James had sixteen slaves who aided him in operating a large farming plantation. In time a community of farm homes developed around the Bobbitt plantation and was first known as Bobbittville. When the Mobile and Ohio Railroad came to the community in 1858 the name was changed to Dyer Station. Actually the town of Dyer was laid-off on lands sold and surveyed by Benjamin F. Bobbitt a son of James Bobbitt.
The children of James and Mary (Gunn) Bobbitt were:William L. Bobbitt born Mar. 9, 1810 Mississippi Dorothy Bobbitt born Dec. 24 1811 Mississippi Henry Bobbitt born Dec. 24, 1813 North Carolina Susan Bobbitt born Feb. 23, 1817 North Carolina Frances Mary Bobbitt born Jun. 18, 1818 North Carolina John William Bobbitt born Jun. 30, 1820 Tennessee James Bobbitt born Nov. 21, 1822 Tennessee Miles Bobbitt born Jun. 3, 1826 Tennessee
Benjamin Franklin Bobbitt born Nov. 6, 1828 Tennessee
Martha Jane Bobbitt born Aug. 12, 1832 Tennessee
The children were reared in Tennessee and mostly married in Gibson County or nearby Tennessee Counties.William L. Bobbitt m. Harriet M. Fay May. 9, 1833 Dorothy Bobbitt m. Major William J. Davidson Aug. 30, 1638 Henry Bobbitt m. Jane Dinwiddie Sep. 13, 1838 Susan Bobbitt m. M. L. Barton Sep. 16, 1838 Frances Mary Bobbitt m. John H. Dinwiddie Jul. 1, 1840 John William Bobbitt m. Jane Province Dec. 3, 1845 James Bobbitt m. (1) Eliza Ann Province Feb. 19, 1845 James Bobbitt m. (2) Melissa (Hale) Wyatt Feb. 7, 1854 Miles Bobbitt m. Died young at age of 10 Sep. 24, 1836 Benjamin Franklin Bobbitt m. (1) Martha Ann Dinwiddie Feb. 13, 1850 Benjamin Franklin Bobbitt m. (2) Mary Elizabeth Berry Dec. 27, 1854 Martha Jane Bobbitt m. Quincy M. Greer Aug. 31, 1848
The family of James and Mary Bobbitt were devout Presbyterians. Marriage and the family were sacred institutions and highly respected by this family.
Allen Wade Mount, Sr. a descendant of this family gives us an account of each member of the family in his book "Our Bobbitt Family" published in 1972. The book is in the Library of Congress.