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Martin Van Buren Bates
Birth: Nov. 9, 1837
Whitesburg
Letcher County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Jan. 7, 1919
Seville
Medina County
Ohio, USA

Folk Figure. Known as the "Kentucky River Giant" for his great height, Bates measured seven feet, eleven 1/2 inches tall, and weighed 478 pounds. He served in the War Between the States in the 5th Kentucky Infantry, CSA, and rose to the rank of Capt. in the Virginia State Line. After the war he toured the USA, Canada, and Europe. In 1871 Bates married Anna Swan, the "Giantess of Nova Scotia," in London, where they were received by Queen Victoria. (bio by: Geoff Walden) 
 
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 Parents:
  John Wallis Bates (1779 - 1843)
  Sarah Waldrup Bates (1793 - 1865)
 
 Spouses:
  Anna Haining Swan Bates (1848 - 1888)*
  Annette LaVonne Weatherby Bates (1858 - 1940)*
 
 Children:
  Infant Daughter Bates (1872 - 1872)*
  Infant Son Bates (1879 - 1879)*
 
 Siblings:
  Elizabeth Bates Ashurst (1806 - 1881)**
  Margaret Bates Johnson (1814 - 1855)*
  John Wallis/Wallace Bates (1814 - 1879)*
  Martha Irby Bates Craft (1816 - 1896)*
  Elizabeth Agnes Bates Wright (1819 - 1892)*
  James Bates (1823 - 1864)*
  Robert Bates (1825 - 1921)*
  Uriah Bates (1828 - 1862)*
  Martin Van Buren Bates (1837 - 1919)
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Mound Hill Cemetery
Seville
Medina County
Ohio, USA
 
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Originally Created by: Geoff Walden
Record added: Feb 19, 2002
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