The Bobbitt Family In America

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The family was also listed in the 1900 census. Frances A. (Smith) Bobbitt died on January 16, 1895. The two census records seem to record the family that lived to maturity. The family moved to a farm in Crewe, Virginia of Nottoway County and were counted there in the 1900 census. B. B. Bobbitt                      Apr. 1843      56 North Carolina 

Carrie S. Bobbitt                May. 1880      20 Virginia 

Nellie D. Bobbitt                Sep. 1882      17 Virginia 

Evelyn Bobbitt                   Feb. 1885      14 Virginia 

Brownie B. Bobbitt            Feb. 1887      13 Virginia 

Olive A. Bobbitt                 Mar. 1891      9 Virginia

There were nine children in the family, six of whom were daughters. Apparently only Harry Kinchen Bobbitt lived to maturity as the only son. Most of the daughters married. According to a friend of the family, Gladys S. James, Carrie married a Nosworthy of Crewe. Nellie married a Herman and lived in Norfolk. Brownie married a King. Evelyn called Lena married a Lark. Nellie married a Godfrey. The family is buried in Blanford Cemetery in Petersburg, Virginia. (Square 4, Section 5, Ward D. of New ground.)

Burnell B. Bobbitt died on January 14, 1907. His grave has not been marked and members of the Bobbitt family have requested the Veterans Administration to mark his grave in 1984.

Burnell Bobbitt was very interested in the happenings and historical value of the War between the States. As a Confederate soldier he made notes of the various happenings while he was in the service. In 1802 he wrote his account of the last days of the Confederacy in Danville, Virginia and in 1903 the Southern Historical Society Published his writing in Richmond Virginia. The papers were edited by R. A. Brock, secretary of the Southern Historical Society, and have been collected in Volume XXXI of the Southern Historical Society Papers. They may be seen at their library in Richmond. The original is six full typeset pages and only the most interesting excerpts are copied here. The first publishing of the story was in the Raleigh Morning Post, January 1902.

"Danville should mark the final step in the solution of the greatest and most perilous national crisis which our nation has endured, and upon which our entire future welfare and well being for all time depended, for it was there that the final scenes in the Civil war drama were by the Confederate government enacted. The end of the war when the Confederate government left Richmond, its capitol, and became a wanderer, having no place, seemingly, wherewithal it might become permanently established, was only partially assured. But during the occupation of, and subsequent retreat from Danville, by the government, the end of the strife and bloodshed was definitely assured."

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