Clarinda Hand

Brief Life History of Clarinda

When Clarinda Hand was born in 1795, in East Hampton, Suffolk, New York, United States, her father, Abraham Hand, was 31 and her mother, Mary West, was 28. She married John Gillis about 1812, in Clyde, Wayne, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son.

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John Gillis
1792–
Clarinda Hand
1795–
Marriage: about 1812
Nelson Gillis
1814–

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    World Events (8)

    1797 · Albany is Named Capital of New York

    Albany became the capital of New York in 1797. Albany is the oldest continuous settlement of the original 13 colonies.

    1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

    While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.

    1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

    During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.

    Name Meaning

    English, German, and Dutch: nickname for someone with a peculiarity or deformity of the hand or perhaps to skill in its use, from Middle English hond(e), hand(e), Middle High German hant, found in such appellations as Johan metter hant (Rijkhoven 1284), Liebhard mit der Hand (Augsburg 1383).

    Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname from German Hand ‘hand’ (see 1 above).

    Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Fhlaithimh (see Guthrie ), as a result of association with the Gaelic word lámh ‘hand’. It is used as an English equivalent for several other names of Gaelic origin too, such as Claffey , Glavin , and McClave .

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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