11. John Wesley BANDY Twin
JOHN WESLEY BANDY
"ERECTED IN HIS HONOR BY CITIZENS OF BANDYS FOR WHOM THE TOWNSHIP WAS NAMED"
The above monument to John Wesley Bandy is in the Ebenezer United Methodist
Church Cemetery, Cooksville, Bandy Township, Catawba County, NC.
Arriving in the area of Catawba County that ultimatly bore his name,
John Wesley Bandy became a Justice of the Peace and highly respected
person. In early 1846, He married Harriet Lynn and moved into the homestead
of pioneer John Lynn. Living in this household were Harriet's
mother, Sarah Lynn, and two Aunts, Rachel and Mary Lynn. Elizabeth Bandy
Rockett, an Aunt of John Wesley, lived in this area of Catawba County and is
buried at Corinth Baptist Church which could explain his movement from the
eastern section of Catawba County to the western section.
John's twin brother, James Marcus Bandy, died of measles on the Gulf of Mexico
in 1847 while on his way to the Mexican War. The first son of John Wesley and
Harriet Lynn Bandy was named for him.
John was listed as a farmer in the 1850, 1860, and 1870 Censuses. He became
a Justice of the Peace in the 1860's. A school located near Corinth Baptist
Church on Highway 10, west of Newton, NC was named Bandy School.
The orginal Bandy School was combined with Oak Hill School to become BanOak
School which is in "Jug Town", Bandy Township, Catawba County, NC.
Catawba County Court Minutes for July, 1859 show that J W Bandy was selected as
an Inspector for the 1860 Elections.
A marriage bond has not been found for John Wesley Bandy and Harriet Lynn.
Their three children were born in the John Lynn house. Mary Lynn willed her
share of the estate to Harriet and John. Rachel Lynn's share must have also
gone to them. Sarah Lynn's share became highly disputed and a court settlement
was required. Court records show claims were made for Gertrude Bandy, daughter
of John Wesley Bandy and Mary E Weaver. John married Mary Weaver, July 21, 1874
in Bandy Township. Jacob Mosteller was the Justice of the Peace. Mary Weaver
was most likely the daughter of Philip and Adeline Weaver of Lincoln County.
John Wesley Bandy was fifty years old and Mary was twenty. She later married
George F Smith January 27, 1876 and G M Wyant was the Justice of the Peace.
J M Bandy & others
Mary Bandy & others
Depositions from Mary Bandy, Guardian of Gertrude Bandy
This document claims land for legal heirs, Mary Bandy, widow, and
daughter, Gertrude Bandy, from the John Wesley Bandy Estate that had been
received by James Marcus Bandy, Jane Bandy Gregory, and Luther H Bandy.
Mentions that Harriet Lynn was the illegimate daughter of Sarah Lynn.
Deposition from Henry Lynn
This document claims the land of Sarah Lynn, sister to Henry. States that
Henry is the legal heir of her estate. Sarah died after John Wesley Bandy.
Sarah is listed with 80 acres in the 1876 and 1877 tax roll. Court case was in
latter 1876 which could have been the year that Sarah died. Possibly the sell
did not occur until 1877. Note from Henry Lynn dated January 18 1877 asked that
moneys due him be turned over to John Canipe(son-in-law).
John Wesley Bandy land survey dated 30 October, 1876. The survey was by the
Court and land was sold afterwards by M O Sherrill. Possibly this land had been
previously sold to Allen Johnson and proceeds given to Marcus, Jane, and
Luther, heirs of John Wesley Bandy.
Harriet Ramsey LYNN
Harriet Lynn first appears in the Will of John Lynn: "One two year old heifer
I will to my Grandaughter Harriett Linn"... 1 October, 1827. Harriet lived with
her Grandparents John and Rachel McElroy Lynn, her Mother Sarah, and her two
Aunts, Mary and Rachel at Lynn Mountain. She would marry John Wesley Bandy in
1846 and John Wesley moved into the Lynn household. A Wedding Bond cannot be
found for the marriage.
On the 14th of July, 1847, Harriet signed an affadavit pertaining to the death
of her Grandmother Rachel McElroy Lynn:
State of Noth Carolina
On this 14th day of July 1847 personally appeared Harriet Bandy before me
Peter Stamey one of the acting Justice of the Peace in and for said County and
after being quailified according to law deposeth an oath and sayeth that of her
personal knowledge that she knew that Rachail Linn died on the 18the day of
February 1843 from this fact that she was living with Mrs Linn and set down the
date of her death in a book at that time whose heirs has made application of a
pension which was due their dec'd Mother.This deponant further sayeth that
there was no physician attended her in sickness or funeral preached. Sworn to
and subscribed before me theis day and date above Written.
P Stamey JP Harriet Bandy(nice signature)
State of North Carolina
I Peter Stamey the Magistrate before whom the above affadavit was proven do
certify that I am personally acquainted with Harriet Bandy and do certify that
she is a lady of good caracter whose veracity cannot be dissented.
Given under my hand and seal this 14th day of July 1847.
P Stamey, JP Seal
Harriet's grave marker was identified by Alice Lynn Baker and Allen Bandy
in their visit to Lynn Mountain in the late 1960's. Unfortunately all of the
markers were removed from the Cemetery by "Grave Robbers"! Harriet must have
known her father who was a Ramsey. Her daughter's death certificate indicated
that she was a Ramsey. In a court land dispute between Henry Lynn and the heirs
of John Wesley Bandy, Harriet is identified as the illegitimate daughter of
Sarah Lynn, sister of Henry.
27. Daniel A LUTZ CSA
Enlisted 15 March, 1862 in Company B, 23rd Regiment of the CSA