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Eng and Chang Bunker, world famous Siamese twins, married two Wilkes County sisters, Sarah and Adelaide Yates, before settling in their Traphill home. They later moved to Surry County and spent the last thirty-five years of their lives near Mt. Airy. The current owner of the Eng and Chang House entertains visiting Bunker descendants on a frequent basis.
Born in Siam in 1811, as Siamese twins, Chang and Eng Bunker arrived in America in 1819. Brought to the New World on a sailing ship captained by a man named Coffin, the Bunker brothers began an exhibition tour, stopping in North Carolina along the way. While in North Carolina, in 1839, the brothers met Adelaide and Sarah Yates, whom they married four years later. The Bunkers settled in Wilkes County and lived between Europe and America until their deaths, 17 January 1874.
Chang and Eng Bunker did not become residents of the state until 1839 when they settled in Wilkes County. After touring America, the conjoined twins desired rest and respite from prying crowds and were advised by Dr. James Calloway of Wilkesboro to move to the quiet and picturesque North Carolina. Their lives remained peaceful, like many other Southerners, until the war when their eldest sons Christopher Wren and Stephen Decatur joined the Confederate cause.
Chang and Eng Bunker, world-renowned conjoined Siamese twins, settled in Mount Airy, North Carolina in the mid-1800s. After decades traveling the world in circus exhibitions, they desired a quiet life and to settle down with their wives. Now, their descendants come back to Mount Airy to remember the twins and their legacy.