World Famous Conjoined Twins Fathered 21 Children By 2 Sisters During Their Lifetime

By maks in News On 1st April 2024
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Back in 1811, a pair of conjoined twins were born, and they went on to father a whopping 21 children between them.

Chang and Eng were their names, and they hailed from Thailand, back then known as Siam.

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It’s actually from these two that we get the term 'Siamese twins' to describe conjoined twins.

The Guinness Book of World Records notes that their mother might have sold them into what amounted to slavery.

Back in the 19th century, and even stretching into the mid-20th in some European parts, people would pay to stare at others who were different, including those with physical disabilities like Chang and Eng.

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Before hitting the road, the twins had an audience with the King of Siam.

They then spent about a decade traveling the world, hitting up places like the US, Canada, Cuba, and various European countries.

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Upon reaching 21, Chang and Eng reportedly took the reins of the very business that showcased them, ending up quite wealthy.

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Eventually, they decided to settle in Mount Airy, North Carolina, where they bought a farm and made it their home.

There was talk of surgery to separate them, but they chose to stay together.

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They were connected by a strip of flesh, and an autopsy later showed their livers were fused as well.

In North Carolina, Chang and Eng married sisters Adelaide and Sarah Yates.

They became U.S. citizens and took on the surname Bunker.

To give their wives some semblance of privacy, they lived in separate houses.

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Together with their wives, they had 21 kids, making them the conjoined twins with the most children on record.

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Chang and Adelaide had 10 kids, while Eng and Sarah had 11.

Craig Glenday, the Editor-in-Chief of the Guinness Book of World Records, commented: 

"With Chang and Eng it was never really documented how they managed their private lives, especially being intimate."

"However, it's fascinating that the wives' childbirths were always just a few days apart, hinting at some level of planning."

They would also alternate visits to their spouses, ensuring they spent equal time with each family.

Interestingly, slavery was still legal in North Carolina during their lifetime, and records show they owned slaves.

The twins died on the same night, January 17, 1874, at the age of 63, with Chang passing first, followed shortly by Eng.