I've always called this house the "Chocolate House" because of the color.
Today we walked by it once more and I became curious of it's history. I read that it was in the Silcox family until around 1968 or so, so I did a little research on the Silcox family.
I saw that they owned 9 Franklin but another article said 17 Franklin, so I am un-sure if it was both, or what?
the "Chocolate House" reads 17 Franklin Street. The front door also says "17".
Franklin Street used to be called "Back Street" because it was a the back of the city!
|I love the front door--it looks original to the house!|
The Greek Revival home was built around 1849 and had ten bedrooms, corinthian columns, two big beautiful piazzas, pine floors inside and marble steps on the outside.It was built by B.C. Pressley.
|We saw some old pictures of the house and the nice white wall and the black iron gate that has the birds and the nice fruit was not there|
This is Daniel Hardy Silcox:
born 1813 in Somerset, England
came to America in 1827 with his brothers. He lived in New York City for awhile, then came to Charleston.
He had a furniture store on King street.
He married Martha Smith Myer
she was born in 1819. Died 1871
she was from Jamaica
they had six kids
all boys except Mary Ann Matilda, pictured below:
|I wonder how old she was in this portrait? Look at her fancy dress and her lace gloves--is she holding something? Are those curly ribbons hanging down from her hair? Looks like her hair was up in a bun maybe?|
|Mary Ann Matilda in later years|
She named the baby girl Martha and called her Mattie. Mattie was born in Anderson, South Carolina, in 1865.
She re-married William H.H. Williams and he raised Mattie as well as the seven children they had together.
This is Mary Ann Matilda's SECOND HUSBAND:
|William H.H. Williams, named after President Harrison|
So there was Mattie, and Carrie(1871) (died young,like 16), kate(1877), and william,(below)
|William Harrison Williams, born 1879. He was also a Baptist minister, and lived until 1974|
|May Bells's Husband Dr. William Joseph McGlothin|
Mary Ann Matilda's Granddaughters
MayBelle-had a little girl named Bessie, born in 1898. Here it looks like she is sitting on the front porch steps somewhere. It could've been at Her Grandma Mary Ann Matilda's home--which may have been the "chocolate house" or somewhere else. I think the family lived in Greenville, South Carolina, so it could've been their porch there. Look at her cute little boots shoes and you can see her frilly little petticoat peeking out from her dress. She had long dark ringlets and had her hand on someone else who looks to be in a dress as well, maybe her sister? Her sister was born a year after her.
|MayBelle's girl Bessie|
She had a sister named "Kina"
|Kina in later years, she grew up to be a History teacher!|
|Ladies Home Journal|
|Young ladies around 1910 to 1915--this might've been how Kina dressed when she was around thirteen years old|
The "chocolate house" may not have even been brown back in those days...it very likely could've been pink, or white, or blue! I may never know....but it sure is fun to imagine isn't it?