The earliest known reference to the name Bandy in North Carolina is the May 2, 1752 purchase by James Bandy of 195 acres in Edgecombe County on the north prong of Deep Creek.[i] In Granville County, on December 3, 1754, James and 15 other men agreed to build a road from Fishing Creek Chapel to the north fork of the Tar River and Eph'm and from there on to the Orange County line.[ii]On June 3, 1757, James purchased 120 acres in Granville County on the south side of Fishing Creek from Jacob Perry. Robert Bandy was a witness to the purchase.[iii] On September 14, 1757, James was a witness to a real estate transaction between Peter Day and Lawrence Petiford.[iv] In 1761, James sold land in Granville County to Francis Huthens. James is identified as living in Halifax County.[v]
The North Carolina Revolutionary War records for Halifax and Warrenton for 1781-1785 show Solomon Bandy in the Continental Army.[xi] Halifax and Warrenton were, at the time, adjacent to Granville District. This is consistent with his being Jamesí son. However, Solomon according to family tradition is Richardís son.
It may be no more than a coincidence, but the 1762 will of John Daniel lists among other heirs, Martha Banbey and Elizabeth Dudley.[xv] It is noted that Edward Bannings son, Andrew Banning sometimes referred to as Andrew Bandy, married Debora Dudley and lived in Talbot County, Maryland at the same time of John Danielís death.
Given their real estate transactions, road construction involvement, and militia service during the 1750's, James and Robert were born no later than the 1730's. If the John who witnessed North Carolina real estate transaction in the 1760's and 1770's is the same as the one who served in the Virginia militia in 1758, then he to would likely have been born the 1730's or perhaps the very early 1740's. They do not seem to be Richard's sons unless there is another earlier individual with the name. Robert and James were members of the militia during the same year that Avy's (53, 14-39) two known sons, George (192, 16-373) ( 1750 - October 1822) and Thomas (75, 17-74) (1745 - ? ), were bound out as apprentices in Cumberland County, Virginia, and also the same year that Richard (71, 14-1) (July 8, 1722 - July 21, 1795) purchased land in Cumberland County.[xvi] Granville District is approximately 75 miles south of Cumberland County.
[i]Margaret M. Hofmann, The Granville District of North Carolina 1748-1763 Abstracts of Land Grants. vol. 1, Weldon, North Carolina: Roanoke News Company, 1986, p. 64.