ANNA SWAN – The Giantess of Nova Scotia

August 7, 2006
Comments (34)
  1. Anonymous says:

    Oh, darn, the writing on these has been so good up until now but … “only to loose all of her possessions”.

    Please fix, it’s just that so better when it’s right.

  2. J. Tithonus Pednaud says:

    Ah, thank you. Editing is such a core…

  3. Anonymous says:

    Susan Swan (no relation but also quite tall) wrote a novel based on the outline of Anna Swan’s life. It does take artistic licence, but it is a NOVEL. The Bigget Modern Woman of the World, is the title.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Woow, yoour reely pikky, ad thatz sumewut ruude iff yu azsk mee!! Howe about yu tri riting thiz meny paqes wit purfect riting?? Serisously, tri noot toe bee zo megative, eets note tat biig off a deel! Yu siy, pleee fex. goosh! Hahaha. 🙂

  5. Anonymous says:

    u must b hukd on fonix 2

  6. Kristine says:

    Wondering if she or her husband were ever diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome or any other disorder genetic or chromosomal. Perhaps this could explain why their children did not live. Fascinating story. Glad she found love.

    1. Mary says:

      This would not be Marfan’s syndrome. Mafan syndrome people are usually tall, very thin, their arms and longer than the normal arm would be as are their legs. Many baseball players have Marfan’s. Marfan’s comes with an array of other genetic conditons such as heart problems. This lady definately had giagantism. She had a relatively normal life in comparison to a lot of people with gigantism, who are plaqued with diabetes, and serious heart conditons.

  7. Tom says:

    Great info about Ms Swan. What pics/info do you for Swan’s husband Martin V B Bates? Thanks

  8. Julieann says:

    Great story. It’s sad that both of her kids died. 🙁

    Also isn’t ‘he request was granted…’ suppose to be his request?

  9. Nadia says:

    I’ve read in an article (sorry it’s in spanish) That Anna’s kids were not Martin Bater’s and that he had genital problems. They say her children were Apolo Ingalls’…is it true or is it just an imaginary story of Susan Swan?
    Thanks so much!

    By the way, I love this site! It’s very interesting!

  10. Russell Meade says:

    I am related to Martin VanBuren Bates.
    My Garndmother was Nancy Bates Daughter of Jesse Bates.
    Would like to hear from other relatives.

    1. Ben Baird says:

      I am also related. My Great grandmother and grandfather were the Halversons of Columbus Ohio. I remember growing up that they had his wedding ring. It was huuuuge! My mother would take me to the local science museum, COSI, and tell me that they were my cousins. Anyway, if you’d like to contact me my email is benjibaird at yahoo dot com. We also still have many other possessions of the couple. I am 6 foot four myself and serve in the Army.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I have the total chills. Their story is so heartwarming.

  12. Russell Meade says:

    I have never heard that the children born to Martin VanBuren Bates and his wife were fathered by a Mr. Ingals.
    I am sceptical.
    I don’t believe I would be messing around in a giant’s backyard.

    Russ Meade

  13. ANONOMOUS says:

    This was a touching story! 🙂 I am crying my eyes out I man why did her children have to die!!! :'( :'( :'(

  14. Hmmmmm says:

    I find it very hard to believe that an 18lb baby could survive birth (and that the mother could survive!) in an era before c-sections. Much less a 22lb baby! Also, most very tall people are not born THAT big. I call bullsh*t.

  15. Bosco says:

    Era a maior bucetuda do mundo!

  16. Elijah Swan wilson says:

    that is my real great great great aunt

  17. sarah says:

    Thank you, Anonymous. I can’t stand when people nit pick and are so rude like that. If you point out mistakes without actually having the intention of helping the person that made them, you are just trying to show everyone you are better than them. I’d rater b a baad speler then b ah jurk.

  18. Heather says:

    Hello. I also would like to know other women in the family, especially those descended from Anna Swan’s grandmother. I have heard that Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is passed down through the mother’s side, and I have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Anna, was diagnosed with a thyroid condition I believe. My maternal grandmother told us we were related to her, and I believe we were, through Anna’s grandmother. So that made Anna and my grandmother 2nd cousins. They grew up near each other in the Tatamagouche area of Nova Scotia. Giantism is a result of something wrong with the growth hormone originating in the Pituitary. My TSH is too low to lose weight, and it is at .057 at the last test. I am morbidly obese, and have given up trying to fix it. There are 5 or 6 hormones that are affected by the Pituitary, one is the growth hormone, and another is the Thyroid Stimulating Hormone, and there are others. I was tested for a Pituitary tumor but they found none. But I did have intra-cranial hypertension caused by spinal fluid overproduction. I have also been checked for my lactation producing hormones were too high and one doctor thought I was pregnant, but I was not! These are also connected to the Pituitary gland in the brain which stimulates all the normal body functions. I want to know if any other children of Anna Swan’s grandmother had any of the Pituitary symptoms of any of these diseases, and why, and if anything can be done about it. I also feel very odd, being of such a large size – obese; and not having anything help me to lose weight. Is there anyone out there who can answer any of these questions?

  19. Dear Heather I am also related to Anna Swan she is my Great Great Great Aunt, I also have thyroid problems as does my sister my father and my Grandmother all on Annas side I didn’t realize that it was hereditary but now that you mention it i guess its too much of a coincidence. I too have tried too lose weight for years without any success . I hope this isn’t something that my children and grandchildren don’t have to suffer with, but doesn’t look too promising does it!

  20. dear heather i do not have this nor am i tall our ramily is moving down to be short nor am i a adult i am 12 jenny im my grandmother fransis leavit is my great grand mother and then theres the swans hope we can continu our conversations

  21. i see why all our family is full of courage

  22. Heather says:

    Dear Laurie and Haley,
    Thanks so much for adding on to the family story! Laurie, you are the first one who confirmed my suspicions. My sister has an enlarged Thyroid, but hates needles and refused to get it checked. My other relatives have passed away, and or I could not find any other relatives who had the same problems. Thanks for sharing!

  23. Kathryn Levack says:

    I am reading a wonderful book called”Among the Wonderful”. It is about Ana Swann, and her life with Barnum…Fiction, but very interesting facts about the Barnum Museum in New York…The book is by Stacy Carlson….

  24. HeidiK says:

    Truly sad, that they lost both children so soon, but it’s touching to my heart that he loved her so dearly. She must have been a courageous woman, to return to a place after so narrowly escaping a fire! Is it known what caused either fire?

  25. Kevin says:

    I know one of her distant relitives right here in Dartmouth

  26. Sylvester. says:

    I wouldn’t have believed the afore-posted story if not for taking my time to peruse the comments. I’ve never laid my eyes on a giant for once but I hope to meet one by chance in the future. Nice write-ups apropos giantism . kudos to you all for time well spent.

  27. Also Heather says:

    I’m related to her too! My Grandma’s family is from Columbus Ohio, and she used to talk about Anna Swan. Had an old picture of her too. Cool!

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