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Elizabeth Handy

Elizabeth Still (nee Handy) (c. 1844-?)

Elizabeth Handy graduated from the ICY in 1864 when she was 20 years old.  At the October graduation she was awarded $10 “for diligence and correct deportment.” Elizabeth’s father, Somerset Handy, was a sail maker.  Elizabeth worked as a teacher after she graduated. Elizabeth attended a meeting of the AME Zion Church in Bridgeport, Connecticut, in August 1864, when she was described as “the scholar and vocalist of the Keystone State.” Elizabeth married James Still, a physician with a practice in Boston.  By 1880, the couple had four children, and in 1882 Elizabeth gave birth to her fifth child.   


“Annual Report of the Managers of the Institute for Colored Youth,” The Christian Recorder, October 8, 1864; 1860 Federal Census, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, Roll: M653_1153; Page: 376; Image: 382; Family History Library Film: 805153; “The Institute for Colored Youth,” The Christian Recorder, May 21, 1864; Nineteenth Annual Report of the Board of Managers of the Institute for Colored Youth, Philadelphia, 1871; “Meeting of the A.M.E. Zion Church,” The Christian Recorder, August 20, 1864; 1880 Federal Census, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, Roll: 555; Family History Film: 1254555; Page: 355A; Enumeration District: 645; Image: 0091.



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