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A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789 by Edward C. Papenfuse, et. al.
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BIOGRAPHIES MAN

Winder (1714/15-1792) and wife Esther Gillis.
Esther Handy subsequently married William Polk
(1752-1812). CHILDREN. SON: Richard Henry.
DAUGHTER: Margaret Winder. PRIVATE CAREER.
EDUCATION: A.B., graduated from the College of
New Jersey (later Princeton University) in 1761.
RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION. Protestant; came from a
Presbyterian family. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: at-
torney, admitted to the following courts: Somerset
County in June 1763; Worcester County by June
1769; Provincial Court in October 1769. PUBLIC

CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE. Lower House,

Somerset County, 1771 (Laws to Expire; Public

Offices). WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND AT

FIRST ELECTION: 290 acres, plus 2 lots in Somerset
County (all purchased except for 15 acres that he
probably inherited from his father). SIGNIFICANT

CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION

AND DEATH: acquired an additional 122.5 acres in
Somerset County. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: in-
ventory made on June 17, 1774, in Somerset

County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV, £1,136.15.2

current money (including 13 slaves and 79 books);
FB, £220.11.9. LAND: 412.5 acres, plus 2 lots in
Somerset County.

HANDY, JOHN (ca. 1724-1756). BORN: ca. 1724
in Somerset County; eldest son. NATIVE: third gen-
eration. RESIDED: in Somerset County. FAMILY
BACKGROUND. FATHER: John Handy, Gent. (1695-
1745), sheriff of Somerset County in 1743; son of
Samuel Handy (?-1721) and wife Mary Sewell.
STEPFATHER. Thomas Gillis. MOTHER: Jane (Jean)
(1698-?), daughter of Thomas Dashiell (1666-ca.
1756). UNCLES: George Dashiell (1690/91-1748);
Isaac Handy (?-1762). AUNT: Anne Dashiell
(1707-?), who married Isaac Handy (?-1762).
BROTHERS: Charles, who resided in Newport,
Rhode Island, 1755; Samuel (a minor in 1744-by
1760), who married Sarah; and Levin (a minor in
1744-by 1761). SISTERS: Easter (ca. 1720-1748),
who married first, Robert Dashiell (?-1744/45),
son of George Dashiell (?-1733/34), and second,
Day Scott (1746-by 1773); Priscilla (?-by
1748/49), who married Benjamin Handy (?-ca.
1763); Ann (?-by 1761); and Mary (1740-1766),
who married William Geddes, Esq. FIRST COUS-
INS: John Dashiell (ca. 1740-1817), a possible leg-
islator; Thomas Dashiell (1733-1771); Joseph Da-
shiell (1736-ca. 1787); George Dashiell (1743-?);
and Isaac Handy (1743-ca. 1774). OTHER KIN-
SHIP: his great-grandfather was James Dashiell (ca.
1634-1697). MARRIED on December 25, 1748,
Ann (?-by 1760), daughter of Christopher Nutter
(?-ca. 1741) and wife Sarah; stepdaughter of

George Hardy; granddaughter of Christopher
Nutter (?-1729), of Stepney Parish, Somerset
County, and wife Margaret. Ann Handy subse-
quently married Ephraim King. Her brother was
Christopher Nutter (?-ca. 1744), who died a mi-
nor. CHILDREN. SONS: Thomas (1749-1776), who
married Sarah; Levin. DAUGHTERS: Amelia; Pris-
cilla (1757-?). PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: liter-
ate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Protestant. SOCIAL
STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Gent., 1755. OCCUPA-
TIONAL PROFILE: merchant. PUBLIC CAREER. LEG-
ISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House, Somerset
County, 1751-1754, 1754-1756 (Bills of Credit 1-
3, 5; died before the 6th session). LOCAL OFFICE:
justice, Somerset County, 1751-1756. MILITARY
SERVICE: captain, by 1752. WEALTH DURING LIFE-

TIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY: £156.19.10, by 1761

(a legacy from his father's estate). LAND AT FIRST
ELECTION: 1,541 acres in Somerset County (342
acres inherited from his father; 1,099 acres of his
wife's land purchased from her stepfather for £50).

SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST

ELECTION AND DEATH: purchased at least 200
acres in Somerset County, 1755. WEALTH AT
DEATH. DIED, on November 6, 1756, in Somerset
County of a "nervous fever." PERSONAL PROP-
ERTY: TEV, £1,751.10.0 current money (including
18 slaves and more than 18 books); FB, £897.7.4.
LAND. ca. 1,898 acres in Somerset County.

HANDY, SAMUEL (1751/52-1828). BORN: on
March 5, 1751/52, in Somerset County; probably
second son. NATIVE: at least second generation.
RESIDED: in Somerset County; Worcester County,

1768. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: Samuel

Handy (?-1755). STEPFATHER: John Pollett.
GUARDIAN: Littleton Dennis (ca. 1728-1774).
MOTHER: Mary, daughter of John Dennis (1704-
1767). UNCLES: Littleton Dennis (ca. 1728-1774);
John Dennis, Jr. (ca. 1724-1782). BROTHERS: John
(1749-?); William, Esq. (?-1790), who married
Mary King. SISTERS: Mary (1743-?); Elizabeth
(1747-by 1827), who married (first name un-
known) Davis. FIRST COUSIN: Henry Dennis (?-
1785). MARRIED by 1768 Mary. CHILDREN. SON:
John e. DAUGHTERS: Harriet G., who married
(first name unknown) Stevenson; Mary D., who
married (first name unknown) Henry; and (first
name unknown), who married Ephraim K. Wil-
son. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RELI-
GIOUS AFFILIATION: Anglican; held pews in both
Rehobeth Church and Dividing Creek Chapel,
Coventry Parish, Somerset County. SOCIAL STA-
TUS AND ACTIVITIES: Esq., 1791. OCCUPATIONAL

PROFILE: merchant. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE

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