"Legacy from Robert Green to Thomas Bobbitt: To my cousin Thomas Bobbitt, my plantation, and land, 150 acres where I now live, and one negro. To my cousin Mary Sturdivant .... to my cousin Amy Threewitts. .... to my cousin John Mercer.... the remainder of my estate to John Mercer and Thomas Bobbitt."
Robert Green was a son of John Green who wrote in 1718 in the records of Chowan Precinct "for the love and affection that I bear my brother-in-law (John Bobbitt)". This proof of the family connections between the Virginia and the North Carolina Bobbitt families centers on the history of Thomas Bobbitt and his father John Bobbitt. The name of Thomas Bobbitt does not appear again in the North Carolina records until after the 1800 census records.
Thomas Bobbitt is part of the history of the Virginia Bobbitt family. Thomas is the ancestor of those families in Surry and Sussex counties of Virginia.
The will of John Massey also promotes the idea that the families of the 18th century were not large families as they were in the nineteenth century. In 1777 the family of John Massey was named in his will and included all the children who had lived to maturity as well as their married names. The will was recorded on pages 124 and 125 of Will Book One and is in the records of present day Warren County North Carolina. Here are some excerpts from the will.
I John Massey Senior of the County of Bute and Province of North Carolina ......
First, I give and bequeath unto my daughter Sarah Bird ..... Item: I give and bequeath unto my son William Massey ...... Item: I give and bequeath unto my daughter Amy Massey ..... Item: I give and bequeath unto my daughter Frances Massey ... Item: I give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth Perry ... Item: I give and bequeath unto ray son John Massey ........ Item: I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Frances Massey..
I Constitute, make, and ordain, my son John Massey and Burnell Perry my sole executors .....
witnesses: Jakewills Milner, William May, Patience Dinby.
The family is about the same size as the family of John Bobbitt of Chowan. A family of five or six children who lived to maturity was about the average until after 1815 or 1820.