The Bandy Family In Early America

Second Edition


by  Dale Bandy


 © 1999-2016 Dale Bandy

This book is published for the purpose of providing information relating to the Bandy family in America. All commercial rights are reserved. Contents may be reproduced for private, noncommercial use.

 No guarantee is made regarding the accuracy of the content. The author would appreciate information regarding corrections and additions.

Published by Dale Bandy,  934 Arabian Avenue, Winter Springs, Florida 32708,

Dale has now published the 5th edition:

The Bandy Family in America (5th ed) is the culmination of 114 years of family research carried out by hundreds of family members.

The story begins with the first references to American Bandys in the 1600's. Bandys helped establish one American colony and died fighting in the American Revolution. These and dozens of other stories are unveiled as we follow the Bandy family across America and through the centuries.

We meet the famous, the almost famous, and the infamous. The heros and villains. The murderers and the murdered. The moonshiners and the bootleggers. There are two stories that end in the United States Supreme Court one involving an often convicted tax evader and the other an Indian Territory shoot-out in Bandy's Saloon.

Find the names of Bandys who fought in the American Revolution and Civil War and the names of those who died in World War II and Vietnam.

We have been barbers, bar owners, brewers, blacksmiths, bookkeepers, carpenters, clerks, coal miners, coaches, farmers, inmates, judges, legislators, mechanics, mineralogists, physicians, prisoners, sailors, soldiers, sheriffs, school superintendents, seamstresses, servants, steam railroad engineers, stenographers, teachers, teamsters, and waitresses. We worked on the railroads, brewed famous beer, plowed fields, spun flax, fought wars, and made music.

There are extraordinary stories of Bandy marriages. One lasted over 75 years. Another produced 17 children. A 12 year old bride-to-be waited two years for her just divorced husband-to-be to be to get out of prison. A 62 year old Civil War veteran married a 12 year old bride. An alcoholic husband, shot and wounded by the police, recovered only to be fatally shot by his wife. An eccentric millionaire married in his sixties, but his bride wasn't after his money. And there was my ancestor Bigamous Bill Bandy.

You may be related to some of these Bandys or maybe all. Find out whether you are related to Walmart founder Sam Walton, democratic vice-presidential candidate Estes Kefauver, Budweiser founder Eberhard Anheuser, or maybe actor George Clooney and his aunt Rosemary Clooney.

This edition is written with the benefit of computer technology which allowed me to enter a name once and in an instant locate listings in all census records from 1790 to 1940, birth, marriage, and death records for all states, and other valuable databases. I do not claim that I have included every one named Bandy who lived in the country before 1940. I know that is not the case, but I do believe that I have included a significant majority .

DNA evidence has enabled me to extend the story back to times where few documents recorded relationships. Now we have evidence that links multiple family stretching family ties back to the colonial era.

This expanded fifth edition is fascinating and informative.

280,000 words, 715 pages. Authored by Dale Bandy who receives no compensation from sales. Available through via the below link.


Contents of 2nd Edition

Preface and Acknowledgments. 3

User’s Guide. 8

Chapter 1   The Earliest American Bandys. 9

Links to the Chesapeake. 9

Bandys Around Chesapeake Bay Including Accomack County, Virginia. 9

Bandys/Bannings of Talbot County, Maryland.. 11

John Bandy of Maryland.. 20

John Bandy of Augusta County, Virginia. 20

Other Maryland Residents. 20

The Bannings of Connecticut. 21

The Bundys of North Carolina. 21

Conclusions. 22

Chapter 2 More Early Links to Virginia.. 24

Richard, Avy, and John.. 24

Richard Bandy and Family. 24

Cumberland County. 25

Bedford County. 26

Franklin County. 26

Botetourt County. 27

Avy Bandy of Cumberland County. 32

John Bandy of Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, and Iowa. 43

Chapter 3 North Carolina Links. 55

The Bandys of Central North Carolina. 56

The Bandys of Western North Carolina. 60

John and Margaret60

David and Mourning. 60

Bryant and Nelly. 79

George and Christina. 82

Chapter 4  Jesse and Charity of the Carolinas and Tennessee. 106

Chapter 5 Lewis and Mary and John and Lavinia  of North Carolina and Georgia.. 149

Lewis and Mary. 149

John and Lavenia. 154

Other Bandys in Georgia. 162

Chapter 6  Thomas, Polly Ann, and Nancy of Virginia and Tennessee. 162

Chapter 7  Richard and Jane of Virginia and Tennessee. 213

Chapter 8  John and Lucy of Virginia.. 240

Chapter 9  George and Drusilla of Virginia and Kentucky. 255

Chapter 10 Yarns, Traditions, and Facts. 297

Richard’s Roots in England.. 299

Richard’s Imprisonment. 300

Eleanor’s Imprisonment. 301

Avy’s Story. 301

Bandys in the Revolution.. 301

The Great Wagon Road and the Wilderness Trail. 302

Civil War Participation.. 305

World Wars I and II and Viet Nam... 315

The Great War (World War I)315

World War II316

Vietnam War. 316

Stories of the Old West. 317

Sheriff Bandy, a Hanging. 317

Doc Bandy and the Fatal Pistol Whipping. 317

The Shootout at Bandy’s Saloon. 318

An Eccentric. 320

A Few More Moonshiners and Bootleggers. 320

The Infamous. 321

The Famous. 322

And a Few Famous But Distant Relatives. 324

Chapter 11  This Writer’s Family Line. 324

Footnotes. 333