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Annie Bell Ham Garvin
Birth: Jul. 27, 1861
Rowan County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Mar. 16, 1955
Orange County
California, USA

Annie Belle (Bell) Ham Garvin was born in Morehead, Kentucky on July 27, 1861. Her parents were Robert Nicholas Ham (1816-1880) and Elizabeth "Eliza" Jane Swim (b. 1841).

Her siblings included Mary Etta, Louisa, James Addison, Enoch Burris, Felix, Virginia M., Donna Olive, William Henry, Amelia V. and Arthur Neal Ham.

As a child Annie Belle had to walk ten miles to school, and ten miles back home. Due to the rigors of the trek, and because she was needed at home, she had to leave school.
Facing up to the challenge, she taught herself to read by reading the Bible and the newspaper. And throughout the rest of her life she loved reading the Bible and the newspaper.

Annie Bell was engaged to Franklin Garvin (1852-1881), but he died from consumption (tuberculosis) a short time before the wedding.

Years later, widower William Wallace Garvin courted Annie Belle. He was a brother of Annie Belle's deceased fiance Franklin Garvin.
Wallace's first wife was Mahulda "Huldy" Mulvina Hiatt (1854-1884). Huldy passed away from complications of childbirth a month after giving birth to their child William Thurston Garvin (1884-1884.) Sadly, little William died three weeks after his mother's death

Annie Bell Ham married William Wallace Garvin on August 30, 1889 in Logan Stewart's, Rowan County, Kentucky, USA.

Their children included: Florence "Flo," Grace Grahn, Mary Vie, Rebecca "Becky," William Wallace, and Franklin "Frank" (named after her deceased fiance and William Wallace's brother) Garvin.

All her life she preferred men who were, as she told grand-daughter Cherie J., "feisty."

She loved singing the very old folk songs of the Hills, which had in fact been the "popular songs" way back. "Barbara Allen" was a favorite.) She also enjoyed singing hymns.

Annie Bell spoke an older English. In later years, her grand-daughter (Cherie J.) found a song book with England songs from the 1300's. Many of the words and expressions were those that Annie Bell used. Being raised a lot by Annie Bell, Cherie J.'s first English-speaking was this older English. It wasn't until Cherie J. started kindergarten that she learned Standard English.

Annie Bell was a Culture Carrier of the lore, history and folk ways of the Hills. She related to Cherie J. many and wonderful stories of the "Great Feuds," the folk magic, stories of people Annie Bell had known, and history. She used to visit "Devil' Anse Hatfield's wife, for example.

Lavender was her favorite scent, and she liked to put lavender sachets among her linens and in dresser drawers.
She enjoyed crocheting and knitting, and making lovely pot holders and wash cloths for the home.

All her life Annie Bell enjoyed going to church, and especially loved revivals. In Huntington Beach, California she joined the Foursquare church, and enjoyed listening to Sister Aimee Semple McPherson on the radio.
In later years at her local Foursquare Church she received the annual Oldest Woman award.

How she enjoyed going to Knott's Berry Farm on Mother's Day! Every year the family took her to chicken dinner there at Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant. And she relished going to Ghost Town.

Every day until perhaps a year before her death, she would walk from her home on Elmira Street in Huntington Beach to visit her daughter Mary Vie Garvin Ferguson on Geneva Street.

Each Sunday she would make chicken and dumplings for dinner.
Often she made biscuits from scratch in a wooden biscuit bowl.

Also she made the most delicious beef brisket with vegetables ever, and the best beef and vegetable soup!

She did not like intrusive people. She would say, "They have nose trouble!"

And if she were at a family pot luck and the serving of dinner was late, she'd say, "My stomach thinks my throat's been cut!"

About the pains of childbirth, she told grand-daughter Cherie J.: "It's the worst pain they is and the easiest to get over."

She never cut her hair. She told grand-daughter Cherie J.: "I had a Vision once and saw Angels. Their hair was long."

During her lifetime Annie Belle witnessed historical events and profound technological changes the like of which the world had not seen before. She would say, "People is getting smarter all the time."

Annie Bell passed away of old age on March 16, 1955 at the family home on Elmira Street, Huntington Beach, Orange County, California, USA. Her family members were at her bedside.

She was deeply loving and loyal to her family and friends and church.

May she rest in peace. 
Family links: 
  William Wallace Garvin (1845 - 1910)*
  Florence "Flora" Garvin Gale (1890 - 1974)*
  Grayce Grahn Garvin Stafford (1892 - 1952)*
  Mary Vie Garvin Ferguson (1894 - 1987)*
  Rebecca Evangeline Garvin Goode (1898 - 1951)*
  William Wallace Garvin (1900 - 1977)*
  Franklin "Frank" Garvin (1902 - 1988)*
*Calculated relationship
1861 - 1955
Note: Anna Bell's name is on the monument of her husband William Wallace Garvin, Sr. in Rose Hills Cemetery, Hazelton, Barber, KS. But she is buried in Westminster Memorial Park, Orange, CA instead. Sect. 34, Lot 313, Grave 4.
Westminster Memorial Park
Orange County
California, USA
Plot: Section 34, Lot 313, Grave 4
Created by: Cherie J.
Record added: Apr 01, 2011
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In 1887-1889 when William Wallace Garvin was courting Annie Bell, they exchanged letters. On one her letters to Wallace, Annie Bell signed her name and also wrote, "Forget me not." She enclosed a tiny stem with petals of a forget-me-not.
- Cherie J.
 Added: Apr. 1, 2011
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