The Bobbitt Family In America

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LEWIS C. BOBBITT       1784 - 1836       Son of Randolph and Elizabeth Bobbitt

Lewis Charles Bobbitt was a son of Randolph and Elizabeth (Harris) Bobbitt. He was a grandson of John Richard and Amy (Alston) Bobbitt and a grandson of Charles and Rachel (Edgerton) Harris. Lewis was named after the Harris side of his family.

Lewis Bobbitt was born in Warren County, North Carolina in the home of his Bobbitt grandparents. His father was the caretaker for the plantation. The family was listed in the 1800 census of Warren County as: 

Randolph Bobbitt: 

2 males under 10 (1790-1800)       2 females 10 - 16 (1784-1790) 

2 males 10 - 16 (1784-1790)          1 female 26 - 45 (1755-1774) 

1 male 26 - 45 (1755-1774)              5 slaves


This is the entire family of Randolph and Elizabeth Bobbitt. In 1804 Randolph Bobbitt died, and Lewis Charles Bobbitt who was twenty years of age became the head of the family.

The first time Lewis Bobbitt was mentioned by name in the records was in the will of John Richard Bobbitt, written in 1789 and recorded in Warren County.

"...the negro girl, Pheby, with her increase is to be divided equally between my two grandchildren, now living with me, to wit: Lewis and John, sons of Randolph Bobbitt .............

John Richard died in 1792, when both Lewis and John were still young. John Richard had numerous other grandchildren who lived near to his plantation, but he chose to remember in his will only the two sons of Randolph who were born before he made his will. Randolph Bobbitt (sometimes referred to as Randal) was the most favored with benefits by the will of John Bobbitt.

On December 29, 1814, Lewis Bobbitt married Nancy Lancaster in Warren County. Nancy was a daughter of John Lancaster, a wealthy Planter of Warren County. We believe that Nancy was twenty years of age when she married Lewis. For reasons which involved the Harris family, the newly wedded couple, his mother, and his brothers and sisters moved to Franklin County. In 181S Lewis Bobbitt was buying and selling parcels of land which involved as much as 400 acres in a sale. Many of these land deeds were witnessed by his brother, Frederick Harris Bobbitt.

The 1820 census of Franklin County is missing, but by the 1830 census, Lewis Bobbitt had established a home of his own.

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