Family # 359, counted July 4, 1860
Rufus Bobbitt 34 (1826) Virginia
Elizabeth Bobbitt 35 (1827) Virginia
Joanna S. Bobbitt 13 (1847) Virginia
Matilda J. Bobbitt 11 (1849) Virginia
John W. Bobbitt 10 (1850) Virginia
Martha Bobbitt 9 (1851) Virginia
Alexander W. Bobbitt 7 (1853) Virginia
Elijah Bobbitt 5 (1855) Virginia
Nannie B. Bobbitt 1 (1859) Virginia
Lidia Ann Bobbitt 1 (1859) Virginia
Family # 354, counted July 4, 1860
James (Hill) Bobbitt 32 (1828) Virginia
Ruth S. Bobbitt 33 (1827) Virginia
Virginia Bobbitt 5 (1855) Virginia
Sarah Bobbitt 1 (1859) Virginia
In 1864 the first child of Rufus and Mary Elizabeth Bobbitt died. Joanna Susan Bobbitt was buried on a rolling hill to the left of the house, just above a ravine headed by a spring that the family used for their daily water. In this same cemetery was buried the first child that died, Charles Dowtain Bobbitt who died in 1856. Joanna Susan Bobbitt was their first born child.
In 1865, Mary Elizabeth (Williams) Bobbitt died of a lung disease. She was buried in the family cemetery near the house, where her children were buried. In 1867 the second born child, of Rufus and Mary Elizabeth Bobbitt, Matilda Irene Bobbitt, died.
When Mary Elizabeth died, her mother was living in Gallipolis, Ohio. The news of Mary Elizabeth's death was sent to her mother, by a post rider. She was asked to come to the Bobbitt home to care for her grandchildren. Matilda (McCoy) Williams, who was 57 years of age at the time, rode on horseback, alone, on the journey which took three days and nights. She stayed with the Bobbitt family until Rufus Bobbitt married Jane Herold on May 13, 1867. According to county records, Mary Elizabeth died on October 8, 1865, Matilda Bobbitt died on April 13, 1867, and Rufus remarried on May 13, 1867.
Jane Herold was a widow. Her maiden name was Groves. She was the daughter of Alexander and Lydia Groves of Nicholas County. She was born in 1840. She was an heir of John Rader and was a woman of considerable wealth. Rufus Bobbitt had a family of eight children who were entitled to his wealth. Jane and Rufus made a legal agreement not to inherit the wealth of the other in case of their decease.