HANDSHAW, HENRY, was born in Dauphin county, Pa., June 21, 1827; son of John and Catherine (Keim) Handshaw. The grandparents were natives of Germany and were by occupation farmers. The parents were both natives of Dauphin county. The father was born January 8, 1799. He followed the occupation of farmer until within a short time of his death. He married Miss Catherine Keim, by whom he had three children, two of whom are living: Elizabeth, wife of Simon Tobias, deceased, and Henry. Susan, deceased, was the wife of David Martz, also deceased. Mr. Handshaw was married, secondly, in 1832, to Miss Mary Carl, to whom were born seven children, five of whom are living: Jacob W., J. Levi, Thomas L., Isabella, wife of Jacob Straw, Emma, wife of John L. Henny, of Carlisle, Pa. Their deceased children were Anna and Mary. Mr. Handshaw was originally a Whig in politics, but became a republican. He was a member of the U.B. church. His death occurred June 8, 1884, at the age of eighty-five years, and he is buried at the U.B. churchyard at Centerville, Pa. His first wife died in 1831. His second wife is still living at the advanced age of 88 years and resides in Carlisle, Pa.
Henry was reared on the farm in Cumberland county and attended the public schools a part of the time each year until he was seventeen years old, when he left the farm to learn the trade of carpenter at Carlisle. He worked at this trade in Harrisburg seven years, and then secured a position in the car works, where for five years he had charge of the car department, at the end of which period he was advanced to the position of assistant superintendent of the works, which he held until 1888. In all he has been with the works in this department for thirty-three years and has won an enviable reputation for mechanical skill and fidelity. Mr. Handshaw was married December 23, 1851, in Harrisburg, to Miss Mary A. Quick, daughter of James and Alice (Lamb) Quick, to whom four children have been born: James Q., Catherine, wife of S.W. Guiles, of Columbia, Pa.; William T.H., Harry I. His wife died June 5, 1879. He married again July 8, 1880, Miss Margaret Quick sister of his first wife. Mr. Handshaw was not in any active work during the year 1886, but the following fourteen months was manager of the car works, since which time he has lived retired.
He is an active member of the Order United Workmen. In his political views he is a Republican. His church membership is with the Grace M.E. church.
The parents of Mrs. Handshaw were of Irish descent and came to this country about 1800. The father was a blacksmith by trade and followed this occupation. He married Miss Alice Lamb, by whom he had three children, the only survivor of whom is Margaret, the second wife of Mr. Handshaw. Mr. Quick died at the age of seventy-two years and is buried in Juniata county, and his wife is buried in the Harrisburg cemetery. He was a member of the M.E. church and his wife of the Episcopal church.