In genealogical research it is helpful to find as many names in the records before 1850 as possible. After 1850 the census records listed by name every member of each household. Marriage records also help to determine the ages of the family members.
Not all marriages were recorded in county court houses. Some clergymen did not report marriages. Some areas did not require legal licenses for marriage. Some land deeds mention men and wives, and many wills mention wives and their maiden names, Bible records are the best source of early marriages and frequently the only record of many marriages.
By 1800 the counties that Bobbitt families lived in had been formed. All the families had connections to families in Warren County, and most of the marriages were recorded in Warren County. Many couples married before they migrated to distant states such as Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, and Texas. To find the families of these marriages it is necessary to check the 1850 census records of states other than North Carolina.