The Bobbitt Family In America

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MILTON BOBBITT 1807 - 1852

Son of John and Permelia Bobbitt

Milton Bobbitt was the third son of John and Permelia Bobbitt. He was born in 1807 in Amherst County, Virginia. In 1818 the family moved from Amherst County to Rockbridge County, Virginia.

There is some confusion about the ancestry of Milton Bobbitt. He has been listed in some genealogical writings as being the son of Macpherson and Elizabeth (Taylor) Bobbitt of Bedford County. The descendants of John and Permelia Bobbitt knew that two of their sons remained in Rockbridge County when the family moved to Monroe County. It was thought that the names of the two sons was Isaac and Tolliver Bobbitt. The name of Tolliver came from a son of Tillman Bobbitt, named James Tolliver Bobbitt. The other son who remained in Rockbridge County was Milton Bobbitt. His name may have been Milton Tolliver Bobbitt but there is no evidence that he had a middle name.

The first record of a Bobbitt living in Rockbridge County was the tax list on which John Bobbitt was listed. The list was taken on March 6, 1818 and John was listed as a family with no males over 16 other than himself.

In 1820 the first and only Bobbitt family to be listed in the census records of Rockbridge County was the family of John and Permelia Bobbitt. 

John Bobbitt:

2 males under 10 (1810-1820)      3 females under 10 (1810-1820) 

2 males 10 - 16 * (1804-1810)      1 female 10 - 15 (1805-1810) 

1 male 15 - 20 (1804-1805)        1 female 26 - 45 (1775-1794) 

1 male 15 - 25 (1795-1805) 

1 male 26 - 45 (1775-1794)

* This is Milton Bobbitt born in 1807 and his brother Tilman Bobbitt born in 1806.


John Bobbitt was listed in the tax lists of Rockbridge County in 1820 and in 1822. In 1827 John and his family moved to M....... County. At the time the family moved, Isaac Bobbitt and Milton Bobbitt were working as carpenters in Rockbridge County. Both sons remained in the county. Isaac eventually left and went to Indiana. Milton Bobbitt married Elizabeth Davis on February 4, 1830 and the marriage is recorded in Rockbridge County.

The tax lists show that John Bobbitt was located in the northeastern section of the county near Brownsburg. On April 3, 1845 Milton Bobbitt was listed in the tax records as living in the same section of the county near Brownsburg as John Bobbitt lived in.

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