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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.   


Sources: 

“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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