"The Giants of Seville"

"The Giants of Seville" (HM1639)

Location: Seville, OH 44273 Medina County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 0.601', W 81° 51.98'

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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.
HM NumberHM1639
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
Marker Number1-52
Year Placed2000
Placed ByThe Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, Seville Kiwanis and Lions Clubs, the Guildford Grange, the Village of Seville, the Seville Historical Soceity, and the Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at 8:21pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 427150 N 4540230
Decimal Degrees41.01001667, -81.86633333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 0.601', W 81° 51.98'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 0' 36.06" N, 81° 51' 58.80" W
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Area Code(s)330
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2-8 Pleasant St, Seville OH 44273, US
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