Christine McKoy

Christine McKoy

Birth
Columbus County, North Carolina, USA
Death 9 Oct 1912 (aged 61)
Columbus County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Columbus County, North Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 11427328 · View Source
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Siamese twins. Millie and Christine, also known simply as Millie Christine, were joined from the waist down. In 1853, they started being groomed as entertainers after being sold for $1,000. This freed them from ever having to pick cotton or tobacco but subjected them to a childhood of relentless public humiliation for their rare birth defect that made the two girls one. They were taught how to read, write, sing and dance, and became fluent in five languages. They traveled throughout the East Coast until they were kidnapped and sold to be freak attractions in a circus sideshow and county fairs. The spelling of their last name was changed from McCoy to McKoy during that period. Their mother searched for them for four years and eventually found them in Birmingham, England, where they were exhibits of showmen Miller & Thompson. Millie and Christine were frequently billed as "The Two-Headed Nightingale" because of their beautiful singing voices. In 1888, they made an estimated $750 a week. After a successful 30-plus-year career, the sisters retired to their 10-room Victorian house near Whiteville. The home was destroyed in a fire in 1909. After moving into a smaller home, Millie contracted tuberculosis and died Oct. 8, 1912. Seventeen hours after Millie death, Christine also died.

Bio by: Elizabeth Reed


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CHRISTINE - MILLE
DIED OCTOBER 8TH AND 9TH 1912. FULLY
RESIGNED AT HER HOME, THE PLACE OF HER
BIRTH AND RESIDENCE OF HER CHRISTIAN
PARENTS. THEY THAT BE PLANTED IN THE
HOUSE OF THE LORD SHALL FLOURISH IN
THE COURTS OF OUR GOD. PSALMS 92:13


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Elizabeth Reed
  • Added: 26 Jul 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11427328
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Christine McKoy (11 Jul 1851–9 Oct 1912), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11427328, citing Welches Creek Cemetery, Columbus County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .