The Bobbitt Family In America

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[ Page 11 of the book is a copy of the 1673 Land Grant to William Bobbitt.  It is hand written and barely legible.   The software would  not copy the page at all.]You can find this hand written land grant at this address:

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Researched by John W. Bobbitt in 1972

The original of the land grant to William Bobbitt on October 27, 1673 is in the Virginia State Archives in Richmond Virginia. This copy was obtained and reproduced for all those who enjoy their early American heritage from colonial days and the beginnings of our American families. The record is from Land Grants, Book 8, page 481.

Many of the words and phrases in the land grant are abbreviated. Errors made by the scribe are scratched out. Articles and formal phrases are to be understood in the sense of the meaning. There is terminology that is not used by us today. Comparing the writing with other records of the seventeenth century, the meaning is clear.

To all (to whom these presents shall come, greeting in our Lord God everlasting); Whereas (it doth please our Soverign Lord King Charles the Second ); Now, know ye that, I Lord and Governor, William Berkley, (appointed by the King, Governor of this commonwealth etc.); Give, and Grant unto the said WILLIAM BOBBITT, a divident of land, containing ninety six acres, three roods, 24 poles, on the south side of the Appomattox River in Charles City County, extending as followeth. 1, begining at a point of a hickory, near Mr. Whittington, (thence along) his line and running north along said line, by a line, 113 of the said line, 200 poles along major Cooper, thence along his line to a corner continueing by the same course 40 poles to a small red oak near by Cattail branch, thence along the line 80 degrees: 80 poles to a head of a valley, to a white oak marked four ways, 80 degrees; 56 poles to Whittington, thence along his line then 20 poles along his line, northeast; by 80 degrees; 296 poles; north 6 poles; to the place aforementioned. The said land being due by transportation of two persons into this colony, to have and to hold etc. 

Dated on this day, the 27th day of October, 1673. 

Wittnesses: John Leader, Richard Tonstall.


The Government of Great Britain offered to all persons who would go to the Virginia Colony, a land grant of fifty acres per person. The land had to be lived on, and cultivated within three years of the land grant. At this particular time they were also exempted from quit-rents, for a period of seven years. Robert Berkley in 1705 wrote in his "History and Present State of Virginia", Chapter XII, Paragraph 58. "A right is the title any one hath by the Royal Charter, to fifty acres of land in consideration of his personal transportation into that country, to settle, and remain there; by this rule also, a man that removes his family, is entitled to the same number of acres, for his wife, and each of his children."


From this we know that WILLIAM BOBBITT came to the Virginia Colony with his wife, claimed his fifty acres for each, and received 96 acres of his choice. Such grants were given to persons at this time, who had paid their own passage. William and his wife thus began their life and family in the colony in 1673. They had no children at this time or they would have received additional acreage for each child.


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