Descendants of Mary Polly BANDY & Jonathan JAMES
 by Becky Smith


2. Mary Polly BANDY

Family tradition says she was Cherokee

Jonathan , Sr. JAMES

Did Jonathan name our ggg Joel L. James after his youngest brother Joel who was b. ca. 1795?

According to Dorothy Walker, family tradition says that Jonathan James married a Cherokee. That would make our ggg grandfather Joel Leftridge James 1/2 Cherokee, unless his mother was 1/2 Cherokee, in which case Joel would be 1/4 Cherokee, just as Eva Blalock said had been passed on to her.

The Last Will and Testament of Jonathan James (c. 1785 - 1843) Bedford County, Virginia, Will Book 11, page 438.

I Jonathan James of the County of Bedford and State Virginia being weak in body but of sound and good mind and memory, do hereby make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in maner and form following, that is to
say -

First I resign my would to God who gave it, and my body to the tomb to be decently interred.

Secondly - As to what little estate it has pleased God to bless me with it is my Will after the payment of all my just debts and funeral expenses, that my beloved wife Polly James have and enjoy all the balance of my estate both real and personal for and during the term of her natural life for the purpose of raising and supporting her children
and keeping them together, and after her demise I give the same to my children.

(N.B. I will that my three daughters Polly James, Susannah James, and Patsy Jane James is to have a Briviear a bedstead a bed and bedding, and my son Jonathan James I expect to remain with his Mother until he is 21 years of age and after that is to have the prvilige to cultivate and to have the same free of rent, a part of my plantation for the term of three years.)

Joel James, George W. James, John James, Jonathan James, Polly James, Susannah James and Patsy Jane James to be equally divided between them and enjoyed by them forever. And lastly I do hereby constitute and
appoint my beloved wife Polly James executrix to this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all other or former Wills or Testaments by me heretofore made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 28th day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred forty three.

James Howard                                             Jonathan James X Seal
John Horn
Bazil Ridgmary
Jacob Kesaunt

At a Court held for Bedford County at the Courthouse the 27th day of November 1843. This last Will and Testament of Jonathan James Deceased was produced in Court proven by the oath of John Horn a subscribing witness thereto. And thereafter to wit at a Court held for said County the 26th day of February 1844. The same man further proven by the oath of James Howard and another subscribing witness thereto and ordered to be recorded. And on the motion of Polly James the executrix in said Will named, who made oath and entered into bond and security in the Penalty of $600. Conditioned accordnig to law, certificate is granted her for obtaining a Probate on said Will in due form of law.

Teste Ral. Mitchell C.B.C.

8. Susannah JAMES

George W. Hartman, Surety (marriage bond).