Acton Memorial Library
Civil War Archives
|Co.||Regiment / Ship||From||To||Residence/ Credit||Occupation||Notes|
|E (Davis Guards)||6th MVI
|enl. April 16, 1861; must. April 22, 1861||must. out Aug. 2, 1861||Acton||age 22|
|E||26th MVI||enl. Sept. 4, 1861; must. Oct. 23, 1861; prom. Corpl. Nov. 17, 1862; re-enlist. Jan. 1, 1864||must. out August 26, 1865, as Private.||Acton||farmer||age 23|
|MASSCW, 1:382, 3:90|
|Co.||Regiment||Date Filed||Type||App. No.||Cert. No.||State||Beneficiary/Remarks|
|April 5, 1878||Invalid||252 120||899 742|
|March 10, 1894||Widow||591 363||408 5001||Mass.||Sarah E. Handley|
Recorded as member no. 8 in the membership roster of Isaac Davis Post No. 138 G.A.R., Acton, Massachusetts (Acton Memorial Library archives, 92.2.1).
|Date||February 20, 1894|
|Cause||pneumonia (source: Acton death record)|
|Obituary||Concord Enterprise, February 22, 1894|
|Burial||Woodlawn Cemetery, Acton, Mass.|
Wm. Handley, age 21, a farmer, is recorded as an inhabitant of Acton in the 1860 federal census, in household (dwelling no. 41) of Eben Davis ("1860 United States Federal Census," Ancestry.com).
William Stearns Handley is recorded in the 1865 Massachusetts State Census for Acton, age 25, "Soldier", in residence (household no. 105) with Susan Elizabeth Handley, age 62, and Abram Handley, age 21 (Lainhart, 1855 and 1865 Massachusetts State Censuses for Acton: 52).
William S. Handley, age 29, a mechanic, married Sarah Elizabeth Richardson, age 26, in Acton, November 6, 1870 (Acton marriage record in pension file).
William S. Handley is recorded in the 1890 special veterans census as a resident of Acton ("1890 Veterans Schedules," Ancestry.com).
The name William S. Handley is recorded on the Acton Memorial Library Soldiers' Tablet, "The Men of Acton Who Fought For The Union."
Hosmer, The Town of Acton in the Civil War: 37.
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