1844 Indictment of Rebecca Wooldridge Bandy for Burglary

Since I have featured the criminal records of several other ancestors this month, I thought I would end April with one more discovery.

Andrew Bandy and wife, Rebecca Wooldridge, emigrated from Botetourt County, Virginia to Lawrence County, Ohio between 1825 and 1830. They were the parents of my husband’s 2x great grandmother, Mary Bandy, who married black sheep Isaac Sturgell.

While researching court records of Lawrence County for Sturgells, I checked for Bandys at the same time. I was quite amazed to come across this one page record in the October 1844 term of the  Court of Common Pleas recording the indictment of Rebecca Bandy for burglary:

The image quality isn’t very good and this film hasn’t been digitized. I think this will go on my “to do” list for Salt Lake City, but I was able to transcribe a lot of it:

Wednesday Morning October 9th 1844 Third Day of the Term
The Court ( ) adjournment present the same Judges as yesterday

The State of Ohio
vs.                                                   No. 1 Indict for Burglary
Rebecca Bandy

This day came Samuel M. Browning who prosecutes on behalf of
The State and the said defendant for her own proper person and (there from?) came a Jury to wit Abraham Smith, Alonzo Tolleday, Robert Hall, James Ralston, ____ of the regular _____ and James Beard, Isaiah Crawford, Abraham (Miller?) John Massie, Peter Jones, Samuel Watters, Sylvester M Cown, Peter W. ( ) Caleb Justice (toles?) men who being duly elected tried ( ) the truth to check
the issue joined upon their oaths do say ( ) the jury finds the defendant not guilty as charged in the indictment as charged against her. It is therefore considered that the said defendant go hence thereof without (delay?)

The State of Ohio
vs.                                                  No. 2 Indictment Burglary
Rebecca Bandy

This day came Samuel M. Browning who prosecutes on behalf of
The State and on his suggestion and the court concurring therein directs that a nolle prosequi be entered upon the indictment herein and the said defendant Rebecca Bandy be discharged and go hence thereof without (delay?)

Nowhere have I found any evidence indicating what she was accused of burglarizing.

Looking for Family: Michael and Henry Wancho, d. 1964, Passaic, NJ

These are the last two funeral cards, I think, looking to be returned to family.

Michael and Henry Wancho were father and son and died only four months apart – Michael on 11 May and Henry on 1 September, both in 1964.

Michael Wancho
Michael Wancho, died 11 May 1964

Henry Wancho
Henry Wancho, died 1 September 1964

I recognize the surname “Wancho” as the Americanized spelling of “Vancso,” found in the village church records of Udol, Slovakia. Many villagers emigrated to Passaic between 1890 and 1920.

I can’t find the family in 1940, likely because the name is not indexed correctly, but in 1930, they lived at 52 DeWitt Street, Garfield, NJ. They lived in that house for a long time, because in the early 1960’s, I remember addressing Christmas cards for my grandmother and 52 DeWitt Street was one of the addresses I remember writing.

I am sure there are descendants of this family today, but I long lost touch with them.

If you are part of this Wancho family or know where to get in touch with them, please leave a comment. I would like to return these funeral cards to the family.

Petition of Catharine, widow of Loyalist Robert Carlisle

Technology just keeps getting better and better. For many years, all I knew about Robert and Catharine Carlisle was that he was served with the British during the American Revolution, although I am not sure he was an official “Loyalist” since that implies he lived within the thirteen colonies during the war. I don’t think he moved into the territorial borders of the United States until the 1820’s.

However, Robert Carlisle disappears after the 1830 census of Charlotte, Washington County, Maine. I assumed that he and wife Catharine had both died. Their children were grown and scattered with their own young families.

Not all that long ago, I was browsing through the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, one of my favorite Canadian websites. I found a database called Records of Old Revolutionary Soldiers and Their Widows and decided to browse through it. In the “C” list, I found Robert and Catharine “Carlile” of Charlotte County, New Brunswick, which is where the application was filed.

There are two documents pertaining to Robert and Catharine that have been digitized. The first is an 1840 list of those eligible to petition:

CathCarlisle1840WidowsList
1840 Pension Petition List

The sixth name is that of Catharine Carlile, who filed her petition in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick, Canada.

The second document is priceless, as it gives her age and the death year and place for husband, Robert Carlisle, who left no will or probate.

Here is the transcription of the page, minus a few illegible words:

I Catherine Carlile of the Parish of
Sussex in the County of Kings widow aged eighty
years do swear that in the year one thou
sand eight hundred and thirty-four or
thereabouts I was lawfully married to Robert
Carlile who served as a soldier in the revo-
lutionary war in America That he was at
tached to the Royal Fencibles that
he died at the Town of Charlotte in the
United States of America in the year 1834
That I now reside in Kings County – that
I did actually reside in the Province
at the time of passing an act ( ) in
the second year of the Reign of her
Majesty Queen Victoria ( ) an
Act for the relief of old soldiers of the
Revolutionary War and ( ) Widows D(o)
Atest? I was married to the said Robert Carlile
before the passing of the said act and that
I am ( ) have been for the last
twelve months a widow and in indigent
circumstances having no sufficient
property ( ) from which I can support
or maintain myself and that I have not
(that of my hands?) possess or disposal
Any property in ( ) to receive or provide
( ) by support or maintenance.
Catharine X Carlile
Signed at ( )
The 18th day of August
1840 Before me William Ker J.P.

I knew that Robert served with the Royal Fencible Americans, but further research showed that they were located almost exclusively in Nova Scotia. This fact led me to the premise that while Robert was a loyal subject of the king, he wasn’t technically an American Loyalist.

I now have an 1834 death date for Robert and I know that Catharine didn’t die between 1830 and 1840. She returned to Sussex, the village from which they left to settle in Charlotte, sometime between Robert’s death and 18 August 1840.

I wish her statement about her marriage date was the actual date of her wedding instead of saying that she was married to Robert by the time he died. I also wish she provided a list of her children because I can prove six of her children, but there are seven other Carlisles of the right age to possibly be her children.

Nevertheless, this was a fabulous discovery which wouldn’t have happened if the file hadn’t been digitized.