Richard Bandy Land Records




Richard Bandy Will

The July 21, 1795, Botetourt County, VA, will written by Richard Bandy, was probated in Botetourt County Court in the September, 1795, session. This will reads as follows[3]:

"In the name of God, amen. I Richard Bandy of the County of Botetourt and State of Virginia being afflicted in body by sickness but of sound mind and memory and calling to mind the mortality of mankind knowing that it is appointed for all men to die; do make and ordain this my last will and testament. Principally and first of all I recommend my soul to God who gave it in hopes of receiving the same again to be Reunited to this my fail[?] body at the full resurrection. By the almighty power of God and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life; I give demise and dispose of the same in the following manner of our impremise[?]. It is my will and desire that all my just debts and funeral expenses are to be paid out of my personal estate by my Executors hereafter to be named. Then it is my further will and desire that the balance of my personal estate be sold and equally divided Between my following children and my wife Lucy Bandy that is to say Between Thomas Bandy, Richard Bandy, John Bandy, George Bandy, Mary Lewis wife of Thomas Lewis, Eliza widow and relect of Equalla Greer, Sarah wife of Benjamin Jordan, Katy Bandy an infant, Henry Bandy son of Ann Bandy now wife of James Neighbors and my widow Lucy Bandy. Then it is also my will that the land I now live on shall be rented out by my executors during my wife's widowhood excepting to my said widow the house where I live together with such a piece of land thereto adjoining as may best suit her for a garden and excepting two acres which rent I allow to my said widow the one half thereof during the time she remains my widow and at that period I allow the land to be sold and the money arising from the sale therof to be equally divided between my children above mentioned and also an equal part to my grandson Henry Bandy. It is my will that my executors do annually give to my said widow her part of the rent aforesaid for the support of her and my child and if at any time my said widow shall consent to have the aforesaid land sold, I hereby vest my said executors with full power and authority to sell and dispose of the same and to make titles in fee simple to the purchasor or purchasors for the same and I do appoint my sons Thomas Bandy and Richard Bandy the sole executors of this my last will and testament and I do hereby utterly disallow revoke and disannul all former wills by me in any ways made Ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament. In testimony whereof I do hereunto set my hand and seal this 21st day of July 179five.
"Signed and acknowledged in the presence of:
James Mason
Richard his(C)mark Bandy Richard his(X)mark[4] Bandy (seal)
Thomas Bandy

Richard Bandy Estate

There is a listing of the inventory of 1795 Richard's personal property made in appraising his estate[5].

The values in the right hand column in the inventory list which follows are pounds, shillings and pence. These values add up to a total of 143 pounds, 18 shillings and 6 pence.

"One negroe winch Jenny 15. 0. 0
One bay mare 15. 0. 0
One old saddle and bridle 1. 0. 0
One ax and one hoe 0. 9. 0
One small jug and a pair of sheep shears 0. 4. 0
Seven sheep 2. 2. 0
One Black sow 1. 0. 0
Three barrows [castrated hogs],
one black and two sandy 1.10. 0
One pair velvet breaches 1. 3. 0
One velvet jacket 0.15. 0
One coat 2.15. 0
One pair leather breaches 0. 5. 0
One cotton Jacket 0. 7. 0
One bond payable in common trade
in the amount 40. 0. 0
Five hogs at 15 [shillings] per hog 3.15. 0
Four small hogs at 10 [shillings] per hog 2. 0. 0
Two trowel hoes 0. 6. 0
One round cleves and one gyg [gig?] 0. 3. 0
One black mare 9. 0. 0
One bell cow 3. 0. 0
Three young cows, two red, one dark 9. 0. 0
One brown heifer 1.11. 0
One muly [hornless] bull calf 0. 8. 0
One heifer calf 0. 6. 0
One ax, one sprouting hoe, one weeding hoe 0.10. 0
One red yearling bull 0.12. 0
One brier[?] scythe and hangings 0. 2. 0
One large iron pott 0.15. 6
One dutch oven 0.12. 0
One smoothing iron 0. 2. 6
Two large dishes, four plates,
two basons, three spoons 1. 2. 6
Two pailes 0. 2. 6
One churn 0. 3. 0
One washing tub 0. 2. 6
One table 0. 0. 6
One chest 0. 3. 0
Three bells 0. 3. 0
One gun 0.15. 0
One bedstead with bed and furniture 1. 8. 0
One musket 0.15. 0
One dough chest, old saddle bags,
cag[keg?] and hackle [rooster or cock
feathers?] 0. 6. 0
One black stray mare 4. 0. 0
Two old hogsheads 0. 8. 0
One pair cotton cards and one pair wool cards
[brushes to disentangle fibers] 0. 7. 6
One small decanter 0. 2. 6
One iron wedge 0. 3. 0
Four hogs 2.15. 0
Nine barrels of corn 4.10. 0
Two barrels and a half of nubings 0.12. 6
Two small sides of leather 0.11. 0
About fifty dozen of oats 3.15. 0
Rent corn by James Gowen 8. 0. 0
Sam Crawford )
Abram Howell ) Appraisers
John Brooks )
"At December Botetourt Court 1795:

This inventory and appraisement of the estate of Richard Bandy deceased returned to court and ordered to be recorded."
The value of Richard's land ownership and rental income brought the total estate value to slightly over 298 pounds on October 6, 1808[6].

Settlement of Richard's estate
Co-executor Thomas seemed to do most of the settling of the estate. Points of interest are:

On February 20, 1800, legatees Richard Bandy, John Bandy, Elizabeth Greer, George Bandy, Thomas Lewis, Thomas Bandy, and Sarah Jordan all got partial settlements of 7 pounds, 11 shillings and 7 pence each. Widow Lucy got 21.2.7 at this time.

By February 20, 1800, the estate had received 125 pounds for the sale of 125 acres of land. It is interesting that we could find no record in Botetourt land transactions for a sale, by Richard's estate, that matched this size and/or price.

The 100 pounds Thomas presumably paid the estate for the 254 acres he bought on September 8, 1801[8], never shows up in the estate's receipts. Maybe this sale and the one in point 2 above are the same and the estate and land records do not agree as to price and size.

On October 6, 1808, legatees Thomas Bandy, Richard Bandy, Elizabeth Greer and Sarah Jordan each received 10.9.3 more.

The balance in the estate after the October 6, 1808, disbursements is 66.9.6.

No further record of the estate's settlement could be found.

The records do not show that John Bandy, George Bandy and Thomas Lewis got their second portion or that Katy and Henry got anything. Does this mean the latter two were still minors in 1808? If second payments of 10.9.3 were made to John, George and Lewis and total payments of 18.0.10 to Katy and Henry, this would add up to 67.9.5. This compares fairly closely with the October 6, 1808, balance of 66.9.6.

Richard C Bandy's Will

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."

Richard C. Bandy Inventory

"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.