dateline:  30 Oct 1999

BILLY  BANDY  IN  THE  NAME  FRAME

William "Billy" Bandy (photo right) may have given his name to the Town of Bandy in Virginia according to his great granddaughter Lois Barnett, reports Cheri Robinson. 
William, born in 1816, was married twice, the second time at age 49 to a 17 year old. His first wife was a Harrison. Together with both wives he had 19 children. Not surprisingly many US Bandys trace their descent through Billy!  The town was not known as Bandy until 1901.      It was named after Lois' great grandfather.   Before then the town was known as Christian, Virginia.  The area had a saw mill and weaving company. 
Each Labor Day (early September) the town hosts a picnic celebration. Bandys from as far away as Oregon (on the Pacific coast) gather to discuss genealogy.  
             We hope they contact us!

  William Bandy of Tazewell county, Virginia. 10 Aug. 1816 to 17 Mar. 1890, son of Thomas Bandy and Nancy Peery taken about 1870
William Bandy
10 Aug. 1816 to 17 Mar. 1890

The University of Virginia has a photograph collection from Tazewell county,  The picture above was probably taken between 1880 and 1890, when William was around 70. 


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Have we found Jane Cumming ?
by Cheri Robinson

The book "To Maryland from Overseas"  by Harry Wright lists Jacobite and  Loyalist prisoners sold into white Slavery in Maryland. On the list of Scots on the ship "Johnson" from Liverpool in 1746 are: Jane Cumming and John Brandy.

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2nd Edition Published

The full text of the second edition of Dale Bandy's book "The Bandy Family in Early America" has now been published on the web in both browse and down load versions.   This is a major work on Bandy history, the printed version is over 400 pages and comprises nearly 500,000 words.  
Dale says that the latest edition contains many updates that he received as a result of the first edition appearing on the Bandy.co.uk website.  The latest edition also contains many graphics which were not published earlier


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