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John Handwork
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Birth: Aug. 6, 1749
New Hanover
Montgomery County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Apr. 27, 1814
East Nantmeal
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA

Original German Name: Johannes HANDWERK. aka: John Handwork.

I found the following on 19 Dec 2009 and it is taken from my A-1 HANDWORK-DeHaven-Kendig/PARKER-Plankinton-Balentine/MELLEN-Hicks-Crooker/TAYLOR-Germain-Paschton Family Tree at

From: ~ WILLS OF CHESTER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, 1801-1825 By Jacob Martin, Page 201

HANDWORK, JOHN. East Nantmel [Nantmeal]. April 27, 1814. June 10, 1814.

Provides for Wife Rosina.

Real Estate to sons John and Andrew at appraised value, paying their equal shares to other children, who are named as follows: Henry, Elizabeth, Nicholas, John, Andrew, George, Sarah, Peter, Hester and Jacob, several of whom were minors.

Executors: Sons John and Andrew Handwork and Owen Bruner Jr.
Wits: Samuel ____, David Mast.
Test. Signed in German. Letter to Sons.

Notes: 1) This is transcribed verbatim, from the book on Google Books Search. 2) Witness, "Samuel ____" - Not a "Handwerk/Handwork" Brother, Son or Nephew that I found to be alive at this time. 3) There was no "Letter to Sons." that I could find as yet. 4) "Wife Rosina" is Rosena GRESCH/Rosina GRESH.

Discovered By: Janet Virginia Handwork Spencer 19 Dec 2009.

19 Jan 2014 ~ Thank you, Sandi Gill, for the headstone photograph for my Paternal 4th Great Grandfather. Thank you, Gina Reardon-Gaddis for posting this Memorial and transferring it to me.

The following text is by Janet Virginia Handwork on 19 Jan 2014. "The only reason I can think of at this time for the GAR Badge (Grand Army of the Republic) 1861-1865, (the dates for the U. S. Civil War 12 Apr 1861 to 9 Apr 1865) for being at John's grave, is that he was being honored for his Revolutionary War service by this organization. If anyone has more insight, it would be appreciated!

My observances: The GAR Badge Star/U.S.A. Flag holder, has five points, each with a five-pointed star in the center of a Trefoil. Below each star is, clockwise:
1) two crossed muskets,
2) two crossed cannons,
3) a brass bugle
4) a ship's Anchor and
5) two crossed, curved sabres (possibly, the shorter, 1860 model as opposed to the 1840, longer blade model) with (brass?) hand guards.

On the back: "Trinton Emblem Company". I cannot discern the word at the bottom of the star on the back. I saw a photo of this Badge for sale on

The GAR was a fraternal organization of Veterans who were member of the Union Army, the U.S. Navy, the Marines and the Revenue Cutter Service (which became the U.S. Coast Guard), who served in the American Civil War. This organization was founded in 1866 in Decatur, Illinois and was dissolved in 1956 when the last original member died.

The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, legal successors to the GAR, chartered by congress in 1954, has taken up the honoring banner to Veterans; They carry on traditions and continue to honor Union Civil War Veterans and their families, (with respect and honor to the Confederates States of America Veterans as well)."
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  Rosena Gresch Handwork (1763 - 1836)*
*Calculated relationship
In Memory of JOHN HANDWORK Who Died April 27th, 1814 Aged 64 years 8 months 11 days
Saint Marys Episcopal Church Cemetery
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Maintained by: Janet*Handwork-Parker/Me...
Originally Created by: Gina Reardon-Gaddis
Record added: Jul 11, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 54819508
John Handwork
Added by: Sandi Gill
John Handwork
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