Following the Revolutionary War, Colonel Handy returned to Somerset County and
went into business in the town of Kingston. In 1787, he married 16-year-old Elizabeth Wilson.
Ms. Wilson’s father was so opposed to the marriage that the couple had to elope.
Following a stint of legal work in South Carolina, Handy returned to Somerset County as a planter.
He was elected Sheriff of Somerset County in 1797.
Handy maintained close associations with various prominent men whom he befriended during the Revolutionary War.
He named his 11th child, born on Christmas Day, 1809, at Handy House,
Alexander Hamilton Handy for his close friend and associate, Alexander Hamilton.
During the period that Colonel Handy and his family resided at Handy House,
He held the position of Clerk of Court of Somerset County until his death in 1820 at the age of 64.