John Bobbitt served in the war of the American Revolution. He served in the Fourth Virginia Regiment from April 1, 1777 until he was discharged on March 6, 1778. During much of his service he was listed as a private. Records of the National Archives have numerous listings for John Bobbitt.
The last dated voucher found in the National Archives under receipt 0043775, listed John Bobbitt as a soldier in the infantry of the Fourth Regiment, dated November 8, 1784. The voucher shows that John Bobbitt gave written consent for Mr. Briggs to accept his final pay in his behalf.
"The name John Bobbitt appears in a book*, under the heading: "A List of Soldiers of the Virginia Line On Continental Establishment who have received certificates for the balance of their full pay, agreeable to an act of assembly passed on November Session 1781."
By whom received, Mr. Briggs
Day when received, November 8, 1784
Sum, L 15 - 12 shillings - 0 pence.
*This book bears the following certificates: This Regiment Register contains a true abstract of all the certificates issued at the auditors office to officers and soldiers of the Virginia line on Continental Establishment."
J. PENDLETON, Auditor
Volume 176: page 337.
Early Pittsylvania County records have numerous entries regarding the Bobbitt family members. In court order book 4, page 156 the following was entered.
"September Court, September 24, 1778, John Bobbitt, producing a commission appointing him Second Lieutenant in the Militia of this county, took the oath by Law prescribed."
Research on the military service of John Bobbitt was commissioned by John W. Bobbitt to Madalene V. Fitzgerald, a certified Daughters of the American Revolution Genealogist . In 1976 John Bobbitt's service record was recognized by the National DAR Association.