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Lewis and Mary

Lewis Bandy may be the son of James Bandy and Elizabeth Langston Bandy (born about 1754 - ? ). One source lists Elizabeth as the daughter of Ann Woodard and Leonard Langston.[i].

The first record of Lewis Bandy is in Leonard Langston's 1780 Edgecombe County, North Carolina will where Lewis is identified as a minor (see Chapter 3). Lewis is listed in the 1790 census of Halifax District, Edgecombe County, North Carolina. He was also listed as a taxpayer in Wilkes County, Georgia. in 1790, [ii] and he was listed as owing money to the estate of Axiom O'Neal in Greene County, Georgia on July 28, 1794.[iii] He is found again in Hancock County, Georgia in 1798, and he bought land in Morgan County in 1807 (Davis). His two draws in the 1805 land lottery were unsuccessful (Davis).

To have been a minor in 1780 and a Revolutionary war veteran eligible to draw in the land lottery, Lewis must have been born in the early to middle 1760's. This is too close to Elizabeth Langston’s assumed birth date for the birth date for Lewis to be Elizabeth’s daughter. Moreover, James is listed as engaging in road building and military service beginning in the early 1750's suggesting that if he did marry Elizabeth she was much younger than her husband. Of course, the listed birth date could be incorrect.

In his 1827 will, Lewis named his wife Mary (136, 15-164) and seven children (Absalem Barnes, Mary, James, Joseph, Thomas, William, and Cathy Harris) as heirs (Davis). The will does not mention Elizabeth and Ephriam C. Davis identifies these children relying on a family Bible. The whereabouts of the Bible is unknown. Why two children were omitted from his will is unknown. Neither is known to have been deceased at the time of Lewis’ death. Sons James and William were named executors of Lewis’ will.[iv]

Widowed Mary Bandy is listed in the 1830 Morgan County census as being in her 60's indicating she too was born in the 1760's. Her maiden name is assumed to be Barnes (Davis). Information relating to Lewis and Mary's children, drawn primarily from Davis, is listed below: Additional information has been added from other sources including census data.

·Elizabeth Bandy (274, 16-459), was born on December 15, 1786 and married Mark Hemphill (274, 16-620) on June 29, 1809 in Morgan County.

·JamesBandy(232, 16-460), was born on July 30, 1787 and died in Autauga County, Alabama in 1837. He married Polly Ann Rains (232, 16-622) on December 20, 1817 in Morgan County, Georgia. His wife is sometimes listed as Mary Ann Reins. He is listed in the 1820 and 1830 Georgia censuses. They had two identified children:

·· Lewis Edward Bandy (676, 17-1248) (November 24, 1820 - July 7, 1895) listed in the 1850 Heard County, Georgia census as being age 28 with his wife Mahala Cockrell Bandy (676, 17-1250)(May 6, 1826 - March 1, 1915), age 24 (p. 160). Lewis, age 41, and Mahala, age 31, are listed in the 1860 Columbia County, Arkansas census (p. 342). As all children including 3 year old Mary are listed with Georgia birthplaces, it is assumed that the family moved to Arkansas from Georgia between 1857 and 1860.

··· Martha J. Bandy(18-2073) is listed as age 2 in the 1850 Heard County census, and age 22 (perhaps 12 but the handwriting does look more like 22) in the 1860 Arkansas census.

··· Thomas Bandy is listed as age 10 in the 1860 Arkansas census.

··· William Bandy is listed as age 8 in the 1860 Arkansas census. William Ephram Bandy married Sarah Ann Melissa Yelverton in February 1881 in Columbia County, Arkansas.[v] They had three known children.

···· Fannie Willie Bandy (December 1884 - August 1932) married Henry Daniel Butler in June 1899 in Bossier Parish, Louisiana, and they had eight children. She died in Bradley, Lafayette County, Arkansas.

···· Elizabeth Wright Bandy

····Hampton Ephrom Bandy

··· John Bandy is listed as age 7 in the 1860 Arkansas census.

··· Joseph Bandy is listed as age 5 in the 1860 Arkansas census.

··· Mary Bandy is listed as age 3 in the 1860 Arkansas census. She likely is the Mary S. Bandy, age 21, who married A. J. Coldwell on January 21, 1880 in Columbia County, Arkansas.[vi]

·· Martha Ann Bandy (677, 17-1249) whose married name was Richardson (Davis).

James' second marriage was to Mary Ann White (233, 16-621) in about 1823 (Davis). He lived in Morgan County in 1817, and in died Autauga County, Alabama in 1837 (Davis). James was listed in the 1820 and 1830 Georgia censuses. May Ann was listed in the 1840 and 1850 Alabama censuses. James and Mary Ann’s children were:

·· James A. Bandy(17-1251) is listed as age 19 in the 1850 Shelby County, Alabama census. James L. Bandy married Nancy Thompson on January 6, 1853 in Tallapoosa County, Alabama. Their assumed son Charles T. Bandy, age 7, is listed in the 1860 Tallapoosa County, Alabama census living with Temperance Thompson. James is listed as age 23 living alone in the 1860 Lowndes County, Alabama census. It is not definite that James L. Bandy and James A. Bandy are the same person.

···Charles T. Bandy born about 1853.

In the 1870 Shelby County census, James, age 38, is listed with Melissa Bandy, age 32 and four children all with Alabama birthplaces. James A. Bandy married M. C. Nabors on September 25, 1859 in Shelby County, Alabama.

··· Edwin C. Bandy who is listed as age 9 in the 1870 Shelby County, Alabama census.

··· Mary A. Bandy who is listed as age 7 in the 1870 Shelby County Alabama, census.

··· Selila Bandy, a female, who is listed as age 4 in the 1870 Shelby County, Alabama census.

··· Emes Bandy,a female, who is listed as age 1 in the 1870 Shelby County, Alabama census.

·· Wilson L. Bandy (17-1252) is listed as age 23 in the 1850 Shelby County, Alabama census. In the 1860 Tallapoosa County, Alabama census he is listed as age 23 with Elizabeth Bandy and son. Wilson Bandy married Ester Jones on March 28, 1872 in Montgomery County, Alabama. Wilson and Elizabeth’s son is:

··· Joseph M. Bandy listed as age 1 in the 1860 census.

·· Mariah Annette Bandy (680, 17-1253), who is listed as age 15 in the 1850 Shelby County, Alabama census, married John B. Wilson (680, 17-1260).

·· Cornelia E. Bandy (17-1255) was born about 1824.

·· Celeta F. Bandy (679, 17-1256) married John Lepper (679, 17-1259) in 1845 in Talapoosa County, Al., and died in 1848.

·· Elizabeth C. Bandy (678, 17-1257) married John Trimble (678, 17-1259) on June 15, 1841.

Bandy Gallimaufry lists two sons named Lewis (676, 17-1248 and 17-1252), the second born to James and Mary Ann, but that seems to be an error.

·Ephriam C. Bandy (234 16-461), was born on March 30, 1793 and died in 1854 in Muscogee County. He married Maria E. Burnes (234, 16-623) on April 23, 1835 in Muscogee County.[vii] She was born about 1799 and died in 1838. He lived in Morgan County in 1820 and 1830, Muscogee County in 1840, 1845, and 1850, and he died in Muscogee County in 1854. Ehpriam and Maria are assumed to have had one child based on the fact that the 1840 census listed one child in the household:

·· A male, born between 1835 and 1838. As Ephriam lived alone in 1850, it is possible that the child died young.

·William B. Bandy (235, 16-452) was born on October 9, 1797, and he died in 1829 in Morgan County. He married Hannah Tarver (235, 16-624) on January 12, 1826 in Morgan County. One source lists her name as Hannah Larrn. One daughter was identified in his will:

·· Sarah Ann Bandy (17-261).

·Catherine Bandy (275, 16-463) was born in 1799, and she married John R Harris (275, 16-625) in Morgan County, Georgia on February 13, 1821. Catherine Bandy married Edward Brumbolo on October 11, 1833 in Upson County, Georgia. It is not known if this is the same Catherine.

·Thomas Bandy (189, 16-364) was born on December 15, 1800 and died in 1843. He married Nancy Franklin (189, 16-626). Thomas is listed in the 1830 Morgan County census as being in his 30's with two males (one under 5 and the other between 5 and 10 and two females, one under 5 and the other in her 20's). Nancy is listed as the head of household in the 1840 Upson County census with four males, one each in the age brackets under 5, 5 to 10, 10 to 15, and 15 to 20, and with a female between the ages of 10 and 15. Nancy is listed as being in her 30's. Children listed in Thomas' will are:

·· James L. Bandy (17-1262) age 21 in the 1850 Upson County census ( p. 319). He is listed in the 1860 Claiborne County, Louisiana census (p. 629) as age 28 with a Georgia birthplace, and in the 1870 Seward County, Nebraska census (p. 392) as age 36 with a Georgia birthplace. Also in the 1870 household are assumed wife Julia A. Bandy, age 26 and assumed son James age 1 with what appears to be a New York birthplace.

··· JamesBandy (1869 - ? ).

·· Wilson L. Bandy (17-1263) age 15 in the 1850 Upson County census (p. 324).

·· William F.Bandy (17-1264) age 13 in the 1850 Upson County census (p. 324). The 24 year old W. F. Bandy listed in the 1860 Ouachita County, Arkansas census living with H.P. Ferris could well be the same individual. W. F. is identified as having a Georgia birthplace.

The names of the other son and the daughter are unknown.

·Joseph Bandy (16-627), was born on January 19, 1802 and he died after 1823.

·Absalem Barnes Bandy (210, 16-408), was born on March 16, 1806, and he married Armintha Jenkins (210, 16-628) on December 20, 1827. He lived Morgan County, Georgia in 1830 and Muscogee County, Georgia in 1840. He died in the mid-1840's. Based on his will his heirs were:

·· Frances L.Bandy (681, 17-1265) born about 1839, married John C. McLean (681, 17-1266). She was listed as living with James Cothran in the 1850 Pike County, Georgia census.

·· Mary A. E. Bandy (682, 17-1267) born about 1836, and married Wm. A. Wright (682, 17-1268). She was listed as living with double uncle Greenberry Jenkins in Chambers County, Alabama in 1850.

·· John L. Bandy (17-1269) was born about 1834. He was listed as living with James Cothran in Pike County, Georgia in 1850.

·· James Bandy (17-1270) was born about 1838. He was listed as living with double uncle Greenberry Jenkins in Chambers County, Alabama in 1850. James T. Bandy served in the 5th Infantry New Companies K and D, and the 6th Infantry, Company M. during the Civil War.[viii]Emily Ann Mangum Bandy, born in Decatur, Georgia in 1840 married James Thomas Bandy, born in 1838 in Columbia [Columbus], Georgia. She applied for Confederate widow’s benefits in Polk County, Tennessee.[ix] She reported that they married in Atlanta and moved to Tennessee.

·Mary B. Bandy(276, 16-464) was born on May 18, 1808, and married Greenberry Jenkins (276, 16-629) on January 9, 1834 in Morgan County, Georgia. Their 1850 Chambers County, Alabama household listed three likely sons, all listed with Georgia birthplaces:

·· William Jenkins (17-1271) listed as age 14.

·· James Jenkins (17-1272) listed as age 10.

·· Green Jenkins (17-1273) also listed as age 10.

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[i]Internet data from site by Bill Reisor dated April 26, 1998. The basis for the attribution is unknown.

[ii] Frank Parker Hudson, A 1790 Census of Wilkes County, Georgia Prepared From Tax Returns. Spartanburg, SC: The Reprint Company, Publisher, 1988, p. 19.

[iii] Rev. Silas Emmett Lucas, Jr., Some Georgia County Records. vol. 4. Greenville, SC: Southern Historical Press, p. 302.

[iv]Georgia Journal. May 31, 1828.

[v]Marriage and children reported on Internet site at www.execpc.com.

[vi]Columbia County, Arkansas Marriages, Book 21, page E 247 displayed on the Internet.

[vii]Joseph T. Maddox and Mary Carter, 37,000 Early Georgia Marriages, 1975, p. 199.

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

[ix]Tennessee’s Confederate Widows and Their Families.

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