John Steven Bobbitt was born in Warren County, North Carolina in 1816. He was the second child and first son of Steven Junior and Elizabeth (Bradley) Bobbitt. He was a grandson of Steven and Celah (Harris) Bobbitt of Warren County, and a great grandson of John Richard and Amy (Alston) Bobbitt. John was apparently named after his father and his great grandfather.
When John was nine years old his family moved from North Carolina to Tennessee. When John was fifteen years of age, his father died and left his estate to John in the care of his close friend, James Elliott. Later James Elliott married Mary Ann Bobbitt, a sister of John.
When Stephen Bobbitt Junior died, the estate was sold at auction in order to comply with the law at the time. Numerous relatives purchased the home furnishings at the sale, which included such names as Thomas Martin, Howard Webb, John S. Haynes, David Glenn, John Glenn, William Glenn, James Langford, John Alston, Richard Vaughan, Howard Webb, and James Elliott. Most of these men were from families who had their origin in North Carolina and were related in one way or another to John Steven Bobbitt.
John's early life was spent in Williamson County, Tennessee. One of the more influential pioneer families and neighbors of the Bobbitt family was the family of Abraham and Martha Glenn. They were living on land that was given to his father for his Revolutionary War service. On March 3, 1836, John S. Bobbitt married Martha Glenn, a daughter of Abraham and Martha Glenn. John and Martha Bobbitt were the same age. Soon after their marriage, John and Martha moved to Bedford County, Tennessee where John was employed as a shoemaker. The family was listed in the 1840 census of Bedford County.
1 male under 5 (1835-1840) 1 female under 5 (1835-1840)
1 male 20 - 30 (1810-1820) 1 female 20 - 30 (1810-1820)
In this record their first born son, Stephen Harris Bobbitt was born in 1838, and their first born daughter, Mary Ann L. Bobbitt was born in 1840. John and Martha were both born in 1816.
After a few years in Bedford County, John returned to the home place in Williamson County. Probably at the time of his mother's death. Both John and Martha had numerous relatives in the county and apparently they decided to make their home there until they moved to Texas in 1859.