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Funny!  :D I see there's a couple of more Elsie Jones in Ferndale...older ones, but coincidence.

How did she end up in Ferndale Washington?

Yes, today the use of English or American style names is quite common all over Asia But back in the day there were different reasons. Regardless of what those reasons were they were deemed necessary or useful. Both Asians and Europeans made use of aliases as each could open doors or make life easier. In the case of mixed races it became even more confusing but still there were legitimate reasons behind it all. The more I study the subject the more difficult it is to explain! The name Fok is of particular interest.  I wonder how it entered in your case?

 I'm on so many pages looking for info, but someone recently posted that the name FOK is actually
 霍Huò. The FOK it seems, is just a close English word for the sound of that character. I'm catching on now. My great uncle appears to have had the same Chinese family name. I'm learning that Chinese names didn't necessarily mean a person was Chinese, nor did a British name mean they were not. There were reasons for it all. How the names were selected, either way, is still a mystery!

Interesting this FOK name. I have it in my family too. So, the Chinese character for FOK is: 霍 which is Huò and when pronounced in Chinese, sounds a lot like FOK. So the translation is really of the "sound" of the character! Confused? :)

It looks like Solan and Solon were fairly common names in colonial India.

     Sorry, I've never really been able to figure out the alias process. I know with caucasians, the names are often given to a person by someone else, like a nickname. Chinese tend to have a series of names, a baby or nursing name, then later ones as they grow older, sort of like we might have Bobby, then Bob and finally Robert.
In my family, that FOK names seems to repeat. I wonder in your situation, how sure are you of Solan? Could it have been Sloan and mistranscribed along the way? Even if not, I'd check that in case there's a missed clue.

Chinese aliases were very common. People sometimes had more than one. They were like nicknames in a way. My great grandmother had three, She was Anne Hunter, but had aliases Goot Choy, Kot Choy or Kot Choi. I think it also made it easier for business and legal documents when dealing with the Chinese system.

      I have several relatives with the surname FOK. All were in Hong Kong and the British ones seem to use it as part of their Chinese aliases.
  My great uncle was James Hunter, alias Fok Chi Sing and his daughter was Ellen Hunter, alias Fok Shuk Wah. Ellen was listed as Chinese on her death certificate, but neither of her parents were.

James died in 1937 and is buried at the Colonial Cemetery and his daughter died in 1944 and is buried at St Michael's Catholic Cemetery, also at Happy Valley, Hong Kong

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