The Bobbitt Family In America

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JOHN BOBBITT OF SUSSEX      1751 - 1822     Son of Thomas Bobbitt

John Bobbitt of Sussex County, Virginia was a son of Thomas Bobbitt. John was a grandson of John Bobbitt of Chowan Precinct in North Carolina. John Bobbitt of Sussex was a central figure in the Bobbitt family. He lived at the point where most of the relatives lived or had lived. He undoubtedly knew more about the Bobbitt family genealogy than any other descendant of William from Wales. Descendants of John Bobbitt still live today in Sussex County near and on property that belonged to John and Thomas Bobbitt.

John Bobbitt was married three times. His first wife was Florina Everret. There is no record of this marriage, but John and Florina had two daughters, Elizabeth Bobbitt and Polly Bobbitt.

The second marriage of John Bobbitt was to Mary Gilliam on April 3, 1788 and the marriage was recorded in Sussex County. One son of this marriage was named Green Branch Bobbitt. He apparently was the only child who lived to maturity.

The third marriage of John Bobbitt was to Frances Mitchell on October 11, 1792 in Sussex County. The marriage was recorded. Six children were born to John and Frances Bobbitt.

John Bobbitt was the bondsman for the marriage of his daughter, Elizabeth Bobbitt to William Rainey on December 19, 1799 in Sussex County. John was the bondsman for the marriage of his daughter to William Eckols, on December 1, 1800 in Sussex County. Both marriages were recorded.

The federal census of 1810 listed John Bobbitt and his family in Sussex County. 

John Bobbitt: (born 1751) 

2 males 10 - 16 (1794-1900)              2 females 10 - 16 (1794-1800) 

1 male 16 - 26 (1784-1794)               1 female 16 - 26 (1784-1794)

  1 male 45 & over ( 1755)                    1 listed under "all others".


The census of 1820 listed the family as:

John Bobbitt: 

2 males under 10 (1810-1820)         1 female 10 - 16 (1804-1810) 

  1 male 10 - 16 (1804-1810)                   1 female 16 - 26 (1794-1804)

  2 males 16 - 26 (1794-1804)                 1 female 45 & over ( .....-1765)

  1 male 45 & over (...... -1765)


John Bobbitt died on June 6, 1822 and left a will in which he mentions all of his children who lived to maturity. Genealogically the will is excellent, legally it was impossible to execute.

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