Tilman Bobbitt was born in 1806 in Amherst County, Virginia. He was the third son and fourth child of John and Permelia (Hill) Bobbitt.
In 1818 the family moved from Amherst County to Rockbridge County, Virginia. In Rockbridge County they lived on a farm near Brownsville. In 1827 the family moved from Rockbridge County to Monroe County, now West Virginia.
On January 30, 1830, Tilman Bobbitt married his first cousin, Jane Hill, in Monroe County. Jane Hill was a daughter of James Hill Junior and Elizabeth (Lively) Hill. James Hill Junior was a brother of Permelia (Hill) Bobbitt, the mother of Tilman Bobbitt. James Hill Junior gave written permission to Issac Hutchinson, clerk of Monroe County, for Tilman and Jane to be married. Jermiah and William P. Stevens were bondsmen for the marriage. The marriage was recorded in Monroe County in file 4, jacket # 3002.
In 1831, Sergeant James Hill (Senior), died in Amherst County. He left a legacy to his son James Hill Junior and his daughter Permelia Bobbitt of Monroe County. This legacy did much for getting the Bobbitt family established in Monroe County.
Tilman and Jane Bobbitt were first recorded in the 1840 census of Monroe County. By the time this census was taken, Tilman and Jane had two sons and two daughters.
2 males under 5 (1835-1840) 2 females 5 - 10 (1830-1835)
1 male 30 - 40 (1800-1810) 1 female 20 - 30 (1810-1820)
The two sons were James Tolliver Bobbitt, born in 1836, and George W. Bobbitt born in 1839. The two daughters were Susan Bobbitt born in 1831 and Mary Jane Bobbitt, born in 1834. Tilman was born in 1806 and Jane was born in 1813.
Sometime after 1840 and before 1850, Tilman and his family moved from Monroe County to Greenbrier County. In 1865 Tilman and most of his family left West Virginia and moved to Springfield, Illinois. In 1868 the family moved from Springfield, Illinois to Pike County, Missouri. In 1877 the family moved to North Platte, Nebraska. In 1885 Tilman was living with his daughter, Eliza, who had married Thomas William Anderson, and had settled in St. John, Kansas. By 1890 Tilman was living with his granddaughter, Mrs. Susan Perry, in Chicago, Illinois. On April 22, 1892, Tilman died at the home of Susan Perry, in Chicago. He was buried in Forest Home Cemetery in Grave # 4-1074. Tilman was buried alone, away from all the members of his family, whom he loved so much.