early US references to Richard and Contemporaries

supplied by Maurice and Marcy Bandy

1753 The will of William Moss witnessed by Elizabeth Bandy
The Bandy family seems to be in Cumberland County by September 30, 1753 when the will of William Moss was witnessed by Elizabeth Bandy, who signed with a mark of the upper half of a circle, which is the mark of the spinster Elizabeth. (Elizabeth Cardwell, wife of Richard Bandy, signed her documents with an X.)  The logical assumption is that this Elizabeth was the sister of Richard, but it has not been proved.

1755 Thomas and George are ordered bound out
Also as has been mentioned else in August of 1755 Thomas and George are ordered bound out. They are given as the sons of (?? Avy/Arey/Amy??) and their ages are about that of the elder children of Richard, so we have assumed they are nephews of Richard. We do not know what happened to that Thomas, but George follows our Richard to Bedford/Roanoke Co. in southwest Virginia and goes on the North Carolina. This George has been confused with George, son of Richard, but is clearly distinct.

1756 Elizabeth Bandy vs William Moss
In 1756 Elizabeth Bandy sued William Moss the younger for ?breach of promise? It was granted for 50 pounds money or 1075 pounds of tobacco.

June Court, 1756 Cumberland County, Order Book 2, page 409. It continues on page 424, and then June 1759, order book 3, page 81.
It would be a good guess but unproven that she was the sister of 1795 Richard. Richard Bandy and his wife Elizabeth appeared in this suit, so we know that they were married by 1756. The case was still going in 1759, but what happened to her after that ? William Moss the younger did not marry her as he had died before 1759.

1788 Obediah Henry Trent vs Richard Bandy
"November Court 1788, Franklin County Virginia - Obediah Henry Trent vs Richard Bandy. Verdict returned for the Plaintif of 1816 pounds 18 shillings 11 pence damages and judgement accordingly" 

from Marshall Winfield "An Old Virginia Court" published by the West Tennessee Historical Society, Memphis 1948 page 294.
If true, this is a very spectacular amount of money in that time. Either Richard was extremely rich, or the court was really angry. At any rate it does add mud to the water. We also have never found any records mentioning Jane Cummings before 1800.

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