Martin Van Buren Bates

Martin Van Buren Bates

Whitesburg, Letcher County, Kentucky, USA
Death 7 Jan 1919 (aged 81)
Seville, Medina County, Ohio, USA
Burial Seville, Medina County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID 6194083 · View Source
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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.

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  • Originally Created by: Geoff Walden
  • Added: 19 Feb 2002
  • Find a Grave Memorial 6194083
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Martin Van Buren Bates (9 Nov 1837–7 Jan 1919), Find a Grave Memorial no. 6194083, citing Mound Hill Cemetery, Seville, Medina County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .