Bunker, Eng, 1811-1874

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Chang and Eng Bunker (1811-1874), the original Siamese twins, were born in Meklong, Siam, and were brought from Bangkok to Boston in 1829. After extensive tours in North America and Europe, they settled in Wilkes County (later Surry County), N.C., were naturalized, and received the surname Bunker by act of the legislature.

In 1843, Chang and Eng Bunker married Sarah and Adelaide Yates, daughters of David Yates of Wilkes County, N.C. Chang had ten children; Eng had nine children. They continued to make exhibition tours until about 1870.

From the guide to the Chang and Eng Bunker Papers, 1832-1874, 1933-1967, 1998, (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.)

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referencedIn Elizabeth Rudder Fearrington Croom Collection, 1755-1968 East Carolina University. J.Y. Joyner Library
referencedIn Taylor, Harden Franklin, 1890-. The Siamese twins : a lesson in fame / by Harden F. Taylor. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Bumpas family. Bumpas family papers, 1838-1933 ; 1946. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf Bunker, Chang, 1811-1874. Journal of Chang and Eng [manuscript] 1834. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Breck, Samuel, 1771-1862. Samuel Breck papers, 1795-1862. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
referencedIn Emerson, G. (Gouverneur), 1796-1874. [Case histories, notes on medical topics, transcripts of letters, drafts of medical papers, newspaper clippings, etc. 1821-1827] College of Physicians of Philadelphia
referencedIn Barnum, P. T. (Phineas Taylor), 1810-1891. Letter : New York, to Moses Kimball, Boston, 1849. Boston Athenaeum
referencedIn James W. Hale and Susan A. Coffin papers 1831-1832 Hale, James W. and Susan A. Coffin William L. Clements Library
creatorOf Chang and Eng Bunker Papers, 1832-1874, 1933-1967, 1998 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection
referencedIn Chang and Eng Bunker papers, 1833-1874, 1933-1967, 1998. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Human curiosity prints, playbills, broadsides and other printed material, 1695-1937. Harvard Theater Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Physician's ledger and Georgia woman's scrapbook, 1848-1864 and 1885-1896. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
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Birth 1811

Death 1874


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