Hello- I have just found out my ENG ancestors were actually ENGH.
Johan Antone Engh (He was a master tailor) born 1834 in Holand, Norway
Ingine Oline "Gina" Engh (Sorensen or Sorendatter) Nes, Akershus, Norway
Married 1858 in Oslo, Norway
Immigrated to US in 1870, New York (Brooklyn) Sometimes used ENG as last name...and always in later years. Other names used JOHN A. ENG, MARY ENG (possibly on 1880 census).ENG was always used after that.
I have no idea what they did and where they were between 1870 and 1900 when they moved to San Francisco.I did find a matching couple in Brooklyn, NY in 1880 (Engh) but haven't verified for sure it is them.
According to family information, there may have been relatives in Iowa and the Dakotas.
Johan (John) and Ingine ("Gina") adopted a daughter sometime after her birth in1875.They never had natural children.Her name was Virginia Margareth Eng. She may have been born in Norway but also have seen New York on Census...so not sure.Virginia married and had 2 children but died at only 32 of a lung problem.My Grandmother was the oldest of the two.In 1923, a "distant relative" came out from Oak Park, IL and told her that her mother was actually the birth neice of her "adopted" parents.I believe that it was on Johan's side...this woman said Virginia had 7 brothers and 2 sisters and they were living in Iowa and the "Dakotas".
I don't have information on Johan's parents yet, but he had a brother Emil (I think this is a male name...the census didn't state sex).
Ingine had a brother Christian and sister Gustava.There may have also been a brother, Deterick (or something similar).
Another name associated with Johan and "Gina" was Emelie Dahl.She immigrated with them in 1870.She was 29 in 1870.I have no idea of her relation.
If any of this seems familiar...you can contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org