It My great-grandfather was Joseph Bobbitt who served in Company E, 45th Virginia Infantry. one of his grandsons and I are trying to locate some older Bobbitts and relatives. All my uncles and aunts on the Bobbitt side of the family are dead, except for uncle John Bobbitt who is in very poor health. (John died on January 25, 1972). His Nephew and I are planning to visit him this weekend. He has an old family Bible and it may have some of the history of Joseph Bobbitt and his father. The best that I can find out is that Joseph's father lived west of Galax on New River. I have not found out his name yet. we are going to visit more of the Bobbitts who live here.
"Joseph was born in 1844 1 think. I regret it, but none of our fathers or aunts ever discussed our older kinfolk. I learned that my great grandfather, Joseph Bobbitt, rode a horse very hard to tell his father about some slaves that ran away and was captured near Fries, Virginia. One of the slaves cut one of the men's head off with a scythe blade. I think his name was Bartlett, the man that was killed. But I think, Joseph's father did not go after them. He only blessed out Joseph, and I W0NDER WHY, IF PEOPLE KNEW THAT STORY, WHY THEY DID NOT KNOW WHO JOSEPH'S FATHER WAS AND HIS NAME?
"We used to know a Green Bobbitt and a Samuel Bobbitt, who were brothers of Joseph. Joseph married Edith Nichols of North Carolina, Alleghany county. I am trying to find out where my great grandfather was born.
"I have been studying the list of Bobbitt's you sent to me, and I have come to think that we are of Joseph's father, who was Charles Bobbitt of 1804 and Sally of 1809. I think that Nancy Bobbitt was Joseph's grandmother. This is all guess work. I would like to know where they are buried.
"My cousin Robert and I are going to try to see some of the older cousins in North Carolina and we will let you know soon as we can.
"Thank you. It is a pleasure to know about our kinfolk.
W. Fred Bobbitt."