgment was given against the petitioning creditor Tan Tock with costs.

From : 
One Hundred Years’ History Of the Chinese in Singapore
By Song Ong Siang 

Father : Seow Tiang Swee (Seow Thung Swee)
1st wife : Ang Swee Goh (daughter of Ang Choon Seng)
2nd wife : Goh Eng Neo
Sons: Seow Cheng Watt, Seow Cheng Lam
Adopted out : Ang Kee Guan (likely to be Ang Hong Geok)