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There are several things we think worth recording here about 1815 Richard.



On pages 122-125 of Robert Douthat Stoner’s A Seed-Bed of the Republic, we read the following.  The same information, with minor differences in wording is found on pages 66-67 of Anne Lowry Worrell’s Early Marriages and Wills of Botetourt County, Virginia:

"Following is a list of men registered for recruitment in the Revolutionary War, and is copied verbatim from the original papers found in the basement of the Botetourt County Clerk's office:

At a meeting of the field officers this 31st August, 1782, for the County of Botetourt for the purpose of carrying into execution an Act entitled An Act for recruiting this state's quota of Troops to serve in the United States Army for the Term of three years, or during the War.

PRESENT: [names of six offecers]

A list of Capt. Easom's Company amounting to 45 men returned.  [There follow similar statements about 16 other Captains and their companies' complements.]

[There then follow a number of paragraphs, each listing men's names, which Captain's company they were in, and what district (taxing?) in which they were considered.]

[The 15th of these paragraphs says:]

That John Johnson, Isaac Robinson, Richard Bandy, ... [more names] ... of Capt. Pawling's; and ... [more names] ...be considered the 15th District."


Dr. Robert C. Black, III,  contributes perspective to the above.  He says that even though Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown in 1781, and the British and Americans had drawn up articles of agreement for a peace treaty in the Spring of 1782, that the War was not over.  Until the final treaty was signed in September, 1783, it was still feared that the War might break out again in a serious fashion.  Hence, an action such as described above was one of preparedness - to have troops conscripted and organized in the event of need.


Dr. Black adds that the age range for the men listed was probably from 16 to 35.  This would certainly indicate that it was 1815 Richard who was listed above -  other Richards, of whom we know, were of the wrong ages:

1. 1795 Richard will be shown in the "Only One Thomas" chapter to be the father of 1748 Thomas.  Assuming Richard was at least 18 years old when Thomas was born makes him 52 in 1782.  According to the family tradition,  Richard was born in 1720; this would make him 62 in 1782.

2. Richard, the son of 1748 Thomas, was born 10 July 1771[1] and would have been just 11.



On November 3, 1815, this Richard Bandy wrote a will in Wilson County, TN[2]:


"In the name of God, Amen.  My last Will and Testament in the following manner.  Now in perfect mind and reason.

First: I desire that Eperson Bandy shall have peaceable possession the ensuing year, that is to say, the year Eighteen Hundred and Sixteen and to reap the benefits of the production thereof for the above one year of the plantation, the utensils included for the above term.

Second: I wish my Grandson, Edward Bandy [last name questionable - difficult to read] to have a certain beast known by the name of "The Man of the Diver Filly" also to have two years schooling.

Third I direct that the balance of my estate to be divided equally amongst all my children, namely: Wilchair Bandy, Paren Bandy, Joseph Bandy, Solomon Bandy, Martha Cornelius, Elizabeth James, Sally Brown, Jameson Bandy, Richard Bandy, Eperson Bandy, A Bay Mare accepted [excepted?] and added for Epperson Bandy. Given under my hand this the 3rd day of November 1815, in the presence of Samuel Vaughn and Thomas Bandy, Subscribing Witnesses.

                                         Richard Bandy

The above Will of Richard Bandy, deceased, was proven in open court by the oaths of Samuel Vaughn and Thomas Bandy and ordered to be recorded on the 16th day of March 1816."


We have two other transcripts[3] made by others of this will.  They differ somewhat in wording but not in substance.  We have not attempted to go back to the original to resolve their slight wording differences.


The only Edward who was a grandson of 1815 Richard of whom we have a record is Edward the son of Epperson.  However, this Edward was not born until 1827.  So we do not know who the Edward was who got "The Man of the Diver Filly".



We could not find as detailed records on the settlement of 1815 Richard's estate as 1795 Richard's.  However, we did find the following:


Section 3, p53 of the Wilson County, TN, Court Minutes of May 27, 1916, state:


"Articles of agreement made and entered into the 20[?] day of January, 1816, [before the will was recorded] between we the heirs of Richard Bandy, deceased.  Epison Bandy have relinquished all his right and title to the plantation for the year 1816 which he was entitled to by the will of his father for which cause we the heirs of the said Richard Bandy deceased hath jointly and agreed to make a sale on the twentieth day of January the said year given under our hands and seal this day and date above written. Signed sealed in the presence of


Henry Corke                                                                                Jameson Bandy

Daniel Glen                                                                 Eperson Bandy

Edmund M Vaughn                                                   Solomon Bandy

Will Parrock Corke                                                    Joseph Bandy

                                                                                                      Wilcher Bandy

                                                                                                      Peron Bandy

                                                                                                      James Cornelius

                                                                                                      Edward Brown

                                                                                                      Richard Bandy"


The sale was made on January 20 and the results recorded in the Wilson County Court Minutes, June 8, 1816 (pp152-3).  As was the case with his father, 1795 Richard, 1815 Richard's estate appears to contain little in the way of luxuries.  Marcia Bandy's transcript of the  sale results are:


Buyer and item(s)                                                                                                              Dollars

Eperson Bandy - one teapot                                                                                           .6825

 same - one skillet and top                                                                                            2.25

 same - one piggin [small wooden bucket]                                                                .125

 same - one tap [spigot?]                                                                                                  .625

 same - one oven                                                                                                              3.1875

 same - land                                                                                                              1,055.00

 same - one bed cord                                                                                                         .625

Jimmison Bandy Junr - Razor                                                                                     1.00

Joseph Bandy - hames and traces [harness]                                                           2.50

 same - hammer and pincers                                                                                       1.00

 same - knife box                                                                                                                .5625

Perrin Bandy - one hoe                                                                                                    .50

 same - drawing knife and chisel                                                                               1.375

 same - one handsaw                                                                                                     3.625

 same - five plates                                                                                                            4.125

 same - two basons                                                                                                         2.8125

 same - one dish                                                                                                               2.25

Solomon Bandy - two ploughs                                                                                   7.50

 same - one crock                                                                                                               .50

 same - one churn                                                                                                              .50

 same - one kettle                                                                                                             3.25

 same - one pitcher                                                                                                            .4375

 same - one beadstead                                                                                                    2.625

 same - one table                                                                                                              1.4375

Edward Brown - one jar                                                                                                1.50

 same - one sifter and tray                                                                                               .625

 same - one bed                                                                                                              18.1875

Henry Cocke - plaines [planes?]                                                                                1.3625

 same - one piggin                                                                                                             .3125

James Cornelius - one jug                                                                                               .50

 same - one cow                                                                                                             14.125

 same - one hoe                                                                                                                   .8125 

Jonathan Downey - one sow                                                                                       2.125

 same - second choice beestand [hive]                                                                      1.625

Brillin Drake - warming dish                                                                                      1.0625

John Eagan - one axe                                                                                                     2.00

 same - one hogs                                                                                                              2.25

 same - first choice of beestand                                                                                   1.625

Stephen Forrest - one axe                                                                                              2.00

James Gray - one sow and pigs                                                                                  4.50

Cornelius James - one wheel                                                                                       2.125

Willie Lasbly - one glass                                                                                                 .25

Hezekiah Marlow - third choice beestand                                                              1.5625

Francis Moore - hames and traces                                                                             2.0625

 same -two augers                                                                                                           1.00

 same - one pot                                                                                                                 5.00

 same - one pair of pothooks                                                                                          .875

 same - two trunks                                                                                                          4.00

Peter Mosely - one horse                                                                                             21.0625

John B Parker - one grindstone                                                                                     .50

Reuben Smith - singletree and clevies                                                                      3.0625

 same - singletree                                                                                                               .3125

 same - one lumber                                                                                                            .50

Solomon Taylor - one plough                                                                                      2.75

James Tipton - one sow                                                                                                 1.625

Samuel Walker - seven chirs                                                                                       3.00

John Wilkerson - one wedge                                                                                        1.00

 same - one cow                                                                                                             12.00

 same - one calf                                                                                                                2.125


Total Sale                                                                                                                   1,217.92


On page 110 of the Wilson County Court Minutes of 1803-1819 (exact date unknown):

"William Gray and James Stewart, Esq., be appointed commissioners to settle with the executors of Richard Bandy, deceased, and make report to next court."


And on page 159 of the same minutes it is recorded that these commissioners made their report.  However, their report is not in the records.


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[1] Thomas Bandy, Revolutionary War Pension Application, W5782

[2] Wilson County, TN, Will Book 1814-1820, p 178

[3] Whitley, Edythe Rucker, Private papers in Williamson County, TN, library, and correspondence from Marcia J. Bandy