James Robert Bobbitt was born on December 14, 1848 at Dyer, Tennessee. He was the first son and second child of John William and Mary Jane (Province) Bobbitt. He was a grandson of James and Mary (Gunn) Bobbitt.
On January 19, 1870, James married Suzanne Orr. Suzanne was born at Dyer on February 12, 1853.
James Bobbitt was a farmer and cultivated land left to him by his father in Gibson County, Tennessee. He was an intelligent man, well educated, and cultured. He had the often referred to "Bobbitt" sense of humor and enjoyed a good joke. He was a Prohibitionist, a Democrat and a devout Presbyterian. He served as an Elder of the Presbyterian church at Dyer.
James and Mary (Orr) Bobbitt had nine children. Seven girls and two boys made up the family. Only the girls lived to maturity. The children were:Lela Lillian Bobbitt born Oct. 21, 1870 Eula Lee Bobbitt born Jul. 27, 1872 John Harvey Bobbitt born Dec. 11, 1874 James Miles Bobbitt born .. 1876 Mary Frances Bobbitt born Dec. 18, 1878 Ina Bobbitt born Jan. 29, 1870 Annie Elizabeth Bobbitt born May.1883 Jessie Bobbitt born Sep. 17, 1885 Emma Suzanne Bobbitt born Mar. 7, 1889
Lela Lillian Bobbitt m. Rev. Joseph H. Curry Jul. 15, 1891 Eula Lee Bobbitt m. Luther LeRoy Robinson 1890 John Harvey Bobbitt Died young James Miles Bobbitt Died young Mary Frances Bobbitt m. Mark Ransom Hudson Ina Bobbitt m. James Latney Noel Jan. 6, 1909 Annie Elizabeth Bobbitt m. Died young in 1891 Jessie Bobbitt m. Joseph Cornelius Raines Dec. .. 1907 Emma Suzanne Bobbitt m. Albert Len Michael Mar. 27, 1920
James Robert Bobbitt died at Dyer on January 6, 1929. Mary Suzanne (Orr) Bobbitt died at Dyer on January 12, 1941. Both are buried in Oakwood Cemetery at Dyer.
A very interesting descendant of this family was Ina Bobbitt Noel. She was very interested in family history and did extensive research in an effort to find her American ancestors. She was an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.