The Bobbitt Family In America
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ANTHONY BOBBITT SENIOR 1796 - 1847

Son of John Richard and Elizabeth Bobbitt

Anthony Bobbitt was born in 1796 in Warren County North Carolina. He was the first child and son of John Richard and Elizabeth (Dowtain) Bobbitt. He was a grandson of Randolph and Elizabeth (Harris) Bobbitt.

Anthony is an unusual name in the Bobbitt family. In this case Anthony Bobbitt was named for his maternal grandfather Anthony Dowtain. The Dowtain family is in the early records of Granville County, Bute County, and Warren County North Carolina. The family lived near the Bobbitt family on Reedy Creek in what is today Warren County.

We have not been able to prove the marriage of Anthony Bobbitt, but believe that he married a Martha Dowtain who was a daughter of John Dowtain and a first cousin to Anthony Bobbitt. He was married in 1812 and his first son was named Anthony Bobbitt Junior. Junior was born in 1813 probably in Warren County.

Anthony Dowtain a first cousin of Anthony Bobbitt Senior was a slave merchant. He apparently taught the business to Anthony Bobbitt Senior and he in turn taught the business to Anthony Bobbitt Junior. The center of this business in North Carolina was in Hillsborough, in Orange County, North Carolina. When Anthony Bobbitt was not away on business he made his home in Orange County.

The first mention of an Anthony Bobbitt in the records was in the 1830 census of Warren County. The record is of Anthony Junior who was living in the home of his grandmother Elizabeth (Dowtain) Bobbitt. His grandfather had died in 1823. Although Anthony was only 17 years of age he was listed as head of household.

Anthony Bobbitt:(Junior) 

1 male 10 - 15 (1815-1820)    1 female 20 - 30 (1800-1810) 

1 male 15 - 20* (1810-1815)    1 female 50 - 60 (1770-1780)

*This is Anthony Bobbitt Junior and the male listed with him was William Dowtain Bobbitt, his brother. The female from 20 to 30 was a daughter of John R. Bobbitt. The female 50 to 60 was Elizabeth (Dowtain) Bobbitt aged 50, born in 1780.

In 1835 or 1836 Anthony Bobbitt Junior left North Carolina and we believe that he first went to Montgomery County Alabama where he had numerous relatives. He married Abigail Townsend on November 8, 1838 in Carroll County, Mississippi.

When Anthony Bobbitt Junior left North Carolina, Elizabeth (Dowtain) Bobbitt moved to Orange County North Carolina and lived near her son, Anthony Bobbitt Senior. The 1840 census record of Orange County is virtually the only positive record of Anthony Bobbitt Senior.


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