Letters to the Editor

updated 3-Sep-2001

Dear Derek,
We have been in touch before re Joseph Bandy, one of the 31 crew who died when HMS Pandora was wrecked on the Gt Barrier Reef in August 1791 - I wouldn't have thought it was actually as far back as in March 2000, but it must have been, witness the newsflash you posted on the Bandy family website. I have been chipping away at this research from time to time - in fact, have recently returned from a research trip to UK where I managed to consult some sources at the National Archives, specifically HMS Pandora's pay book (ADM 35/1360) where it is noted that Joseph Bandy's brother Samuel received Joseph's 'neat wages' (i.e. what was owed to him by the RN) Samuel was paid £6 7s on 3 July 1793.

Having checked the IGI just now it would seem that Pandora's Joseph Bandy was not a member of the Bucks Bandys, but the Bedfordshire Bandys. Their -i.e. Joseph and Samuel's parents (Thomas and Elizabeth) appear to have had 11 children - most of who were born in Houghton Regis (Beds) - not all survived infancy of course! And many of them appear to have been twins - in fact there was also one set of triplets, according to the IGI at least.

If this checks out, it would appear Pandora's Joseph Bandy was 17 at the time of the wreck (if he was indeed the Joseph B. born in Bedfordshire on 6 Mar 1774 - he had a twin called John, as the IGI would have it for the Beds' Bandy family.) On these grounds he could not be the individual we have recovered from the wreck whom we affectionately refer to as 'Harry' and who has been aged at approx 30 at time of death - but he may be 'Tom' or 'Dick', both of who were much younger than Harry when they died - aged late teens!

Does any of this ring a bell with you or with other Bandy family site correspondents? Perhaps you could post this on the website?

Best wishes

Peter Gesner     peter.gesner@mtq.qld.gov.au   20-Nov-2004

Pandora Project Director / Sr Curator (Cultures & Histories)
Museum of Tropical Queensland (Queensland Museum)
Flinders St East
Australia 4810
ph: +61 7 47 260 625
fax: +61 7 47 212 093
See us on the web: www.mtq.qld.gov.au


George Otis Bandy of Pike Co. Ohio
Sometime ago someone sent a letter to me asking me for info about my great grandfather George Otis Bandy of Pike Co. Ohio.  I'm afraid the letter has disappeared.  Perhaps the person can contact me again and I can help them out in some way.

 Fred R Bandy Jr         fredeni@swbell.net       3-Sep-2001


Joseph Bandy, cricketer, Morris dancer and mystery 
Has anyone any information about Joseph Bandy, active around Bucknell and Bicester, North Oxfordshire, during 1880 to 1882, at least? He was heavily involved in the cricket clubs at both places, and was also a dancer with the Bucknell Morris side. See his picture in the Family Photo Album 

Here is a portion of the Bucknell entry from my book 'Morris dancing in the English south Midlands, 1660 - 1900. A chronological gazetteer' (Hisarlik Press, for the Folklore Society, 1993), recently updated, and imminently due to reappear (along with its companion volume and many other of my previously published articles) on a CD ROM.

'Joe Bandy, named as one of the dancers on the surviving photograph, does not feature in any of the official sources relating to the village, nor is he obviously any of the men of this name in the national 1881 census index. I have, however, discovered his presence from May 1880, at least, when he was playing cricket with both the Bucknell and Bicester teams. He may, like John Henry Simpkins at Headington Quarry in 1887, have been a recent incomer who was invited to join the morris set. Bucknell House had been leased by one Henry Tubb around January 1880, and in June 1882 he was preparing to move to Bicester. From a report in the Bicester Herald, 23 June 1882, page 7, he had clearly been a much-loved benefactor during his tenure. On 19 June that year, a cricket match was played between teams chosen by Tubb and Joseph Bandy, following which a presentation was made on behalf of the villagers. The address read out during the ceremony included the names of twelve known morris dancers. As note above, the photograph was said in 1912 to have been taken 'about 30 years ago'  I suggest that the men are waiting for [a dancer who is not in the photograph] to arrive before setting off on tour, and that the actual date the photograph was taken was Whit Monday, 29 May 1882.'

I would be delighted to hear from any relatives or persons with additional information, and also share what I have.

Keith Chandler, Oxfordshire   KEITHC650@aol.com    21-Apr-2001

Editor's note:     Keith has searched hard to locate the origin of this Joseph Bandy.  The man in the photo looks about 40 years old, but we cant find any Bandy anywhere in the 1881 census who would fit - and not even any families in the area to give us a clue.  Was Joseph one of your ancestors? - Derek



Graham Bandy's visit programme
The programme for my visit to Washington is now finalised as below.  I am delighted that I shall be meeting some of my American cousins.  If there are any more who want to meet up please contact me

Thursday 26 April 2001

Arrive Washington Dulles
drive to & overnight at Frederick (Comfort Inn)
Friday 27 April all day Visit Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick
overnight Frederick
Saturday 28 April am. Antietam Battlefield
pm. Reverse Hill's march to Harper's Ferry
drive to & overnight at Fredericksburg (Colonial Inn)
Sunday 29 April am. tour Fredericksburg Battlefield
pm. free time
overnight Fredericksburg
Monday 30 April all day tour Chancellorsville Battlefield
evening course dinner "Riverview"
overnight Fredericksburg
Tuesday 1 May am. drive to Washington
pm. Surgeon General's Department
drive to & overnight at Gettysburg (Quality Inn)
Wednesday 2 May all day tour Gettysburg Battlefield
drive to & overnight at Washington DC (Quality Suites Downtown)
Thursday 3 May am. tour Pentagon & Arlington
pm. free time
overnight Washington DC
Friday 4 May am. free time
pm. Depart for London

Yours aye Graham W Bandy  23-Mar-2001



Cardwell Chancery Case 1783-9 evidence for Richard & Elizabeth marriage
Although Richard Bandy (d 1795) may have had a wife Jane Cummins, he did have a wife Elizabeth Cardwell daughter of Thomas Cardwell and Martha Perrin. She is named in the will 2 Dec 1772 of Thomas Cardwell found in the Henrico County Chancery Court file 1789-2. There was a chancery court case starting in 1783 involving all the children of Thomas which ended in 1789 and they evidently submitted the will as evidence. It names Elizabeth's husband as Richard.  Since Richard and Elizabeth Bandy are found in Cumberland county legal documents 1756 (I have not checked original on this) and deed sales of both 1762 and 1766 ( I have checked the originals), I think we can assume she was Richard (d 1795)'s wife not Richard (d 1815) and he was married to her by 1756 at the latest.

The Eubank's Book says the land record for 24 Mar 1755 bought 200 acres from Samuel Phelps Southam Cumberland Co VA near Francis Epperson and Francis Stegar.  Richard and Elizabeth sold it 4 Nov 1766 to John Cardwell.  In Eubank's book I think they believe it was John Cambell due to the writing. If you look at the sale later by John Cardwell it is clear this is Cardwell not Cambell. John was Elizabeth's brother. One other thing missed in that the sale of land 24 Aug 1762 to James Aiken, is followed by Elizabeth wife of Richard giving up dower rights. There is damage to the pages of the deed book such that if I had not seen the same thing in the sale of 1766 to John Cardwell I might have missed it.

The source for the speculation about this marriage that I am aware of is a book by Helen E. Hart Peyton, "Some Early Pioneers of Western Kentucky, Their Ancestors and Descendants". Deborah, Iowa: Anundsen Publishing Co., Second Edition, 1990, p. 296. which says:  "Latest research in Henrico County, Virginia Court Orders, 1774-1780, lists a court case between George Cardwell and Daniel Cardwell executors of the last will of Thomas Cardwell, dec'd., John Cardwell, Francis Epperson and Martha his wife, Richard Bandy and his wife, Elizabeth divisees of Thomas Cardwell vs. Charles Lewis and Lucy Brazile surviving executors of the last will of Thomas Cardwell, dec'd. The case was to continue in chancery court, 8 November of 1785, no continuance was located."  As a devise of course one thinks she would be a daughter but it was not stated clearly.

I talked to the archivist at the Library of Virginia, where all these records are, to see if I could find the relevant records.  This proved difficult because they appeared not to exist, however while at the site I found they have an on-line index to some of the chancery court records. It showed a case ending in 1789 with almost identically the same names but of course it was only an index.  While I waited to get this record I thought perhaps there was a court order in the local court for the book 1781-1787 which did exist. I got the film and searched - but nothing. Meantime I looked at the originals of the deeds. I had the advantage of the land records mentioned above but I had the advantage of Helen Peyton's book where he followed the John Cardwell land through his sale so there is no question between Cardwell and Campbell.

When I got the package from the library I was bowled over. It included a copy of Thomas Cardwell's will 2 Dec 1772 which clearly names Elizabeth Bandy as a daughter. In the additional material Elizabeth is identified as the wife of Richard Bandy. I suspect the will was never recorded until the problem that occurred in 1783 or it was recorded and burned along with many other records of the time.

Linda Martino [martino@pobox.com]  13-Mar-2001



Graham Bandy is visiting Washington in April
I am going to America in late April 2001 on a battle field tour of the American Civil War. Our itinerary includes The American museum of civil war medicine Frederick, thence Antietam ,Fredericksberg (Chatham House), the US Army Surgeon Generals Dept in Washington, Gettysburg, and finally on to Washington, and a tour of the Pentagon and Arlington. I would be more than happy to meet up with any of our American cousins, and have already found some Bandys serving on both sides, including some casualties in the civil war cemeteries. I am sure I will have the time in the 10 day tour to arrange something or other.  Please contact me

Yours aye Graham W Bandy  27-Jan-2001



More on the Huguenot Connection
I have some additional news. I have corresponded with the Huguenot Society of Manakin and have further news on the possible Bandy connection. The society has authenticated the following people as founders of the Manakintown Huguenot settlement in Virginia:

Apperson/Epperson, William, John, Francis Caldwell/Cardwell, John, Andrew Perrin, John, Daniel Benin/Bennin, Antoine, Francoise

If 1795 Richard did indeed marry Elizabeth Cardwell, we have a true link to the Huguenots through her line, not the Bandy line. The will of Thomas Cardwell lists Richard and Elizabeth Bandy. Also listed in the will are Francis and Martha Epperson. Grandchildren of 1795 Richard included an Epperson and Perrin Bandy. These facts, of course, do not prove a relationship, but it does seem possible. Or it may be possible that Richard, the son of 1795 Richard, married Elizabeth Cardwell.

Further digging into the Cardwell line shows that Thomas Cardwell was married to Martha Perrin. This Thomas Cardwell was the son of Thomas Cardwell and Mary Ann "Little Flower" Basket (reportedly a full-blooded American Indian). Some interesting data that must be studied further.

Another intriguing connection concerns the other men that were tried for treason along with 1795 Richard. The men included Joseph Wilson, Anthony Epperson, and Josiah Meador/Meadow. I find these names mentioned in the Huguenot records of Manakintown. Just another incidence of a Huguenot connection.

So we may be a bit closer to understanding the family tradition of Huguenot ancestry. If we can ever prove that Richard and Elizabeth Cardwell were married, and can determine which children came from this marriage, some Bandys may actually be able to claim a Huguenot ancestor.

Sincerely, Cheri Robinson



Huguenots with similar names in Henrico Co. VA 

Because of the family tradition of Huguenot ancestry and known record of Bandys in and around Henrico county, Virginia, I decided to try to find a little more about Manakin, Virginia. It was a site of an early Huguenot settlement. Manakin lies west of the James River (Tidewater) area of Virginia near the Rappahannock River. The name Manakin comes from the Indian tribe called the "Monacons." The land was given to the early Huguenots by the Virginia Assembly. It lies in Goochland county, but borders on Henrico county.
Not many of the early records exist, but of the few that do, I found some interesting information. An original settler of Manakin was Antoine Benin and his wife Elizabeth. In the register of baptisms of the Church of French Refugees, I found the following entries:

9 Aug. 1729, was born Isaac, son of Antoine Benin and Elizabeth his wife. Oct. 1731, was born Judith, son of Antoine Benin and Elizabeth. 1734, was born Joseph, son of Antoine Benin and Elizabeth. 1736, was born Elizabeth, daughter of Antoine and Elizabeth. 1737, was born Jean, son of Antoine and Elizabeth.

In addition, I also noted the following entries:

1738, William Bantan son of William Bantan. 1737, was born Jean, son of Jean Bonduran 1740, was born Richard, son of Jean Bonduran

The 1744 List of Tithables lists Peter Bondurant, John Bondurant, and Joseph Bondurant. The list also includes Antony Benin.

Of course, I have no idea if these people are in any way connected to the Bandys of Virginia or the Bannings of Maryland. I just find it interesting that one of the largest Huguenot settlements happens to have been in an area where Richard Bandy (1795) lived. The names are very similar as well. I will continue to dig to see whether I can tie these individuals to our family.

Cheri Robinson



Another reference to Jane Cumming

In a book entitled, "The Original Scots Colonists of Early America (1612-1783)", by David Dobson, published by the Genealogical Publishing Co. (9.29.73), I find a most interesting entry. It lists Jane Cumming, resident of Alvie Morayshire, transported 22 April 1747, from Liverpool, to Virginia on board the Johnson. Arrived Port Oxford, Maryland 5 Aug. 1747. It lists as resources the following: Prisoners of the '45, B. Seton, Edinburgh 1929 and Public Record Office, London, T1.328.  

Port Oxford is in Talbot county, Maryland. It was heavily settled by Huguenots.  I find this very interesting. We now have a record of real person named Jane Cumming.  Although not a resident of Liverpool, she was transported from there, which ties in with family legend.  She settled in an area where we find Bannings and Bandys. The date fits in with the time period of Richard. And the area was heavily settled with Huguenots.  Although this does not prove a Huguenot connection, it may explain why the tradition came to be.  

Reviewing other passengers aboard the Johnson and other boats of the time, I find a John Brandy and several people with names such as Bane and Bayne. I'm beginning to feel that Jane does fit somehow into the history of the Bandy family.  Other Cummins and Cummings aboard ships at the time were: William Cummins, David Cummins, Peter Cummin, and Duncan Cumming. I believe that William was Jane's father. He arrived in Maryland in 1716.

Cheri Robinson



More US spelling variants ?

I found a new spelling of the name Bandy. I've run into several records of Bendry and Bendrey. Most of these folks can be found in Old Rappahannock and Essex counties in Virginia. I have a record of an Elizabeth Bendrey, daughter of William and Elizabeth, marrying a William Short in 1750. Her parents, William Bendry and Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Moss, married in 1686. There is a record of a will of Thomas Bendrey in 1703 in Lancaster, Virginia. It lists Elizabeth as the executor. I also located some Bande people in Maryland. These people were located in Talbot county, Maryland. Sometimes their name was Bandy, others it was Bande, and other times Baning. So I do believe Dale is on to something in his research of the Bannings of Maryland. I plan to send all of this Dale to see if he's run across the same people. I have to believe the Bendry/Bendrey people are related because the name seems to die out around the time I discover Bandy records.

For such an uncommon name now, it seems there were plenty of Bandy / Bany / Baning / Bande / Bendry, Bundy people in colonial US!

Cheri Robinson




Here's a tidbit of info that I dug up at the library. I have no idea if it means anything. I was looking in the book "To Maryland from Overseas--Complete Digest of the Jacobite and Loyalists Sold into White Slavery in Maryland and the British and Continental Background of Maryland Settlers from 1634 to Early Federal Period" by Harry Wright Newman, Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. The book talks about the surrender of the Scottish loyalists under Chales Edward, the Young Pretender, at the disastrous battle of Culloden Moore, Inverness, on April 16, 1746, to William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland. The Scottish captives were dispatched by Cumberland to various destinations such as Preston, Garstang, Wigon, Manchester, and Liverpool to suffer at the gallows. About 600 submitted to the King's mercy and were offered indentures to sign for seven years service in the Plantations.

On the list of those Scots on the ship Johnson from Liverpool in 1746 are: Jane Cumming and John Brandy

Jane Cumming may have been a very common name back then, but because of the date and the fact that the ship sailed from Liverpool, I had to make mention of it. Also that a John Brandy was aboard. I've always found that family tradition has some ring of truth. Maybe this is the elusive Jane Cumming.

Cheri Robinson

Editor's note:     I have commented before that immigrants to the US often gave their port of departure e.g. Liverpool , rather than their place of birth.  If this is the mysterious Jane Cumming, AND THE DATES FIT for a son in 1748, this is a wonderful find - I look forward to the follow up - Derek.



POSSIBLY FRENCH - Some slightly more solid data

'm not sure what to make of the following material I found. It is contained in a book called Documenting the American South that I found on the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill's web site. The Bandy family, or one branch, could have a Huguenot connection. I followed quite an interesting trail to find the link. I had found a land record that mentioned a Richard Bonnye in Cumberland county Virginia. I wondered if this was yet another spelling of Bandy. I did a search on google.com for Bonnye and Bany. Up popped this link. I also found an issue of The Quarterly of the Virginia Genealogical Society that contains an article about the Bany/Bandy family of Cumberland and Botetourt counties. The text of the issue is available for purchase. Maybe someone has access to the article. It's entitled Stepping Back in Time, Volume 5, #3 Sept. 1991. I can order a copy, but if someone has the issue or can find it in a library, it would save me $15.

Here is the text from the University's site:

Page 8 fearful times in which he lived, - one of the best that has come down to us. Agrippa was the father of Constant d'Aubigné, who was the father of Mme. de Maintenon, and her brother, Chevalier d'Aubigné. Constant d'Aubigné was twice married. The first wife, Ann Marchant, left a son Theodore. The second wife, Jeanne Cardillac, was the mother of Mme. de Maintenon and Chevalier d'Aubigné; the latter was never married. The d'Aubigné line was continued through Ann Marchant's son, Theodore.

We find the name on the rolls of Battle Abbey among the list of knights who fell at Hastings. Others survived the conquest, and are mentioned in Hume's History as champions of Magna Charta.

After the revocation of the Edict of Nantes (1685), a branch of the d'Aubigné family left forever the land of their ancestors, because they could no longer there worship God with freedom of conscience. They took refuge in Wales. Somewhere between 1715 to 1717 two brothers, Cornelius and John d'Aubigné, left this land of their adoption, and sailed for America. Perhaps about the same time their brother Robert came over, and fixed his home in Boston. Cornelius and John came to Virginia and settled on the two banks of the Pamunky River, - Cornelius on the northern and John on the southern side.

In the hand-book in the land office of Richmond, Virginia, is recorded: "Cornelius de Bany, or de Bonés or de Bony - a grant of land (200 acres) in New Kent, dated 27th September, 1664. Again, another grant to same of 640 acres, dated June 7th, 1666. Again, this last grant was on Tolomoy Creek, York River. Again, Sarah Dabney, a grant of land (179 acres) on Pamunky River, in King and Queen Co., April 25th, 1701." Then follow other grants to other Dabneys in these early days of our country.

From Robert d'Aubigné, of Boston, sprang the men who for three generations, and almost from the beginning of our republic, have held the United States consulate in the Azores, or Western Islands. During this period the government has seen many changes, but only ..............

As always, I will pursue this new information. I think the key is obtaining a copy of the magazine article. It just goes to show that you must research every possible tidbit of information.

Cheri Robinson

Editor's note:     Can anybody help with the document highlighted above?





In the book "the descendants of Richard Bandy 1720-1795 & Ava Jane Cummings 17_ _ - 1752" by M Bandy & P Strothcamp, the Bandeaux family from France moved to Scotland and England during the French revolution [I assume this means 1789 - ed.]. Part of the family, which moved to England, changed their name to Bundy, the other part, which moved to Scotland, changed their name to Bandy to keep from being traced...the Bandeaux were French Huguenots who left France because of religious persecution. Richard came from Liverpool England, his wife Ava Jane from Dublin Ireland. Another twist?.

 I am from the John Henry Bandy 18-Dec-1858 & Susan Virginia Cravatt 7-Dec-1856, family..Cara I Bandy 19-Apr-1889 & John H Strauser 9-Oct-1886, Monetta L Strauser 26-May-1916 & Kermith R Branyord 1-Sep-1909, Sharon K Branyord 3-Jun1939 & Willis g Ubben 8-Nov-1934.

Wally C Ubben (15-Apr-1960)  11-Aug-199

Editor's note:    I think my replies below to previous letters should suffice.  But, if the author really did mean the 1789 French Revolution then this is later than Richard reaching America and clearly erroneous.  If he didn't, then what date was he talking about and what evidence does he offer?.  I can confirm that there were Bundys in England well before 1720.  My views on Liverpool and Dublin will be found elsewhere on the site. -  see "the search for Richard continues" - Derek



THE HUGUENOT THEORY - a different twist

I am a Bandy in West Virginia USA...I have found the notion of Bandy's coming to the US from England as Huguenots....and found a De Bandy in the name listing, also there is a town by the name of Bandy in Southwest Virginia......My theory, they landed in Virginia and moved West.....also a gentleman in South Carolina is editor of newspaper there, claims it is French...Also I have an article (Can't find it now) of a French actress by the name of Roselle with the addition of (Nee; Nelache), at the time I received many comments from some French friends I had.....saying "Did I know I was French?" ..Hummmm Interesting, but with that and the Normans, but the French Huguenots were a lot of them sent to England.... \ Do you have anything like that.....??

Jim Bandy 13-Aug-1999


I base my theory on the Huguenots coming to Virginia, and in a book references "French Blood in America" there was the mention of Huguenots coming from England, and in the names listed...."De Bandy." Also I have a friend in Detroit who is Hungarian, and his name......."Peter BANDY"...he traces his name back to around the time of the Huguenots and as understand it, a fair number of the Huguenots left for Holland, Switzerland, and the Eastern areas......? I ask if there were many "Bandy's" in Hungry.....he said not many, but........The other interesting item I ran across...I am an automobile collector, and in one of my "La Vie de L'Auto" they reference "Voitures de stars" and mentioned a French Actress: Francoise Rosay (Nee de Bandy de Naleche)...with this I noticed in the references to a Count De Bandy in France......Anyway, to what époque does the name first show up in your research...?

Jim Bandy 14-Aug-1999

Editor's note:    I have always doubted this theory for the following main reason:
The real outpouring of Huguenots from France started with The revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685. There were already Bandy families in England from at least 1550. It is true that there had been persecution of Huguenots in France from their foundation, but unlikely that migration had taken place much before the Huguenot revolt of 1625. So in England the Bandys were present before the Huguenots left France (in the main) and in America people trace their descent from an English Bandy.

It is clearly possible that some people of Huguenot descent married into the family - possibly this was subsequently confused to give rise to a theory of male Huguenot descent - but actually it would have been through the female line and therefore genes not name. It is also possible that a family that today calls itself Bandy has changed its name to Bandy AND has Huguenot descent. In the latter case the issue is one of descent not name. In other words do you descend from the Bandys of England - or some others from somewhere else who changed their name for some reason?

As for the name change - and indeed Bandy as a Huguenot name - you may be interested to know that the modern Huguenot societies do not count Bandy as one of their families - see the List of Currently Approved Qualified Huguenot Ancestors by the National Huguenot Society at http://huguenot.netnation.com/ancestor/default.htm  However, I do hope you will follow up your book reference,"French Blood in America". You need to demonstrate a genealogical connection to that immigrant.  The reference to de Bandy de Naleche, must be to the same family I mention under Heraldry :The earliest French record of the Surname was GILBERT BANDY (date not stated) Count of Naleche, a member of the 23rd Dragoon Regiment.  I would be delighted to have contact with any current holders of the name in France.

 I am fascinated by the information about Hungarian Bandys.  I hope you can persuade your friend to share his research with us.

The earliest references in England will be found on the Bandys in the UK page 

- Derek





I received an interesting file from the Tennessee State Library. It is in the genealogical files of the Creighton Collection. Much of the information I already had, but it does include several letters written to and from Bandys in the early 1900s. One of the letters seems to confirm Dale Bandy's theory that the original Richard Bandy was not married to Jane Cummins. Rather, Richard's son (also named Richard) was married to a Jane Cummins. The letter was written in 1910 to a John Ballard, who was researching the Bandy family. Here is the text of the letter:

"In reply to your letter will say my father's name was Jimison Bandy. He was a doctor by profession. He was born in Virginia in the year 1789, was a son of Richard Bandy, who married Jane Cummins. He had five brothers. All came to Tennessee with Major Maston, who married a sister of my grandfather, Richard Bandy. My father served in the war of 1812 and drew a pension. This George and Solomon Bandy you speak of are my father's uncles, old Richard Bandy's brothers. My father's brother, Richard, died in Virginia in about 1798. He was dead when Maj. Maston brought his children to Tenn. My father, Dr. Jemison Bandy, married a Wright and raised five children, one boy and four girls, who are all dead, save one daughter, a Mrs. Cortram, who is 83 years of age. These five children are by his first wife. By his second wife, who was a Denson, there were four children, two boys and two girls. I, being the toughest of this last four, my age being 60 the 29th of Jan. 1920. My father died in 1873.

--Joseph W. Bandy"

Of course, even though it seems to support Dale's theory, it does bring up other questions. Particularly, the death of Richard given as 1798. That date is more in line with the original Richard's death date. Plus, I've never seen any mention of the Major Maston mentioned in the letter.

Regards, Cheri Robinson





I'm not 100% positive that all of the dates are correct, so you may want to note that.   Also, please express my thanks to Dale Bandy as his book helped me find the one link to Richard I was missing (Johns' son George of Ohio).  

Also thanks to Personal Ancestral File for making their program available at no cost and very easy to use even for a person with little computer experience like myself. You may want to inform folks that visit your site about it. I believe it can be downloaded at http://www.familysearch.org/  Of course I'm still digging and trying to confirm conflicting dates and such, and will send updates to that effect. Last but not least, thank you for the great site, and also for taking the time (I know your real busy) to answer my questions. You've been a big help and my hat goes off to you. Keep up the great work on the site!! 

Fred Richard Bandy Jr. Temple, Tx

Editor's note:    Fred's genealogy can be found on the Genealogy pages.  PAF 4.0 is available for free downloading on the site mentioned above.  I downloaded it the other day and I agree with Fred.  I now have three packages:- PAF, TMG and FTW they are all fine and I use them to process and hold submitted material.  But none of them do what I want to do with my research!.




I found some very early records of possible Bandys in the US. I found a Nicholas Bundhy on the 1634 Chancery Patent Rolls. I've never seen this particular spelling. I'm really not sure what these records are for. It seems they are a list of those people who are allowed to sell tobacco in England. Maybe you know more about these records or if the area stated is near the Bandy records you have found.

I also found a record of a Capt. Bonde in 1632,  a George Bonde recorded in 1632 and last, I found a record for John Bandie. It is dated 1774 and is a roster of soldiers for Dunsmore War.

Regards, Cheri Robinson

Editor's note:    Cheri kindly sent me the images of these documents, if anyone wants to see them, email me - they are too large to publish here. - Derek




Hi Derek, 
Sending warmest thanks and admiration for your and Dale's hard work. There seems to be a question as to some Bandys being from France, so thought I would share what Otis Messenger ( grandson of John Bandy and Mary VanNyes - chapter 2) wrote in a letter to a cousin in 1952.

"The name Bandy is French, and there are still some remnants in southern France. I have seen it several times in French patents. They spell it `Bandi` and `Band`e`. Those nearest the Swiss border use the "i" termination."

This really adds to all the possibilities of how the Bandy name evolved, doesn't it?

Keep up the good work, hopefully everyone's input will help put all the branches on the Bandy tree.

Sincerely Margaret Williams, 
gg granddaughter of John Bandy and Mary VanNyse. 20-Jul-1999

Editor's note:    For myself I think these French / Swiss families are probably unconnected, but their name may have a similar nordic etymology - which is that given (peasant farmer) on this website. - Derek



Huguenots Connections or myth?

Thanks for being a depository for information. All of us will get much further in our research having so many people connected through your web site.

I had written to the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. I had read an article in their publication about Huguenots that came to Virginia. Since one of the stories handed down through the generations is that the Bandys were French Huguenots, I wrote the foundation to see if they had any Bandy records. The librarian could not connect the family to the Huguenots that settled near colonial Williamburg, but she did find an early record of a possible Bandy. In the land patents, an Elizabeth Bundy was listed as a headright for land patented in 1665 in Westmoreland county. An additional record for an Elizabeth Bandy listed as a headright for land patented in New Kent county in 1668. This is the earliest record I've seen for Bandy/Bundy in America in Virginia. Westmoreland county is right on the coast of Virginia near Maryland. I'm puzzled that the patent is in Elizabeth's name. Who was this woman? Was Bandy her married name? Without more digging, I cannot say. I'll see what I can find.

Regards, Cheri Robinson, June 28, 1999



Can anyone tell me where I can get documentation for free?  I don't mean to sound cheap, but I really don't have much money at my disposal and $7.00 a pop for document searches can add up rather fast when you have to do 10 or 12.



Editor's note:    I'm English and have no experience with American records.  But I can tell you that UK records cost more than that.  I think that you don't really need to have the source records themselves, as long as you have a good reference to them and know what they say.  That is one of the values of this website.  It makes it possible for people to share the data they already have.  In the UK many indexes to source records exist and access to them is free.  But I hope some correspondents will tell us more about US records.  - Derek




I've found out a bit more on the Banta/Bandy connection. Upon a search of both Bandy and Banta, on a site that lists genealogy books, I found that one book contained both names. It is entitled Van Nuys Genealogy. The author is Carrie E. Allenand the Call Number is CS71.V2698x. I didn't seem to find my direct line indicated. It appears the early Van Nuys folks married Bantas. Sometime in the late 1790s the name became Bandy. These Bandys were in Pennsylvania and later moved to Kentucky, Indiana, and Iowa. I don't know whether the name actually changed or if the Van Nuys' married both Bantas and Bandys. Very confusing. You might throw out the question on your site whether anyone has researched into the Van Nuys connection. It may point out that there are two lines of ancestry here in the states.

Regards, Cheri Robinson, June 19, 1999

Editor's note:  Could this explain why some people believe that the name is of Dutch origin?.  Has a memory of Dutch ancestors got modified over time to a belief that these people were Bandys - or is this now a Bandy name line that is simply not related? - Derek


I ran across an interesting web site today. I found it through surfing through some Huguenot links. The URL is http://www.rootsweb.com/~ote/nyinda.htm. It contains a list of 17th century immigrants to New York. There is a Banta listed.

Evidently, he changed his name from Epke Jacobs. Weird, huh? Here's a bit copied from the site:

Notes: The ancestor of the BANTA family in America, Epke JACOBS, was a farmer who lived in the vicinity of Harlingen, an important seaport of Friesland, the most northern of the provinces of the Netherlands. Upon arrival in America, Epke JACOBS probably settled in Flushing, Long Island, NY and was an innkeeper according to New York records. About 1671 he had a mill in the adjoining town of Jamaica, NY.

Subsequently, Epke JACOBS removed to New Jersey, settling at Bergen, (Now Jersey City), probably prior to 1675. In 1681 he purchased land at Hackensack, Bergen Co., NJ. A deed, not recorded, for property at what is now called Ridgefield Park, on the east side of the river, two miles below Hackensack, was in existence a number of years ago. It was dated 17 June 1685 and was made by Epke JACOBS to Hendrick Joris Brinckerhoff, in the possession of whose descendants the land remained for 200 years. (The deed was kept in an old oaken chest in the Brinckerhoff homestead.) The late James Riker examined this deed for the signature of Epke JACOBS.

I've written to the researcher who posted this information. I'll let you know what I find out.

Sincerely, Cheri Robinson   15-Jun-1999



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