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

LIFETIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY 3 slaves and a
stallion inherited from his father, 1735/36; his wife
inherited more than £500 from her father, ca.
1745. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: 615 acres in
Somerset and Worcester counties (inherited all
except 5 acres from his father). SIGNIFICANT

CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION

AND DEATH: patented 1,165 acres in Worcester
and Somerset counties in 1763 in partnership with
George and Thomas Martin, with whom he owned
a sawmill; purchased and patented 270 acres in
Worcester and Somerset counties, 1760-1763.
WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: "soon after April 25,
1763;" administration bond granted on June 4,
1764, in Worcester County. PERSONAL PROPERTY:
TEV, £958.3.6 current money (including 16 slaves
and 7 books); FB, £519.3.10. LAND 885 acres in
Worcester County, plus 1,165 acres in Somerset
and Worcester counties held with his two business
partners.

HANDY, ISAAC (?-1762). BORN: in Somerset
County, of age by 1726; younger son. NATIVE: sec-
ond generation. RESIDED: in Somerset County.
FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: Samuel Handy
(?-1721). MOTHER: Mary Sewell. BROTHERS: Sam-
uel (?-1734/35); Thomas (?-between 1722 and
1727), a mariner, who married Martha; Stephen
(?-1724), who died without progeny; Benjamin;
William (1686-1734); Ebenezer (?-ca. 1735/36);
and John (1695-1745), who married Jane (Jean)
(1698-?), daughter of Thomas Dashiell (1666-ca.
1756), subsequently the wife of Thomas Gillis.
SISTERS: Rachel, who married (first name un-
known) Colbourn; Jane, who married (first name
unknown) Colbourn; Priscilla; Sarah, who married
(first name unknown) Tull; and Mary. NEPHEWS:
John Handy (ca. 1724-1756); Benjamin Handy (?-
ca. 1763). MARRIED on April 27, 1726, Anne
(1707-?), daughter of Thomas Dashiell (1666-ca.
1756). Her brothers were George Dashiell
(1690/91-1748); Thomas (1700-by 1765); Henry
(1702/3-1756); Charles (1705-1765); Levin
(1711/12-1795); and John (1711/12-1736), who
was probably a twin to Levin. Her sisters were
Priscilla (1688/89-?); Elizabeth (Betty) (1693/94-
1762); Isabel (1695-?); Jean (Jane) (1698-?); and
Sarah (1709-?). Her nephews were Thomas Da-
shiell (1733-1771); Joseph Dashiell (1736-ca.
1787); George Dashiell (1743-?), and John Da-
shiell (ca. 1740-1817), a possible legislator. CHIL-
DREN. SONS: Capt. George (1727-1782), builder of
"Handy Hall," Somerset County, captain and
master of the sloop George, which was insured and
probably owned by his father, married on Febru-

ary 9, 1755, Nellie, daughter of Thomas Gillis and
wife Priscilla Denwood; Thomas (1737-?), who
died at sea; William (1739-1791); Isaac Handy
(1743-ca. 1774); and Capt. Henry (1747-?), who
married Jane, daughter of William Winder
(1714/15-1792). DAUGHTERS: Sarah (1731-?),
who married by 1755 Rev. Hugh Henry; Mary
(1733-died young); Elizabeth (1741-1796), who
married John Harris; and Ann, who married
Thomas Gillis. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: lit-
erate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Protestant. SOCIAL
STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Gent., 1734. OCCUPA-
TIONAL PROFILE: a mariner, 1726; his father left
him and his brother Stephen one-half interest in
the sloop Samuel & Mary with the provision that
they would receive the other half if their brother
Thomas died without issue; a merchant in 1741,
involved in the shipping business with the sloop
George . PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE.
Lower House, Somerset County, 1747-1748
(elected to the 3rd session to fill vacancy), 1749-
1751. LOCAL OFFICES: justice, Somerset County,
1734-1762 (quorum, 1746-1762); justice, Court of
Oyer and Terminer and Gaol Delivery, Somerset
County, commissioned 1750 and 1753. MILITARY
SERVICE: captain, by 1744; colonel, by 1755.
WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST

ELECTION, at least 1,392 acres in Somerset County
(all through purchase). SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN

LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH:

gave 350 acres to his son George in 1751; obtained
311 acres between 1752 and 1759; sold 303 acres
by 1759, all acreage was in Somerset County.
WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: on November 12, 1762,
in Somerset County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV,
£962.19.2 current money (including 17 slaves and
books); FB, £302.15.1. LAND: 1,018 acres in Som-
erset County.

HANDY, ISAAC (1743-ca. 1774). BORN: on De-
cember 19, 1743, in Somerset County; younger
son. NATIVE, third generation. RESIDED, in Somer-
set County; Princess Anne, Somerset County, by

October 1769. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER:
Isaac Handy (?-1762). MOTHER: Anne (1707-?),
daughter of Thomas Dahiell (1666-ca. 1756). UN-
CLE: George Dashiell (1690/91-1748). BROTHERS:
George (1727-1782); Thomas (1737-?); William
(1739-1791); and Henry. SISTERS. Sarah (1731-?);
Mary (1733-died young); Elizabeth (1741-1796);
and Ann. FIRST COUSINS: John Handy (ca. 1724-
1756); Thomas Dashiell (1733-1771); Joseph Da-
shiell (1736-ca. 1787); George Dashiell (1743-?);
and John Dashiell (ca. 1740-1817), a possible leg-
islator. MARRIED Esther, daughter of William

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