Stephen Bobbitt was born in 1810 in Christian County, Kentucky. He was the second son and fourth child of John W. and Hester (Boney) Bobbitt. His father was a minister of the Gospel and had served in churches in North Carolina, South Carolina, and in Kentucky. Stephen was named after an uncle, Stephen Bobbitt (1779-1856) who married Barbara Chrisman. The two families followed similar paths from Kentucky to Illinois.
In 1828, Stephen Bobbitt married Elizabeth Mays in Christian County, Kentucky. After their marriage they made their home with John W. Bobbitt and his family. At least five of their children were born in Kentucky. Nancy, Elzorah, Hardy, John, and William, were all born in Kentucky, although many of the early census records state their birthplace as Illinois.
Stephen and Elizabeth Bobbitt moved to Illinois in 1838 and lived in Green County, where Stephen was working on either the canals or the railroad. His uncle, Stephen Bobbitt had moved to Illinois in 1820 and were living in Morgan County. Later his grandfather, Isham Bobbitt also moved to Morgan County.
The first record of Stephen Bobbitt and his family is in the census of Green County, Illinois taken in 1840.
2 males under 5 (1835-1840) 1 female under 5 (1835-1840)
2 males 5 - 10 (1830-1835) 1 female 10 - IS (1825-1830)
1 male 20 - 30 (1810-1820) 1 female 30 - 40 (1800-1810)
In 1848, Stephen Bobbitt was killed in an accident. His wife Elizabeth (Mays) Bobbitt moved to Mason County, Illinois to be near relatives of her family. Elizabeth was a daughter of Robert and Polly Mays. The Mays family moved from Kentucky about the same time that Stephen and Elizabeth moved from Kentucky to Illinois. The record above shows that Stephen and Elizabeth had two daughters. The eldest daughter we think was named Nancy and she married Charles Mays, probably her first cousin, and not her uncle as it would seem from the census records. The other daughter must have died young as she does not appear in the 1850 census and would seem to young to be married, although she could have been 15 years of age.
There is no doubt that the family was having a difficult time making a living in Mason County, Illinois. The older sons were working in various places. The eldest son was Elzorah and he would have been 20 in 1850. Hardy who was born in 1833 would have been only 17 but was working away from home.