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Jane Crow Handy
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Birth: Nov. 7, 1796
North Carolina, USA
Death: Aug. 26, 1864
Humboldt County
California, USA

It was wedding bells for Samuel Handy and Jane Crow on March 25, 1822 in Clark County, Illinois! They probably married in Union Township or West Union Township, near their place of residence. Samuel was a plain, unpretentious farmer, an honest man, and an excellent family provider, having entered land and improved a farm as an early pioneer of York, Clark County, Illinois. Their family lived a simple, farming life as some of the earliest settlers of their time in York, Illinois with at least four daughters: Amanda, Nancy, Naomi, and Louisa.

Amanda Mary Dolson (maiden name Handy).
Amanda married David H. Dolson on March 26, 1848 in Clark County, Illinois. David was born on August 20, 1818 and he died on February 5, 1878, having served in Company K, 1st Regiment, Illinois Foot Soldiers Infantry, during the Mexican War beside his brother-in-law, Austin Handy.

Nancy (maiden name Handy) married Mr. Malone.

Naomi (maiden name Handy) married Mr. Brown, yet she is interred with the name of Naomi Handy in the row with her brother Albert Galiton/Gallatin Handy and other family members.

Louisa Handy: The possible marriage(s) of Louisa are being researched.

Samuel and Jane had at least two known sons:

Austin L. Handy has more information below.

Albert Galiton/Gallatin Handy married Mary and they are interred together in the same row with other family members at Greenwood Cemetery in Arcata, Humboldt County, California.

In 1855, Samuel and Jane sold their Illinois farm and they moved to Arcata, Humboldt County, California. They then spent their later years in Arcata. After losing his precious Jane, Samuel lived in the Arcata home of his son Albert Gallatin/Galiton Handy and his family, all of whom were farmers.
Union Township, Clark County, Illinois, 1820 Census

Reflected by the information below, Samuel Handy, Reuben Crow and Joshua Crow were the "Free white males" who were the heads of their households. It is believed that Reuben or Joshua could have been either a father or a brother to Jane Crow, and the geographical proximity of their households was the way Jane met Samuel. This census had columns for "Free colored" and "Slaves." The three households below did not have any numbers in these two columns, which columns and their information is offensive today; however, recording this type of information was routine in 1820. Women's names were not typically recorded and they were counted as "other whites."

Samuel Handy, head of household # 138
"1 Free white males 21 & up; 5 other whites"

Rheuben Crow, head of household # 127
"2 Free white males 21 & up; 5 other whites"

Joshua Crow, head of household # 129
"1 Free white males 21 & up; 2 other whites"
Samuel Handy, mentioned in the record of Samuel Handy and Jane Crow

Name: Samuel Handy
Event Type: Marriage
Event Date: 1822
Event Place: Clark, Illinois, US
Spouse's Name: Jane Crow

This is a great read! Mentioned at the link above is Thomas Handy (brother of Angeline Handy Pease), who served as Sheriff from 1850 until 1853. Also mentioned are Pvt. Austin Handy with Pvt. David Dolson (who married Amanda Handy), Company K, 1st Regiment Illinois Foot Soldiers Infantry. Austin and David (both of whom resided in Union Township, Clark County, Illinois), first enrolled together in the war with Mexico, but they were mustered out/discharged on June 27, 1840, because the quota of men for that war was already filled. Austin and David again enrolled together on June 18, 1846 at Alton, Illinois and were discharged on June 17, 1847 at Camargo, Mexico. This Austin Handy individual was most probably the son of Samuel and Jane Handy.
United States Census, 1850
Name: Jane Handy
Event Place: York, Clark, Illinois, US
Gender: Female
Age: 54
Race: White
Birth Year (Estimated): 1796
Birthplace: North Carolina
Household Role Gender Age Birthplace
Samuel Handy M 54 New York
Jane Handy F 54 North Carolina <<
Nancy Handy F 21 Illinois
Naoma Handy F 19 Illinois
Louisa Handy F 14 Illinois
While this census was enumerated prior to Jane's death, it is unknown why she is not recorded along with Samuel. Samuel is shown below as living in the home of their son Albert.

United States Census, 1860
Name: Samuel Handy
Event Place: Union Township, Humboldt, CA, US
Gender: Male
Age: 63
Race: White
Birth Year (Estimated): 1797
Birthplace: New York
Household Role Gender Age Birthplace
Albert G Handy M 34 Ill
Mary Handy F 30 Ireland
Wm J Smith M 6 Cal
Alfred Handy M 10 Ill
Nevorna J Handy F 3 Cal
Ann E Handy F 1 Cal
Samuel Handy M 63 New York <<
The below census shows Samuel Handy living in the household with his and Jane's son, Albert, after Jane died in 1864. Note that the value of Albert's real estate and his personal effects were very high values for the time period; he was a successful man. It could be that Albert was able to use family money from the sale of their farm in Illinois to purchase land in Humboldt County, California. Those items in brackets [ ] are transcriptions taken from the census image.

US Census, August 24, 1870
Name: Samuel Handy
Event Place: Arcata, Humboldt, California, US
Gender: Male
Age: 70
Race: White
Birth Year (Estimated): 1799-1800
Birthplace: New York
Household Role Gender Age Birthplace
A G Handy M 45 Illinois
[Albert Galiton/Gallatin Handy]
[Farm laborer; value of real estate: $17,000; value of personal effects: $2,000]
Samuel Handy M 70 New York <<
[Retired farmer]
Mary Handy F 44 Ireland
[Keeping house]
Annie Handy F 11 California
[Annie married Mr. John A. Parton, Sr.]
Savanah Handy F 9 California
[Savannah never married]
A G Handy, Jr. M 5 California
Alfred Malone M 14 Illinois
[son of Nancy and Mr. Malone]
William L Smith M 15 California
[William is possibly a son of Mary's from a previous marriage to Mr. Smith, as the census image records that his mother was "foreign born."]
The following relatives of Jane and Samuel are also interred at Greenwood Cemetery:

First Addition, Row 16-A:
Jane Handy; Samuel Handy; Savannah Handy (Savannah was the daughter of Albert G. Handy, and Albert was the son of Jane and Samuel)
First Addition, Row 8-B:
Annie E. Parton (daughter of Albert G. and Mary Handy); John A. Parton, Sr. (husband of Annie)
First Addition: Row 10-A:
Thomas Henry Parton, Sr. (brother of John)
Second Addition, Row 14:
Albert G. Handy (son of Jane and Samuel); Annie Elizabeth Parton (Albert's married daughter); John A. Parton, Sr. (Annie's husband); Mary Handy; Thomas Handy; Naomi Handy; Thomas Handy (infant); Albert G. Handy, Jr.
Note: Jane's grave marker was made to be a standing marker, yet it is laying flat. On the opposite side of her marker may be an inscription for Samuel, but this is unknown since the marker is flat on the ground with Jane's inscription showing on the top side.
2) "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1934," ( Feb 2015), Samuel Handy and Jane Crow, 1822; Clark, Illinois, US, county offices, Illinois; FHL microfilm 1,306,059, digital folder 004539344, image 00404.
3) "US Census, 1850," ( Feb 2015), Jane Handy in household of Samuel Handy, York, Clark, Illinois, US, household ID 1035, family 1035, NARA microfilm pub M432, NARA, Washington, D.C..
4) "US Census, 1860," ( Feb 2015), Samuel Handy in household of Albert G Handy, Union Township, Humboldt, CA, US; p. 68, household ID 644, NARA microfilm pub M653, Washington, D.C.; FHL microfilm 803,059.
5) "US Census, 1870," ( Feb 2015), Samuel Handy in household of A G Handy, CA, US, household ID 34, p.5, family 34, NARA microfilm pub M593, Washington D.C.; FHL microfilm 545,571. 
Family links: 
  Samuel Handy (1796 - 1875)
  Austin L. Handy (1822 - 1906)*
  Albert Gallatin Handy (1824 - ____)*
  Naomi Handy (1831 - ____)*
*Calculated relationship
"To the memory of
the consort of
Samuel Handy,
Born Nov. 7, 1796;
Died Aug. 26, 1864,
Aged 67 Y'rs 9 mo's,
and 19 days.
Greenwood Cemetery
Humboldt County
California, USA
Plot: First Addition, Row 16-A, Grave Lot 31 North, beside her husband Samuel Handy
GPS (lat/lon): 40.87741, -124.08757
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Originally Created by: Karen Hendricks
Record added: Jun 30, 2011
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For my 4th great grandmother.
- Craig Handy
 Added: Nov. 28, 2012

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