John Benson Bobbitt was born on February 8, 1830 in Maury County, Tennessee. His mother was Sarah Woody, the first wife of Major William Bobbitt who was born in North Carolina. Four years after John was born his mother died in Maury County, Tennessee.
John was the ninth child and the first and only son of Major William and Sarah Bobbitt. John had nine sisters. His father married his second wife Elizabeth Olliphant in 1836. In 1838 the family moved to Yalobusha County, Mississippi where John spent the remainder of his life.
In the second family of Major William Bobbitt there was born four girls and four boys. John was used to many relatives and was trained to manage a large plantation of family members, relatives, slaves, and friends.
On January 13, 1853, John Benson Bobbitt married Sarah Louisa Perkins, daughter of Edmund B. Perkins and Clarinda (Smith) Perkins. Sarah Louisa was born on January 5, 1833 in Tennessee. She died on March 20, 1886.
The war between the States found John concerned about his entire economic life. His father died in 1860 and John volunteered to serve in the Confederate army. He first served as a Private in Company D. 5th Mississippi Infantry and then in Company I. of the second Partisan Rangers of Mississippi.
John and Sarah Bobbitt had nine children:
William Edward Bobbitt born Dec. 20, 1853
Mary Clerendia Bobbitt born Feb. 5, E79D
Martha Virginia Bobbitt born Feb. 24, 1862John David Bobbitt born Jun. 1856 Henry Green Bobbitt born Mar. 22, 1866
Julia Smith Bobbitt born ... 1869
Rosa Louise Bobbitt born ... 1871
Sarah Adaline Bobbitt born Jan. 22, 1872
Linnie Maie Bobbitt born Jun. 27, 1876
William E. Bobbitt married Ada Weaver
Mary C. Bobbitt married William Jeffreys Feb.5, 1879
Martha V. Bobbitt married Robert E. Jones Apr. 23, 1878
John D. Bobbitt married Della Jos. Jones Dec. 22, 1886
Henry G. Bobbitt married (1) Dora Ann wood Dec. 21, 1887
(2) Laura T. Wood Jan. 5, 1896
Sarah Adaline Bobbitt married Thomas E. Jones Jan. 1, 1890
Linnie Maie Bobbitt married John R. Ferguson SR.Jul. 29, 1896
Most of the children reared large families of their own in Mississippi and in Tennessee.