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Eng Bunker

Eng Bunker

Male 1811 - 1874  (62 years)

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  • Name Eng 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 I12261  Yatesville History & Genealogy
    Last Modified 15 Aug 2017 

    Family ID F12153  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sarah Ann Yates,   b. 18 Dec 1822, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Apr 1892, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Married 13 Apr 1843  Wilkes, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Katherine Marcellus Bunker,   b. 10 Feb 1844, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Julia Ann Bunker,   b. 31 Mar 1845, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. James Montgomery Bunker,   b. 15 Dec 1848, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sep 1930, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     4. Stephen Decatur Bunker,   b. 15 Dec 1848, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Mar 1920, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
     5. Patrick Henry Bunker,   b. 7 May 1850, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 May 1938, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
     6. William Oliver Bunker,   b. 31 Jan 1855, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jul 1932, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     7. Frederick Marshall Bunker,   b. 1 Feb 1857, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Rosella Virginia Bunker,   b. 1 Jun 1859, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Oct 1941, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     9. Robert Edward Bunker,   b. 7 May 1863, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jan 1951, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     10. Georgianna Columbia Bunker,   b. 7 May 1863, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1865, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
    Last Modified 8 Apr 2021 
    Family ID F5202  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
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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.