Joshua Bobbitt was a son of Miles and Mary (Powell) Bobbitt. He was born in what is known today as Warren County, North Carolina.
The first record of Joshua Bobbitt was in the census of 1800 for Warren County.
1 male 26 - 45 (1755-1774) 1 female 16 - 26 (1774-1784)
1 female 26 - 45 (1755-1774)
In 1781 Joshua Bobbitt married Martha Duke, a daughter of Mathew Duke. Several of the Duke families lived near the plantation of Miles Bobbitt. By 1800 Joshua and Martha Bobbitt had only one child, a daughter, who is frequently and erroneously called Dicey Duke Bobbitt. Her name as near as we can judge was Betsey Bobbitt and she married John Haithcock in 1804 in Warren County.
On April 21, 1804, Joshua Bobbitt gave Mathew Duke a deed of trust in order to secure a loan to purchase land.
"For 111 pounds of Virginia money, two negro boys by the name of Hal and Bob, and one negro girl called Holly, for the purpose of securing a loan for Bobbitt to Peter R. Davis and Company. (Book 17, page 115.)
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On July 18, 1806, Will book 13, page 340. Joshua and Martha (Duke) Bobbitt agree to a separation which was recognized by the November 1806 court. It is the first legal record of a divorce in the Bobbitt family.
"Agreement of and between Martha Bobbitt and her husband, Joshua Bobbitt, for her separate support. Mathew Duke to be the trustee of her property. Witness: Robert Hill Jones."
In 1810 Joshua Bobbitt who lived on land joining Matthew Duke, Mathew Davis, and Anthony Dowtain, was forced to give additional security to Peter Davis and Company or loose his land. There are numerous deeds in which Joshua is trading his slaves for land and again selling the land. He never seems to have owned for any useful purpose more than fifty or a hundred acres of land at one time. He did not appear on the tax lists until 1811 and then seems to have had taxable property from