The Descendants of Benjamin Handicott and Catherine Unknown

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The Descendants of Benjamin Handicott and Catherine Unknown

Generation 1

1. Benjamin Handicott, born 1828 in Newport, Isle of Wight. He is age 53 in 1871 census of Middlesex, living in the Sergeant quarters, Militia Barracks, Villiers St., listed as a Staff Sergeant in the 5th Middlesex Militia.

Benjamin married Catherine unknown, born 1838 in Ireland, though by the census she was born 1833 and showing as age 38. Catherine dies on June 26, 1890 @age of 52 living in Hillingdon Workhouse. Source: Parish Records of St. John Baptist Church in Hillingdon.


1. John Handicott born 1857 in Portsmouth, age 14 in census, all kids listed as Scholar

2. Mary Handicott born 1861 in Aldershot, age 10

3. Robert Handicott born 1863 in Aldershot, age 8

4. * Albert John Handicott born 1864 in Lucknow, India, age 7

5. Henry Handicott born 1864 in Hillingdon, Middlesex, England, age 3

6. Alfred Handicott born 1870 and twin to George below, in Hillingdon, age 1

7. George Handicott born 1870, twin, in Hillingdon, age 1

Generation 2

2. *Albert John Handicott, born abt 1861 in Uxbridge, Middlesex, England and living in Uxbridge in the 1901 census at 5 Norton St. Albert is listed as a Brewers Yard Man. Albert died in 1902. References in a letter from R J Reeeves in Uxbridge state that "in a directory of that time (1910-1912) the Handicotts are living at Number 13, Nash’s yard. Nash’s yard is off Uxbridge High St., and was probably created in the early eighteen hundreds. The selling off of the back land of High Street premises was quite common and around 1920 a local lady painted most of these before they disappeared to re-building schemes". Nash’s yard was completely demolished when the railroad was moved before WW2. In 1932 one of Albert’s sons in still listed as living at Nash’s yard before moving to 169 Waterloo Rd, Uxbridge. This is Albert most likely (or Alfred ,his brother) while Alexander Reginald, his son, is listed as well living at Oak Farm, Long Lane, Hillingdon Albert was most likely moved as the rebuilding occurred and on an interesting note, also living at 169 Waterloo Road is the Radbourne family that another son, Sidney marries into. Oak Farm was sold some time in the early thirties and houses were built on this site.

Many of our family names are found in Nash’s Yard and Uxbridge: Handicott, Radbourne, Lipscombe, Bench and Neate! A book was written in 1818 "A History of Uxbridge" and updated by Carolynne Hearmon and re-published in October 1982. Source: Robert J Reeves, Uxbridge. This book gives much of the areas history and takes you through a stroll back in time.

He married Susan Lipscombe, born abt 1859 in Hillingdon, Middlesex, England, on ?

Susan marries husband #2 Thomas Brench about 1906.

Source: Marriage witnesses at Maude’s wedding

Source: Civil Parish: Uxbridge, Ecclesiatical parish: St. Margaret Town: Uxbridge County/Island: Middlesex, Country: England. Source: RG13/1178, Uxbridge registration district, sub-registration district Uxbridge, ED, 1 Folio: 21, Page: 34 Household schedule number 237

Children of Albert and Susan:

1. *Sidney Handicott born abt 1890 in Queen Charlotter Hospital, London, England, 11 years old in the 1901 Census of Uxbridge. Note the spelling in the census has Sidney spelled with a "y" as does his first child’s birth records. Died WW1, 1916. See notes below. He is not found in the parish records of the Baptist church in Hillingdon because he was born in London.

2. Alexander Reginald Handicott born January 14, 1893 and baptized July 30, 1893. Hillingdon, Middlesex, England

Alexander married Maude Neate on June 21, 1916. He is recorded in the 1932 local directory as still being at Nash’s Yard and then moves to 169 Waterloo Road, Uxbridge.

Source: We have Certificate of Birth for Alexander R and do not find a Tom Handicott, though he appears listed on one census and no Alex R. There may be an error in the census records or another child was born named Tom, and died without baptism. Alexander was born at 9 Harlington Rd, Hillingdon, and Albert (father) is listed as being a Barter. Registered March 2, 1893 by Anna Maria Masters and copied and signed by Algermon Rivers Woodbridge, Superintendent Registrar for the District of Uxbridge in the County of Middlesex as copy on May 9, 1923.

Source: Certificate of Marriage for Alexander and Maude, listing Thomas Willam Neate as Maude’s father, deceased and Albert Handicott as father of Alexander R deceased. Alexander is listed as a solider living in Nash’s Yard.

3. Maudie Emma Handicott born April 24, 1891 and baptized on April 3, 1892 in Hillingdon, Middlesex, England. Maude apparently died around the age of 19 years in London.

4. Albert John Handicott born July 26, 1894 and baptized April 3, 1895 in Hillingdon, Middlesex, England

5. Violet May "Lily" Handicott born April 19, 1898 and baptized on May 13, 1898 in Hillingdon, Middlesex, England apparently died in 1902 @ age of 4, presumed buried in Hillingdon, near Nash’s Yard.

Notes for Albert (sr): Albert can be found in the 1881 Census dwelling Uxbridge Common Census place Hillingdon, Middlesex, England. He is listed as a domestic servant being 15 years of age, making it now possible he is born between 1861-1866 working alongside a William Kirby, 19, Laborer and James Kirby, 15, domestic servant, both born Beaconsfield, Buckingham, England and all working for Henry and Elizabeth Roberts. As well, listed as a servant is Emily Thomas age 30 born Weybridge, Surrey, England.

Generation 3

3. Sidney Handicott born abt 1890 in Queen Charlotter Hospital, London, England. See notes below on Sidney’s death in WW1, 1916 see notes below.

He married Lily Elizabeth Caroline Radbourne born September 29, 1891 on December 22, 1909 in the district of Uxbridge, county of Middlesex. She is listed as a spinster age 18 and he a bachelor age 19 and general laborer. He at the time of the marriage was residing at 13 Rockingham Road, Uxbridge and she Malvern, St. John’s Road, Uxbridge. Witnesses are listed as Bertie Batten and Susan Brench (Lily’s remarried mother) Sidney’s father Albert is listed as deceased Carman or Carter and Lily’s father, George Radbourne is listed as Cowman?. Her birth certificate reads 5 April Cottages Rd, Oxford Road in the registration district of Windsor in the Counties of Berks and Surrey. Her birth was registered on November 5, 1891. Lily died May 7, 1940 in Ontario, Canada.

Source: Marriage Certificate Uxbridge Volume 3a, page 103

Children of Sidney and Lily:

6. Katherine (Kay) Handicott born in 1910 – we called her Auntie Kay – born in Uxbridge, Middlesex, England.

7. *Christina (Chris) Lillian Handicott was born March 13, 1912 in Uxbridge, Middlesex, England in sub-district of Killingdon at 106 (could read 406) St. Johns Rd, Hillingdon, West – it appears to say Malvern.

Source: Birth certificate is recorded on March 22, 1912 and signed by an A. M Masters, Registrar. This is the author’s grandmother. Have a variety of certificates and info.

8. Sidney George Handicott (jr) was born in 1914 in Uxbridge, Middlesex, England. Sydney married Alice?

Lily remarries husband #2, Robert Hamilton Wood at the St. John’s Church in the parish of Uxbridge Moor, in faith of the Church of England in the County of Middlesex on November 27, 1917. They were married in the presence of Lily Radbourne (Lily’s mother) and a Robert Arthur Sargeant. The Vicar was Frederic Haigh Voigh (or Noigh). Robert dies ???????? Robert is born about 1871.

Source: Certificate of marriage shows Robert, 46, widower, Lillie 26, Widow both of 25 St. John’s Road. As well it shows that Roberts father was a James Wood, deceased and that Lily’s father, George Rabourne is as well deceased. George is listed as a stockman and James Wood as a Millwright.

Lily remarries husband #3 John Funston in Ontario.

Notes for Sidney Handicott:. Commonwealth War Dead. Died July 5, 1916 at the age of 26 as a Veteran of WW1. He is buried in France in the Aveluy Communal Cemetery Extension Row F – Grave 37. This cemetery is north of Albert in De Somme. Served formerly with the 8th Battalion Royal Fusliers as No.3471, and see a regiment number of Royal Field Artillery as #174315. He was transferred to the Machine Gun Corps, date unknown and ranked Private with the Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). He was the driver stationed in Unit: 36th Coy, Service#20266. Sidney served in France from June 1, 1915 until Killed in Action on July 5, 1916.Awarded 1914-15 Star, a British War Medal and a Victory Medal. We are not sure where his medals have gone. We assume that Kay may, as eldest child or Sid as the only son, would have these in their possession.

Source: Ministry of Defence, Bourne Avenue Hayes, Middlesex England ref#82/24069/CS®2b, information obtained from the Medal Rolls because a large portion of the records of soldiers serving from 1914-1920 were totally destroyed by enemy air action in 1940.

Source: Newspaper clipping, from the Advertiser, Friday July 21, 1916 (Uxbridge) of note: many other deaths are mentioned in this paper of Middlesex soldiers and others dieing in WW1. Heading: Driver S. Handicott Killed. It prints a letter given by Mrs. C Handicott, this would be Connie who was living on St. John’s Road married to a Frederick John Handicott, Sidney’s brother Alexander R Handicott’s son. This letter was penned by Lieutenant E Penrose, the transport officer of his Unit#36 Machine Gun Company.

Sydney is spelled with a Y in his daughter Christina’s birth record and is listed at that time as a General Labourer but his name is spelled with an "I" with the ministry of defence records.

Notes for Lily Radbourne: Her parents were George William Radbourne and Lydia Ann Allen. On her birth certificate, her father is listed as milkman and journeyman. When Sidney died, family stories have it that he asked his friend Robert Hamilton Wood to watch over his family and to take them to Canada. Robert is 20 years older than Lily or Sid and most likely was a good family friend. Robert Hamilton Wood married Lily and took the family to Canada. Lydia and George are living later on at 107 Waterloo Rd, Uxbridge England.

Lily died on May 7, 1940 at the age of 49 and is buried in Pine Hills Cemetery, Kennedy Road in Scarboro Junction. She is in section 17 or A, Lot 41, Grave #1. Also buried in the grave with Lily is Annie Mary Funston, who died on August 29, 1928 at the age of 45 – born abt 1883 and believed to be her husband John’s first wife John is showing as living at 1719 Kingston Rd and the plot is owned by him. Further down in the same cemetery, same section, Lot 410 is listed John Funston Jr. born 1883, died January 23, 1954 @ age of 71 years. John is buried with what we read as his son, John Funston, we assume a son from his first wife. The cemetery records only say that the Hallowell Funeral home did the services. There are no headstones for any of these people, including Lily, my great-grandmother.

Lily’s Aunts and Uncles on her father George’s side include, Christine Rabourne and Hestor Radbourne. It is possible that Lily had a brother Clifford Radbourne. Apparently Christine married and had no children and Hestor remained unmarried. We have no further information on Clifford. Her sisters are Ester and Maude (called Ciss) and a brother George Radbourne living with his wife Annie ? at 9 Peachy Lane, Cawley Middlesex, England

Generation 4

4. Christina (Chris) Lillian Handicott (1912) called Nana by all her grandchildren and great grandchildren and Chris by her friends. Nana died in Desable, PEI on Wednesday, October 2, 2002 at the home of her daughter with whom she was residing for the last few years of her life, my grandfather predeceasing her by 20 years. Though it was not the best of days for any, it was at least a beautiful, fall day with plenty of warm sun. As the sun was setting, Nana passed away at 6 pm. A service was held at Dawson’s Funeral Home in Crapaud on October 3, 2002. It was wonderfully attended by members of the community in which her daughter lived. Her body was flown home to Midland, Ont for yet another funeral to be interment in the Lakeview Cemetery in Midland, Ontario with my grandfather, Bop. Nana is in a crypt.

She married Donald Morgan Mark on August 29, 1930 in Toronto, ON. Witnesses at the wedding were Albert Harry Rose and Kathleen Handicott, Chris’s sister, Auntie Kay. Donald, called Bop and great-greatchildren, was born on October 8, 1911 (in Ont and died on November 29, 1987 in Toronto, Ontario hospital and was cremated at the Innisvale Crematorium and placed with Nana in the Lakeview Cemetery. He was cremated on December 4, 1987 with service provided by the Martin Funeral Home in Penetanguishene, Ont. Donald’s father was Arthur Mark born Scotland and his mother Susan Margaret Daw, born Newfoundland.

Source for Daw: Many sites and great books on the Daw’s in NFLD, including a sight on by Harry Mercer, for which you need a family invite).

Donald’s grandparents were Alexander Jessiman Mark born abt 1838 in Scotland and died April 22, 1904 at the age of 66 and Mary Morgan born August 28, 1846 in Scotland and died January 16, 1931 at the age of 85.. Both are buried in the Prospect Cemetery, 1450 St. Claire Ave., West in Ontario, Canada. Buried with them are: Alexander E Mark who died on July 21, 1896 and Jessie E Hill who died May 22, 1906. The plot was in the name of Alexander J Mark. At the time of Mary (morgan) Mark’s death, a Mr. Mark was listed as the next of kin living at 276 Laughton Ave. My guess it was Alexander E, his son. Donald was called Bop by all his grandchildren and Don by his friends. He was a Mason by trade and built many of the brick buildings in Port Mc Nichol, Ontario.

Source: Marriage and birth certificates for Alexander Jessiman Mark and Mary Morgan, listing their parents, occupations, etc.

Source: Marriage Certificate for Don and Chris. The person solemnizing the marriage is J Alexander Hills, from 1183 Davenport Rd., Toronto. Denomination reads Presbyterian. Registration Certificate Number #4058. Death certificates, family photos and other info.

Source: Nana (Christina) received a copy of a Certificate of Canadian Citizenship, #3418912 with the date typed as N/A. Nana had been in Canada so long that she could not remember when she arrived, but thought sometime after her mother’s marriage in 1917 to Robert H Wood.

Later found was a receipt # M – 129362, dated June 22, 1972 for two ($2) dollars written from the Dept of the Secretary of State, Court of Canadian Citizenship. She is living at 403 Bay St., Midland Ontario, where I went many times as a child. Nana must have needed this as proof of citizenship to collect her pension.

For more information on the Mark or Daw families see the Island Register or contact submitter as work is still be in progress.

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