Battle of Middle Creek 10 June 1862
Second Battle of Cynthiana 11-12 June 1864
Battle near Cumberland Gap
After the war Martin returned to his home in Kentucky
for a short time. He told friends and relatives that he could not stay because he wanted no part of the feuding and fighting in the mountains. He and his nephew-, "Bad John" Wright traveled to Cincinnati where he joined the Robinsons Circus. Martin exhibited himself and read poetry while "Bad John" was billed as a sharpshooter/trick rider. While Martin was traveling with the circus he met a young woman who was also associated with the show. She was the young giantess from Nova Scotia, Anna
Swan. Anna and Martin were married in Europe 17 June 1871 at St.
Martins-in-The Field, London, England. They continued to exhibit themselves in Europe. After the baby girl was born dead 19 May 1872, Martin and Anna returned to the US and bought a farm in Seville, Medina County, Ohio. Here they built a large home to accommodate their large size and had furniture custom-made to suit them.
Martin and Anna continued to tour for periods of time appearing with the W. W. Cole Show and with P. J. Barnum. Members of the shows occasionally visited at the Seville home of the Bates.
On 19 January 1879 a baby boy was born to Martin and Anna. He lived 11 hours. The boy was at birth the size of a 6 months old child and was in all respects normal. He was 28 inches tall and weighed 22 pounds. Anna did not fully regain her health and on 5 August 1889 died. Martin ordered from Europe a monument in her likeness to be placed on her grave.
Martin later remarried Annette Weatherby and sold the giant home and moved into town. On 7 January 1919 Martin died of nephritis.
Buried in the Mound Cemetery at Seville are Martin, Anna, the baby boy and Anna's sister Margaret.
Martin was reported to be 7" 11 1/2" tall and weighed up to 470 pounds and as much as 525.
Anna was reported to be 8' 1".
The Kona Kentucky farm was sold to W. H. Potter, a relative.
Parents of Martin, John Wallis and Sarah Waltrip Bates are buried in the cemetery on the old Bates farm.
The giant's house was built in 1876 and stood until 1948.
Anna and Martin were members of the First Baptist Church in Seville, Ohio.
Last visited Kentucky about the year 1899.
Exhibited before Queen Victoria and other heads of Europe.
Anna Haining Swan was born on August 6, l846 in New Annan, Nova Scotia.
Pictures of the Capt. and Anna Bates and many of their possessions can be seen at -
Medina Historical Society
Fraser Cultural Centre, Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia
Sunrise Trail Museum, Tatamagouch, Nova Scotia
Seville Historical Society, Seville, Medina County, Ohio
Relatives of Martin Van Buren Bates in Letcher County, KY remember their parents and grandparents talking about The Kentucky Giant and referred to him as - "Bud Bates", "Brother Bates", "Uncle Brother", "Baby Bates", and of course the "Kentucky Giant" or "Giant Bates".