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Chang Bunker

Chang Bunker

Male 1811 - 1874  (62 years)

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  • Name Chang Bunker 
    Born 11 May 1811  Thailand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 17 Jan 1874  North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I12254  Yatesville History & Genealogy
    Last Modified 15 Aug 2017 

    Family ID F12153  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Adelaide Yates,   b. 11 Oct 1823, Wilkes, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 May 1917, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years) 
    Married 13 Apr 1843  North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Josephine Virginia Bunker,   b. 16 Feb 1844, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Aug 1867, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 23 years)
     2. Christopher Wren Bunker,   b. 8 Apr 1845, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Apr 1932, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
     3. Nancy Adelaide Bunker,   b. 5 Jun 1847, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Feb 1874, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 26 years)
     4. Susan Marianna Bunker,   b. 7 Oct 1849, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Mar 1922, Idaho Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     5. Paula Victoria Bunker,   b. 21 May 1852, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Nov 1892, Tennesse Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years)
     6. Louise Emaline Bunker,   b. 13 Apr 1855, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Mar 1934  (Age 78 years)
     7. Albert Lemuel Bunker,   b. 22 Apr 1857, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Oct 1944, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     8. Jessie Lafayette Bunker,   b. 7 Apr 1861, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jun 1909  (Age 48 years)
     9. Margaret Elizabeth Bunker,   b. 6 Oct 1863, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Nov 1950, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     10. Hattie Irene Bunker,   b. 12 Sep 1868, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Nov 1945, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
    Last Modified 8 Apr 2021 
    Family ID F5201  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 
    • The Siamese Twins: The Bunker brothers were born on May 11, 1811, in the province of Samutsongkram, near Bangkok, in the Kingdom of Siam (today's Thailand). Their fisherman father was a Chinese Thai, while their mother, Nok, (rtgs: Nak) was half-Chinese and half-Malay. Because of their Chinese heritage, they were known locally as the "Chinese Twins".

      The brothers were joined at the sternum by a small piece of cartilage, and though their livers were fused, they were independently complete. In 1829, Robert Hunter, a Scottish merchant who lived in Bangkok, saw the twins swimming and realized their potential. He paid their parents to permit him to exhibit their sons as a curiosity on a world tour. When their contract with Hunter was over, Chang and Eng went into business for themselves. In 1839, while visiting Wilkesboro, North Carolina, the brothers were attracted to the area and purchased a 110-acre farm in nearby Traphill. Determined to live as normal a life they could, Chang and Eng settled on their small plantation and bought slaves to do the work they could not do themselves.

      Using their adopted name "Bunker", they married local women on April 13, 1843. Chang wed Adelaide Yates (1823-1917), while Eng married her sister, Sarah Anne (1822-1892). The twins also became naturalized American citizens. The couples shared a bed built for four in their Traphill home. Chang and Adelaide would become the parents of twelve children. Eng and Sarah had ten. After a number of years, the sisters began to dislike each other and separate households were set up west of Mount Airy, North Carolina in the town of White Plains. The brothers would alternately spend three days at each home.

      During the American Civil War, Chang's son Christopher and Eng's son Stephen both served in the Confederate army. In 1870, Chang suffered a stroke and his health declined over the next four years. He also began drinking heavily (Chang's drinking did not affect Eng as they did not share a circulatory system).

      Despite his brother's ailing condition, Eng remained in good health. Shortly before his death, Chang was injured after falling from a carriage. He then developed a severe case of bronchitis. On January 17, 1874, Chang died while the brothers were asleep. Eng awoke to find his brother dead and cried, "Then I am going". A doctor was summoned to perform an emergency separation, but he was too late. Eng died approximately three hours later.