Separated Siamese Twins to be Re-connected!
It's a little
know fact that the most famous separated siamese twins were from
Carrboro, but we are proud to share the story with you, and it's
heartwarming end that will be occurring in the near future. As the
first to report the story, it gives us great please to share with
you... The story of the Mills siamese twins.
We all have heard about
Chang and Ang, the connected siamese twins of Mount Airy of North
Carolina, but have you ever heard of Milly and Nelly Mills of Carrboro?
Milly and Nelly were
sons of Robert and Loretta Mills, owners of a grocery store whose
original residence was on what is now Weaver St(at approximately
the location of Frank Cole's office, across from Phydeaux). Preceeding
Chang and Ang by almost 20 years, Milly and Nelly(better know as
"the separated joined twins", were successfully separated.
Like Chang and Eng, they were best of friends and married a set
Their early years and
teenage years were uneventful as were their early adult years. But
one stormy December day in 1841 all that was to change. As she normally
did, Milly went off to Bolin Creek to catch fish for dinner as was
her usually practice. She left the house and walked off to the creek.
Nelly would stay home,
clean house(Nelly, Milly and their husbands all lived together)
and prepare the vegetables that would be served with the fish. About
5 minutes before the sun set over the great pine tree, Nelly would
sit on the bench and wait for Milly. Once Milly returned they would
sit on their benches and talk for ten to fifteen minutes and then
go into the house to cook the fish.
That was the usual practice,
but this time Milly did not return. Nelly sat and sat and sat and
waited for her beloved sister's return...but she never did. Some
say she ran off to California after hearing about the Gold Rush....
others say she was dragged into the woods and eaten by a bear....
while modern theories suggest that Milly may have been one of the
first humans to be kidnapped by alien visitors. The cause of her
disappearance is not known, but what is know is that she disappeared
without a trace and Nelly was devastated.
For the next 20 years
Nelly would sit on the bench and wait for Milly to return... but
she never did!
As a memorial to the
most famous siamese twins of Carrboro, two sculptures were made
of each of the women sitting on a bench. You may have seen them-
one is on Weaver Street by Frank Cole's and the other is outside
of Carr Mill Mall by Townsend, Bertram & Co.
The Milly and Nelly Mills
Unification Committee has been petitioning the town for years to
reunite the sisters, once and for all(each decade on the anniversary
of Milly's disappearance the two are temporariliy re-united). With
the vote to reunite them coming up next month, The Carrboro News
has spoke with the aldermen and it looks like the "yeas"
have finally got the majority.
Mills, great great grandson of Milly Mills was cautiously ecstatic
about the possibility of his mother and great, great, great aunt
being reunited. "In some ways, the great tragedy was that they
were separated in the first place. Had they remained joined, they
would have never been separated for so long, but we can't worry
about what might have been. I'm going to worry about what might
be for the next month and then hopefully I can have my first good
night's sleep in 55 years!. And my mother also will finally be able
to rest in peace!"
Michael.... our wishes
at The Carrboro News are with you. And thank you for sharing your
heartwarming story with us so we could be the first to report it
to our readers!
Siamese Twins to be Re-United!
long wait is finally coming to an end as she will finally
be reunited with Milly(right), her siamese twin after 160
years of separation!