Genealogy of the Princely Shō-clan (House Motonaga) – Lineage Overview

Previously I described the lineage of the House of Kyan (Princely Shō-clan) in detail. According to it, Chōchō 朝張 (1818–1842) assumed the 10th generation of the House of Kyan. Chōchō was adopted from the House of Motonaga, the orign and lineage of which is described below.

The House of Motonaga was established by Motonaga Satunushi Pēchin Chōgi (Shō Taisaku) 本永里之子親雲上朝義 (向大策). Although he was the originator of this family, in the genealogy of the Motonaga House (unpublished) he is described as the 6th generation. The reason for this is that Ryūkyūan genealogies are presented as patrilineal lineages which go back to a common 1st generation originator of the clan.

The House of Motonaga – Origin in the Motobu-udun

The clan of the House Motonaga goes back to Motobu Ōji Chōhei 本部王子朝平 (1655 – 1687), Chinese-style name Shō Kōshin 尚弘信. As the 6th son of King Shō Shitsu 尚質王 (1629 – 1668) he established the Motobu-udun 本部御殿, or in other words, the Motobu House of the Royal Shō-clan.

His 5th generation heir was Motobu Anji Chōkyū 本部按司朝救 (1741 – 1814), Chinese-style name Shō Kokuchin 向國珍. Above mentioned Chōgi was his 5th son. Chōgi established the House of Motonaga and assumed this name. This is why Motonaga Chōgi is counted as the 6th generation, i.e. in absolute reference to Motobu Ōji Chōhei.

From Motonaga to Kyan

The 4th son of Motonaga Chōgi and mother Manabe 眞鍋 was Chōchō 朝張  (1818–1842). He was adopted by marriage into the House of Kyan as its 10th generation heir. The reason for this was that the patrilinear consanguinity of the House of Kyan ended without a male heir. By the marriage and adoption Chōchō changed his family name from Motonaga to Kyan. He had no heir. In oder to continue the Kyan House, on on 1857-03-01 his nephew Motonaga Chōfu was adopted into the Kyan House. He is known as Kyan Chōfu, father of Chōtoku.

The above can be seen in the following lineage.

Genealogy from Motobu to Motonaga

(follow link for a detailed description of the Motobu-udun)

►King Shō Shitsu 尚質王 (1629 – 1668, rg 1648 – 1668)

┃…1.1 …, 1.2 …, 1.3 …, 1.4 …, 1.5 …

┗1.6 ► Motobu Ōji Chōhei (Shō Kōshin, 1655 – 1687) 本部王子朝平 (尚弘信) ← Originator of Motobu-udun

┗2. ► Motobu Anji Chōkan 本部按司朝完.

┗3. ►Motobu Ōji Chōryū (Shō Bunshi) 本部王子朝隆 (尚文思).

┗4. ► Motobu Anji Chōkō (Shō Enpitsu) 本部按司朝恒( 向延弼)

┗5. ► Motobu Anji Chōkyū (Shō Kokuchin, 1741 – 1814) 本部按司朝救 (向國珍).

┗6.1 ► Motobu Ōji Chōei (Shō Taiyu) 本部王子朝英 (尚大猷)

┃6.2 …, 6.3 …, 6.4 …

┗6.5 ► 5th son Motonaga Satunushi Pēchin Chōgi (Shō Taisaku, 1784 – ?) 本永里之子親雲上朝義 (向大策)  ※ House Motonaga

※ House Motonaga (continued)

┃7.1 ► Chōchoku (Shō Chōgun, 1811 – 1833) 朝敕 (向超群)

┗8.1 ► Chōki (Shō Kyonin, 1831 – 1880) 朝規 (向拠仁)

┃9.1 ► Chōgi (Shō Jobai, 1832 – 1835) 朝宜 (向汝梅)

┃9.2 ► Chōshin (Shō Joshū, 1834 – 1923) 朝真 (向汝楫)

┃9.3 ► Chōyō (Shō Jorei, 1870 –?) 朝用 (向汝礪)

┃7.2 ► Chōyō (Shō Chōshun, 1813 –?) 朝庸 (向超俊)

┗8.2 1st son Chōfu (Shō Ishin, *1839-07-16 ) 朝扶 (向維新)  His uncle 7.4 ► Chōchō 朝張 had no heir, so Chōfu was adopted into the Kyan family on 1857-03-01. He then changed his name from Motonaga to Kyan Chōfu. He is the father of Kyan (Motonaga) Chōtoku.

┃7.3 ► Chōshō (Shō Chōketsu, 1813 – ?) 朝昇 (向超傑)

┗7.4 ► Motonaga Chōchō (Shō Shōretsu, 1818 – 1842?) 本永朝張 (向超列)  Adopted by marriage into House of Kyan. Had no heir. To continue the Kyan House, his nephew 8.2 ►Chōfu (Shō Ishin) was adopted.

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