Cheong Ann Bee and wives 鍾安美與夫人

Cheong Ann Bee 鍾安美

光緒十四年戊子八月吉日 (1888)
坤成 Cheong Koon Seng
坤芳 Cheong Koon Hong
坤玉 Cheong Koon Geok
存娘 Cheong Choon Neo 
白娘 Cheong Pek Neo 
墨娘 Cheong Bak Neo 
綉娘 Cheong Siew Neo
慎娘 Cheong Chin Neo 
淑娘 Cheong Seok Neo
賢娘 Cheong Hian Neo 
惠娘 Cheong Hui Neo
福財 Cheong Hock Chye
福貴 Cheong Hock Quee 

Tomb date listed as 1888 but Cheong Ann Bee was known to have died on March 1896 . Cheong Whye Keng himself passed away on 1902 Lunar 3rd month from date inscribed on his tombstone 

Madam Yeo 

光緒十六年嵗庚寅七月吉 1890 
清顕妣諡慈賢鍾門楊氏之墓 Madam Yeo
懷慶 Cheong Whye Keng 
懷珍 Cheong Whye Chin 
坤成 Cheong Koon Seng 
坤芳 Cheong Koon Hong 
存娘 Cheong Choon Neo 
白娘 Cheong Pek Neo 
墨娘 Cheong Bak Neo 
秀娘 Cheong Siew Neo 
慎娘 Cheong Chin Neo 
淑娘 Cheong Seok Neo 
英娘 Cheong Eng Neo 
惠娘 Cheong Wee Neo 
珠娘 Cheong Choo Neo 

Madam Yeo should be the first wife of Cheong Ann Bee 

Mrs Cheong Ann Bee nee Wee Sin Neo  鐘門黃新娘

光緒式拾伍年 (3rd month of 1899)

清顕妣謚新娘鍾門黃氏之墓  Wee Sin Neo

懷慶 Cheong Whye Keng
坤成 Cheong Koon Seng
坤芳 Cheong Koon Hong
英娘 Cheong Eng Neo
惠娘 Cheong Wee Neo 
珠娘 Cheong Choo Neo
連娘 Cheong Lian Neo

Mrs Cheong Ann Bee nee Tan Huay Neo 鍾門陳花娘 
(Tan Wah Yeo) born circa 1853

中華民國十六年 (1st day of 3rd month, 1927) 

坤成 Cheong Koon Seng 1880
坤芳 Cheong Koon Hong 1883
寿娘 Cheong Siew Neo
振娘 Cheong Chin Neo
雪娘 Cheong Seok Neo 1876
位娘 Cheong Wee Neo
秋娘 Cheong Chew Neo
蓮娘 Cheong Lian Neo

Cheong Hock Chye 1900
Cheong Hock Quee (son of Cheong Whye Keng ?)
Cheong Hock Guan
Cheong Hock Leng 
Cheong Hock Huat 1923
Cheong Keong Poh
Cheong Keong Tee
Cheong Keong Tuan
Cheong Keong Choo
Cheong Keong Hiok
Cheong Keong Hee

Great Grandchildren
Cheong Thiam Siew
Cheong Liang Neo

Burial entry 
Tan Wah Neo 
Blk 2 C plot no 120 
Age 74 years old 


The Straits Times, 8 April 1927, Page 8

Cheong Keong Ann eldest daughter of Cheong Koon Seng passed away on 11th Aug 1924 at the age of 19 (born

The Straits Times, 19 December 1908, Page 6

1908 - 55 years  ie born 1853

1910 - 26th Dec , 56 years 

The Straits Times, 2 January 1924, Page 10

1924 2 Jan, 70 years 

Hundred years history 

Cheong Ann Bee was born in Malacca in 1833 and came to

Singapore at the age of 10. His father, Cheong Koe Boon, who was a

China-born, migrated to Malacca, where he settled down as a trader.

Cheong Ann Bee knew no English, but as a boy he attended a Chinese

school. After serving in the European firms of Messrs Dare & Co and

W Mansfield & Co, he started a shipchandlery business in partnership

with Tan Eng Siew in 1867 under the name of Ann-bee, Eng-siew &

Co. In 1870 the two partners decided to carry on business separately.

Six years later Ann-bee & Co. Became Ann-bee, Keng-lam & Co, un-

til the retirement of Keng Lam, and Cheong Ann Bee took Syed Mohamed A1sagoff and

 Lim Eng Keng into partnership with him in the

firm of Ann-bee & Co, which was wound up in 1898. Cheong Ann Bee died on the 9th March 1896 in his sixty-third year.  He was a man of charitable disposition and used to give away freely eye salve to people suffering from any complaint of that organ. People of the coolie class often sought his aid when troubled with their eyes. 

On one occasion in June 1890 while Mr Ann Bee was examining the eyes of a coolie,

he was stabbed by the patient, fortunately not severely : the injuries

being a cut on the shoulder and two cuts on the head. His assailant

also attacked a European police constable, who tried to arrest him,

and afterwards appeared at the Assizes, where he received a sentence

of two years' imprisonment.

Mr Ann Bee left two sons, Koon Seng and Koon Hong, who built the well-known Theatre Royal in North Bridge Road and are the proprietors of the Star Opera Co which performs nightly (except Thursday) in the Malay language dramatic pieces ranging from Shake-speare's Hamlet and stories from the Arabian Nights to Chinese legends like Sam-pek Eng-tai. The theatre is under the management of Mr Cheong Koon Seng, a well-educated young man, who has begun to take an intelligent interest in public affairs. His thorough training in the auctioneering firm of Powell & Co and the Commercial Rubber Co Ltd, coupled with  a sound business head and an affable and obliging disposition, will ensure for him a successful career when he launches out in a business of his own.