James Bobbitt was a son of John and Sarah (Gibson) Bobbitt. He was born on the banks of Frying Pan Creek and the Pigg River in the County of Pittsylvania in Virginia in 1768. James was the grandson of James and Elizabeth (Dalton) Bobbitt of Pittsylvania County.
As soon as James Bobbitt was 17 years of age, his father, John Bobbitt, deeded him 100 acres of land. The deed is recorded in Pittsylvania County in Deed Book 7, pages 450-451, dated May 5, 1785.
This indenture made between John Bobbitt of the county of Pittsylvania of the one part and of James Bobbitt, his son, of the said same county, of the other part. Witnesseth, that the said John Bobbitt for and in consideration of ten pounds, current money of Virginia, doth grant and hath given unto the said James Bobbitt, his son, one hundred acres, by estimation, at the mouth of Hungry Camp Branch, on the south side of the Pigg River........ all rights, title and nterest.........
No Witnesses: JOHN BOBBITT SS
Teste: Will Tunstall Clerk.
Recorded June 20, 1785.
This deed was made the same year that John Bobbitt Junior was born. John was a brother of James and later moved to Monroe County, Virginia. We also believe that three children were born to John and Sarah after this deed. The children were Vincent, Lacy, and Matilda.
James Bobbitt was involved in several legal transactions with his father in Pittsylvania County. James undoubtedly helped to hold the family together, although, his younger brothers were eventually reared by the Gibson family of Amherst County Virginia.
Sometime between 1785 and 1794, James Bobbitt went to Grayson County to live near his Uncle, Captain William Bobbitt. There is a deed recorded in Pittsylvania County in Deed Book 9, pages 508-509, dated January 30, 1794. It is a long complicated mortgage deed but has some interesting passages.
This indenture between James Bobbitt of Grayson County, and John Bobbitt of Pittsylvania County, and John Smith of Pittsylvania County .... in consideration of the sum of one hundred and fifteen pounds, two shillings, and two pence,....one hundred acres of land on the south side of the Pigg River, land whereon the said John Bobbitt doth now live,,...all the property...etc..... John Smith and his heris shall pay to the said Janes Bobbitt and his father, John Bobbitt.......
Witnesses: John Ward, Robt Ward. James Bobbitt SS
David Rowan, Wm. Witeher, John Bobbitt SS