The Bobbitt Family In America

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JAMES BOBBITT OF HANOVER      1680 - 1740     Son of William Bobbitt of Wales

James Bobbitt was a son of William Bobbitt from Wales. We have calculated his birth to have been in the year of 1680. The first record and virtually the only record of James Bobbitt was in the vestry book of St. Paul's Parish of Hanover County, Virginia.

"Returns made to the Vestry of St. Pauls Parish March 14, 1708, from the surveyor of the 39 precincts, that the said Parish was divided into for the processioning of lands by an order of the Parish Vestry held on September 24, 1708."

"The lands of Edward Garland, Renold Allen, and Mathew Anderson lying adjacent to each other, being made one precinct of which the said Edward Garland, and Mathew Anderson, were appointed Overseers, and who made this return, in obiedience to an order of the Vestry. We processioned the lands of Mr. John Page, and the lines of the land of Edward Garland but the back line of Beever Quarter never was marked, only courses I the said Edward Garland gave Renold Allen warning to meet us on Shrove Wednesday at James Bobbit's but he came not, therefore we suppose that he mistook the day, and therefore we could not proceed in the processioning the said Allens land.

Subscribed, Edward Garland and Mathew Anderson.

Hanover County is about 45 miles from the place where William Bobbitt Senior from Wales, reared his family. Other than the land grant of October 23, 1673, this record of 1708 is the next positive record of a Bobbitt living in the vicinity of the land grant.

James Bobbitt in 1708 was a mature man, living on his own land, known by members of the Vestry of the Parish of St. Paul's. He was married, reared his family, and died in Hanover County.

On September 1, 1737, William Gooch, Governor of the Virginia Colony, granted to Randolph Bobbitt, 400 acres of land, in the County of Hanover, on both sides of Fostor's Creek. The same area and Parish that James Bobbitt lived in.

We are unable to place Randolph Bobbitt as a son to any other Bobbitt, other than James Bobbitt of Hanover. We know from the land grant that Randolph Bobbitt in 1737 had to be born in 1720 or earlier in order to be of age to receive the land.

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