LEWIS C. BOBBITT
There are several items that are interesting about this will. Joseph R. Bobbitt who was born in 1817 was not yet 21 years of age at the date of the will in order to be old enough to own the gun being willed to him. Joseph would not be 21 years of age until the year of 1838. Lewis and Nancy were married in December of 1814, and most of their children were still young when Lewis died. None of the girls were married. Joseph Lancaster is believed to have been a brother of Nancy (Lancaster) Bobbitt.
Lewis and Nancy had one son and eight daughters who lived to maturity. As near as we can tell the children were born as follows.
Matilda Bobbitt 1816
Joseph R. Bobbitt 1817
Lucinda Bobbitt 1820
Martha Bobbitt 1822
Nancy Bobbitt 1825
Sally Bobbitt 1826
Catharine Bobbitt 1827
Viney Bobbitt 1829
Harriet Bobbitt 1831
We have found some marriage records of some of the children in Franklin and other nearby counties.
Joseph R. Bobbitt m. Martha Collins Jan. 12, 1841
Harriet Bobbitt m. William V.G. Woodard Jan. 19, 1861
Lucinda Bobbitt m. Wm. F. Hollingsworth Dec. 22, 1840
Viney Bobbitt m. Cincinnatus Lancaster Dec. 13, 1851
None of the members of the family were counted in the census of 1840 of Franklin County. We believe this is because they were listed in with the family of Joseph Lancaster. In 1850 the family was counted as:
Family # 685, counted August 31, 1850, Perry's Mill District.
Joseph R. Bobbitt 33 (1817) North Carolina-Blacksmith
Martha (Collins) Bobbitt 35 (1815) North Carolina
Sarah Bobbitt 4 (1846) North Carolina
Haywood Bobbitt 2 (1848) North Carolina
Family # 999, counted October 2, 1850, Cook's District.
Elizabeth (Harris) Bobbitt 90 (1760) North Carolina
Randal Bobbitt 14 (1836) North Carolina
John Bobbitt 11 (1839) North Carolina
Martha Bobbitt 8 (1842) North Carolina