John Bobbitt was the fourth son of Captain William and Nancy (McKenzie) Bobbitt. John was born in 1783 in Montgomery County, Virginia and in what is today Carroll County, Virginia.
When John was 22 years of age he married Nancy Nuckolls a daughter of Charles Nuckolls of Grayson County. John and Nancy were married on January 29, 1806 in Grayson County and their marriage is recorded. The section of Grayson County that they lived in later became Carroll County. The Nuckolls family was a large, wealthy and influential family in the county. The village that John and Nancy lived near was named "Nuckollsville" Virginia.
John and Nancy Bobbitt had six sons and no daughters. The six sons all lived to maturity, married and raised key Bobbitt families that later settled in Kentucky, Missouri and West Virginia.
The second wife of Charles Nuckolls was Mary Black. They had three sons. John Nuckolls moved to Kentucky, James Nuckolls moved to Missouri, and Charles Nuckolls died single. They had five daughters, Betty, Sally, Polly, Susan, and Nancy. Nancy Nuckolls, the last of the children, married John Bobbitt.
The John Bobbitt family was counted in the Grayson County, Federal census in 1820. John Bobbitt died in 1819 and his son James was born after his death. Here is the census record.
NANCY BOBBITT: (Widow of John Bobbitt)
4 males under 10 (1810-1820) 1 female 26 - 45 (1775-1794)
2 males 10 - 16 (1804-1810)
John Bobbitt was only 36 when he died and his widow Nancy was greatly aided by the Nuckolls family. Here are the names and birth dates of the children:
Charles Bobbitt born 1807
William Bobbitt born 1816
Martin Bobbitt born 1810
John Bobbitt born 1818
George Bobbitt born 1813
James Bobbitt born 1820
Nancy was born in 1790 and was only 30 years of age when she faced the responsibility of raising her six sons. There were many indications that John Bobbitt was not physically well and that he tried to solve his health problems with alcohol. In March of 1818 John Bobbitt, school master of the county was summoned before the grand jury for insulting and interrupting the meeting house on Little Reed Island on the third Sunday of January 1818. The information was given by Esq. George Cornwallis.
John must have been very intelligent and well educated for his time to be the school master of the county.