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Chapter 4 Jesse and Charity of the Carolinas and Tennessee

JesseBandy (15-487) (1760-after 1830), wife Charity Bandy, and their family made their way from South Carolina and North Carolina to Tennessee. Jesse was born about 1760, and his birthplace most likely was North Carolina. As discussed in the previous chapter, Jesse is assumed to be descended from the central North Carolina group that included James, Robert,John, and others. As noted, that group is assumed to be descended from the Talbot County, Maryland Bandy/Bannings or perhaps from the Bandys of Accomack County, Virginia. Jesse is also believed to be this writer’s ancestor.

In the first United States census in 1790, Jesse Bandy was the only Bandy head-of-household in South Carolina (Chester County, p. 16), and one of only three in the surviving census record for the entire country.[i] 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 three males under age 10, one male age 26 to 44 (probably Jesse himself), two females under age 10, three females between 10 and 15, one female between 26 and 44, and one female over age 44 (p. 73). William, discussed below, was also listed in Chester County.

On January 28, 1801 Jesse and Charity Bandy his wife sold 100 acres of to Stephen Blissit for $240.[ii] The date is listed as the twain eight day of January one thousand eight hundred and one and in the 25 of America’s Independence. This is the only known reference to Charity. The land is described as a plantation and lying on the water of Rocky Creek in Chester District, South Carolina. Title to the land originated with his Excellency William Bull, Esquire on September 16th, 1774 and was transferred by Thomas Faid to Wm Cloud, and by Wm. Cloud to Jesse Bandy.

In 1804, Jesse, William, and David (see Chapter 3) are listed in the Burke County, North Carolina tax list.[iii] The record indicates that Jesse is listed in Capt. Dysarts Co., with 450 acres, and one poll. William is listed with no land and one poll, and David is listed with 70 acres and one poll. It is not clear what the reference to poll means, but could refer to eligible voters. Bryant, John and George (also discussed in Chapter 3) also spent time in Burke County. As noted in Chapter 3, Bryant Bandy also was in Chester County, South Carolina.

The fact that David, Jesse,Bryant, John and George are listed in the same county at the same time and are approximately the same ages suggests that they are related.

Jesse disappears until 1827 when he is identified as purchasing property from the Rhea County, Tennessee estate of Martin Howard.[iv] In the census of 1830, Jesse Bandy lived in Rhea County (pp. 379 respectively). Jesse was listed in the 60-70 age bracket, which would have been the right age if he were close to 70. In Jesse's 1830 household are one male between 5 and 10, two between 10 and 15, and one in his 60's (Jesse). The females included one between 5 and 10, one between 10 and 15, one in her 20's, two in their 30's, and one in her 50's. Given Jesse’s age he very well could be living with a daughter or a daughter-in-law. The younger children would likely be Jesse’s grandchildren. Alternatively, the woman could be Jesse’s second wife.

Although it is reasonable to assume that Jesse died prior to the 1840 census, it is unclear what happened to the other members of his 1830 household. Of course, it is not known what their names were, so they may simply be listed under other last names. Possibly, however, some of the members are in Cela Bandy's 1840 Lincoln County census. Alternatively, her household could be the remnants of George Bandy's household (discussed below). In 1840, Cela is listed with 4 males (one between the ages of 10 and 15 and 3 between 15 and 20) and 3 females (one each in her 20's, 30's, and 40's). The ages do match those of Jesse’s household fairly well, although Cela would not have been the oldest female in Jesse’s 1830 household. It is unlikely that Cela is the same person as Charity as the age seems incorrect.

The eight children (·) are attributed to Jesse and Charity. As no wills, Bible records, or other direct evidence of relationships has been found, many of the relationships listed below are judged speculative, and should be considered with care. Nevertheless, in absence of other documented sources, this listing is an effort to relate the many individuals found in the same geographic areas during the late 1700's and early and middle 1800's.

·William Bandy (175, 16-216) (1780 - 1860's) was born in South Carolina and is found in South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Missouri, and Arkansas. He married a Juditha and a Sarah.

·John Bandy (17-1638) (1790 - after 1860) was born in South Carolina, and is listed in Lincoln County, Tennessee in 1830, In 1840, John likely is in Wayne County, Tennessee, and in Perry County, Tennessee in 1850. In 1850, he is assumed to be married to Harriet, age 39, probably his second wife. Harriet, however, could be his daughter or daughter-in-law.

·Dempsey Bandy (1790's - before 1840) is found in Rhea County, Tennessee during the late 1820's and early 1830's. His assumed widow Elizabeth (17-1657) is found in Lincoln County, in 1840. She and their assumed children are in Arkansas in 1850 and in Texas in 1860, 1870, and 1880.

·David(17-1744)(1790's - before 1850) married Margaret Casteel (about 1802 - ? ) on August 6, 1828 in Rhea County, Tennessee,. In the 1830 Rhea County census, David is listed as being in his 30's, with one male under age 5, and one between 5 and 10. David is listed in both Rhea and Polk Counties in the 1840 census. The 1850 Madison County, Missouri household of 20 year old Thomas and 40 year old Margrette Parker includes six children named Bandy along with 7 month old David J. Parker. It is assumed that Margaret Bandy married Thomas Parker after David’s death.

·Jesse Bandy (Jr.) (17-1636) (1801 - ? ) married Artimissa Underwood in Roane County, Tennessee in 1822.[v] Roane County is adjacent to Rhea County where Jesse lived. The name and the fact that Jesse later reported both North Carolina and Tennessee as his birthplace suggests a relationship but does not establish that he is the son of the older Jesse. Vera Casteel reports that Jesse Bandy married Sarah Casteel (about 1813 - ? ) in 1835 in Rhea County, Tennessee. That may have been a second marriage.

·Charlotte Bandy who married Archibald Harris in Roane County, Tennessee on October 14, 1820.[vi] Charlotte and Archibald cannot be found elsewhere. The date of the marriage would suggest that Charlotte is too old to be the daughter of others Bandys who lived in the area at that time.

·Cynthia Bandy (February 27, 1806 - April 20, 1867) who married John Underwood, Jr., (June 25, 1800 - October 19, 1870) in Roane County, Tennessee on December 17, 1822.[vii] Roane County is adjacent to Rhea County where Jesse lived. The Underwood family moved to Dade County, Missouri around 1847. W. L. Robertson of Nocono, Texas identified Cynthia as Jesse daughter. The basis for the attribution is unknown.

·Nancy Jane Bandy (1809 - about January 16, 1898) married Joseph Marion Casteel, Sr. (1804 - between 1885 and 1890) in July, 1828 in Rhea County,[viii] LDS CD-ROM lists Nancy Jane Bandy as being born in 1809 and as the daughter of Jesse. The basis for that attribution is unknown.

Each assumed child (·) is listed again along with grandchildren (··), great grandchildren (···), great-great grandchildren (····), and great-great-great grandchildren (·····):

·Living in Chester County, South Carolina in 1800 is William Bandy (175, 16-216) (1780 - 1860's) who later reported[ix] that he was born in South Carolina around 1780 indicating that he probably is Jesse's son. William would have been the male under age 16 in Jesse’s 1790 census listing.

In the 1800 census, William Bandy reports his age as between 16-25 and his wife reports her age in the same age bracket (Chester County, South Carolina, p. 88). As noted, William was listed on the 1804 Burke County, North Carolina tax list. On December 22, 1806, a William Bandy purchased 100 acres of land in Spartanburg, South Carolina on the south side of Buck Creek from Thomas Pope for $100, and he sold the same land on January 21, 1808 to David Adcock for the same price.[x]William and Jesse cannot be found in the censuses of 1810 and 1820. Sometime after the South Carolina land sale, but before 1815, William and Jesse are assumed to have moved to Tennessee. This is based on the fact that possible sons Jesse and Jonathan born during this time period list their birthplaces as North Carolina, while others born after 1815 list Tennessee as their birthplaces. William is listed in the 1830 Rhea County, Tennessee census (although his age is apparently misstated as he is listed as being in his 30's) and the 1840 Bradley County, Tennessee census where he is listed as being in his 50's. In January 1840, William purchased a farm in Ocoee District Tennessee (now Bradley County) for $1.[xi] Meigs was actually part of Rhea County in 1830. The two counties were separated by 1840.

In about 1847,William and wife Juditha (175, 16-284) (1782 - 1850's) moved to Lawrence County, Missouri, and William moved to Arkansas before the census of 1860. Son Hugh purchased 180 acres of land on the White River in Carroll County, Arkansas in 1854. It is possible that William and Hughmoved to Arkansas at the same time.

Apparently, William married again sometime in the 1850's to a Sarah (176, 16-613) (1786 - after 1860) who was born in North Carolina around 1786.[xii]


[i]The other two were the previously mentioned George and Lewis in North Carolina. Records for Virginia and Georgia that would likely have contained other Bandy households have been destroyed.

[ii]Salt Lake Genealogy Library, Film No. 5410 Parts 1-5 Deeds 1785 -1867. Information provided by Ella Rose.

[iii]Information provided by Michelle Rawlings who cites Bonnie as providing her with the information.

[iv]Compendium of Rhea and Meigs Co. Tennessee Records (1808-1850). p.72. Exert provided by Kay P. Lamb, Rockwood, Tennessee, and Bettye J. Boyles, Rhea County Tennessee Wills, Inventories, Estate Settlements, and Guardian Reports 1810-1881. Rhea County Historical and Genealogical Society, 1989.

[v]Sistler,op. cit., vol. 1, p. 16.

[vi]Sistler, op. cit., vol. 2, p. 15.

[vii]Sistler,op. cit.,vol. 2, p. 15.

[viii]Byron and Barbara Sistler, Early East Tennessee Marriages, Brides, vol. 2, Nashville: Byron Sistler & Associates, Inc., 1987, p. 15.

[ix]Lawrence County Missouri Census for 1850, p. 274

[x]Albert Bruce Pruitt, Spartanburg County/District South Carolina: Deed Abstracts Books A-T, 1785-1827 (1752-1827), Book M. p. 436.

[xi]Lucile McClure, Abstracts of Ocoee District Early Land Records--Entries. Signal Mountain, Tennessee: Mountain Press, p. 3.

[xii]Sarah Bandy's February 1, 1848 marriage to James Rutledge. Madison County, Arkansas Census for 1860, p. 345.

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