The Bobbitt Family In America

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RANDOLPH BOBBITT       1769 - 1819      Son of William and Lucy Bobbitt

Randolph Bobbitt was born in 1772 in Bedford County Virginia. His father was William Bobbitt brother of James Bobbitt of Pittsylvania County, Virginia. His mother was Lucy Leftwich, a daughter of William Leftwich of Bedford County.

William Bobbitt the father of William and Randolph Bobbitt and apparently the only sons of William and Lucy Bobbitt, died in 1771 in Bedford County.

The Leftwich family were wealthy and large landowners of the county. They were Quakers and are believed to have migrated to Bedford County from Pennsylvania. There are several deeds recorded in 1788 in Bedford County which tell the story of the family.

Jan. 28, 1788 To William Bobbitt of Bedford County from William Leftwich, 259 acres on Mobley Creek in Bedford County.

There was no payment required for this grant of land but was deeded "out of the love and affection I have for William Bobbitt". This is obviously a deed of a grandfather deeding land as a gift to a grandson who had taken over as head of household, cared for the welfare of his mother, brother, and sisters. Randolph Bobbitt was only three years of age when his father died, whereas we believe that William was 19 years of age in 1788.

Jul. 8, 1788 William Bobbitt to Lucy Bobbitt both of Bedford County, 106 acres of land at the head of Mobley Creek. Bedford County, deed book 8, page 91.

Women were never or rarely involved in anything legal. Here William Bobbitt son of Lucy Bobbitt is deeding some of the land his grandfather gave him to his mother, for the purpose of allowing his mother to leave land to her youngest son, Randolph, who was not previously old enough to inherit or purchase land.

Jul. 19, 1788 In the name of God, Amen: I Lucy Bobbett of Bedford County, being in perfect health and understanding do constitute this my last will and Testament. I give, secure, and bequeath unto my youngest son, Randolph, one hundred acres of land, more or less, joining, Stephen William Bobbett, Francis Dickinson, and Guy Smith, also five head of cattle, ten head of hogs, one large pot, and working tools, also the crop now growing, after all my just debts are paid. I do constitute John Phelps and Stephen Preston, Executors of this my last will and testament. Given under my hand and seal this 19th day of July 1788. 

                                                                         LUCY X BOBBETT 

Teste: Joel Preston, William Bobbett, Thomas Phelps.

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