Cumberland County

March 24, 1755: Richard Bandy purchased 200 acres of land from Samuel Phelps for the sum of thirty pounds. This is the first record of Richard in Virginia. Source: Deed Book 2, p.202. Son Thomas in his Revolutionary War pension application reported his birth in Cumberland in 1748 indicating that the family likely was there for sometime before the purchase.

June 1756: Spinster Elizabeth Bandy sued her former lover, William Moss, for jilting her. Elizabeth paid witness fees to several individuals including Richard Bandy andElizabeth Bandy (wife of Richard). This indicates that there was more than one Elizabeth Bandy in Cumberland County. Elizabeth won the case and was awarded 50 pounds and expenses. In June 1759, Elizabeth Bandy sued Ann Moss, administrator of the estate of William Moss and was awarded money and tobacco. It is not clear whether this was a separate action, or Elizabeth was attempting to collect the award from the original case. It seems unlikely that Richard and Elizabeth would have a daughter old enough to be involved in the listed preceding as they are commonly assumed to have been born about 1720. A daughter named Elisa was born sometime later. That might suggest that she was Richard’s sister. If so, then it very well could be that their father was the first Richard.

1760:Richard Bandy was issued a patent him 48 acres in Cumberland County on the Horse Pen Branch adjacent to Francis George Stegars. The patent is signed by Francis Fauquier who was Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, in the name of George the Second (King of England). Source: Patent No. 33, 1756-1751, p.899.

August 24, 1761: Richard Bandy sold 48 acres to James Aiken for the sum of 20 pounds. The land is described as a patent dated 1760 in the Parish of Southam. Richard makes his mark, and Elizabeth releases her dower right. Source: Deed Book 3, p. 195.

November 24, 1766: Richard Bandy and wife Elizabeth sell 200 acres of land to John Cardwell for the sum of eighty pounds. Others who have examined the document concluded the name was Cambell. Source: Deed Book 4, pp.114. As noted above, Elizabeth is thought to be Thomas Cardwell’s daughter. Thomas Cardwell had a son John who would have been Elizabeth’s brother.