John William Bobbitt was born on June 30, 1820 in Rutherford County, Tennessee. He was the first child of James and Mary (Gunn) Bobbitt to be born in Tennessee. He was the third son and sixth child in a family of ten children who lived to maturity. When John was ten years of age in 1830 the family moved from Rutherford County to Gibson County where John lived until his death in 1893.
On December 3, 1845, John William Bobbitt married Mary Jane Province at Dyer. The marriage is recorded. Mary Jane Province was born in Kentucky on December 1, 1821. The family was counted in the 1850 census of Gibson County.
Family # 1803, counted December 12, 1850.
John W. Bobbitt 30 1820 Tennessee
Mary Jane (Province) Bobbitt 29 1821 Kentucky
Ann Bobbitt 4 1846 Tennessee
James Bobbitt 2 1848 Tennessee
Mary (Gunn) Bobbitt 60 1790 North Carolina
In 1850 John was the eldest living son of James and Mary (Gunn) Bobbitt. John lived on the home place, was a successful planter and a highly respected citizen of Bobbittville, Tennessee. Nine children were born to John and Mary Bobbitt.
Annie Eliza Bobbitt born Dec. 17, 1846 Tennessee
James Robert Bobbitt born Dec. 14, 1848 Tennessee
Mary Gunn Bobbitt born Feb. 17, 1851 Tennessee
John Bobbitt born Oct. 11, 1853 Tennessee
Nannie Bobbitt born Oct. 29, 1855 Tennessee
Frances Bobbitt born Aug. 29, 1858 Tennessee
William Henry Bobbitt born Mar. 25, 1860 Tennessee
Emma Lee Bobbitt born Dec. 6, 1862 Tennessee
Allien Bobbitt born Jul. 25, 1865 Tennessee
Nannie, Frances, and William Henry Bobbitt never married. The other children married and most of their marriages are recorded in Gibson County.
Annie Eliza Bobbitt m. Billy Pyland
James Robert Bobbitt m. Mary Susanne Orr Jan. 19, 1870
Mary Gunn Bobbitt m. John S. Pyland
John Bobbitt m. Mattie Pyland
Emma Lee Bobbitt m. Joe Calhoun
Allien Bobbitt m. Robert Aiken