John Greer Bobbitt was born between the first of January and the first of June in 1815. He was born in Lancaster District of South Carolina, the third child and third son of Lemuel and Ellendar (Greer) Bobbitt. The first record of John Greer Bobbitt was in the family census taken in 1820 in Lancaster, South Carolina.
3 males under 10* (1810-1820) 1 female 16 - 26 (1794-1804)
1 male 10 - 16 (1804-1810)
1 male 26 - 45 (1775-1794)
*One of these three males is John Greer Bobbitt.
Living near Lemuel and his family was the family of his brother, William Bobbitt. Lemuel and William and their families migrated to Alabama. William was the progenitor of the families of Fayette and Larmar Counties of Alabama.
Lemuel Bobbitt and his family moved from South Carolina in 1828 along with his brother James Bobbitt and his family. William Bobbitt, their older brother had moved to Alabama earlier. In the 1820's and 1830's Lemuel Bobbitt had numerous first cousins who had moved from North Carolina and settled in Alabama, many were later to move to Mississippi, Tennessee, and Texas.
John Greer Bobbitt was 13 years of age when he arrived in the state of Alabama. At the age of 17 he met Elizabeth McElwain and on February 9, 1832 they were married and their marriage is recorded in Montgomery, Alabama. For the next several years we believe that John and Elizabeth Bobbitt lived with the McElwain family in Alabama. In 1837 the family moved from Alabama to Mississippi where they lived in Kemper County. There is an excellent record in the 1850 census.
Family # 97
J. G. (John Greer) Bobbitt 34 (1816) South Carolina
Elizabeth (McElwain) Bobbitt 34 (1816) South Carolina
William Bobbitt 16 (1834) Alabama
Nancy Bobbitt 15 (1835) Alabama
Benjamin Bobbitt 12 (1838) Mississippi
Susan Bobbitt 11 (1839) Mississippi
John R. Bobbitt 8 (1842) Mississippi
Sybil Bobbitt 7 (1843) Mississippi
James F. Bobbitt 5 (1845) Mississippi
Robert Bobbitt 3 (1847) Mississippi
Zac T. Bobbitt 1 (1849) Mississippi
Two children were born after 1850, Frances M. 1853 and Selina 1854.