This day appeared, Isham D. Bobbitt, William G. Bobbitt, John W. Bobbitt, Willis J. Bobbitt to resist the recording of said will and the case being fully heard and the proof being insufficient, it is ordered and adjudged that the said writing purporting to be the last will of John Bobbitt, deceased, shall not be admitted to record.
The will was not recorded and not even made a part of the court proceedings. Unfortunately we do not know what was so objectionable in the will to the sons of John and Hester Bobbitt.
on motion of Isham D. Bobbitt and William G. Bobbitt they were appointed administrators of John Bobbitt, their deceased father and thereupon took the oath prescribed by law and entered into covenant approved by the court with William Underwood and James T. Johnson and John W. Bobbitt as surities.
Ordered that E. A. Brown, L. T. Brasher, and D. J. McCord or any two of them being first sworn as the law requires do appraise the personal estate of John Bobbitt deceased and report on an inventory as required by law.
Stephen Bobbitt was deceased before 1850. I cannot find a record for Emsley C. Bobbitt in 1850 or 1860, he may have been deceased. The above records introduce Willis J. Bobbitt and it seems to be a rather certain record that he was one of the sons of John Bobbitt. According to the census records he would have had to be born in 1806.
Elizabeth Bobbitt born 1804
Willis J. Bobbitt born 1806
Sally Bobbitt born 1808
Stephen Bobbitt born 1810
Lucinda Bobbitt born 1811
Isham D. Bobbitt born 1812
John W. Bobbitt born 1813
Emsley C. Bobbitt born 1817
William G. Bobbitt born 1819
Stephen Bobbitt died in 1848 in Mason County Illinois. Isham D. Bobbitt apparently took over the responsibilities of the family affairs. Willis Jefferson Bobbitt has been difficult to identify in the records, but cannot help but conclude that he was a son of John and Hester Bobbitt. There is no marriage record for Willis J. Bobbitt but his name Appears on other family related records.
The marriages of the children give some insight into the family history.