The Bobbitt Family In America

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Son of William Bobbitt from Wales

The laws of primogeniture used in England were also used in the English colonies. These laws gave the first born son, the right to hold or inherit all the real property of his father. The will of every man with a son had to be written with generous gifts to the eldest son or the will could be contested in court.

William Bobbitt Junior inherited the land of his father. The 95 acres that was first granted to William Bobbitt Senior on October 27, 1673 was left by law to his first born son, William Bobbitt Junior. The 95 acres of land was sold by William Bobbitt Junior to John Peterson in 1711. The money received for the sale was used to purchase additional land with surveys that were recorded in Prince George County.

June 1, 1712 "Surveyed for William Bobbitt of Prince George County, a tract of land on the south side of Jones Hole Swamp, in Prince George County, 90 acres of land. Surveyed by Robert Bolling."

December 6, 1718."Surveyed for William Bobbitt of Prince George County, a tract of land, on the left side of Rocky Run, 254 acres. Surveyed by Robert Bolling."

Robert Bolling and his family are frequently mentioned in the records and history of Prince George County, from 1661 to 1798. The Bolling family name is found in the same locations and among the records of the Bobbitt family. The land granted to John Bobbitt of Sussex County, adjoins the land of Robert Bolling in 1798, and was described in the land transfer from Joel Newman to John Bobbitt.

William Bobbitt Junior was the eldest son of William Bobbitt Senior, from Wales. He was a brother of John Bobbitt of Chowan Precinct in North Carolina. He was a brother of James Bobbitt of Hanover County, Virginia.

William Bobbitt Junior married Mary Green, who was a sister of Sarah Green, the wife of John Bobbitt of Chowan. William Bobbitt born in 1675 married in 1695, and died in 1738. His children would have been born between 1695 and 1725. It is evident that he lived his entire life in Prince George County. He was a tobacco farmer, a law abiding citizen, and a member of the established Church of England. He had at least three sons and probably several daughters.

Our studies name the three sons as William Bobbitt Junior, (III) Lewis Bobbitt, and James Bobbitt. All three are named and logically placed by the records of the period.

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