Guide to the Eng and Chang Bunker's Autographs for Israel K. Tefft, Savannah, Georgia, January 2, 1835

Summary Information

Title: Eng and Chang Bunker's Autographs for Israel K. Tefft, Savannah, Georgia, January 2, 1835
Collection: AC.1140
Extent: 0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This small collection consists of one page with the autographs of Eng and Chang Bunker, dated January 2, 1835. It was written for Israel K. Tefft from Savannah, Georgia.

Creator: Eng and Chang Bunker

Biographical/Historical Note

Eng and Chang Bunker (American surname) were born on May 11, 1811 in Siam (now Thailand) and died on January 17, 1874 in Mount Airy, North Carolina. They were the conjoined twins of a Chinese father and a Chinese-Malaysian mother; the term "Siamese twins" originated with Chang and Eng.

As young men, they were promoted around the world as a curiosity. Later, they managed their own career, settling in Wilkesboro, North Carolina and becoming United States citizens. In 1843, Chang married Adelaide Yates, and Eng married her sister, Sarah Anne. Chang had eleven children and Eng had ten.

Israel Keech Tefft (1794-1862) lived in Savannah, Georgia and was a great autograph collector, bibliophile, and one of the founders of the Georgia Historical Society. Married to Penelope W. Sessions in 1817, he had four children.

Scope and Contents

This collection has one page containing the autographs of Chang and Eng Bunker, written for autograph collector, Israel K. Tefft of Savannah, Georgia, dated January 2, 1835.


This is a single-item collection.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

This was purchased from L&T Respess in 2015.

Processing Information

Processed by Anita Elliott in July 2015.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.1140: Eng and Chang Bunker's Autographs, for Israel K. Tefft, Savannah, Georgia, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina USA.