The Bobbitt Family In America

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The cradle of our Bobbitt family in America is part of the history of Bristol Parish in the Virginia Colony. It was called Bristol Parish, because the river was then called the "Bristol River", as well as the "Appomattox River". Bristol Parish was established in 1642 by an act of the assembly in these words.

"Be it also enacted and confirmed for the conveniency of the inhabitants on both sides of the Appomattox river, being far remote from the parish church of the said plantations upon Appomattock be bounded into a parish by themselves as followeth, to begin at Cawson's field within the mouth of the Appomattock River, on the eastward side, at Powell's Creek on the westward side of the river; and so to extend up the river to the falls on both sides, and the said parish to be called by the name of Bristol."

Little is known about the parish or any of it's records until the year of 1680, when a description of the parish was made as being twenty miles wide and forty miles long. The only early records are the vestry records which began in 1720. All the vestry meetings were held at the "Ferry Chapel". The first meeting of the vestry recorded in the vestry book was October 30, 1720. Those present at this meeting were: Reverend George Robertson, minister, Captain Peter Jones, Justant Hall, Lewis Green, Major Robert Boiling, Major Robert Munford, Major William Kennon, and Captain Henry Randolph.

William Bobbitt Senior was a member of Bristol Parish. He died in 1703 and was undoubtedly buried in the church yard of the "Ferry Chapel". Major Robert Bolling, surveyed the land that William Bobbitt Junior purchased after the death of his father and the surveys have been preserved in Prince George County.

A history of Bristol Parish by Rev. Philip Slaughter, is the best authority. This quote from his work tells us where the parish was as far as the Bobbitt family is concerned.

"On June 29, 1724, in pursuance of an Act of Assembly for the more effectual improvement of the staple of tobacco, it is ordered by the vestry that the south side of the Parish be divided into precincts, namely; To begin at the Appomattox Ferry (where the "Ferry Chapel" was located), thence along Mouck's neck road to Stony Creek Bridge, (the deeds of the Bobbitt family recorded in Prince George County and in Sussex County will mention most of these locations. These precincts were located along the paths used for moving from Virginia into North Carolina. Many of the names used then are on the maps of Virginia at the present time)

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