My Great-Grandmother Annie Olive Givens

So far, this is the only photo I have identified of Annie Olive Givens Silcox. She is holding her son John D. “Jay” Silcox (1924-1995).

Annie Olive Givens Silcox holding up her little son Jay by a fruit tree.
Annie Olive Givens Silcox and her son Jay Silcox.

Annie is my great-grandmother. She was born around 1903 to John David Givens (1867-1941) and Ellen Elizabeth Parker. John David was the fourth child and oldest son of Joseph Harvell Givens.

The earliest record I have for Annie is in the 1910 Census. She is living in her father’s household in Walnut Hill, Escambia, Florida.

On April 28th, 1918, she married Henry David “Dave” Silcox in Escambia County. On June 19th, 1919, she gave birth to my paternal grandmother Malzie Elizabeth Silcox. Interestingly, everyone always said Malzie was born in Alabama, and her birth is registered in Alabama, but a note on the register said she was born in Muscogee, Escambia, Florida.

We find Annie and her growing family in the 1920 Census taken in Baldwin County, Alabama, and that’s where they remain in 1930. Between 1935 and 1940, she and Dave moved to Escambia County, Florida.

Annie was known to her many grandchildren as Bama.

She died in Pensacola on October 19, 1960. My mother recalls that Annie had been having stomach pains and had surgery, and she never woke up after. She is buried in the Enon Baptist Church graveyard, though the grave was never marked. Years later, my dad, Bill Hahn, tried to find the grave with intention to place a headstone, but the location could not be identified.

About Taminar

When I grow up, I want to make movies and write books. Now in my 50s, I wonder if I'll ever really accomplish the dreams of my youth. I have made two short films, one for a college film-making class, the other for an MTV-sponsored contest. I have written short plays that have been produced, and a few short stories and reviews that have been published. I also perform and direct for community theatre. My working life has included stints in local TV news, public relations, retail management and cashier, and for a couple of years, I made the rides go at Walt Disney World. I have two cats and a husband.
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