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    MARK HAMES - mhames@charlotteobserver.com
    Shelagh Childs, left, and her husband, Bruce Childs, at the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room at the public library in uptown Charlotte. Childs is the niece of conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, who spent the final years of their lives in Charlotte.She showed up at the Carolina Room at the Mecklenburg Public Library to research the aunts she didn't know about. Shelagh Childs and her husband Bruce Childs came from their home in Great Britain.
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    MARK HAMES - mhames@charlotteobserver.com
    Bruce Childs scans in photographs at the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room at the public library in uptown Charlotte. His wife, Shelagh Childs is the niece of conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, who lived and died in Charlotte She showed up at the Carolina Room at the Mecklenburg Public Library to research the aunts she didn't know about.
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    - COURTESY OF BRUCE AND SHELAGH CHILDS
    Kate Skinner, the unwed mother of four children including the Hilton twins, died in 1912. .
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    - COURTESY OF BRUCE AND SHELAGH CHILDS
    Ethel Kate Skinner, mother of Shelagh Childs, died without knowing she had three siblings, including the Hilton twins.
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    - Courtesy, Bruce and Shelagh Childs
    The brick row house in Brighton, England, where the twins were born. The house still stands.
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    - COURTESY OF BRUCE AND SHELAGH CHILDS
    After legally adopting the twins, Mary Hilton put them on display in the Queens Arms, the Brighton pub she ran with her husband. The pub is still in business today.
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    - COURTESY OF BRUCE AND SHELAGH CHILDS
    The Evening Star, still in operation today in Brighton, England, was bought by the Hiltons after the twins brought customers – and prosperity – to the their first pub, the Queen’s Arms. The Hiltons, including the twins, lived in quarters above the business.
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    - Courtesy, Bruce and Shelagh Childs
    The cemetery where Kate Skinner, the mother of the Hilton twins, is buried in Brighton, England. It was one of the spots visited by Bruce and Shelagh Childs after they discovered in February they were related to the conjoined twins.
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    - Courtesy, Bruce and Shelagh Childs
    Kate Skinner, mother of the Hilton twins, is buried in this unmarked grave in in Brighton, England. She was 25 at the time of her death in August 1912, attributed to complications in childbirth. Her last child, born a month before she died, was Ethel Kate Skinner, the grandmother of Shelagh Childs. Ethel Kate, adopted as an infant, never knew she had any siblings.
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    Violet Hilton, left, and Daisy Hilton in the early 1920s.
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    - CIRCUS WORLD MUSEUM
    Conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton in a 1915 publicity picture when they were on the vaudeville circuit.
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    - Courtesy, Bruce and Shelagh Childs
    A vaudeville poster promoting the twins.
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    - Courtesy of Charles Reid, 2008
    A publicity picture found in the twins’ home after their death shows Violet and Daisy Hilton in “Chained For Life,” a 1951 film about a Siamese twin who falls in love, only to have her jealous sister shoot him to death.
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    A poster for “Chained For Life,” a movie the Hilton twins starred in. The movie, about one conjoined twin who murders the other’s lover, was a flop.
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    - Courtesy, Bruce and Shelagh Childs
    Violet and Daisy Hilton carry dinner trays in this photo whose year is unknown.
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    - Courtesy, Bruce and Shelagh Childs
    Phillip Morris, patriarch of the Charlotte costume business and a friend of the Hilton twins, met with Shelagh Childs on her visit to Charlotte and shared memories of the twins.
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    - Courtesy, Bruce and Shelagh Childs
    Violet and Daisy Hilton are buried in this cemetery plot at Forest Lawn West in Charlotte. A friend of the twins owned four plots at the site and had already buried her son, killed in Vietnam, in one. Violet and Daisy were buried in the same casket and occupy one plot.
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    - Courtesy, Bruce and Shelagh Childs
    A cemetery marker at Daisy and Violet Hilton’s grave says “Beloved Twins” at Forest Lawn West in Charlotte.
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    MARK HAMES - mhames@charlotteobserver.com
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    MARK HAMES - mhames@charlotteobserver.com
    Shelagh Childs views the boarded up former Park’n’Shop grocery on Wilkinson Boulevard where the Hilton twins worked until their deaths in 1969. Bruce and Shelagh Childs came from England to Charlotte to find out more about her relation to the famous conjoined twins.
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