A third likely son of Jesse and Charity

·A third likely son of Jesse and Charity is Dempsey Bandy. Dempseyis listed on the Rhea County tax rolls in both 1828 and 1829 (Capt. Howars Co.),[i] Dempsey is listed in the Rhea County tax list in 1833 along with William and Jonathan Bandy[ii] and again in the 1834 list (Capt. Colliers Co.).[iii] In the 1830 Rhea County, Tennessee census, Dempsey is listed as being in his 30's, living with one male under 5 and one between 5 and 10 along with two females under age 5, one between 5 and 10, two between 10 and 15, one in her 30's (probably his wife Elizabeth) and another woman in her 50's. On May 7, 1832, Dempsey along with assumed brother David Bandy inventoried the estate of David Casteel.[iv] David Casteel (1806 - 1832) is the brother of Margaret, Joseph, and Sarah Casteel who married Dempsey’s siblings. Dempsey was appointed overseer in a road construction project in May 1832 and replaced in May 1833.[v] In May 1839, the estate of John Woods paid a bill owed to Dempsey Bandy.[vi] The information is somewhat ambiguous, and may be a reference to some other financial relationship between Woods and Dempsey. Records relating to Dempsey are limited to this narrow time period.

Efforts to locate Dempsey at earlier and later dates have been unsuccessful.[vii] For example Dempsey cannot be found in other censuses. Based on a close match between the ages of the children reported in Dempsey's 1830 Rhea County household and those reported in Elizabeth Bandy's 1840 Lincoln County census, Elizabeth is assumed to be his widow. In her 1840 household are four males (one under age 5, one between 5 and 10, and two between 10 and 15) and six females (one under age 5, one between 5 and 10, one between 10 and 15, one between 15 and 20, one in her 40's (Elizabeth), and one in her 70's (the same older female listed in Dempsey's 1830 household?) Three marriages in Lincoln County maybe Dempsey and Elizabeth's older children. They include Elizabeth Bandy's September 17, 1842 marriage to William Faulkner and Sarah Bandy's February 1, 1848 marriage to James Rutledge.[viii]

In Elizabeth's 1850 Clark County, Arkansas household are five children Calvin,Jesse, Mary, James F., and Elvira (p. 200). She reports her age as 50 and her birthplace as South Carolina while all children are reported as being born in Tennessee. By 1860 Elizabeth is in Texas along with Ann, Calvin, Francis (assumed to be James F.) and Elvina (Young County, p. 398). In 1870, C.L. (assumed to be Calvin) is listed as the head of household (Parker County, Texas, p. 366). Living with him are Elizabeth, Ann, and Elvina. The same four are listed in the 1880 census. Elvina and Ann are identified as C. L's sisters, and Elizabeth is identified as his mother. One additional fact of note is that the absent father's birthplace is identified as South Carolina. That fact, if correct, suggests a tie between this group and Jesse of South Carolina as he is the only known adult Bandy in South Carolina in the late 1700s or early 1800s when C. L.'s father would have been born. Dempsey and Elizabeth's children are assumed to include:

·· Elizabeth Bandy (August 21, 1821 - August 27, 1877) who married William Calvin Faulkner (July 4, 1816 - September 13, 1892) in Lincoln County, Tennessee on September 17, 1842. They are listed in the 1850 Lincoln County census with Elizabeth’s assumed sister Ann Bandy living with them.

·· Sarah Bandy who married James Rutledge on February 1, 1848 in Lincoln County. Other that the time and place of the marriage, there is no other evidence to support Sarah as a daughter of this marriage.

·· Caroline Bandy married John B. Kearby on January 16, 1850 in Clark County, Arkansas. Based on the name and the fact that Elizabeth was listed there in the census months later, Caroline is assumed to be Dempsey and Elizabeth’s daughter.

·· Calvin L. Bandy was listed as age 22 in the 1850 Clark County, Arkansas census. He was listed as age 28 in the 1860 Young County, Texas census. He probably is the C. L. Bandy who served in the 21st Infantry, Company D and Infantry Griffin’s Battalion, Co. E. during the Civil War.[ix] Calvin (listed as C. L.) was listed as age 42 in the 1870 Parker County, Texas census, and he was listed as age 52 in the 1880 Parker County, Texas census. Calvin B. Bandy, age 27, Violet M. Bandy, age 21, and CorneliaBandy, 8 months, are listed in the 1850 Lincoln County, Tennessee census. C. B.. Bandy is listed in the 1860 Sacramento County, California census as age 39 and a Tennessee birthplace. He is listed with Violet Bandy, age 30, and a Tennessee birthplace, C. J. Bandy, a 10 year old female with a Tennessee birthplace, C. F. Bandy, a four year old male with a California birthplace, and Laura Bandy a one year old female with a California birthplace. John R. Bandy reports that Calvin B. Bandy married Violet Rucker. It is not clear, but it appears that there were two Calvins. If so, one moved to Arkansas before 1850 and on to Texas by 1860 and the other to Sacramento Valley in California in 1852. C.F., listed in the 1860 Sacramento household, could be Cornelius Philander Bandy who married Hattie Castello in 1883 in San Francisco.

·· Reuben Rufus Bandy is not found in census records, but John R. Bandy reports Reuben Rufus (from whom he is descended) and Reuben’s possible brothers Calvin, James, Jesse, and Cornelius.

·· Cornelius Bandy, who is reported by John R. Bandy, is not found in census records, at least with that name. But see the above discussion of Calvin.

·· Ann Bandy is listed in the 1850 Lincoln County, Tennessee census as age 28, and living with her assumed sister Elizabeth Faulkner. Ann is listed as age 36 in the 1860 Young County, Texas census, age 45 in the 1870 Parker County census, and age 60 in the 1880 Parker County census. She is listed with a Tennessee birthplace, and as Calvin’s sister.

·· Jesse Bandy was listed as age 18 in the 1850 Clark County, Arkansas census.

·· Mary Bandywas listed as age 16 in the 1850 Clark County, Arkansas census.

·· James F. Bandy was listed as age 14 in the 1850 Clark County, Arkansas census.Francis (assumed to be James F.) was listed as age 24 in the 1860 Young County, Texas census.

·· Elvira Bandy was listed as age 12 in the 1850 Clark County census. She was listed as age 21 in the 1860 Young County census, and she was listed as age 25 in the 1870 Parker County census. She was listed as age 35 in the 1880 Parker County Texas census.

Dempsey’s 1830 listing suggested five daughters born by 1830. Elizabeth’s 1840 census listing suggest that at least two more daughters were born in the 1840's. The listing above includes one fewer daughter than is suggested by the census listings. The number of sons matches census records. Another possible son is John B. Bandy who married Elizabeth Adcock on August 15, 1848 in Lincoln County. Other than the time and place of this marriage, there is no other evidence, however, to support John as a son of this marriage.

 

[i]Compendium, op. cit.

[ii]Don Vincent, Missouri Heartlands Family Records. Vol. 1. Sumner, WA: Don Vincent, 1991, pp. 26, 24, and 8 respectively. The Rhea County, Tennessee tax list was included in the Missouri publication because so many families from Tennessee moved to Missouri. This writer's ancestor may be the William included in the tax list as he moved to Missouri around 1847.

[iii]Carol Wells, Rhea County, Tennessee: Tax Lists, 1832-1834, and County Court Minutes, 1829-1834. Bowie Maryland: Heritage books, 1996, p. 15.

[iv]Compendium, op. cit.

[v]Carol Wells, op. cit,. pp. 97 and 111.

[vi]Bettye J. Boyles, Rhea County Tennessee Wills, Inventories, Estate Settlements, and Guardian Reports 1810-1881. Rhea County Historical and Genealogical Society, 1989.

[vii]Dempsey Band is listed in the 1820 Gates County, North Carolina census (p. 143), but subsequent references suggest that he remained in North Carolina into the 1830's and that his name actually was Dempsey Bond.

[viii]Helen C. and Timothy R. Marsh, Lincoln County Tennessee Official Marriage Records, 1838-1880. Marsh Historical Publications: Shelbyville, Tennessee, 1974, pp. 16, 35, and 35 respectively.

[ix]Janet B. Hewett, The Roster of Confederate Soldiers 1861-1865. Broadfoot Publishing Company: Wilmington, North Carolina, 1995. Vol. 2. p. 349