from the County Record Office- Aylesbury.
Obtained by Frank Bandy, transcribed by Eve McLaughlin and supplied by Ken Bandy unless stated otherwise


1602 the will of JOHN BANDY of Hardwicke, Gloucestershire

County Record Office- Gloucestershire. Obtained by Derek Bandy, translated by Brooke Westcott

The will leaves some items to Elizabeth FAILLE (relationship, if any, unknown) and the rest to his wife unnamed who is made executrix.  We learn that his wife was named "Abraham Abraha" in the probate.  As yet we don't know where this John Bandy ("alias Harsfelde", whatever that means!) and Abraham Abraha, his strangely named wife, fit. We have no other record of any Bandys in this county this early.  It reads:

In the name of God, Amen, the xxiiii [24] day of J[?anuary] in the year of our Lord God one thowsande sixe hund[red] and two,  I, John Bande allias Harsfelde of Ha[r]dwick in the dioces of Glocester, by the visitacion of God, sicke in bodye but of goode and p[er]fete memorye, tha[nks] be geven to God, doe make my laste will and Test[ament] in manner and forme Following:

Firste I geve unto Elizabeth Faille one flockebed, one bouster and on Cover, to be delivered after my wifes deses.  Item I geave [unto] Elizabeth Faille two sheppe and one possnate [posnet, small cooking pot].  All the Reste of my goodes unbeQuived [unbequeathed], I geve unto my wife, whom I make my whole Excutrixe to p[er]forme and discharge this my will and Testamente according to the lawe.

The wetnesces to this will is John Shalford and John Watkins

Probate of Will of John Bandy [?]1601/2

translation provided by Brooke Westcott

Probatum vj. Marcii. 1601. Coram m[agist]ro Joh[an]ne Seman legum doctore Cancellario etc

Com[m]issaq[ue] fuit admi[ni]stratio etc Abraham Abrahe rel[i]c[t]e et exec[utrici] etc vigore Com[m]iss[ioni]s m[agist]ro Johan[ni] Ashby Cl[er]ico rectori de Hardwick Jurand[a]

Ex[hibi]t[um] xxiijli xviijs iiijd

Proved 6 March 1601 before master John Seman, Doctor of Laws, Chancellor etc,

And administration etc was committed to Abraham Abraha, the relicte and executrix etc, by force of a Commission to master John Ashby, Clerk, Rector of Hardwick, to take her oath.

[Inventory] exhibited 23£ 18s 4d


1625 the will of JOHN BANDY of Wavendon Bucks

County Record Office- Aylesbury. Obtained by Derek Bandy, translated by Brooke Westcott

Will dated 1625. Mentions his wife ALICE and his sons WILLIAM, RICHARD, THOMAS and JOHN; also his daughter ANN. The will is witnessed by Robert Green, George Wells and John Parratt. It reads:


1625 the 20th daye of October  In the name of God, Amen.

I, John Bandye, of Wandon, laborer, doe make and ordayne this my last will and testament, beinge in p[er]fett memorie, thanks be to almightie God, in manner and forme following

First I doe bequethe my soule into the handes of almightie God, and unto Jesus Christ my onlie savior and redemer, by whome and in whome I hope to have pardon and forgevenese for all my sinse.


Fyrst I geve and bequethe unto Alse Bandie my lovinge wife, duringe her naturall lif, my house and picle [pightel, small enclosure] wiche I bought of William Kylpyne,


And after my wifes decease I geve ["it" inserted unnecessarily] unto William Bandie my sune the same house and picle, to paye such sum[m]e of money out of it as I shall desspose to the rest of my children.


Item I geve unto Richard Bandie my sune £5 of good and lawfull money of Ingland, within two yeres after my wifes decease, out of the lande.


Item I geve unto Thomas Bandye and John Bandie my ["my" repeated] suns £5 a peece out of my land within on yere and a half after my wife decease, to be payed to them by my sun William Bandie.


Item I geve unto Ann Bandie my doughter, out of my land, to be payd by my sun William Bandye, within on yere after my wifes decease, twelve pounds of lawfull money of England,


Provided allwayes that yf the said William Bandie my sun doe depart this lif before his mother, or doe refuse to enter into bonde to paye these legases geven to the rest of my children within on q[uar]ter of a yere after my wifes decease to paye the mony, then I geve it to Richard Bandie my sun to pay these sums of money to his brothers and sister,


Which yf my suns doe refuse to paye the moneys to the rest of there brother and sister, then I geve my said house and pycle to Ales Bandie my wif to sell to paye my childrens there legases and to p[er]forme this my will.


All the rest of my goods and chatles I geve unto Alis my wif, which I doe make my soule exsecutor, to p[er]forme this my will and testament.

John Bandie his marke

Witnesses  Robert Grene  George Wells  John Parrat his marke



1645 JOAN BANDY of Milton Keynes Bucks

Will dated 17th November, 1645. Proved 1st April 1647 in the Prerogative Court of the Archdeaconry of Buckingham. Valued at £122 and 10 shillings. She mentions THOMAS SOAME her cousin as recipient of a bond for £10 15 shillings owed to her since 1637 by William Earle of Bradwell and William Some of Great Linford. She also mentions HUMPHREY BANDY as her "kinsman" and makes him and David Some clerk of Orlingbury in the county of Northampton her executors. Witnesses were Hugh Smith and Richard Newman


1688 ROBERT BANDY of London

Citizen and Blacksmith of St Peters Pauls Wharf 1688 folio 45 
Index of Canterbury wills - Not yet studied

1691 ROBERT BANDY of Wootton Beds

Will dated 23-Jul-1691 mentions his wife MARY and children JOHN (the oldest?) THOMAS, ROBERT, WILLIAM, RICHARD and MARY. 
Bedfordshire County Record Office 1692/51, Derek Bandy

1708 JOHN BANDY of Cranfield Beds

Will of 1708 mentions his wife ELIZABETH (see 1712 Elizabeth below) and children JOHN (eldest son), WILLIAM (youngest son), ELIZABETH (eldest daughter), SARAH the wife of JOHN LAUNDER, ELLEN and MARTHA the youngest daughter.

Bedfordshire County Record Office 1708/43, Derek Bandy

1712 ELIZABETH BANDY, widow, of Cranfield Beds

Will of 1712 mentions daughters ELIZABETH, ELLEN and MARTHA, leaves her possessions to a friend JOHN PARTRIDGE

Bedfordshire County Record Office 1712/59, Derek Bandy


1713 JOHN BANDY of Beachampton Bucks
County Record Office- Aylesbury. Obtained by Derek Bandy, translated by Brooke Westcott
Will dated 1st September,1713. Proved 24th April 1714 in the Archdeaconry of Buckingham by his widow Elizabeth. He mentions his daughter ANN - under 21 at the time- to whom he left his messuage at Nash upon the death of his wife Elizabeth who was to enjoy it during her own lifetime. Witnesses were John Burgess, Ann Grimes and John Capp

In the Name of God, Amen, the first day of September in the thirteenth [in error for twelfth; see date of probate] Year of the reign of our Sovereign Lady Ann, by the grace of God, over England, Defender of the Faith etc, Annoq[ue] D[omi]ni 1713,

I, John Bandy, of Betchamton, in the County of Bucks, Grasier, being sick in body but of p[er]fect mind and memory and remembrance, praised be God for it, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and forme following.

First I com[m]end my Soul into the hands of Allmighty God my Maker and Redeemer, hopeing assuredly by the meritts of Jesus Christ my only Lord and Saviour to be made p[ar]taker of everlasting life, And I comend my body to the Earth whereof it was made, to be buried in such decent sort as my Exec[uto]r hereafter named shall think fitt. Of my Worldly Goods w[hi]ch the Lord hath been pleased to bestow upon me, I dispose of in manner and forme following.

Impr[im]is I give, will, devise and bequeath unto my Daughter Ann Bandy the sum[m]e of one hundred pounds w[he]n she comes to the age of one and twenty Years, and her Mother to have the use of it till then to breed her up, and she shall have the goods in my house to be left for her now p[re]sent, and the Messuage at Nash after her Mothers decease.

Item all my other goods, w[ha]tsoever and wheresoever, undisposed of, my debts paid and my funerall expences discharged, I give, will, devise and bequeath unto my loveing wife Eliz[abeth] Bandy of Betchamton, whom I do make full and sole Exec[uto]r, And my Mess[uage] at Nash during her n[atu]rall life,

And so I do make this my last Will and Testament to my dear wife,

And I do make void and disanull all other wills w[ha]tsoever.

In Witness hereof I have hereunto set my hand the day and Year first above written.

The mark of John Bandy

Signed, Sealed, published and declared in the p[re]sence of; 
John Burges  the mark of Ann Grimes John Capp

Probate of Will of John Bandy, 1714

[in latin] The will of John Bandy, late of Beachampton, in the Archdeaconry of Buckingham, deceased, was proved, approved and favoured, On the twenty fourth day of the month of April in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and fourteen, Before the worshipful Thomas Wood, Doctor of Laws, Official in and throughout the all the Archdeaconry of Buckingham, lawfully constituted, And the strength and worth of the same correctly and lawfully pronounced and declared, And the burden of execution of the said will was committed etc to Elizabeth Bandy, widow, the relict of the said deceased, and the executrix named in the same will, she being first sworn in due form of law. Saving all right whatsoever.

translation provided by Brooke Westcott

1719 JOHN BANDYof Lidlington Beds

Will of 1719 mentions his wife SUSSANNA

Bedfordshire County Record Office 1719/43, Derek Bandy

1720 RICHARD BANDY of Mursley Bucks

Will dated 18th March 1720. Proved 7th April 1739. He mentions his wife MARY- who died before the will was proved- his sons JOHN and THOMAS and his daughters SARAH, JANE and ELIZABETH. Witnesses were Andrew Willis, Anne Bramton and John Hodgkin. Probate was granted to his son John.


1724 JOHN BANDYof Podington Beds

Will of 1724 mentions daughter ANN BARBER, Cousin JOHN BARBER of Wickham (High Wycombe) Bucks and JOHN BARBER, Grandson, son of JOSEPH BARBER

Bedfordshire County Record Office 1724/90, Derek Bandy

1762 SUSANNAH BANDY of Mile End New Town, Stepney, Middlesex

12-Apr-1762. Susannah (who does not mention or name her husband and was almost certainly a widow) divides her estate equally between all her five children as follows: Michael BANDY, Mary Bandy the wife of (?) PERIER, Ann BANDY, Eleanor Bandy the wife of James FOSSEY and Esther Bandy the wife of Peter SANDY (sic). Her son Michael BANDY and son-in-law James FOSSEY are appointed executors. In clauses dealing with the possible predecease of her daughters it is clear that Mary has a number of under-age children. She signed her will. The will was proven 17-Dec-1764.

PCC wills, Derek Bandy
We have the record of Eleanor’s marriage to James FOSSEY in Shadwell, Middlesex in 1749 (Boyd’s Marriage Index), but no other references identified to this family. Strangely, this is the only MICHAEL Bandy in my records prior to 1902.

1781 THOMAS BANDY of Thornborough Bucks

Will dated 12th December, 1781. Proved 28th July 1794 in Archdeaconry of Buckingham before the Revd Jonathan Briggs. He mentions his brother WILLIAM and his nephew JOHN - William's son, and his niece REBECCA - William's daughter. He also mentions ELIZABETH BARRETT his sister and ELIZABETH SUMNER, MARTHA TEAGLE, SARAH GILBERT- the wife of John Gilbert - and MARY BARRETT his nieces. The executors are his brother William and his sister Elizabeth Barrett. The witnesses are John Joanes, Thomas Goode and Joseph Hunt.


1792 WILLIAM BANDY of Thornborough Bucks

Will dated 23rd June 1792. Proved 10 October 1794 in Archdeaconry of Buckingham before the Revd Jonathan Briggs. He mentions his wife ANN, his son JOHN, daughter REBECCA and his grandson WILLIAM- the son of his late son THOMAS. He also mentions JOHN GILBERT and THOMAS GILBERT the sons of his daughter SARAH COLES and Anne Teagle the daughter of Richard Teagle of Ivinghoe and his wife Martha, and Edward Sumner, son of Elizabeth Sumner. In a Codicil dated 1st December, 1792 he goes on to describe Martha Teagle, the wife of Richard Teagle of Ivinghoe, Elizabeth Sumner and Sarah Coles- wife of William Coles as his daughters.


1793 THOMAS BANDY of London

9-Jun-1793. The will only mentions his wife Sarah. No record of the death has yet been found. The will was proven 7-Apr-1794 and administration was granted to “Sarah POTTS (formerly BANDY) the wife of Charles POTTS, the relict of the deceased” 

PCC wills, Derek Bandy 
Boyd’s Marriage Index shows that the marriage between Sarah and Charles POTTS had taken place in Marylebone sometime in 1793.

1803 REBEKAH BANDY of Thornborough Buck

Will dated 9th March 1803. Proved 21st March 1805 in Archdeaconry of Buckingham before the Revd Jonathan Briggs. She mentions "Thomas Williams of this parish" also Martha Gilbert, Thomas Gilbert's wife of Steeple Claydon and her sister Sarah Coles' two sons Thomas Gilbert and John Gilbert. The witnesses were Josh Adams, Thos Williams and Mary Holt. Thomas and John Gilbert were given probate.


1821 JOHN BANDY of Turweston Bucks

Will dated 2nd June 1821. Proved 6th September 1826 He mentions his sons THOMAS BANDY and WILLIAM BANDY, Thomas Bull and his wife Ann and their son Henry Bull. He also mentions his daughter ANN BULL and his grandson THOMAS BANDY alias BULL. and his daughter MARTHA the wife of Thomas Bull. He appoints his son Thomas and his son-in-law Thomas Bull (Carpenter) as executors.