The Bobbitt Family In America

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CAPTAIN WILLIAM BOBBITT        1744 - 1817

Son of James and Elizabeth Bobbitt


William Bobbitt was the second son of James and Elizabeth (Dalton) Bobbitt. He was born in 1744 in Prince George County Virginia, in or near the home of his grandfather William Bobbitt.

In 1759 the family of William Bobbitt moved to what at that, time was called Halifax County. In 1767 that section of the county became Pittsylvania County, Virginia. His father, James Bobitt had a plantation on the banks of the Pigg River and Frying Pan Creek. The land and location is easily found in a community called Sandy Level.

The first record of William Bobbitt is recorded in Halifax County, Virginia, on January 6, 1764.

"Timothy Dalton, and Elizabeth his wife, of the County of Bedford, and William Bobbitt of Halifax County, for five shillings, paid by William Bobbitt, for 240 acres of land on the south side of the Pigg River, being land whereon the said William Bobbitt now lives."

The deed was a gift from the maternal grandfather of William Bobbitt. A similar gift was recorded for John Bobbitt, the older brother of William. James Bobbitt, father of John and William died in 1761. His mother, Elizabeth (Dalton) Bobbitt was living with the family of his brother, John Bobbitt.

James Bobbitt, father of William Bobbitt, mentioned his son William Bobbitt, in his will written on March 13, 1761, and recorded in Will Book 0, page 131 of Halifax County, Virginia.

"I give to my son, William Bobbitt, that part of the tract of land, I had of Timothy Dalton, lying on the south side of Pigg River, to him and his heirs and assigns forever, he paying likewise to the said James Bobbitt Junior, the sum of seven pounds ..........

After the death of James Bobbitt Senior, his sons William and James Junior lived together on the above mentioned tract of land. In the tax lists of Pittsylvania County they were taxed as living in the same household. James Junior and William lived closely together until James moved to Pulaski County, Kentucky in 1796. William married Nancy McKenzie and James married Elizabeth McKenzie. The McKenzie women are believed to have been sisters.

William Bobbitt was listed with his brother James Bobbitt in a list of tithables taken in 1767 in Pittsylvania County.

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