William Bobbet, The Immigrant, Sources and Explanations


Marsha Berry

Updated April 12, 2005

Information found at Ancestry.com


  • ID: I3659
  • Name: William BOBBET [Senior]
  • Surname: BOBBET
  • Given Name: William
  • NSFX: [Senior]
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 12 Aug 1647 in Saint Mary,Woodbridge,Suffolk,England
  • Christening: 12 Aug 1647 Saint Mary,Woodbridge,Suffolk,England
  • Death: AFT 18 Jun 1712 in Bristol Parish, Prince George near Dinwiddie border,Virginia,USA
  • Burial: AFT 18 Jun 1712 Ferry Chapel S. of Petersburg, Bristol Parish, Dinwiddlie & Prince George border,Virginia,USA
  • LDS Baptism: 12 Mar 1985 Temple: JRIVE
  • Endowment: 12 Mar 1985 Temple: JRIVE
  • _UID: B5FFD09A6F221344A0FB2349BC4A4B81DF40
  • Sealing Child: 15 May 1985 Temple: JRIVE
  • Note:

    William Bobbet
    Christening: 12 Aug 1647
    Saint Mary, Woodbridge, Suffolk, England
    Parents: William Bobbet
    Mother: Francisee
    Message: Extracted birth or christening record
    Parish registers, 1545-1910 Church of England. Parish Church of Woodbridge

    Burial: Ferry Chapel South of Petersburg, Bristol Parish, Prince George County,

    Ferry Chapel
    The Vestry Book and Register of Bristol Parish, Virginia

    William Bobbet sold 95 acres of his land granted to him on 27 October 1673
    near the present day town of Hopewell in the seaport town of City Point which is
    now extinct and made this sale on 12 May 1703. William Bobbet lived on that
    one acre of land until the time was right and he bought land on 18 June 1712
    south of the present day town of Petersburg, Virginia.
    Note: Hopewell and Petersburg are about 20 miles apart, a little more than a day's ride
    on a horse. Then it is another 11 miles from Petersburg to Jones Hole Swamp south of
    today's Templeton.

    William Bobbet purchased 90 acres of land on 18 June 1712 South Side of Jones Hole
    Swamp in Prince George County, Virginia. As William Bobbet is buried south of today's
    Petersburg, Virginia, then he died after his land purchase in 1712 as this land went to his
    son William Bobbet Junior in 1712 and his son WIlliam Bobbet Junior sold the land and
    purchased land in Rocky Run in 1718 and 1725.

    Survey for William Bobbet
    18 June 1712
    Prince George County, Virginia
    90 acres on South Side of Jones Hole Swamp
    Prince George County Virginia Surveys 1716-1724, page 2
    Note: Jones Hole Swamp is 20 miles East of Rocky Run and
    a few miles south of Templeton, Virginia.

    According to the Cash/Malone/Wynne Genealogy:
    "Her father Thomas Wynne gave the couple 98 acres "on ye south side of Jones Hole
    Swamp." In those days "swamp" meant an area around a slow-moving stream. It was
    a valuable piece of land."

    Survey for William Bobbit
    5 Dec 1718
    on West Side of Rocky Run
    Prince George County Virginia Surveys 1710-1726, page 3
    Note: Rocky Run is near today's town of Dinwiddlie, Virginia

    Survey for William Bobbitt
    17 Aug 1725
    Prince George County Virginia
    254 acres on the West Side of Rocky Run
    Land Office Patients No. 12, 1724-1726, p. 278 [Reel 11]

    Virginia County Boundary Changes:
    1643-1701 Henrico, then Charles City, then Prince George County

    William Bobbet's son William Bobbitt Junior
    1712 - guarantee to receive his father's land near Jones Hole Swamp come time his
    father's passing
    1718 - purchased land near Rocky Run
    1725 - purchased land near Rocky Run

    William Bobbet's son John [of Chowan] Bobbitt
    1718 - received land in North Carolina

    William Bobbet's son John [of Chowan] Bobbitt
    North Carolina Archives
    Chowan County, North Carolina Cross Index to Deeds - Grantees
    1696 -1878 Vol. B, Page 643
    State Archives
    Raleigh, North Carolina

    Transaction: Deed of gift
    1st Grantee Last Name: Bobbett
    1st Grantee First Name: John
    Grantor First Name: Jon
    Grantor Last Name: Owen
    Year: 1718
    Note: The above can be seen on RootsWeb.com

    Note: There are those who theorize that Wiliam Bobbit and his wife were married in
    Glamorgan, Wales, but, there are no Bobbit or Sturdivant entries on the Glamorgan
    pre-1837 Marriage Index.

    "There are no Bobbitt or Sturdivant entries on the Glamorgan pre-1837 Marriage
    Index," Source: John Garath of the South/West Wales Look-up Exchange,
    Glamorgan-L Archives, RootsWeb.com

    William Bobbet's handwritten Land Grant on THE LIBRARY OF VIRGINIA:


    To all & c: Wheras & c: Now know ye that by said Sir Wiliam Berkeley Knit
    [Knight] Goverr [Governor] & c: Give and Grant [Grants] unto the said William
    Bobbett a divident of Land conteynning [containing] ninety six acres three rods
    24 po [poles]: on the said south side & off [of the] Appomattox River in Charles
    City County extending as fflolloweth [follows] - 1 br [branch] beginning at a point
    of a hickory nigh Mo [Mr] Whittington his line and runnig no. [north]: said line;
    1/3 said line: 200 poles along maire [mayor or major] Cooper his line to a
    corner: Continuring said same coursse [course] 40 po [poles]: to a small red
    oake nigh said Cattale [Cattail] Stream along the line: by 80: 80 po [poles]: to
    a valley to a white oake &c marked four waise [ways], 80 degrees; 56 po [poles]:
    to Mr. Whittington his line then up his line ne [northeast]: by 80: 296 po [poles];
    no [north]: 6 po [poles], to said place aforementioned the said' Land due by
    and for ye transportation of two p'sons [persons] into this Colony to have and to
    hold &c: to be held &c: yielding and payding [paying] &c: provided &c; Dated
    this said 27th day of October 1673.
    John Leader and Richard Tonstall

    Francis Whittington, 1200 asc., Chas. City Co., S. side of Appomattox Riv.,
    at the head of Baylye's Cr., 30 Oct 1673, p. 484, 900 acs. granted Tho. &
    Henry Battes, who sold sd. Whittington; 300 acs. for trans. of 6 pers.:
    Barth. Batts, Jno. Cumber, Robt. Mevill, Jno. Collins, Mary Mahanes,
    Eliz. Wood.
    Source: Book: Cavaliers and Pioneers, Abstracts of Virginia Patients and
    Grants, Vol. II: 1666-1695, by Nell Marion Nugent, page 136.

    The Library of Virginia, Land Office Grants
    Whittington, Francis
    29 Jul 1650
    Grantee[s]: Yarrett, William; and Francis Whittington
    Decription: 580 acres
    Source: Land Office Patients No. 2, 1643-1651, p. 216 [Reel 2]

    27 Oct 1673 - William Bobbett
    30 Oct 1673 - Francis Whittington
    Why was Francis Whittington on William Bobbet's land grant 3 days before
    he had his own land grant on 30 October?
    Some land grants were prearranged for being recorded on a certain date. Such
    may be the case here, as William Bobbet would have needed to prearrange for
    this to be taken care of before his departure on the ship "Martha" from England.
    And, it is believed that Francis Whittington was the person to make arrangements
    in Virginia.

    John Leader's surname is Leader and nothing else. John Leader and Richard
    Tonstall were the 2 persons transported from England to Virginia around 1673.

    John Leader chr 21 May 1653 Saint Giles Cripplegate, London, London,
    Father: John Leader
    Message: Extracted birth or christening record
    Parish registers of St. Giles Cripplegate Church [London, 1559-1936
    Church of England, St. Giles Cripplegate Chuch [London]

    John Leader's relative William Leader came on the ship "Martha" to Virginia
    in 1677 to join John Leader in Virginia and other areas. Another person on
    the ship "Martha" in 1677 was Samuel Oldale who was born in England
    around 1640.
    Source: Leader and Oldale genealogy

    William Leader chr Jul 1643 St. Botolph Without Aldgate, London, London,
    Father: William Leader
    Mother: Dorethie
    Message: Extracted birth or christening record
    Parish registers of St. Botolph Aldgate, 1558-1945 Church of England. St.
    Botolph Aldgate [London]

    Richard Tonstall chr 26 Jan 1644 Rystone, Yorkshire, England
    Father: William Tonstall
    The registers of Fartham, Yorkshire, 1569-1812

    William Bobbett's 1673 Land Grant was written up in England and
    then was copied in Virginia.

    Even though George Cabell Greer's book: Early Virginia immigrants
    1623-1666, does not include the years 1673 and 1674, in the
    outline Virginia Help List, William Mecham said:
    "This is an alpabetical listing of ca. 20, 000 immigrants with the following
    information: name of immigrant, date [probably the year in which "headright"
    was claimed, rather than the immigrant's arrival date in Virginia, name of
    patentee or other party importing the immigrant, county. Rarely, these is other
    information, such as "his wife."

    "To have and to hold" in the land grant does not refer to a wife. It means that
    if William Bobbett does not marry and have heirs, his land goes back to the
    King of England who ownes the land in Virginia. William Bobbett did marry his
    neighbor's daughter and had 3 sons.

    Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500's to 1900's (see footnote)
    Name: Wm. Bobett
    Year: 1674
    Place: Virginia
    Source: Cavaliers and Pioneers, Abstracts of Virginia Land Patients
    and Grants, Vol. 2: 1666-1695, Indexed by Claudia B. Grundman,
    Richmond, VA: Virginia State Library, 1977, 609 p., by Nell Marion
    Nugent, Page: 146.

    Land Patient books provide the date of the patient, number of acres
    of land granted, general location of the land, and when granted on a
    headright basis, the individual names of the headrights/persons for
    whom the land was granted.

    Late 1673 and early 1674 Immigration: Ship "Martha" sail to Virginia
    from London, England, stop in Wales
    Wm Bobbett
    Voyage Origins: Felixstowe, Suffolk, England to London, England
    Voyage: London, England to Virginia Colony

    Abraham Wheelock - shipmaster of ships "Martha" and "Good Hope."

    Abraham Wheelock filed a Will Aug 1673, "Being now outwards bound
    on a voyage to the seas and with all considering the dangers hazards..."
    Documents are found in the Public Records Office in London stating
    that Abraham Wheelock was the shipmaster of the "Martha" and the
    "Good Hope." Will probated 11/372, Public Records Office, London,
    Documents E190/59/01 and E190/72/1, Public Records Office, London.

    Only passengers on the flyboat "Martha" in late 1673:
    Wm Bobbet -
    Abraham Estes Indentured to Thoroughgood Keeling, who arranged and
    paid for passage from England to Virginia
    John Skinner -
    Book: Virginia Section - Mesa Regional Family History Center

    John Skinner
    Birth: 23 Jan 1653 Saint Gregory, Sudbury, Suffolk, England
    Father: Richard Skinner
    Mother: Ledea
    Messages: Extracted births and christening record
    Parish Registers, 1652-1872 Church of England, St. Gregory's Church
    [Sudbury, Suffolk]
    Microfilm of originals at the County Records Office, Bury St. Edmunds

    The ship "Martha" had to be a British ship with British crew and passengers.

    "William Berkeley lead the military against the colony's remaining Native Americans.
    He also organized the defence that prevented a Dutch landing on the Virginia coast in
    1673." From Education of the Intenet & Teaching History Outline, Immigration to the USA
    on www.sparticus.schoolnet.co.uk

    Artist Jacob Knyff painted what he saw at the England port in late 1673. The ship, an
    English flyboat, loaded with guns, and a few male passengers, was the ship "Martha."
    Jacob Knyff: 1638 - 1681
    Dock Scene at a British Port by Knyff
    Date: 1673
    Materials: Oil on canvas
    Measurements: Painting 965.2 x 1270 mm

    England and Dutch ships taking on stores or cargo at a port. The activities relating to the
    loading has been closely observed. It has been set in a harbor, with the tower of a gate and
    a quay visable on the right, and the coast in the distance on the left. An England flagship is
    on the right, firing a salute and flying the ensign from the stern carved with the royal coat of
    arms. Beside the quay is an English flyboat that, from her shape, was probably Dutch-built.
    A royal yacht is arriving on the left and this has prompted the firing of the salute. On the
    extreme left is the stern of a Dutch ship. On the quay two bales of stores or goods with clear
    markings have been positioned in the foreground. Men are involved in loading up small
    craft. a horse dragging a barrel on skids to the water's edge and there are several groups of
    gentlemen and women observing the activities. A guard stands outside a sentry box in the

    From 1673 Knyff's output appears to have been mostly British coastal or river scenes, with
    increasing emphasis on accurate and colourful depiction of the great ships of the Stuart
    navy. Although Dutch-born Knyff came to England when Charles II issued a general
    invitation to Dutch artists and craftmen to work in England in 1672. Although the two
    countries were at war, patronage for artists in Holland had diminished and a number
    took advantage of this offer, including the van de Veldes and Knyff.
    Source: National Maritime Museum, London, England

    Cockett's chapter on Jacob Wouterazoon Knyff in "Early Sea Pioneers" contains a list of
    Knyff's 37 paintings, some colour illustrations and a short sketch of Knyff's life and
    background. Jacob Knyff worked and died in England. As Charles II ordered, Knyff's
    paintings must be what he personally witnessed.