Randolph Bobbitt was born in 1752 in what is today Pittsylvania County, Virginia. He was the youngest son of James and Elizabeth (Dalton) Bobbitt. Randolph lived his entire life in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. He died at the age of 83 on land that originally belonged to his father on the south side of the Pigg River near Frying Pan Creek.
In 1776 Randolph Bobbitt married Fanny Walden, the daughter of Richard and Candace (Hubbard) Walden. The history of the Walden family is traced from John Walden, son of Lord John Walden of Ravensworth Castle in England, who settled in Leyton, Essex County, Virginia in 1715. He later moved to his home in Caroline County, site of which is about nine miles from the Bowling Green. Richard Walden's home was in the northern part of Pittsylvania County, near the Staunton River.
Randolph Bobbitt was nine years old when his father, James Bobbitt died. Since he was not of legal age, he inherited no land, and according to descendants did not receive the money his elder brothers should have paid to him when he attained legal age.
Much of the insight into the family of Randolph Bobbitt comes from a deed recorded in Pittsylvania County on August 17, 1824. This deed was made by Louisa (Bobbitt) Cockran, a sister of Randolph Bobbitt. The deed is recorded in book 26 page 409.
"In consideration of the natural love and affection I bear to Judith Bobbitt (alias Jacobs), William Bobbitt, Sophia Bobbitt, Terry Bobbitt, Calvin Bobbitt, all are Children of my beloved nephew, Charles W. Bobbitt of Pittsylvania County .... a negro woman and her five child- ren... to Charles Bobbitt's youngest son, Calvin, a negro named George .... and his further increase... to Sophia a negro named Catharine and her further increase ... to Terry a negro named Matilda and her increase. LOUISA COCKRAN SS Teste: Will Tunstall C.P.C.
The will of James Bobbitt written in 1761, mentions his daughter, Louisa, who was unmarried at the time of the will. Louisa married a Cockran and descendants of this family moved to Greenbrier County Virginia. ( See chapter on Oregon Bobbitt.)
At the time of this gift, Charles Bobbitt, "the beloved nephew" was 47 years of age. The gift to his children represented great wealth to each of his children. The key to the deed is the name of Terry Bobbitt, son of Charles and Clary (Berger) Bobbitt.
Terry Bobbitt married Anna Towler, daughter of Christopher Towler.- Junior on January 19, 1835. The Towler family was well