The Bobbitt Family In America

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Henry Bobbitt served as a private in Company E of the 23 Tennessee Infantry for the Confederate States of America. His brother Benjamin F. Bobbitt served as a private in Company K of the 47th Tennessee Infantry.

Anyone who studies the Bobbitt family of Gibson County, Tennessee will come across several Bobbitt family members that do not belong to this family. At about 1842, James Bobbitt and his family from Madison County moved to Gibson County. James Bobbitt was born in 1786 in Warren-County, North Carolina and was a distant relative of James Bobbitt the subject of this study. I am certain that the two men knew each other and of their family relationship. Their great grandfathers were double first cousins. Both of these men reared large families in Gibson County and have numerous descendants there to this day. Both had several slaves and most of the black Bobbitt families of the area at the present time can be traced to these two members of the Bobbitt family.

The two James Bobbitts could not have known each other very long in Tennessee as James Bobbitt of this study died at Dyer on May 11, 1846 and is buried in the Bobbitt Cemetery. Mary (Gunn) Bobbitt died at Dyer on January 26, 1853 at the age of 63 and is buried in the Bobbitt Cemetery.

John William Bobbitt, James Bobbitt, and Benjamin Franklin Bobbitt, sons of James and Mary Bobbitt left numerous descendants in Tennessee and their descendants have scattered to many points throughout the United States. It is an important family in the history of the Bobbitt Family in America.

The lineage of James Bobbitt is:

William Bobbitt from Wales        1645 - 1703 Joanna Sturdivant 

William Bobbitt Junior                1675 - 1738 Mary Green

Lewis Bobbitt Senior                  1704 - 1769 Elizabeth Moore

Lewis Bobbitt Junior                  1742 - 1818 Mary Person

James Bobbitt                           1782  - 1846    Mary Gunn

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