Names and DOB
Childhood name: Tarukane 樽金
Chinese-style name: Shō Chōretsu 向超列
Originally Chōchō 朝張 was the 4th son of father Motonaga Satonushi Pēchin Chōgi (Shō Taisaku) 本永里之子親雲上朝義 (向大策) and mother Matsuru 眞鶴 (*1787). Matsuru was the 3rd daughter of Kyan Uēkata Chōchō 喜屋武親方朝昶 (1745–1820), 8th generation of the Kyan-dunchi.
Wife: Manabe 眞鍋, 7th daughter of Kyan Uēkata Chōiku 喜屋武親方朝郁 (9th generation of the Kyan-dunchi). She was born 1819-01-05. Passed away 1857-06-01 at the age of 39. [Chōiku had seven daughters, and two sons. However, his 1st son Chōboku 朝睦 passed away 1803 at the young age of 3. His 2nd son Chōkyū 朝救 (1806–1827) had only one son, Chōei 朝映, who passed away 1826-09-21 at the tender age of 2. In other words, the patrilinear lineage of the Kyan house would have ended here (again). Therefore, Chōchō 朝張 (1818–?) was adopted from the Motonaga family into the Kyan-dunchi by marriage on 1837-12-02, at age 20.
1832 -08-05: he tied up his topknot (becoming of age)
1836-12-01: becomes clerk (hissha) of the Magistracy for Blacksmithing (kaji-bugyōsho). Promoted to Waka(junior)-satonushi.
1837-12-12: When 9th generation heir Chōshō 朝昌 passed away withut a heir, Chōchō was adopted from the Motonaga family by marriage and assumed the head of household. Therefore he was employed as the estate steward-general (sō-jitō 惣地頭) of Kyan District (magiri) and received a payment of thirty koku.
1842-12-01: Awarded the court rank of Yellow Hachimaki.
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