"The Schools will commence again the first Monday in July next. Board may be obtained, on moderate terms, in respectable families near the Academy."
By order of the Board, SAMUEL JOHNSON, Secretary.
There were newspaper notices in 1809, 1810, and 1811 with high praise for John Bobbitt who was in charge of the Westrayville Academy in Nash County. One such notice read,
"The Westrayville Academy in Nash County, under the direction of Mr. John Bobbitt. Of the merits of this Institution we know nothing. No small recommendation of its teacher is that he is a graduate of the University of North Carolina: We cannot therefore doubt his fitness for his vocation. Mr. Samuel Westray and Dr. T. Jones are patrons of the Institution, and they are Gentlemen in whom the public will willingly confide."
Raleigh Star, March 15, 1810.
There is no doubt that John B. Bobbitt and his wife were good teachers. Both were from time to time in charge of various educational institutions in the vicinity of Raleigh, North Carolina.
In the University of North Carolina library there is a copy of one of the hand written instruction books in Arithmetic made by John B. Bobbitt. It is in excellent condition and very interesting to examine.
John B. Bobbitt was a friend of Senator William P. Mangum and taught his daughters in one of the Academies. John was also related to the Mangum family but it is difficult to trace the exact relationship. Sihon Bobbitt a brother of Turner Bobbitt married Sarah Mangum a daughter of Arthur Mangum of Orange County.
In the "Mangum Papers" there are numerous interesting letters from John B. Bobbitt to various members of the Willie P. Mangum family and to Willie P. Mangum himself. There are several deeds recorded in Orange County mentioning Sihon Bobbitt, Turner Bobbitt, Sarah Bobbitt Mangum, John B. Bobbitt and Harriet Bobbitt.
John B. Bobbitt was mentioned on the muster rolls of soldiers of the War of 1812.