South Carolina roots: the Handy brothers.

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Jesse Douglas Handy (1900-1979), James Archie Handy (1905-1961) and Neal Alexander Handy (1886-1967).

In the 1900 census of Red Bluff township, Marlboro County, South Carolina: wood cutter George Handy, 36; wife Mary, 30; and children Neill A., 12, George, 8, Simeon, 5, Iola, 2, and Jessee, 2 months.

In the 1910 census of Stewartsville township, Scotland County, North Carolina: farmer George Handy, 55, and children Neill, 20, George, 18, Sim, 15, Iola, 12, Jessie, 9, Mary, 6, and Archie, 4.

Neil Handy registered for the World War I draft in Wilson County in 1918. Per his registration card, he lived at Route 6, Wilson; was born 30 May 1886; was a farmer for Jesse Barnes; and Nellie Handy was his nearest relative.

In the 1920 census of Wilson township, Wilson County: on Black Creek Road, George Handy, 60, and children Douglass, 18, Arch, 12, and Mary Sudie, 14.

In the 1920 census of Wilson township, Wilson County: on Black Creek Road, Neal Handy, 33, farmer; wife Nellie, 27; and children Susanna, 7, and Bubber, 4.

In the 1930 census of Wilson township, Wilson County: brickmason Neal Handy, 40; wife Nellie, unknown age; children Susanna, 16, Alexander, 15, and Robert Lee, 5; and brother Archie, 22, laborer.

Jarvis Sherrod. 24, of Wilson, son of Solomon and Josephine Sherrod, married Susanna Handy, 21, of Wilson, daughter of Neil and Nellie Handy, in Wilson in October 1933. Missionary Baptist minister R.A. Murphy performed the ceremony at the bride’s home in the presence of Nellie Handy, Leonard Sherrod and Doretta Davis.

On 15 September 1934, James A. Handy, 29, of Old Fields township, son of George and Mary Handy, both deceased, married Patia Moore, 22, of Old Fields, daughter of May and Hattie Virginia Moore, in Wilson in the presence of J.H. McNeal, Raymond McIntosh, and Simon Fort.

In the 1940 census of Wilson township, Wilson County: on Raleigh Road, bricklayer on school projects Neal Handy, 52; wife Nellie S., 42; and son Robert L., 15.

In the 1940 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 402 Spring Street Alley, odd jobs laborer Adam Graham, 34, wife Pearley, 35, and mother Flora Williams, 50; and Douglas J. Handy, 50, wife Evan, 28, and daughter Mary Jane, 12. Douglas worked as a brickmason and Evan, as a laundress in a steam laundry.

In the 1940 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 527 Church Street, paying $6/month, carpenter Alexander Handy, 25; wife Daisy, 21, tobacco factory laborer; and children Betty J., 2, James A., 3, and Nellie J., 3; and $4/month, William Bailey, 32, and wife Lillie, 36.

Nellie Handy died 22 November 1941 in Wilson County. Per her death certificate, she was 40 years old; married to Neal Handy; and born in Robeson County to Eli Sutherland and Annie Barnes.

Jessie Dugles Handy registered for the World War II draft in Wilson in 1942. Per his registration card, he was born 14 April 1898 in Marion County, South Carolina; resided at 404 South Spring Street Alley; worked for Jones Brothers Construction on Lodge Street; and his contact was brother, Neal Handy, a brickmason.

James Archie Handy registered for the World War II draft in Wake County. Per his registration card, he was born 14 April 1905 in Scotland County, North Carolina; lived at Route 1, Zebulon, North Carolina; his contact was wife Pacie Louise Handy; and he worked for G.A. Broughton, Zebulon.

Robert Lee Handy died 2 February 1953 in Wilson. Per his death certificate, he was born 18 March 1925 to Neil Handy and Nellie Southerland; was single; and worked as a chauffeur.

James Archie Handy died 11 December 1961 in Zebulon, Little River township, Wake County. Per his death certificate, he was born 14 April 1905 to George Handy and Mary Murphy; was married to Pacia Handy; and worked as a service station attendant.

Allie McNair Handy died 24 April 1966 in Wilson. Per her death certificate, she was born 27 March 1900 in Pitt County to John and Annie Coburn; worked as a secretary; resided at 108 Manchester Street; and was married to Neil Handy.

Neil Alexander Handy died 7 March 1967 in Wilson. Per his death certificate, he was born 30 June 1888 in South Carolina to George Handy and Mary Murphy; resided at 108 Manchester Street; and was a brickmason. Alexander Handy was informant.

George Handy died 8 April 1967 in an auto accident in Eure, Hall township, Gates County. Per his death certificate, he was born 25 November 1890 in Florence, South Carolina to George Handy; lived at 700 Edwards Street, Wilson; and his informant was Alonzo Handy.

Jessie Handy died 19 August 1979 in Wilson. Per his death certificate, he was born 14 April 1900 in Cumberland County, North Carolina, to George and Mary Handy; resided at 107 South East Street; worked as a brick mason; and was married to Levan Wilkins Handy.

Photograph courtesy of Ancestry.com user JeffreyMacLean5046.

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