Seville, Ohio: Married Giants GraveLife-size statue of Anna Bates -- who stood over eight feet tall -- marks the final resting place of the world's tallest married couple.
Mound Hill Cemetery
- East Main St., Seville, OH
- Mound Hill Cemetery, I-76 exit 2, then south one mile on Hwy 3 into town. Turn left (east) onto Main St., drive for a half-mile. The cemetery is on the left. Take the eastern entrance and drive straight in; you'll see the statue ahead on the left.
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Married Giants Grave
A large statue of a woman (Anna Bates) at the center of the cemetery marks the final resting places of the world's tallest couple as well as their infant son. They were Captain M.V. Bates (7' 9" tall and 470 pounds) - his wife, Anna Swan Bates (7' 11" tall and 413 pounds) and their Infant Boy (30" long and 23 3/4 pounds at birth. He lived only 11 hours).
The statue of Anna that marks the Bates' grave was commissioned by her husband and brought to the U.S. from Europe.
The City of Seville sponsors a "Giantfest" with the following Mission Statement:
"To provide an enlightening and affordable experience that showcases artifacts, artisans, craftsmen and historical documentation in ways that preserve and protect the uniqueness of the Giants of Seville and the village's rich history.
To connect the public with the lives of Captain Martin Van Buren Bates and Anna Swan Bates and thus inspire new generations to carry on their legacy.
To enthusiastically generate awareness of Seville's ongoing efforts to create life-sized sculptures of the giants in memory of their contributions and as ambassadors of goodwill."[Rhiannon, 05/26/2010]
Seville was home to a married couple who were both giants. My friend lived in this town and every year the town celebrates with a yard sale.[Karol Courie, 09/20/2000]
"The Giants Of Seville" were Martin Van Buren Bates (the "Kentucky River Giant") and Anna Swan (the "Giantess of Nova Scotia"). Martin was a Rebel officer in the Civil War and stood nearly eight feet tall -- and Anna was even taller. Both are buried under a life-size statue of Anna, who died first.