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CHANG & ENG BUNKER PLANTATION

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 Wilkes County, North Carolina

 

PLANTATION NAME: CHANG and ENG BUNKER PLANTATION
ASSOCIATED LINK(s): Eng & Chang Bunker: The Siamese Twins
ORIGINAL OWNER: Eng Bunker (1811-1874)  Chang Bunker (1811-1874)
BUILT: 1830's
ASSOCIATED SURNAMES: Bunker
HISTORY:

Chang and Eng were conjoined twins born in 1811 in the fishing village of Meklong, Siam (now Thailand). Connected at the chest by only a narrow band of flesh, the twins led a long and relatively “normal” life. In 1829, they left Siam and began touring the United States, Europe, Canada, and the Caribbean giving demonstrations and lectures. Along with Tom Thumb, Chang and Eng were one of P. T. Barnum's most popular “curiosities.” Through their exhibitions, which usually billed the brothers as the “United Siamese Twins,” Chang and Eng became so well known that the term “Siamese twins” was universally employed to describe all conjoined twins.

Despite their celebrity and financial success, Chang and Eng stopped touring and settled in rural Wilkes County, North Carolina, in the late 1830s. There they purchased a farm, livestock, and slaves, and married sisters Adelaide and Sarah Yates in 1843. Except for a few brief tours, the twins stayed in North Carolina the remainder of their lives, moving to Surry County in 1846.

Between them, Chang and Eng fathered 21 children. The twins died on January 17, 1874, at age 63, and were buried in the White Plains Baptist Church cemetery.

SLAVE POPULATION:

 

 

 

 

 

Former Bunker Slave

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In 1850, Mt. Airy, Surry County, Chang & Eng Bunker had  18 Slaves together.  In 1860,  Dobson District, Surry Co, they had 18 Slaves, with a total of 4 Slave houses.

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Bill of sale for 2 Slaves of CHANG & ENG BUNKER

Know all men by these presents that I THOMAS F. PRATHER of the county of Surry and the State of North Carolina have this day bargained and sold and by these presents do bargain and sell unto CHANG and ENG BUNKER of the County of Wilkes and State of N. Carolina two Negro girls To Wit, MARY, aged 7 1/2 years and NICEY aged 5 1/2 years for the sum of Four hundred and fifty dollars in hand paid by the said CHANG & ENG BUNKER to the said THOS. F. PRATHER the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged the title of said Negroes I hereby bind myself and my heirs and assigns to warrant and defend to the said CHANG & ENG BUNKER their heirs and assigns forever. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 29th day of September A.D. 1845. The above Negroes I warrant sound and healthy.
THOS. F. PRATHER (Seal).

Test.
GEO. W. BROWN
A. DUNNAGAN

Surry County Court February Term 1846.
The executor of the within Bill of sale was duly proven in open court by the oath of GEORGE W. BROWN, one of the subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be registered.
F. K. ARMSTRONG, clk.
By H. C. HAMPTON, DC.

Surry County, Registered in Registers office, Book No. 4, page 305.
A DUNNAGAN P Regr.

THOMAS F. PRATHER
to
ENG and CHANG BUNKER

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Bill of sale for 10 Slaves of CHANG & ENG BUNKER

Whereas a copartnership has heretofore existed between ENG and CHANG BUNKER in the following negro slaves To wit;
1. BERNY a Man aged about 60 years
2. LEAN a Girl aged about 30 years
3. DANIEL Boy aged about 17 years
4. NISE a Girl aged about 16 years
5. SHERMAN a Boy aged about 12 years
6. MOSES a Boy aged about 12 years
7. PATIA a Girl aged 10 years
8. PERRY a Boy aged about 9 years
9. ALLEN or CRECY a Girl aged about 8 years
10. CAROLINE a Girl aged about 6 years.

And whereas it is mutually agreed by and between both parties that the said CHANG BUNKER is to have the full and entire interest in said Negro slaves. This indenture therefore witneseth that the said ENG BUNKER for and in consideration of the sum of One Dollar to have in hand paid by the said CHANG BUNKER the receipt whereof is hereby fully acknowledged hath sold and delivered to the said CHANG BUNKER and his heirs and assigns forever the undersigned one half of the aforesaid slaves.
In testimony whereof the said ENG BUNKER hath hereto set his hand and seal this 20th November AD 1855.
ENG BUNKER(seal)

Test.
JOB WORTH
WILLIAM RAWLEY



ENG BUNKER to CHANG BUNKER Bill of Sale 10 Slaves. North Carolina Surry County. May Term 1859.
The Execution of the foregoing bill of sale was duly proven in open court by the oath of JOB WORTH and ordered to be registered. JOHN H. DOBSON, clk. By T. D. HAMLIN. Registered in Register's office in Book No. 10 page 223 T.F. ANTHONY, Regr.
  

RESEARCH NOTES:
Chang & Eng Bunker first lived in Wilkesboro, then by 1850, they were living in Mount Airy, Surry County, NC, where their personal value was listed as $4000.
MISCELLANEOUS:

Home of Chang & Eng Bunker ; Eng & Chang Bunker: The Siamese Twins; collection of primary source material ; Bunker Family Photos ; The Chang & Eng Exhibit ; How the original Siamese twins had 21 children by two sisters ; Bills of Sale for 12 Slaves, plus images
 

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