Seville in Medina County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
“The Giants of Seville”
Seville's most famous residents, Captain Martin Van Buren Bates (1845-1919) and Anna Swan Bates (1848-1889) settled here in 1873. Their notoriety stemmed from their dramatic stature: Martin, a former Confederate soldier from Kentucky, stood 7 feet 8 inches tall; Anna, a would-be teacher from Nova Scotia, stood 7 feet 11 1/2 inches tall. They met on the carnival circuit in New Jersey in 1871 and wedded in England the same year in a ceremony orchestrated by Queen Victoria.
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Returning to America, Captain and Mrs. Bates bought a farm at the edge of Seville, built and furnished a house (razed in 1948) proportioned for their comfort, and retired to small-town agricultural life. Martin raised blooded stock and draft horses; Anna entertained and taught Sunday school. In 1879, Anna gave birth to a child who weighed a record 23 3/4 pounds, but lived only 11 hours. The Bateses and their child are interred in nearby Mound Hill Cemetery. Seville continues to celebrate their symbolic larger-than-life neighbors.
Erected 2000 by The Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, Seville Kiwanis and Lions Clubs, the Guildford Grange, the Village of Seville, the Seville Historical
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 41° 0.601′ N, 81° 51.98′ W. Marker is in Seville, Ohio, in Medina County. Marker is at the intersection of W. Main St and Pleasant St, on the left when traveling west on W. Main St. Touch for map. Marker is located in Stanhope Park, a triangular piece of land between W. Main Street, Pleasant Street, and High Street. Marker is in this post office area: Seville OH 44273, United States of America.
Regarding "The Giants of Seville". The 2012 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records notes Martin Van Buren Bates and Anna Hanen Swan as the World's Tallest Married Couple Ever. Martin is listed at 7 feet, 2.5 inches (2.20 m) and Anna is listed at 7 feet, 5.5 inches (2.27 m) for a combined height of 14 feet, 8 inches (4.47 m).
Also see . . .
1. Martin Van Buren Bates - Wikipedia. (Submitted on December 21, 2012, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
2. The Giant of the Hills - Martin Van Buren Bates. (Submitted on December 21, 2012, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
Categories. • Notable Persons • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 18, 2012, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 898 times since then and 81 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 18, 2012, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. 5, 6. submitted on January 21, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.