by Dale Bandy
Bandy Gallimaufry (BG) by Jane Bandy Eubank and Samuel Burton Eubank and The Bandy
Family in Early America (BFEA) by Dale Bandy are complimentary books that contain similar
information. Many details, however, are available in only one of the books. This guide is intended
to help you understand the differences between the two sources, and to understand the differences
between the website versions available here and the printed versions. The version of BG available
here is based on the fourth edition published in 1994 while BFEA is based on the second edition
published in 1999.
Comparisons to Printed Versions
Both the printed and automated versions of BG have two parts. The text portion of the book
contains the prose description of what the authors found and the reasoning behind their
conclusions. The data portion of the book is the detailed genealogical information including dates,
marriages, children, etc. The automated version of BG available here contains the text portion
almost verbatim. The data portion is presented in two forms. One is a listing of four lines
including Edmundi Bandy (through 1795 Richard), William Bandy and Dicie Green, John Bandy
and Mary VanNyes, and Jesse Bandy (who married Charity). Second, a GEDCOM file contains
the 1994 data with some updating. Listings for individuals born after 1910 have been deleted from
the website version in order to preserve privacy.
Family Numbers and Gen-Nums are included in the printed version of BG to distinguish
individuals and families who often have the same names. The automated GEDCOM file contains
the Gen-Nums as REFN statements. Neither Gen-Nums nor Family Numbers are found in the
four line lists. Both Family Numbers and Gen-Nums are found in the printed and automated
versions of BFEA. The listing of a Family Number and a Gen-Num after an individual's name in
BFEA indicates that information is also found in BG.
Although printed copies are no longer available, microfilm copies can be ordered through LDS
(Mormon) libraries. Most local LDS churches have genealogy libraries, and will order a copy of
the microfilm. I understand the microfilm cannot be purchased, but can be read in the local
church library. There is a small fee for the service.
The website version of BGEA available here also is presented in both viewable and downloadable
files. These files differs from the printed version because of technical problems associated with
posting the web version. The name index is not operational. Some photographs have been
deleted. Census listings from 1790 to 1870 have been omitted. Efforts are being made to
overcome problems related to the Census listings. Printed copies of BFEA are available in the U.
S. from the author at the cost of printing plus postage.
Comparison of BG to BFEA
As noted, the content of the two books is similar. The authors shared information while the
fourth edition of BG was being written, and Dale Bandy relied heavily on BG while writing both
the first and second editions of BFEA. Burt Eubank provided information and suggestions while
BFEA was being written. The format used in BG emphasizes the abundant genealogical
information it contains while BFEA is narrative in form. BG does a superior job of identifying the
source of individual facts included in the book. BG also contains more information relating to
descendants of 1795 Richard, especially those born in the late 1800's.. Much of the information in
BFEA relating to that line was extracted from BG.
BG includes details relating to the possible ancestry of 1795 Richard dating back to the 1500's in
England. BG notes that there is "no proof and little circumstantial evidence" supporting the
reported relationship. BFEA includes details suggesting a possible relationship between the
Banning family of Talbot County, Maryland and subsequent Bandy generations. There is no
proof and little circumstantial evidence supporting this possible relationship either.
BG includes an exceptionally fine analysis of tax records, real estate transactions, wills and other
documents dating from the mid 1700's to early 1800's in central Virginia. Those records enable us
to conclude with some confidence the names of several of 1795 Richard's children, that there were
two Georges and two Thomases, and to follow the family for decades. The second George and
Thomas likely are Avy's sons.
One significant difference between BG and BFEA is that BG assumes that the family group found
in the western Virginia town of Bandy is descended from 1795 Richard's son John while BFEA
assumes that they are descended from Avy's likely son Thomas. Frankly, neither theory have much
Both books also contain information relating to the George who moved to North Carolina. The
foundation for that information is work started by John McDowell "Mac" Ballard and carried on
by Allen Bandy who authored the History of the Bandy Clan published in 1980. The analysis in
BG establishes that this George is not descended from Richard, but is probably Avy's son..
Both books speculate about the identity of a Solomon Bandy who served in the American
Revolution in North Carolina, but neither reaches any definite conclusion.
BFEA discusses in some detail Robert, James, and John who are found in central North Carolina
in the mid to late 1700's. BFEA contains a more detailed account of Jesse and Charity Bandy who
lived in the Carolinas and Tennessee during the late 1700's and early 1800's. Also reported are
descendants of David Bandy and Bryant Bandy who may well be Jesse's brothers or cousins.
David, Bryant, Jesse, and George (who is assumed to be Avy's son) all made their way through
Burke County, North Carolina during the late 1700's and early 1800's suggesting that they are
related. William who married Dicie Green is listed separately in BG, but is shown as David and
Mourning's son in BFEA. Much of this information was discovered after 1994 as a result of work
done by several people who are cited in BFEA
Both books contain information relating to the Bandy family groups found in Georgia that include
John and Lewis. This information is based on Robert Scott Davis, Jr.'s article in the April 1992
The American Genealogist. Some additional information is reported in BG and
Both books contain details based on Carrie E. Allen's 1916 account of the VanNuys family.
Daughter Mary married John Bandy and moved to Iowa. BFEA contains a few details uncovered
BFEA includes numerous yarns about the American frontier, the West, military service, and court cases, most of which are not found in BG.