Son of Stephen and Celah Bobbitt
Arthur Bobbitt was the second son of Stephen and Celah (Harris) Bobbitt. He was born in 1776 in what was at that time Bute County, and is today Warren County, North Carolina.
The census records of 1800 of Warren County show that Arthur was living at home at the age of 24. His older brother, Harris Bobbitt was married in 1801 and was establishing a home of his own. Arthur was manager of his father's plantation until he married Mary Smelly of Warren County on January 4, 1809. His uncle, Joel Harris was the bondsman for the marriage. The first record of Arthur Bobbitt was in the census of 1810 of Warren County. He and his family were listed as:
1 male 26 - 45 (1765-1784) 1 female under 10 (1800-1810)
1 female 16 - 26 (1784-1794)
The daughter was Mariah Frances Bobbitt, born on November 2, 1809. Mariah Frances Bobbitt married Abner Jones in Jackson, Tennessee on February 4, 1830. Mariah died on April 19, 1877 in Marshall County, Mississippi.
When the war of 1812 began, Arthur Bobbitt enlisted as a private in Atkinson's 5th Regiment of the North Carolina Militia. He was soon promoted to the rank of a Lieutenant. We are not certain when he was discharged from service, but his second child and first son was born in 1810 in Warren County. The 1820 census of Warren County listed the family as:
2 males under 10 (1810-1820) 3 females under 10 (1810-1820)
1 male 26 - 45 (1775-1794) 1 female 26 - 45 (1775-1794)
The two sons listed in this record were Arthur Junior born in 1810 and James Arthur born in 1815. The family was living on the plantation of Stephen Bobbitt Senior. There were no land transactions recorded for Arthur Bobbitt before 1824.
On January 1, 1824, Stephen Bobbitt sold to his son, Arthur 88 acres of land. The deed is recorded in DB 25, page 45 in Warren County.
"Stephen Bobbitt to Arthur Bobbitt, both of Warren County, for 100 pounds of Virginia money, for 88 acres of land on Bens Creek, adjoining Sterling Johnson, up the Piney Branch to Bobbitt's line.
Witnesses: John Bobbitt, Jr. William Shearin. Proved by: Arthur Bobbitt, Junior. in Feb. 1827.