Our Bobbitt Family Genealogy
Husband: John Richard BOBBITT (1)
Born: 1725 in Edgecombe Co., now Warren Co., NC
Died: NOV 1791 in Warren Co., NC
Father: William BOBBITT, I
Mother: Amy BENNETT
Wife: Amy ALSTON (2)
Born: 1730 in Bertie Co., NC
Died: 1796 in Warren Co., NC
01 (M): Drury BOBBITT (3)
Born: 1744 in NC
Died: 1824 in Moore Co., NC
Spouses: Elizabeth HARRIS
02 (F): Winney BOBBITT (4)
Born: 1746 in NC
Spouses: John GOLIGHTLY
03 (M): Stephen J BOBBITT (5)
Born: 1747 in NC
Died: UNKNOWN in Warren Co., NC
Spouses: Celah HARRIS
04 (M): John BOBBITT, Jr. (6)
Born: 1749 in NC
Died: 1824 in Warren Co., KY
Spouses: Sarah Jones WILLIAMS
05 (M): Alston BOBBITT (7)
Born: 1752 in NC
Died: before 1789
Spouses: Mary SAULS
06 (M): Isham (Ishmail) BOBBITT (8)
Born: 03 MAR 1754 in Granville Co. now Warren Co., NC
Died: 06 MAR 1836 in Morgan Co., IL (9)
Spouses: Elizabeth JAMES
07 (M): Randolph BOBBITT (10)
Born: 1755 in NC
Spouses: Elizabeth HARRIS
08 (F): Sally BOBBITT (11)
Born: 1758 in NC
Spouses: James DEARDEN
09 (M): William BOBBITT, Sr. (12)
Died: 1839 in South Carolina
Spouses: Susannah JAMES
10 (F): Amy BOBBITT (13)
Spouses: George JAMES
John Richard BOBBITT:
Occupation: Tobacco FarmerNotes:Will Recorded Warren Co. NC 7 Dec 1789:
"I lend to my son, Isham Bobbit, during his life, two negores, Alice and Abbey, and at his decease, the said negroes with their increase to be equally divided between all of his children and their representative."
WILL OF JOHN BOBBITT - 1789 - WARREN COUNTY, N. C.
One of the best examples of any early will in North Carolina is the will of John Bobbitt written on December 7, 1789 and recorded in Warren County in Will Book 6, page 54.
The will names all of his children and two grand-children who were living at the time the will was written. The daughters are all mentioned by their given names and the surnames of their husbands. The will is so important to the genealogy and history of the Bobbitt family in North Carolina that it is copied here exactly as the original.
IN THE NAME OF GOD, AMEN:
I, John Bobbitt of Warren County, being sick and old, but of sound mind, and calling to mind, the manifold blessings that Bountiful Providence has bestowed on me, and that it is appointed to all men, once to die.
I do make and ordain this to be my last will and testament in manner and form following, and after recommending my soul to God, who gave it me, and my body to be decently buried at the discretion of my executors and friends. I would next indeavour to dispose of what little worldly property it hath pleased the Almighty God to bless me with.
I give or rather lend, to my wife Amy Bobbitt, during her natural life, the following negroes. Namely: Roger and Pheby and at the death of my beloved wife, Roger is to pass and go to my son Drury Bobbitt and his heirs, and the negro girl Pheby, with her increase, to be equally divided between my two grand-children now living with me, to witt: Lewis and John, sons of Randolph Bobbitt. I also lend to my beloved wife, two feather beds and furniture, one of which, at her death, is to go to my son Isham, and the other of them, that she chooses to give it to, as also to have nine head of the choice of my stock of cattle, with a yoke of oxon, for the use of the plantation together with the use of all the house and kitchen furniture, and at her decease to be equally divided amongst all my children and their representatives. Also one bay mare, also one third part of all my stock of hogs and sheep and together with the house I now live in and any part of my land that she may think fit to live on during her natural life.
I give to my son Drury Bobbitt five pounds in money.
I give to my son, John Bobbitt one negro man, now in his care, which I formerly lent him and twenty shillings in money.
I give to my daughter, Sally Dardin, one negro boy, now in her care, named Warren.
I give to my daughter Winney Golightly, two negroes, Nancy and Paster, with their increase, to her and her heirs forever.
I give to my son, Stephen Bobbitt, one negro fellow called Lem, now in his possession and five cows and calves.
I lend to my son, Isham Bobbitt, during his life, two negroes, Alice and Abbey and at his decease the said negroes with their increase to be equally divided between all of his children and their representatives.
I give to my daughter, Amy James, during her life one negro, Violet and at her decease to go to her son Willie James.
I give to my son, William Bobbitt, one negro man by the name of Okey, together with a parcel of land adjoining him above my old line to the mill path, supposed to be about fifty acres.
I give and bequeath to my son Randolph Bobbitt, all that tract of land, I live on, after the use, lent to his mother, supposed to be about three hundred acres and about fifty acres of pine woods. Also one negro fellow named Jesse, also one sorrell horse, five cows and calves, and two other young cattle of his choice, and one bed and furniture, and all the residue of my estate, hogs and cattle not herein given away, to be sold and the money to be equally divided amongst all my children, and lastly I appoint my two sons, Drury and Stephen to be my executors of this my last will and testament, in witness whereof, I have set my hand and seal this SEVENTH DAY OF DECEMBER 1789.
Signed in presence of: Wm. Johnson, Jurat
Benj. Kimball Junior, Jurat
February 10, 1791 Warren County Court, November 1791, This last will and testament of John Bobbitt, deceased, was presented in court and proved by the oaths of William Johnson and Benjamin Kimbell, justified and ordered to be recorded and Drury Bobbitt and Stephen Bobbitt, the executors named in the said will, qualified
Nov 11 1743 - "At a council held at Edenton, was read the following petitions for grants for land patents: Namely......John Bobbitt, 400 acres in Edgecombe County (NC).
In 1743 for John Bobbitt to make a petition for a land grant he had to be at least 17 years of age. If he was born in 1725 he would have been 18 years of age in 1743.
August 2, 1744 - "John Tompkins of South Carolina to Richard Bennett of Edgecombe County for 180 acres of land on North prong of Buffaloe Branc....Witnesses: William Bobbitt Junior, Charles Tomson (Edgecombe County records in Halifax County, Book 5, page 334.)"
Sept. 21, 1751: "Montford Ealbeck of Edgecombe County to John Corlew of North Carolina, 637 acres of land joining.....JOHN BOBBITT (Edgecombe County records int he records of Halifax County, Book 4, page 207)"
This land was eventually land that was in the Counties of Granville, Bute, and Warren Counties NC.
Sept. 11, 1755: "Survey for John Bobbitt of 125 acres of land in Granville County on both sides of the Great Branch of Little Fishing Creek. By Thos. Haywood, Surveyor" Witnesses: Thos. Williams, Chas. Carr.
Also in the NC State Archives is the original land grant to John Bobbitt of 175 acres of land and the description of the land is clearly in Warren County of the present time.
March 11, 1760: - John Earl of Granville, Viscount Carteret, and Baron Carteret of Hawness, in the county of Bedford, in the Kingdom of Great Brittain, to John Bobbitt of Granville County, in the Province of North Carolina, Planter....The Parish of St. John, 175 acres of land, on both sides of Fishing Creek, the Great Branch, in Thomas Williams line.
In 1765 John Bobbitt was the highest bidder for 295 acres of land at a sale held by William Johnson, sheriff of the county. John purchased this land on March 20, 1765 and sold the same land and the same number of acres on July 16, 1767 to Peter Smart. Drury the son of John, was old enough to be witness.
On Jan 8, 1772 John Bobbitt Senior purchased 100 acres of land from Wm. Davis, Jr. Apparently this land was for his son John Bobbitt, Junir who was under age. John, Jr. sold this land on May 11, 1778.
John deeded land to his son 29 Apr 1786, recorded in Warren County Book 9, p 2.
In the taxable year of 1790, John and his four older sons owned ten percent of the taxable property for that year. John was considered as the fourth wealthiest "planter" in his taxable district.
From the Blackard Mail List on Rootsweb:
The following Bute County NC deed mentions Joseph Green and give fairly
precise locations and the 1767 deed says specifically that he owned
1767 (Bute is by Granville County)
DB-2, page 42. 16 July 1767. JOHN BOB(B)ITT,SR. to PETER SMART, both of Bute
Co. llO Pds. Va. money for 295 A. in Bute Co. on Reedy Branch & Rocky
Branch, adj. JOSEPH GREEN, DANIEL, & FRANCIS ACOCK, exclusive of 2 A. about
the Baptist Meeting House & Spring which is laid off & a line Round it,
beginning at the mouth of sd. Spring Gutt & up the same, including sd.
Spring house &Bridge across the Reedy Branch. Wit: JOSEPH GREEN, DRURY
BOBBITT. Proved by DRURY BOBBIT, Bute February Court 1768, BEN McCULLOCH,
C.C. Reg: 21 June 1768, by WILLIAM JOHNSON, P.R.
Amy ALSTON:Notes:From The Bobbitt Family of American by John W. Bobbitt, 1985:
Settlement of Amy's estate on March 2, 1796 by Drury Bobbitt and Stephen Bobbitt the appointed executors of the will fo John Bobbitt. The settlemen was recorded in Warren County, Book 9, p 53.
"Sale of the estate of John Bobbit, deceased, will to his wife Amy, at her decease, by Drury Bobbitt and Stephen Bobbitt, executors. Names of purchasers at the sale: Drury Bobbitt, Stephen Bobbit, John, Randolph and William Bobbitt, John Bobbitt, Senior, and others"
Married: 1743, Warren Co., NC
- The Bobbitt Family in America by John W. Bobbitt - 1985.
- Chapin Cemetery Tombstone Inscriptions.
- The Bobbitt Family in America by John W. Bobbitt - 1985.
As with any research or transcribed records, errors could have been made. Please contact the
author if verification of errors can be proved.
Revised: April 29, 2004
Copyright © 2004 Mary Ann Kaylor. All rights reserved.