James Hill Bobbitt was the eighth son of John and Permelia (Hill) Bobbitt. He was born in Monroe County, Virginia in 1828 not long after the family moved from Rockbridge County to Monroe County where they lived near James Hill Junior, a brother of Permelia Bobbitt. James Hill Bobbitt was named after the father, of Permelia, James Hill Senior of Amherst County, Virginia. James Hill Senior was a sergeant in the Revolutionary War. He died in 1831 in Amherst County.
James Hill Bobbitt married Ruth Sabina Beard on July 31, 1857 in Greenbrier County. The marriage was recorded. Ruth Sabina Beard was a daughter of Nathan and Ruth Beard. James was 29 years of age, and Ruth was 28 years of age. The marriage was performed by D. W. Arnold.
Soon after the marriage of James and Ruth, they moved to live near Rufus Bobbitt in Nicholas County where they had a farm on Glade Creek. The family was counted in the 1860 census of Nicholas County on July 4, 1860 as family # 354.
James (Hill) Bobbitt 32 (1828) Virginia
Ruth S. (Beard) Bobbitt 33 (1827) Virginia
Virginia Bobbitt 5 (1855) Virginia
Sarah Bobbitt 1 (1859) Virginia
In 1870 the family was listed in the census records of the county as being counted on July 1, 1870, as family # 29, living in the district of Muddlety.
James (Hill) Bobbitt 42 (1828) Virginia
Ruth S. Bobbitt 43 (1827) Virginia
Virginia Bobbitt 16 (1854) Virginia
Sarah Bobbitt 12 (1858) Virginia
Ruth Bobbitt 6 (1864) Virginia
Nathan Bobbitt 5 (1865) Virginia
The 1900 census completes the record of this family.
James H. Bobbitt born March 1828 age 72
Sabina Bobbitt born Sept. 1827 age 73
Ruth B. Bobbitt born Oct. 1860 age 39
Beard Chapman* born Oct. 1875 age 24
Beard Chapman was listed as a grandson of James and Sabina Bobbitt. Not long after this census of 1900 was recorded, Ruth Sabina (Beard) Bobbitt died on September 12, 1900. She was born on September 2, 1827 in Greenbrier County.