Alexander Winfield Bobbitt was born on December 1, 1852 in Nicholas County, Virginia (now West Virginia). He was the fifth child and second son of Rufus and Mary (Williams) Bobbitt. His grandparents were John and Permelia (Hill) Bobbitt of Monroe County, Virginia. Alexander Bobbitt was called "Scott" Bobbitt all his life. He was named after General Winfield Scott who the very same year Alexander Bobbitt was born was elected to head the Whig party. General Scott ran for president but was beaten by Franklin Pierce.
Mary (Williams) Bobbitt, mother of Scott Bobbitt died when he was thirteen years of age, and just seven years later, Rufus Bobbitt, his father died. Alexander Bobbitt became the head of household and was listed as such in the 1880 census of the Federal Government for Nicholas County.
Alexander W. S. Bobbitt 27 (1853) Farmer
Lydia Ann Bobbitt 21 (1859) Sister
Mahulda Bobbitt 19 (1861) Sister
His brothers, Lee Hill Bobbitt, and Elijah Bobbitt were away working as laborers for other farmers in the county. His half brother Newman Bobbitt was living on the farm of his step father Samuel Q. Summers. His brother John W. Bobbitt was married and living on a nearby farm with his wife and two children.
On February 24, 1881, Alexander Bobbitt married Zerilda Luster Huff. Alexander was 28 years of age and Zerilda was 18 years old. The couple were married in Nicholas County, West Virginia and the marriage is recorded.
Scott Bobbitt and his wife built a home near the old home place of Rufus Bobbitt on McMillions Creek in Nicholas County. He owned the old home place and acquired additional land in the valley. He was an excellent farmer and during his leisure hours read extensively in an effort to further educate himself.
Scott Bobbitt was exceptionally gifted with an understanding of law and legal matters. He was highly intelligent with a keen memory that allowed him to sort the various facets of complicated problems. He was a sincerely religious man with an excellent and was frequently asked to sneak at religious and speaking voice, political gatherings. He liked people and had a keen insight into the best and worst qualities of his fellow man. His interests in all subjects and his knowledge of many subjects made him a Person who was welcome in all the homes and gatherings of the county.
Scott and Zerilda Bobbitt were the parents of eight children, six of whom lived past the age of 18. The first two daughters died of diphtheria after eating walnuts, in November of 1900.