James W. Bobbitt was born in 1818 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. He was the second son of Thomas and Mildred (Dalton) Bobbitt. He was listed in the 1820 census taken in Pittsylvania County.Thomas Bobbitt 2 males under 10* (1810-1820) 1 female 16 - 26 (1794-1804) 1 male 10 - 16 (1804-1810)
1 male 26 - 45 (1775-1794)2 male slaves
*One of these males is James W. Bobbitt. James was named after his great grandfather, James Bobbitt and his middle name was Walden, the maiden name of his grandmother.
Much of the story of James W. Bobbitt was told by his son, George A. Bobbitt and published by Albert J. Brown in 1915 in "A History of Clinton County, Ohio".
When James was sixteen years of age in 1834 he left Virginia and went to Cincinnati Ohio, helping to drive a large number of horses for market. He paid his way back to Virginia by firing on a boat. " Subsequently he brought his mother back to Clinton County, Ohio on horseback."
On September 29, 1843, James W. Bobbitt married Margaret Mann in Clinton County, Ohio. Margaret Mann was from Campbell County, Kentucky. The marriage was performed by Justice of the Peace, Horatio Cast. Shortly after his marriage, James purchased a farm of about one hundred acres in Highland County, Ohio. James was a carpenter by trade. They were members of the Christian Church.
The children of James W. and Margaret Bobbitt were:Mary C. Bobbitt born 1844 in Ohio Henry William Bobbitt born 1848 in Ohio
George A. Bobbitt born 1851 in Ohio
The family was counted in the 1850 census of Highland County, in Union Township on October 30, 1850.James Bobbitt 32 1818 Virginia Margaret (Mann) Bobbitt 39 1811 Kentucky. Mary C. Bobbitt 6 1844 Ohio William H. Bobbitt 2 1848 Ohio
George was not yet born in 1851