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Bandys in the Revolution

Records suggest that as many as nine Bandys were in the American Revolution. The number is uncertain as there are several references to John Bandys serving in the war, but it is unclear whether they are the same or different individuals. Also, it is unclear whether one individual actually was named Bandy. These individuals include:

Thomas Bandy (110, 15-1) (1748-1835) of Virginia enlisted as a private in 1781 and was in the Battle of Guilford Court House and the siege of Yorktown.[i]

In 1782, John Bandy (perhaps 191, 16-371) (1752 -1818) was listed in Capt. Neeley's Company in Virginia.[ii]

PrivateJohn Bandy died of wounds in 1778 in Col. Priceís 2nd Maryland Regiment.[iii] According to information provided by Judith Evans Keeler, a John Bandy, perhaps this John, died in the Revolution in Pennsylvania. Judith cites Loloma D. Hawkins, daughter of Dewey Bandy as the source of this information. The Maryland Militia could, of course, have been in Pennsylvania at the time of Johnís death.

Either the same or a different John Bandy served in the Maryland Militia (8th Regiment).[iv]

Further the John Bandy (148, 15-262) ( ? - 1820) who moved to Georgia qualified to draw in the land lottery suggesting he too was a Revolutionary War veteran.[v]

A Solomon Bandy (perhaps 71, 15-160) (1748 - ? ) was listed in the Revolutionary Army in Warren County, North Carolina.[vi]

PrivateSimon Bandy served in the Company of Capt. Arthur Council at Cross Creek, North Carolina. No other record of Simon has been found. Possibly, Simon and Solomon are the same person.[vii] A Simeon Bundy was the first settler on Gap Creek in what is now Washington County, Tennessee, but was at the time part of North Carolina.[viii] Simon Bundy is listed as settling there around 1782 on 50 acres near a sink hole.

Richard Bandy (156, 16-1) (1750 - November 1815) registered for recruitment in Capt. Pawling's Co., 15th District, Botentourt County, Virginia.[ix]

Lewis Bandy (136, 15-166) (ca. 1750-after 1727) drew a rRvolutionary War soldier's land grant in Georgia.[x]


[i]Virgil D. White, Genealogical Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pensions File, Vol. 1 A-E. 1990.

[ii]Charles T. Burton, Botetourt County, Virginia, Its Men, University of Virginia Press: Troutville, Virginia, 1900.

[iii]Clarence S. Peterson, Known Military Dead During the American Revolutionary War, 1775-1783. Baltimore:Genealogical Publishing Company, 1959 and Archives of Maryland: Muster Rolls and Other Records of Service of Maryland Troops in the American Revolution, 1775-1783, Baltimore: Lord Baltimore Press, 1900.

[iv]American Genealogical Index.

[v]Davis, Jr., Robert Scott, "The Early Bandys of Georgia," The American Genealogist. April, 1992, pp. 74-88.

[vi]Daughters of the American Revolution, Roster of North Carolina Soldiers in the American Revolution. Durham: Seeman Press, 1932.

[vii]North Carolina Revolutionary Army Account, Secretary of State, Treasurer's & Comptroller's Papers Journal "A" (1775-1775).

[viii]J. G. M. Ramsey, The Annals of Tennessee to the End of the 18th Century. 1926 p. 142.

[ix]Robert Douthat Stoner, Seedbed of the Republic: A Study of the Pioneers in the Upper (Southern) Valley of Virginia. 2 ed. Kingsport, Tennessee: Kingsport Press, Inc. 1962 and Anne Lowry Worrell, Early Marriages, Wills, and Some Revolutionary War Records, Botetourt County, Virginia. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 1975.

[x]Lucian Lamar Knight, Georgia's Roster of the Revolution: A List of the States Defenders, Officers and Men, Soldiers and Sailors, Partisans and Regulars Who Enlisted from Georgia. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1920 and Edythe Rucker Whitley, Membership Roster and Soldiers. The Tennessee Society of the Daughter of the American Revolution, 1961.

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