Chapter 11 This Writer’s Family Line
The earliest individuals who are, with reasonable confidence, believed to be this writer’s ancestors are Jesse (15-0487) (about 1760 - after 1830) and Charity Bandy of South Carolina, North Carolina, and Tennessee. As noted previously, Jesse Bandy’s relationship to other Bandys is uncertain. It is believed that he most likely is related to the Bandys of North Carolina, but the exact nature of any relationship is unknown. There were several individuals in central North Carolina in the mid 1700's, but most were gone by 1800. The mid 1700's central North Carolina group included John, James, Robert, and perhaps also Solomon. A second James, probably the son of one of the original group and his wife Susannah remained in central North Carolina, but there is no evidence they had any descendants named Bandy. Evidence suggests that John and Lewis who are found in Georgia beginning in the late 1700's were also descendants of the group. Others descendants of the central North Carolina group likely moved to western North Carolina.
The western North Carolina group included Jesse along with David, Bryant,John and George. Based on property tax and census records David,Jesse, and Bryant all lived in Burke County, North Carolina in the early 1800's.
George previously lived in Virginia and is assumed to be the son of Avy. John’s identity is unknown, and in fact it is not clear whether there were one or two John’s. In 1765 and again in 1779, a John Bandy witnessed real estate transactions in Halifax County, North Carolina.[i]John Bandly is listed as a juror in a April 1793 Pleas Court case in Burke County, North Carolina.[ii]John Bandy married Margaret Hughs on January 7, 1815 in Haywood County, North Carolina.[iii] The 1820 Lincoln County, North Carolina Census lists a John Bandy. In 1820, George’s son John is identified in the census as John, Jr. suggesting the possibility that the younger John is named after the older John. It is assumed that Jesse, David, and Bryant are brothers and/or cousins, but there is no evidence to indicate the specific relationship between the individuals. The possible tie of John to central North Carolina suggests that he to could be related to the others, and the fact that George’s son is referred to as John, Jr. suggests that he too could be related to the group.
My family, like others, involves some uncertainty, particularly in colonial times. My best guess is that these individuals are descended from the Maryland Banning/Bandy group through individuals who moved to Virginia and on to central North Carolina and western North Carolina.
The account here begins with Jesse and Charity as they are the earliest reasonably certain ancestors.
Jesse Bandy Charity Bandy
(1760 - after 1830)
Evidence is circumstantial that Jesse and Charity are related to this writer. The first record of Jesse is as a witness to a real estate transaction between James and Andrew Hemphill in Chester County, South Carolina on May 18, 1789. In the first census in 1790, Jesse was the only Bandy head-of-household in South Carolina (Chester County, p. 16). Living with Jesse were two males, one under 16 and one over 16, and two females, ages not listed. In 1800, Jesse still lived in Chester County with 8 children and 2 adult females.
The only known reference to Charity is a South Carolina real estate transaction. On January 28, 1801 Jesse and Charity Bandy his wife sold 100 acres of to Stephen Blissit for $240.[iv] The date is listed as the twain eight day of January one thousand eight hundred and one and in the 25 of American’s Independence. The land is described as a plantation and lying on the water of Rocky Creek in Chester District. Title to the land originated with his Excellency William Bull, Esquire on September 16th, 1774. Title passed from Bull to Thomas Faid, on to Wm Cloud, and then to Jesse and Charity Bandy.
William (discussed below) was listed in the 1850 census (Lawrence Co. Missouri, p. 274) reported that he was age 70 and that he was born in South Carolina. This indicates that he could be Jesse’s son. William would have been the male under age 16 in the 1790 census. In the 1800 census, a William Bandy of the correct age bracket (16-26), lived in Chester County (p. 88) with a woman of the same age bracket. Jesse was listed on the 1804 Burke County, North Carolina tax list along with assumed son William and David. Because of this, Jesse is assumed to be related to David, Bryant, John, and George who are all found in western North Carolina in other records from that time
Some members of the group moved to Tennessee. In 1827, Jesse Bandy purchased property from the estate of Martin Howard in Rhea County, Tennessee.[v] In the census of 1830, William and Jesse Bandy lived in separate households in Rhea County, Tennessee (p. 372 and 379). The Jesse was listed in the 60-70 age bracket, which would have been the right age if he were close to 70. The oldest woman in the household was in her 50's which would have been too young to be William's mother. The William in the 1830 census of Rhea County was either a different William or his age was reported incorrectly. William was listed as being in his 30's when he was about 50. I believe the age is reported incorrectly.
By the census of 1840 William and son Hugh are listed in Bradley County while sons Reuben E. and Bright (Bryant) are in Meigs County. Meigs was actually part of Rhea County in 1830, and separated by 1840 suggesting Reuben E. and Bryant stayed behind when William and Hugh moved to Bradley County. In 1840, Bryant served as bondsman in the wedding of Reuben E., in Meigs county. By January 1841, Bryant had moved to Bradley county as he purchased 40 acres of land there that month. Reuben, however, remained in Meigs County through 1870.
There is a fairly good chance that William and Jesse Bandy are related to the other Bandys included in the 1830 census for Rhea County. These are David in his 20's, married with a son under age 5; Dempsey in his 30's, living with 7 children, a woman in her 30's (probably his wife) and another woman in her 50's; and George in his 40's living with 5 children, a man in his 20's and a woman in her 30's. George is listed on the same page of the census as William suggesting they are neighbors, and David is just one page away from Jesse. Dempsey is listed on the Rhea County tax rolls in both 1828 and 1829 (Capt. Howars Co.). The likely relationships are assumed from the fact that these individuals lived in the same area, bore similar names, reported birthplaces consistent with relationships, etc. There is no guarantee that the assumed relationships are correct. See Chapter 4 for additional details.
William Bandy (1780 - after 1860) Juditha (1778 - after 1850)
Sarah (1786 - after 1860)
William reported his birthplace as South Carolina and is listed as living in Chester County in 1800. William is listed on the 1804 Burke County, North Carolina tax list along with his assumed father Jesse and possible uncle David. In 1806, William purchased 100 acres in Spartanburg, South Carolina for $100, and he sold the same land for $100 in 1808. Sometime between 1808 and 1815, William moved to Tennessee. As noted earlier, the family cannot be found in the 1810 or 1820 censuses. William probably was in Rhea County, Tennessee in 1830 and was definitely in Bradley County, Tennessee by 1840. About 1847, the family moved to Lawrence County, Missouri where William and Juditha are listed along with sons Hugh and Bryant. Juditha was born in South Carolina about 1778. Three other individuals John Brite, age 11, Adaline Brite, age 6, and Manuel B. Brite, age 23, are listed in the household. Their relationship, if any, is unknown. It is possible that they are related to Juditha, and that her family name is Brite.
Apparently, William married again sometime in the 1850's to a Sarah who was born in North Carolina in about 1786. In the Census of 1860, William and Sarah both reported they could not read or write, and William reported the value of his personal estate of $120 (Madison Co., Arkansas, p. 345). William reported that he was a farmer in both 1850 and 1860.
William and Juditha's sons include Robert Alexander (March 20, 1813 - ? ) Reuben Elmer (September 24, 1815 - 1891), Hugh (August 10, 1818 - 1872), and Bryant (August 16, 1820 - perhaps after 1880) discussed below.[vi]Reuben, Hugh, and Bryant all report their birthplaces as Tennessee.
Bryant Bandy Pheby A. Gassaway
(August 16, 1820 - perhaps after 1880)(1820 - after 1860)
(March 17, 1848 - March 19,1923)
Bryant is listed in the 1840 Tennessee census. In April 1841, Bryant purchased a 40 acre farm located near the Hiwassee River in the Ocoee District (Bradley County, Tennessee) for 50 cents Bryant Bandy and wife Phebe are named as heirs in the will of Henry Gassaway who died in Pickens, South Carolina around 1856. Bryant moved to Lawrence County, Missouri around 1847, to Carroll County, Arkansas by 1860, and may have moved to Denton, Texas before he died. In the census of 1860, Bryant reported a personal estate of $320, and Bryant and Pheby both reported they could read and write. In the census of 1870, Bryant reported his personal estate to be worth $535 (Carroll County, p. 21). Bryant and Pheby's children include William H. (discussed below) Martha J. (1840-?),Juditha C. (1844-?), Reuben (1850-?), Rachel E. (1853-?), and Mary Ann (1860-?).
Bryant married Margaret Langford about 1868. In the 1880 Denton County, Texas census, Margaret is listed with five children including Louisa Augler (1869-1958), Phebia (1870- ? ), Pernecia(1873-1894), Laura L. (1875- ? ), and Walter (1878- ? ). Perhaps other children include George Grant Bandy (July 1868 - ? ), Garvey Bandy, a female (1878 - ? ), and Thomas Bandy (1882 - ? ). None, however, are listed in the 1880 household. Pernecia and the younger children listed in the 1880 household are shown with Texas birthplaces indicating the move to Texas was sometime between 1870 and 1773. The birthplace for Louisa’s father is listed as Arkansas while the birthplace for the younger children’s father is listed as Texas. This raises the question as to who their father may actually be. Margaret later moved to the Indian Territory and married E. L. Allgood. She is buried next to Mr. Allgood in Denny Cemetery in Pontotoc County, Oklahoma. Some of the children may have adopted the Allgood name. She probably married Tilford Denney after E. L. Allgood’s death. That would explain her being buried in the Denny Cemetery, but would not explain why her second husband also is buried there.
William H. Bandy Catherine L. Standlee
(1847 - ? ) (May 12, 1844 - March 18, 1931)
William H. Bandy moved with his parents from Tennessee to Lawrence County, Missouri by 1847, and moved to Carroll County, Arkansas by 1860. William and Catherine are listed in the 1870 Carroll County, Arkansas Census. That is the last known record of William. There is no definite record of of either William or his father after 1870. It is noted that Hugh Bandy, William’s uncle and Bryant’s brother, was murdered in 1870, and several family members moved to Texas including Bryant’s second wife Margaret.
Catherine's parents were David (1796- after 1860) and Catherine Standlee (1800- after 1860). David was from Kentucky and Catherine from Tennessee. David’s parents were Onecyphorous Standlee and Mary Stratton. Catherine’s (Sr.) father may have been Arden I. Boren (Bohren). By one report the Standlee family name originally was Lee. According to the report the family operated a fruit and vegetable stand, and over time the name became Standlee. Jamie Gibbons who reports the above listed parents indicates that the name Standlee is Dutch.
Catherine’s (Jr.) five siblings include Levi Standlee (1824 - ? ) who married Mary Woods and Comfort, last name unknown. David R. Standlee (1835 - ? ) married Eliza Bowman and Martha Gaynor. James B. Standlee (1837 - ? ) about whom nothing is known. Maryann E. Standlee (1838 - ? ) about whom nothing is known. Rachel L. Standlee (October 5, 1845 - September 25, 1923) marriedAbsolom Larrimore Gardenhire on October 24, 1894 in Berryville, Carroll County, Arkansas.
A daughter named Phoebe Ann was born in 1869 to Williamand Catherine L. Bandy. In the census of 1870, William reported a personal estate of $120. He reported that he could not read or write, but Catherine reported she could. She, however, signed a pension application with an “X” in 1928. Catherine L., Isaac (discussed below) and a niece named California Lee Bandy lived together by the census of 1880. Catherine lived with Isaac in the censuses of 1900 and 1920 and listed herself as a widow.
Catherine applied for and received a Confederate Widow’s pension in 1928. The application states that William H. served from the summer of 1864 to the end of the war in Company C, Col. Hunter's Arkansas Calvary.[vii] In the pension application she stated she was a widow, but did not remember when William died.
In the 1870's, a William Bandy described as an "itinerant drummer" (probably meaning traveling salesman as opposed to a traveling musician) showed up in Searcy County, Arkansas and fathered a child born to Sarah Frances Delk. They were married in what would have been a bigamous marriage. William left her about the time of the birth of their son, James Franklin Bandy (1875-1955). William told Sarah that he was leaving to return to his other wife and that they were moving to either Texas or Oklahoma. Whether this was a different William Bandy or whether he returned to Carroll County is unknown. It is noted that Hugh (Bryant's brother) also had a son William J. Bandy.
William A. Bandy served in the Confederate Army from Arkansas. A William A. Bandy (April 25, 1849 - August 19, 1954) is listed as being buried in Pinelog Cemetery in Craighead County, Arkansas. It is possible that the two references to William A. Bandy are for the same individual. If so, he would have been one of the last surviving Civil War veterans.
Another William, lived in Missouri at the time and did move to Texas. He is William Marion Bandy, the great grandfather of country singer Moe Bandy. We may never know the identity of "Bigamous Bill".
Isaac Bryant "Ike" Bandy
(June 24, 1873 - June 26, 1933)
Viola "Ola" Cotter
(June 15, 1875 - July 8, 1956)
“Ike" and "Ola" married in Carroll County, Arkansas on May 5, 1891.[viii] They eventually divorced, and Ola returned to Kansas where she married a Patterson. Ike was a farmer who lived his entire life in Arkansas. He never remarried, and was buried next to his mother, Catherine Bandy, in Carroll County, Arkansas. I met Ola in 1952 when she attended the funeral of her oldest son and my grandfather William Lloyd Bandy. In addition to William Lloyd Bandy, discussed below, "Ike" and "Ola" had seven other children. They include:
Ada Lee Bandy (March 1895-1924) married Earl H. Marshall (1896 - ? ) on April 17, 1918 in Berryville, Carroll County, Arkansas. She died during the birth of her first baby who also died.
Claud R. Bandy (April 4, 1898 - December 1975) married Nellie Ethel Moody (1902 - 1969) on December 20, 1919 in Berryville, Carroll County, Arkansas. They moved to California, but returned to Arkansas. They had eight children including Irene Helen Bandy Thompson (1920 - ), Nina Ethel Bandy Strickland (1921 - ), Linzy Lin Bandy (October 31, 1925 - April 5, 1990), Dorothy Louise Bandy Hart (1928 - ), Arvle L. Bandy (1930 - 1990), Gayle Marie Bandy Coccavale (1932 - ), Carroll L. Bandy (1936 - ), and Maxie D. Bandy (1938 - 1993). By one account Claud and Nell’s home was blown away by a tornado in Berryville, in 1942. Claud was a carpenter. Daughter Irene had three children including Jacqueline Thompson (1940 - 1944), PhillipThompson (1947 - ), and John Thompson (1953 - ), and three grandchildren, Kimberlin, Christian, and Cassie. Their last names are unknown. All live in California. Nina married Brooks Strickland (1919 - ), and they had one daughter Madeline Joyce Strickland (1941 - 1995) and two grandsons Ronald B. (1963 - ) and Philip J. (1965 - ). Linzy married Margie L. Mayer (1929 - ) and they had one son Linzy Lin Bandy, Jr. (1947 - ) and two grandsons Dennis Bandy (1968 - )and Christopher Bandy (1971 - ). Linzy Jr. lives in Texas and his sons live in California. Linzy Sr. owned a jewelry store in California and was wounded by gunshot during a holdup. Dorothy, who is divorced, has two children Richard E. Hart (1947 - ) and John Hart (1953 - ), and five known grandchildren Jacob (1972 - ), Shane (1970 - ), Garrot (1987 - ), Marrisa (1991 - ), and Laura (1991 - ). Arvle married Linda L., last name unknown, and they had two children, Robert Lin Bandy (1969 - ) and Gayle Louise Bandy Money (1973 - ). Gayle Bandy married Joseph Coccavale and they had three children Gloria Coccavale (1949 - ), Linda Coccavale (1951 - ), and Tracie Coccavale (1973 - ) and one grandchild Cierra (1998 - ). Carroll married a Nancy(now divorced) and had one daughter Erin Bandy (1964 - ). They live in Texas. Maxie married Karen (1942 - ), and they had one son Anthony Bandy (1977 - ).
Ruby E. Bandy (December 23, 1901- November 1982) married Benton Wood on January 9, 1920 in Berryville, Carroll County, Arkansas, and they lived in Norwalk, California. Their children include Donald, Jack, Inez Wood McCloud and another son who was killed in World War II when his airplane was shot down over Germany.
Abalene G. Bandy (1905 - ? ) married Raymond Gentry and they had three girls and a boy. The son, Rex Gentry, lives in Berryville, Arkansas. He has four adopted children.
Blanche O. Bandy (June 27, 1908 - April 27, 1993) married Edward R. Davies (1905 - ? ) on August 4, 1929 in Berryville, Carroll County, Arkansas. She died in Texas. Her daughter is Shirley Davies Atkins (December 18, 1935 - ). Shirely’s daughter is Rose Atkins Morris (about 1964 - ) who married Martin Morris
Ivan J. Bandy (September 12, 1913 - July 1968) moved to Kansas with his mother after his parents divorced. He married and had two daughters Sandra and Sandy (perhaps there is confusion over the names). He served in World War II and survived the Death March in Bataan, but came home with malaria. He divorced and moved to Pharr, Texas. He lived his niece Shirley Davies Atkins until one day he was “hunting Japs” and shot her bedroom walls full of holes. He was placed in a VA Hospital and later released. He died in a hotel room, and was buried in Sam Houston Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas.
Helen T. Bandy (1917 - ?) moved to Kansas with her mother after her parents divorced. She lived in Clay Center, Kansas. She married twice. She had two children with her first husband, name unknown, Their first names were Duane and Joyce Duane is deceased. Her second husband was Chet Kent.[ix]
William Lloyd Bandy Kate Bruce DeBurger
(February 12, 1892 - July 6, 1952)(August 12,1897 - April 6, 1988)
After beginning as a farmer, Lloyd worked on the railroad as a laborer. That ended at least five generations of farmers. The family still owns Lloyd's railroad watch. Lloyd served in the military during World War I and eventually died in a veterans' hospital. He received a disability pension of about $7 per month that helped the family through the depression. He suffered a hearing loss as a result of his military service.
Lloyd was on a work crew that made its way home one Friday payday along the mountainous roads of Carroll County. The group stopped an bought a bottle of liquor. Lloyd, the oldest, rode inside with the driver while the rest of the crew rode in back. The bottle as passed into the cab, and Lloyd emptied most of its contents into a jar and passed the almost empty bottle to the back again. As the workers in the back complained, the driver began the weave and drive close to the edge. The workers in the back began to yell, and then Lloyd and the driver laughed and showed them the jar.
Kate DeBurger was one of nine children born to John Howard DeBurger (1856-1947) and Mary Louise Freeman (1862-1921). He was a Church of Christ preacher. The family moved to Green Forest, Arkansas from Missouri by covered wagon in the late of the 1890's. The family has the diary in which John recorded the weddings he performed while he lived in Missouri.
John's parents were Marquis Marcelle (Mark) DeBurger of France (1823-1908) and Catherine Deubeneyer of Holland. They married in 1848 and lived in Ripley County, Ohio. John recalled being awaken when he was age 9 by his father and being told that Abraham Lincoln had been killed. John's brother, George, is alternatively reported as having been murdered by pirates in 1886 and having been murdered on a streetcar by a robber. The remains of the DeBurger home still can be found in Carroll County.
John and Mary DeBurger had nine children, seven of whom lived to be adults The children, in addition to Kate, include Maggie Mae DeBurger (April 5, 1881 - April 22, 1964) who married John Lemuel Porter (May 15, 1880 - February 8, 1960) and had two children. Charles Russell DeBurger (April 28, 1883 - November 14, 1960) married Ester Binkley (April 10, 1887 - December 25, 1985), and they had six children. John Logan DeBurger (January 4, 1887 - March 9, 1904) did not marry. Emma Jane DeBurger (October 5, 1889 - July 4, 1995) married Marion J. Russell (January 1, 1889 - January 22, 1943) on October 1, 1910, and they had three children. She married Jim Allred after Marion’s death. Marquis Marcellis DeBurger (May 12, 1892 - December 2, 1963) married Ethel Johnson Russell (April 27, 1895 - October 28, 1984) on February 14, 1920, and they had three children. Elizabeth Freeland DeBurger (November 12, 1895 - January 20, 1968) never married. Arvila Howard (Cute) DeBurger (November 30, 1900 - January 20, 1994) married Doyle D. Collier (January 1, 1898 - January 19, 1970) on January 5, 1918, and they had three children. An unnamed child was born and died on March 9, 1906.
Lloyd was born in born in Carroll County, Arkansas and Kate was born in Missouri. They married in Carroll County on April 19, 1919.
In addition to Lloyd Everett, discussed below, William and Kate Bandy had four other children including Ralph Otho (1920-1922), Mary Ester (January 31, 1928 - ), Katherine Jane (November 27, 1933 - May 3, 1983), and Howard Bryant (October 19, 1935 - March 19, 1980).
Mary Ester Bandy married Paul Benjamin Van Lente, and they had two children. She married Myron Fredrick Trethewey (December 7, 1916 - ) on June 16, 1958. She lived in Holland Michigan. Mary and Paul’s children were David Paul Van Lente (March 17, 1947 - ) and Mary Susan Van Lente (November 3, 1948 - ). David married Helen Gordon and they had two children. He married Carolyn Wilkerson (November 3, 1944 - )on August 17, 1991. David and Helen’s children are Aaron Van Lente (May 8, 1972 - ) born in Holland, Michigan and David Andrew Van Lente (April 9, 1975 - ) who was born in the Philippines. Aaron has a son Travis Brown (December 23, 1993 - ). Andrew marriedBrandi on July 7, 1994 and they had a daughter Jessica Van Lente (March 9, 1995 - ). Mary Susan Van Lente married a Langerans, first name unknown, They had a daughter Tammy Sue Langejans (November 21, 1967 - ). Tammy Sue married Thomas Edmond Mitchell, III (September 7, 1964 - ) on June 21, 1986, and they had two children, Katelyn Sue Mitchell (May 10, 1994 - ) and Thomas Edmond Mitchell, IV (February 17, 1996 - ).
Katherine Jane Bandy married James Charles Embrey (August 27, 1932 - ) on February 14, 1958 and they had three children James Dennis Embrey (May 26, 1961 - ), Bruce Embrey (May 15, 1962 - ), and Cindy Lou Embrey (April 5, 1963 - ). They were cattle ranchers in Missouri. James Dennis Embry married a Cathy, and they had four children, Kizzie Marie Embry (October 8, 1982 - October 12, 1982), James Charles Embry (February 17, 1990 - February 17, 1990), Brenda Lee Embry (November 18, 1985 - ), and Jonathan Julian Embry (October 30, 1987 - ). Bruce Embrey married Lori Ann Linton (July 16, 1963 - ) on March 17, 1990, and they have two daughters, Sara Embrey (May 4, 1993 - ) and Jamie Embrey (May 11, 1995 - ). Cindy Lou Embrey married Bud E. Kirk (July 5, 1963 - ) on October 5, 1984 and they had two daughters Jennifer Kirk (October 19, 1995 - ) and Allison Kirk (November 8, 1998 - ).
Howard Bryant Bandy married Eva Lou Harper (January 25, 1940 - ) on September 24, 1959, and they had five children. Howard was born premature and his mother kept him in a shoe box behind the stove to keep him warm. He served in the Air Force as a pay clerk, and later worked for the Kansas Department of Human resources. He died in an automobile accident. Howard and Eva’s children include Howard Bryant Bandy, Jr. (June 11, 1960 - March 1961), Lora Beth Bandy, Bryan Everett Bandy, Lloyd Lance Bandy, and Anita Lou Bandy (October 5, 1973 - ). Lora Beth Bandy (August 1961 - ) married a Harrison and they had one son TylerBryant Harrison (November 12, 1982 - ). She married Bill Keller (April 21, 1960 - ) in 1997. Bryan Everett (February 12, 1963 - ) married Dorthy Marie Bustamante in 1985 and they had Brandon Everett Bandy (August 17, 1987 - ). Bryan married Lorie Dawn (August 18, 1962 - ) in 1994, and they had Rachael Reed Bandy (July 27, 1996 - ). Bryan joined the Marine Corps immediately after high school and served in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Somalia. Lloyd Lance Bandy (December 9, 1971 - ) married Kathy, last name unknown, on November 7, 1997 and they had a son Eric Bandy in 1998. Anita Lou Bandy (October 5, 1973 - ) married Stan Bryant on February 14, 1998.[x]
[i]Stephen E. Bradley, Jr., The Deeds of Halifax County, North Carolina, 1758-1771, South Boston, Virginia: Stephen E. Bradley, Jr., 1989, p. 61 and Stephen E. Bradley, Jr., The Deeds of Halifax County, North Carolina, 1771-1786, South Boston, Virginia: Stephen E. Bradley, Jr., 1989, p. 51.