James Bobbitt was the second child and the first son of William and Susannah (James) Bobbitt. James was born in Warren County, North Carolina. In 1801 James was 15 years of age and moved with his family to Spartanburg District of South Carolina. In 1810 the family was listed in the Chester County Census of South Carolina:William Bobbitt: 1 male under 10 (1800-1810) 2 females 10 16 (1794-1800) 1 male 10 16 (1794-1800) 1 female 16 26 (1784-1794) *3 males 16 26* (1784-1794) 1 female 26 45 (1765-1784) 1 male 45 & over (-1765)
One of these three males is James Bobbitt who was 24 years of age at the time this census was taken. This record also proves that James did not get married until he was about 27 years of age. James. was undoubtedly needed to help raise the other children and care for the needs of the family. Both James and his father worked as plantation overseers.
James married in 1815 and we do not know the name of his wife. We are certain that they were married in Chester County, South Carolina, but the state or county government did not record any marriages. We believe that the maiden name of James's wife began with the letter "L" as several of the children had the letter for the beginning of their middle names.
In 1820 James and his family were listed in the census records. The family was recorded as living in York County, South Carolina.James Bobbitt: 3 males under 10 (1819-1820) 1 female 26 - 45 (1775-1794) 1 male 25 - 45 (1775-1794)
From this record we know that James's wife was nearly the same age as he was, from later census records we know that she was born between 1790 and 1794. Since she was married in 1815 we calculate that she was born in 1793. The three sons in this record are Zebulon L. Bobbitt born in 1816, Mathew G. Bobbitt born in 1818, and Stephen James Bobbitt born in 1819. None of their three daughters were born before 1820.
In 1827 James and his family moved from South Carolina to Madison County, Tennessee where he joined cousins who had moved there from North Carolina. James and his family were counted in the 1830 census records of Madison County, Tennessee.James Bobbitt: 2 males under 5 (1825-1830) 1 female under 5 (1825-1830) 2 males 5 - 10 (1820-1825) 1 female 5 10 (1820-1825) 3 males 10 - 15 (1815-1820) 1 female 30 40 (1790-1800) 1 male 40 - 50 (1780-1790)