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Mt. Airy in Surry County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Eng and Chang Bunker

1811-1874

 
 
Eng and Chang Bunker Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, November 25, 2020
1. Eng and Chang Bunker Marker
Inscription.  Conjoined twins born in Siam. Toured widely in the U.S. before settling nearby to farm, 1839. Grave is 100 yards W.
 
Erected 2014 by North Carolina Office of Archives and History. (Marker Number M 7.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Cemeteries & Burial Sites. A significant historical year for this entry is 1811.
 
Location. 36° 27.173′ N, 80° 37.751′ W. Marker is in Mt. Airy, North Carolina, in Surry County. Marker is on Old Highway 601, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located in front of the White Plains Baptist Church. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 614 Old Highway 601, Bethania NC 27010, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Stoneman’s Raid (approx. 3.3 miles away); The Andy Griffith Show (approx. 3.3 miles away); 90 MM Gun Tank M47 Patton (approx. 4.4 miles away); Hardin Taliaferro (approx. 5.8 miles away); Tabitha A. Holton (approx. 6˝ miles away); a different marker also named Stoneman’s Raid (approx. 6˝ miles away); Confederate Soldiers of Surry County
Eng and Chang Bunker Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, November 25, 2020
2. Eng and Chang Bunker Marker
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(approx. 6.6 miles away); Patrick County / North Carolina (approx. 8.1 miles away in Virginia). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mt. Airy.
 
More about this marker. The previous "Siamese Twins" marker has been replaced with this one.
 
Siamese Twins previous marker at this location image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 6, 2010
3. Siamese Twins previous marker at this location
Eng and Chang, the
Siamese twins, born in
1811 in Siam, settled
as farmers in this
neighborhood. Died 1874.
Grave 100 yards west.
Previous marker in Mt. Airy, NC image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 6, 2010
4. Previous marker in Mt. Airy, NC
Eng and Chang are perhaps the best known Siamese twins. They toured in Europe and America with P.T. Barnum before retiring and becoming farmers in North Carolina.
Previous Siamese Twins Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 6, 2010
5. Previous Siamese Twins Marker
Eng and Chang married sisters Sarah and Addie Yates and had 21 children. Each twin had a son who fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War.
Grave of Eng and Chang image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 6, 2010
6. Grave of Eng and Chang
Eng and Chang Bunker and their wives are buried behind the White Plains Baptist Church, which they helped to build in 1856.
Siamese Twins Grave image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 6, 2010
7. Siamese Twins Grave
Eng Bunker         Chang Bunker
May 11, 1811         May 11, 1811
Jan. 17, 1874         Jan 17, 1874

His wife         His wife
Sarah A. Yates         Adelaide Yates
Dec. 18, 1822         Oct. 11, 1823
Apr. 29, 1892         May 21, 1917

Siamese Twins Chang and Eng
Born in Siam

Bunker
Eng and Chang Bunker image. Click for full size.
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8. Eng and Chang Bunker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 28, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 6, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,251 times since then and 10 times this year. Last updated on March 10, 2012, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 27, 2020, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.   3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on August 6, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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