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Subject: HANDLEY, Jeremiah Washington [1820-1895]
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 1997 20:39:09 -0500 (EST)

HANDLEY, Jeremiah Washington [1820-1895]

An Iowa cattle breeder

From: Portrait and Biographical Album of Linn County, Iowa. Chicago: Chapman
Brothers. 1887.

"JEREMIAH HANDLEY. Among the sturdy tillers of the soil in this county who
have been successful in life and who are enabled to enjoy the fruits of a
laborious past, is the gentleman whose name heads this notice and who is
pleasantly located in section 36, Linn Township. His father was Daniel and
his mother was Charity [Spivey] Handley, who were both born in North
Carolina. The parents were of English ancestry; were married in North
Carolina, thence emigrated to Orange County, Ind., where they continued to
reside for a time. The father returned to North Carolina on a visit and while
absent was taken sick and died. His good wife subsequently removed to
Jefferson County, Ill., and some years afterward to Montgomery County, Ill.,
where her demise occurred. Of their family of children four lived to attain
the age of man and womanhood, and of this number the subject of this notice
was the third in order of birth."

"Mr. Handley of this notice was born in Orange County, Ind., in August 1820.
When thirteen years old he accompanied his mother to Illinois, thence came
to this county, in May 1848, to settle in Linn Township. Instead of
permanently settling in that township he 'squatted' on section 36, and the
following spring purchased eighty acres of land, the same being that on which
he is now residing. He has continued to reside on that place, constantly
engaged the while in its improvement and cultivation, and has erected himself
a fine brick residence, together with other necessary out-buildings. He has
done more than this; he has, by his energy and economy, added his original
eighty-acre tract, and is now the owner of 298 acres of good land."

"Mr. Handley was married in Jefferson County, Ill., Feb. 10, 1842, and the
lady who captivated and made a benedict of him was Miss Abigail Andrews. She
was a daughter of Arba and Louisa [Graves] Andrews, natives of New York
State, who emigrated from their native State to Jefferson County, Ill. Her
mother died in Jefferson County and her father in Marion County, Ill. Of
their children five lived to attain the age of man and womanhood, and Mrs. H.
like her husband, is the third in order of birth of the parents' children who
lived to attain the age of maturity. She was born in Jefferson County,
Ill., on the 18th day of January, 1824. The issue of our subject's union
with Miss Andrews has been twelve children, named Arba L., Judson L., Axam
I., Louisa L., George A., Abbie G., John Q., Pliny A., Edward S., Elmer L.,
Effie L., and Charles W. Axam I. Died in 1867, when twenty-two years of
age; Arba married Mary E. Horridge and they are living in Missouri; Judson
and Miss Melvina Collins were united in marriage, and are living in Carroll
County, Iowa; Louisa is the wife of H. W. Blessing of Lisbon; Axam married
Anna Speelman and was a resident of this township until his demise; George A.
and Mary J. Hupert became man and wife and are living in Missouri; Abbie and
Richard C. Collier were united in marriage, and are living in Jones County,
Iowa; John Q. married Sarah I. Porter, and they are residents of Woodbury
County, this state; Pliny was married to Sarah J. Kramer, and they live in
Cedar County, Iowa; Edward S. married Margaret Frutchey, and they are
residents of Mt. Vernon; Elmer and Charles are living on the old homestead,
and Effie is the wife of John A. Bear, and they are living in Jones County,
Iowa. Mr. Handley engaged in breeding thoroughbred short-horns about 1873,
and now has a good herd and ranks among the leading stock-raisers in the
township; he has held several of the minor offices of his township, and was
the incumbent of the office of County Supervisor, under the old township
system for two terms. He and his good wife are members of the United
Bretheren Church. In politics our subject is republican, with strong
prohibition ideas."

J. W. and Abigail Andrews Handley were my gg-grandparents

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