Born 28 August 1841
Occupation ~ Ironmonger
Married Jane E White August 20 1864 ~ All Saints Birmingham
William was one of 8 children of Edward and Ann Handley, the photograph above shows his brother Edward middle top and the other men are possibly him and his brothers. The family moved around quite a lot during the childrens formative years. Bondford Street, Ravenhurst Street, Cleveland Street, Mickleton, Wolverhampton, Gloucester, Birmingham again. His parents were married in Mickleton in and around the Vale of Evesham and on the baptism of Williams older sisters Edward’s occupation was given as grocer although on the census returns he gave his occupation as a clerk and on Williams birth a bookkeeper. William was born at Cleveland St in Wolverhampton and the family then stayed in and around the Birmingham area for the duration of his childhood. At the time of his marriage he and Jane were living at 12 George Street West, the home of his parents and their married life started in Ladywood, moving within a short time (as an Engine Smith Journeyman) to 8 Whitehead Street Aston Manor where his daughter Florence was born in March 1866 then to 110 Warstone Lane where he lived for the rest of his life. Witnesses at William and Janes wedding were Willliam and Emma White, Janes father and sister.
Interestingly the Allen bakery at 32 Warstone Lane must have been visited regularly by the Handleys and Florece (his daughter) must have known William Henry Allen (who she eventually married) nearly all her life.