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Patrick Henry Bunker
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Birth: May 7, 1850
Mount Airy
Surry County
North Carolina, USA
Death: May 24, 1938
Medicine Lodge
Barber County
Kansas, USA

Patrick Henry Bunker was found dead in bed at the county farm (the almshouse) Wednesday morning, death resulting from a heart attack, presumably, during the night.

Bunker had been an inmate of the county farm for about 12 years. He was 88 years old at the time of his death.

He was the son of Eng Bunker (one of the original Siamese twins) and Sarah Ann "Sallie" Yates.

Bunker told of accompanying his father and uncle on several of their exhibition tours. Despite their huge incomes from these trips the twins money disappeared rapidly. At the height of their wealth the twins married Sallie and Adelaide Yates, of Dutch and Irish descent; settling on a plantation near Raleigh, N.C.

"Sallie was my mother," said Bunker in telling his story to the editor of The Index, "and she was a handsome woman and a fine Christian. She had a wonderfully good disposition. Father and his brother were married on the same day in a double ceremony. They each had farm homes not over a half mile apart. They would stay at our house three days and nights and then go to my uncle's house for three days and nights. Father had 11 children and Uncle Chang had 10 children. I was the fifth child in our family."

"They loved each other's children as if each was the father of all," he said. "Both twins owned slaves and grew tobacco before the Civil War."

Bunker said that he took care of the plantation when the twins went on a vaudeville tour.

Later, Bunker and a brother, James Monroe Bunker, came west and bought farms in Summer county, Kansas. James died there several years ago. Patrick married and he and his wife had three sons and three daughters.

"One day my wife told me she wanted a divorce," Bunker said. "She asked for the custody of the children too, I said, "Molly, you don't want to do that," but she insisted on it.

"No man ever made anything lawing with his wife so I deeded her the farm and everything in it. After a while she married again and I reckon she set the children against me. Anyhow they never came to see me. I knew where some of them were for a while but I finally lost track."

Bunker spent a good share of his time fishing in Elm Creek and at the old Bebe pool, during his stay at the county farm.

Funeral arrangements were in charge of the Forsyth Funeral home and services will be held there Thursday morning at ten o'clock and and burial will be in Highland Cemetery.

(Source: Barber County Index, June 2, 1938.) 
Family links: 
  Eng Bunker (1811 - 1874)
  Sarah Ann Yates Bunker (1822 - 1892)
  Mary Jane Bradley Miller (1859 - 1940)*
  Joseph Albert Bunker (1885 - 1956)*
  Nancy Ann Bunker Davis (1899 - 1990)*
  Katherine Marcellus Bunker (1844 - 1871)*
  Julia Ann Bunker (1845 - 1865)*
  Stephen Decatur Bunker (1846 - 1920)*
  James Montgomery Bunker (1848 - 1921)*
  Patrick Henry Bunker (1850 - 1938)
  Rosalyn Etta Bunker (1852 - 1852)*
  William Oliver Bunker (1855 - 1932)*
  Frederick Marshall Bunker (1857 - 1886)*
  Rosella Virginia Bunker Ashby (1859 - 1941)*
  Georgianna Columbia Bunker (1863 - 1865)*
  Robert Edward Bunker (1865 - 1951)*
*Calculated relationship
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Highland Cemetery
Medicine Lodge
Barber County
Kansas, USA
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Record added: Feb 09, 2010
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