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Jacob Handley

Birthdate: (78)
Birthplace: MD, USA
Death: March 12, 1883 (74-82)
New York, NY, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Valentine Handley
Husband of Phebe Hull Handley
Father of Stillborn Baby Handley; Stillborn Baby Handley; Charles Handley; Theodore Wallace Handley; Alonzo J Handley and 4 others

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About Captain Jacob Handley


History of Ulster County, New York: with illustrations and biographical sketches of its prominent men and pioneers. Woodstock, NY: Overlook Press, 1977. [Reprint of the 1880 ed. published by Everts & Peck, Philadelphia] v.2, p 107-108

JACOB HANDLEY is a son of Valentine Handley, who resided at Baltimore, Md., in 1812, and who subsequently resided at Hanover. He was a blacksmith by trade, and after locating at different points, finally settled in Philadelphia, where he passed a large portion of his life. His wife was Margaret Horting, and the children Jacob, Mary, Benjamin, Catharine, Joanna, Margaret, and two others, who died in infancy. Jacob Handley was born Dec. 12, 1804, at Caughnawaga, Pa. At the age of eight or nine years he hired out in the business of making night-lamps of cork and cards. Subsequently he was a shepherd-boy, near Philadelphia, and tended his flocks in the neighborhood of the present site of Girard College. When twelve years of age he was bound out as an apprentice to a shoemaker, and after several years he was apprenticed to a cabinet-maker, in the same city. In both of these avocations Mr. Handley was compelled to work very hard and without compensation. During his boyhood days he received no opportunity to acquire an education, but enjoyed only the opportunities of learning afforded in the Sabbath-school, where he learned to read. Subsequently he was a close student of books, and at odd times passed through a valuable and rigid course of self-education. All of these earnest efforts at the attainment of an education were made in the face of opposition upon the part of his master. Upon reaching his majority, Mr. Handley commenced work in Philadelphia as a journeyman cabinet-maker at two dollars a week. In 1825 he removed to New York City, where he worked at piece-work, working with the firm of Miller &Stoutenburgh for eight years at day's work. In 1827, Mr. Handley married Miss Phebe Piggett, of New York. This lady died in 1878, after over fifty years of married life. In 1834, Mr. Handley established business as a looking-glass-frame maker, in New York City, and in the winter of 1835-36 he purchased his first real estate in that city, which he still owns. In 1840 he removed to Milton, Ulster Co., N.Y.,and purchased his present residence near that village. He continued, however,to carry on his business in New York City for three years longer. At Milton,Mr. Handley engaged in real-estate transactions, and at this writing he owns a large amount of property in and around that place. For many years he has been the leading owner of real estate in the town, and has done much in building up and beautifying the village. He is the owner of both the hotels in Milton. Asa member of the firm of Pratt, Handley & Co., he engaged largely in the transportation business on the Hudson at one time, and subsequently carried on that business for several years himself. He owns the principal dock at Milton. Mr. Handley has pursued a singularly active and busy life, and from a small beginning, by earnest labor, frugality, and the exercise of excellent judgment he has worked up to a position of responsibility in the town, and is universally respected and esteemed. In politics he is a Republican, but has never been a seeker after office, and has filled no office in the town but that of assessor. Having now attained the ripe old age of seventy-five, he still manifests great activity and business enterprise, and is a well-preserved and intelligent gentleman. Mr. Handley had ten children, of whom Alonzo J., Cordelia A., Theophelia G., and Florence A. attained years of maturity. Theophelia G. is the wife of William H. Townsend, a merchant of Milton, and Florence A. is the wife of Charles Weston, of New York City.

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In March, 1849, the Milton ferry was established by Capt. Sears; he ran it a couple of years and then sold out to Capt. Handley, who conducted it about ten years. It was a boat with four mules that turned a tread wheel for the power; it ran regularly and was a great convenience to all the neighborhood about here; it was also used by people from Plattekill, Gardiner and Shawanguuk. It was a great service to the community and Capt. Handley was entitled to much credit. It was attended with much expense and finally did not pay and was therefore discontinued.

Source: -----History of the Town of Marlborough, Ulster County, New York By C. M. Woolsey, page 199

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Captain Jacob Handley's Timeline

June 25, 1828
Age 23
December 24, 1829
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November 1830
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May 1833
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January 1840
Age 35
March 27, 1842
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May 1849
Age 44