Bobbitt Family History
There is no evidence that any Bobbitt families lived in South Carolina before the family of Isham and Elizabeth Bobbitt lived there in 1789. Isham and his family were the only Bobbitt names listed in the 1790 census records of South Carolina.
William Bobbitt brother of Isham, moved from Anson County, North Carolina to Edgefield County, South Carolina in 1800. It is not clear whether William Bobbitt's family listed in the census of 1800 in Anson County was the same as the William Bobbitt family listed in Edgefield County in the 1800 census records.
William was born in 1761, married in 1784, died in 1839.William Bobbitt -- Anson County, North Carolina, 1800 census: 3 males under 10 (1790-1800) 3 females under 10 (1790-1800) 2 males 10 16 (1784-1790) 1 female 10 - 16 (1784-1790) 1 male 26 45 (1755-1774) 1 female 26 - 45 (1755-1774)
It is possible that William and his family were counted earlier in the year of 1800 in North Carolina, and again later in the year after he had moved to South Carolina. If it is the same family, then the older children were left with their grandparents in North Carolina, and the younger children made the move with their parents and slaves.
William Bobbitt -- Edgefield County, South Carolina, 1800 census:
2 males under 10 (1790-1800) 2 females under 10 (1790-1800)
1 male 26 - 45 (1755-1774) 1 female 26 - 45 (1755-1774)
If the two countings of William Bobbitt are not for one and the same person or family, then I cannot account for this William Bobbitt's family. Over the years I have tried several explanations and tried to find them in some record other than this 1800 census record. They are not in any Bobbitt census records for the entire United States between 1800 and 1900. They do no fit into any family in North Carolina or Virginia between 1673 and 1800. 1 believe that this is William Bobbitt, son of John and Elizabeth Bobbitt, brother of Isham, with their two youngest sons, Thomas born in 1791 and William born in 1794 and their two youngest daughters, Sarah born in 1795 and Martha born in 1798. Compare all three census records as if they were the same family.
William Bobbitt -- Chester County, South Carolina , 1810 census:
1 male under 10 (1800-1810) 2 females 10 16 (1794-1800)
1 male 10 16 (1794-1800) 1 female 16 26 (1784-1794)
3 males 16 26 (1784-1794) 1 female 26 45 (1765-1784)
1 male 45 & over (....-1765)
The similarity in early census records can be self defeating, but in this case of total records for one family name, I believe our suggestion is justified.