The Bobbitt Family In America

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WILLIAM BOBBITT       1794 - 1857      Son of William and Susannah Bobbitt


William Bobbitt was born in Warren County, North Carolina in 1794 on 200 acres of land that was given to his father by his grandfather, John Richard Bobbitt of Warren County. William was the fifth son and seventh child of William and Susannah James Bobbitt. His father was a soldier of the American Revolution.

In the year of 1800 William Bobbitt Senior moved to Spartanburg, South Carolina where he joined the family of his brother, Isham Bobbitt. Isham Bobbitt's wife, Elizabeth James Bobbitt was a sister to William Bobbitt's wife, Susannah James Bobbitt. The children of the two families were double first cousins. Isham and most of his family moved from South Carolina to Christian County Kentucky in 1803.

The census record that best represents the family of William and Susannah Bobbitt was made in Chester County, South Carolina in 1810. 

William Bobbitt: 

1 male under 10 (1800-1810)                        2 females 10 16 (1794-1800) 

1 male 10 16 (1794-1800)                             1 female 16 26 (1784-1794) 

3 males 16 20* (1784-1794)                          1 female 26 45 (1765-1784)

1 male 45 & over ( -1765)

By the year of 1820, William and Susannah were living in York County, South Carolina. Two of their sons, William Junior and Lemuel were living in Lancaster County. William Junior was married and listed with his wife and family in Lancaster County, in the census of 1820.

William Bobbitt (Junior) 

1 male under 10 (1810-1820)         1 female 16 - 26 (1794-1804) 

1 male 26 - 45 (1775-1794)

South Carolina did not make or record marriage licenses, so we do not have the maiden name of the woman William Junior married. We know from various names in the family that her first name was Margaret and that her maiden name was likely Pressly or Bartus. Both are frequent family names in this area of South Carolina, and both names were used as given names for the children of William Bobbitt.

When William Bobbitt Senior signed for his military pension, he signed his name with Bobbitt spelled as "BOBBITT". Three of his sons who made their homes in various places spelled their names as Bobitt or Bobit. The English spelling of the name was more frequently spelled "BOBET" and is spelled that way in early records of Virginia.

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