Research to verify this connection revealed no documention to connect the Chadwicks with Charlie Soong. But, since Robert Chadwick was customs officer in Wilmington, NC around the time Charlie arrived there as a stowaway, it seems that Charlie may have spent a lot of time in Beaufort—with the Chadwicks taking part in caring for this young boy.
D.G. Martin wrote an article in the Chatham Journal Weekly—
The following history at chinatoday.com—Charlie Soong and Wilmington by Zhang Yan, also contradicts the original Beaufort story.
“In front of the
Charlie Soong, was born Soong Yaoru in 1863, to a poor farming family in Wenchang County of China's southern
Soong Ching Ling, one of his three daughters, married revolutionary leader Dr. Sun Yat-sen…..Charlie Soong's youngest daughter, Mei Ling, married Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek…. Soong's first daughter, Ai Ling, married H. H. Kung, finance minister of the Nationalist government who, together with three other large families, dominated the fate of the Republic of China for a long period of time. Soong's three sons were likewise influential leaders in
Charlie Soong's story began late in the 19th century, when
It was indeed a long physical journey for this Chinese lad to travel from Java to
Colonel Roger Moore, a Civil War veteran and friend of Gabrielson, became Soong's close friend shortly after his arrival in
Impressed with Soong's intelligence, both Col. Moore and Rev. Ricaud determined that he should receive a formal education in religion. Paying his tuition was the only problem. Col. Moore sought help from his old friend Julian Shakespeare Carr, one of the richest men in the South and a founder of
By the 1880s, Charlie's personality and outlook were becoming more complex, as was the era in which he lived. Having arrived as a poor immigrant, he had broken the mold by seeing and getting a Western education. He was more over immersed in the everyday life of Americans and was preparing to launch a 'self-made man' career with skills he has learned as a farm boy, shop apprentice, sailor and printer. He knew how to use his hands and liked to do so. But he always maintained his Chinese identity, in his own eyes as well as those of others.
Despite the kindness and affection of many Americans whom he would warmly remember, Charlie Soong could not have been oblivious to anti-Chinese sentiment in the
When Soong was sent back to
In 1905, Soong set sail for the
In 1914, when Carr visited