John Richard Bobbitt was born in 1775 in what is today Warren County, North Carolina. He was the first child of Randolph and Elizabeth (Harris) Bobbitt. John was given the full name of his grandfather, John Richard Bobbitt who was born in 1725 and died in 1790. John was also a grandson of Charles and Rachel (Edgerton) Harris, all of Warren County.
When John Richard Bobbitt Senior wrote his will in 1789 he mentioned his two grandsons who were sons of his son Randolph Bobbitt. At the time he had numerous other grandsons, but these two lived with him, as their father, Randolph, was the overseer of the plantation.
"My two grandchildren, now living with me, to wit; Lewis and John Bobbitt, sons of Randolph Bobbitt."
When the census was taken in 1790, John Richard Bobbitt Sr. was still living and was counted separately from his son, Randolph and his family. The census record states:
Randolph Bobbitt, 1 male over 16, 2 males under 16, 1 female
This is a positive record that both John and Lewis Bobbitt were born after 1774 in order to bunder 16 years of age at the time the census was taken in 1790.
On March 17, 1796, John R. Bobbitt married Elizabeth Darden. M. D. Johnson was the county clerk, and Sheerwood Green was a witness to the marriage. The marriage is recorded in Warren County. There were two John Bobbitt families listed in Warren County when the 1800 census was taken. We know that Elizabeth Darden was born in 1780 and are therefore able to identify the following record as the family of John and Elizabeth Bobbitt.
1 male under 10 (1790-1800) 2 females under 10 (1790-1800)
1 male 26 - 45 (1755-1774) 1 female 10 - 16 (1784-1790)
1 female 16 - 26 (1774-1784)
John and his family were not listed in the 1810 census, nor were they listed in the tax lists until about 1812. We think that John may have been on a visit to South Carolina to see his uncle William Bobbitt and members of the Darden family. John did return to Warren County before 1820. The 1820 census is a very interesting one and it probably represents the entire family. Note that John and Elizabeth had a child each year of their marriage from 1796 until 1800.