The BobbittFamily of Southern Indiana and otherparts of the UnitedStates of America
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January 31, 2006
With the growth of the internet,genealogical resources are now widely available that until just a few years agorequired great amounts of effort and study.As a result of new information that has become known to the author, and wehave learned more about our ancestry than ever before.Some of this new information calls intoquestion facts that we had assumed to be settled and although more informationis available many facts are still in question.This document will attempt to include different viewpoints anddifferentiate what we think to be true from what we have documented evidenceof.This document is intended fordistribution among close family of the author and is not designed for massdistribution.However duplication anddistribution is allowed to anyone who would find this information useful.The author has tried to document all sourcesand evidence but assumes no responsibility for errors contained in thiscontinuing work.
One of the best sources forinformation on the Bobbitt lineage is Keith Bobbitt.Keith lives in MountVernonIndiana and has anoutstanding website dedicated to Bobbitt heritage.
In 1985 John William Bobbittpublished a book entitled The Bobbitt Family in America.
This isa photo of John William Bobbitt taken when he was 72 years old.
John William Bobbitt’s line goes William – William –James – John – John – Rufus – Elijah – Samuel McClung – John William.This makes him the 6th cousintwice removed of the author.
JohnWilliam Bobbitt’s work has been added to over the 20 years since it wasfirst published but remains the definitive source for information about theBobbitt Family once they came to America.To read this work online:
If you would like to purchase a hard copy of The BobbittFamily in America they maybe purchased from Keith Bobbitt through his website www.keithbobbitt.com.The cost is $75 per copy.
The major revisions and possibleerrors in this book center on our immigrant ancestor, William Bobbitt’s wifeand history before coming to America. There have been new discoveries and newinformation given to us by Marsha Berry.
Another published work on theBobbitt family is Our Bobbitt Family, by Allen Wade Mount Sn.Allen publishedhis work in 1972 and it deals exclusively with the southern Bobbitt line (ourline).This book may also be read onlinethrough Keith Bobbitt’s website.
Finally, Marsha Berry published, BobbittFamily From 20 Jan1579Grundisburgh, Suffolk, England.It was Marsha’s work that first challengedthe idea that William Bobbitt Sn., our immigrantancestor was from Glamorganshire, Wales. Her documentation indicates that he was infact from Saint Mary, Woodbridge, Suffolk, England.Marsha’s work is well documented and she hasadded two generations to our heritage unavailable before.Like the previous documents Marsha’s work maybe viewed online for no charge at Keith Bobbitt’s website.
The name Bobbitt and how it isspelled
The first man to live in America with this surname, Edward, spelledhis name as Bobet. In the records of the United States, the name is spelled many differentways; Bobit, Bobet,Babbitt, Bobbitt, Bobbet, Bobot,Bobbett, Bobbette, Bobbot, and Boblett.
Edward Bobetsettled in NewEngland in1643.Our immigrant ancestor was WilliamBobbett who came to Virginia in 1673.We know of no blood relationship betweenEdward and William although it is certainly possible they were related.The family history of Edward was published in1912 under the title, The Babbitt Family History, 1643 – 1900.Usually the descendants of Edward arereferred to as the Northern line and the descendants of William the southernline.Most of the Northern line uses thespelling Babbitt and most of the Southern line uses Bobbitt.
According to John William Bobbitt’sbook regardless of the spelling, this is the old English name of Bobbet which means “Bob,” son of Robert.The syllable “ett”is a diminutive and is another way of saying Bob the lesser. Bobbett was (asreported by John William Bobbitt) a common family name in Suffolk and Devonshire in the middle ages in England."
Allen Mount, in his book, says that Bobbitt is of Dutchorigin and also speculates that it may be of Germanic origin.He says that the name came into use in England only after the victory of Williamthe Conqueror.
On his land grant our ancestorWilliam Bobbitt, on October 27, 1673 spelled his name as "Bobbett". On the land survey for his son William, in1706, in Prince George County, Virginia, the name is spelled "Bobbett" and "Bobbitt" in the same document.
There is no record of any other Bobbitt male immigrating to America between1673 and 1750.A Bobbitt from England isrecorded to have settled in Philadelphia in 1750but any record of his descendants has been lost.
In 1824 Richard Bobbitt, who hadbeen a diplomat for the British government came to Philadelphia.He left descendants that are of no knownrelation to us.Most of his descendantslive in Ohio and Indiana.
Some interesting statistical notes:If you were to trace your entire familyhistory back to the year 1250 you would have approximately 1 billion ancestors.(based on an averageof a 25 year old parent, which is historically very conservative).Of course the total population of the earthin 1250 was only about 400 million.(Thepopulation of the earth would actually drop between 1250 and 1400 due to the black death).Thiscould lead you to a few conclusions:
·You are related to everyone on theearth - you are a direct descendant of every person alive in 1250.That means you heritage includes every Kingand member of royalty and every criminal.Guess which there are more of?Onthe bright side you must have some royal blood in you as well.
·Because you are a descendant ofevery person alive in 1250 your heritage includes a mix of all races andnations.
·Of course even if these things weretrue there still had to be some inbreeding taking place for us to gethere.If you are a descendant of everyperson on earth in 1250 then you are a cousin of every person on the earthtoday, including your spouse.
A noteabout calendars:Some dates like Jan 20, 1578/9 are written with two years because of the dateNew Yearsis celebrated.The Gregoriancalendar that we use today was introduced by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582 andwas immediately accepted by France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Luxembourg.England would not adopt the Gregoriancalendar until 1752.
Whenthe Gregorian calendar was introduced the primary difference between itand the previous Julian calendar (introduced by Julius Caesar in 46) wasthat it eliminated the leap years in centesimal years not divisible by400.This corrected the Julianerror of about 11 minutes per year and lowered it to our current calendarwhich is in error only about 26 seconds per year.By the time the Gregorian calendar wasintroduced the Julian calendar was in error by 10 days.Gregory fixed this error eliminating thedates from October 5th to the 14th, 1582.Those dates did not exist (in thosecountries).By contrast when theJulian Calendar was introduced 90 days had to beadded to the year 46.
By thetime England adopted the Gregorian calendar the error was up to 11 days sothe British government decreed that the day following September 2, 1752should be called September 14, a correction of 11 days.All dates preceding were designatedO.S., for Old Style. In addition, New Years Day was moved to January 1from March 25. (Under the Old Style, for example, March 24, 1700 was followed by March 25, 1701, New Years was not even at theend of a month). George Washington's birthday, which was February 11, 1731, O.S. became February 22,1732.
Some countries were even slower to adopt the Gregorian calendar: Japan in 1873, Egypt in 1875, China in 1912 and Turkey in 1917. In 1918 therevolutionary government in Russia decreed that January 31, OldStyle, calendar as would be followed by February 14, New Style, though theOrthodox Church has retained the Julian have other Middle EasternChristian sects.
Fordates in this document before 1752 that fall between Jan 1 and March 25 Ihave put both the Old Style and the New Style date for the year.
Previous Generations in England:
Marsha Berry has taken the historyof our immigrant Ancestor William Bobbitt back two additional generations in England.I believe her work is accurate.
John Bobbet waschristened by the Church of England on January 20, 1578/91 in Grundisburgh, Suffolk, England.He married Margaret Edgareon October 7,1600.Margaret wasChristenedMarch 16, 1576/7 at CapseaAsh, Suffolk, England.Marriage and Christening records areavailable through the Church of England.Christening records are also available on three children of John andMargaret.John and Margaret died at Campsea Ash.
Children of John Bobbetand Margaret Edgare include:
A.William BobbetChristened October18, 1610
B.DorothieBobbet Christened January 20, 1603/04
C.ElsabethBobbet Christened July 24, 1608.
William Bobbettwas ChristenedOctober 18, 1610 in Campsea Ash, Suffolk, England.His wife’s Christeningor birth date are unknown but their marriage documentation refers to her as Francisee.They weremarried in Suffolk about1645.Christening records are availableon two of their children; William and Francis.The other two children that we think were born to William and Francisee (Ann and Roger) are from less reliable sourcesand the fact that their Christening records were not found with William andFrancis’s calls their existence into question.
Children of William and Francisee include:
A.William Bobbitt Christened August 12, 1647
C.Roger Bobbitt born about 1649
D.Francis Bobbitt Christened October 11, 1660.
The Bobbitt Family in America:
William Bobbitt Sn.,is the immigrantancestor and father of the Bobbitt family in the SouthernUnited States.
William was Christened in Woodbridge, Suffolk, England on August 12, 1647.Previously it had been speculated thatWilliam was from Glamorganshire, Wales.However his Christening record may be foundin the Parish registers, 1545-1910 Church of England, Parish Churchof Woodbridge.
In 1673 the ship “Martha” sailedfrom England to Virginia.They arrived in early 1674. The actual tripwent from Felixtowe, Suffox,England, to London, England, then to the Virginia colony.Wm Bobbet islisted as a paid passenger on the manifest.There are two other passengers listed; Abraham Estes, an indenturedservant, and John Skinner.
In late 1673 a Dutch artist in England namedJacob Knyffpainted a dock scene he saw at the English port in late1673.The ship was an English flyboat,loaded with guns, and a few male passengers and was in fact the"Martha."
Jacob Knyff: 1638 - 1681 Dock Scene at a BritishPort by Knyff
Materials:Oil on canvas
Measurements:Painting 965.2 x 1270mm
Description:England and Dutch ships taking on stores orcargo at a port. The activities relating to the loading has been closelyobserved. It has been set in a harbor, with the tower of a gate and a quay visibleon the right, and the coast in the distance on the left. An England flagship is on t he right, firing asalute and flying the ensign from the stern carved with the royal coat of arms.Beside the quay is an English flyboat that, from her shape, was probablyDutch-built.
A royal yacht is arriving on the left and this has prompted the firing of thesalute. On the extreme left is the stern of a Dutch ship. On t he quay twobales of stores or goods with clear markings have been positioned in theforeground. Men are involved in loading up small craft. A horse dragging abarrel on skids to the water's edge and there are several groups of gentlemenand women observing the activities. A guard stands outside a sentry box in thegate-way.
We know that William Bobbitt left England for Virginia in 1673.William’s original land patent is dated October 27, 1673 and is inthe Virginia State Archives in Richmond.Translated into modern print the land patentreads:
TO ALL, to whom these presents shallcome, Greeting in Our Lord God Everlasting, WHEREAS, it doth please Our Soverign Lord, KING CHARLES II, Now, Know ye that, I LordGovernor, WILLIAM BERKLEY, appointed by the King, Governor of this Commonwealthetc.... ; Give, and Grant, unto the said WILLIAM BOBBITT, a dividentof land, containing ninety six acres, three roods, 24 poles, on the south sideof the Appomattox River, in Charles City, County, extending as followeth.
1, beginingat a point at a hickory, near Mr. Whittington, thence along, his line 200poles, along Mr. Coopers, thence along his line to a corner, continueing by the same course, 40 poles to a small redoak, near by Cattail Branch, thence along the line 80 degrees; 80 poles to ahead of a valley, to a white oak marked four ways, 80 degrees; 56 poles, to Mr.Whittington, thence along his line, then 20 poles along his line, northeast; by80 degrees; 296 poles; north 6 poles; to the place aforementioned. The saidland being due by transportation of two persons into this colony, to have andto hold etc...
Dated this day, the 27th day ofOctober, 1673.
Wittnesses: John Leader, Richard Tonstall.
This land patent would have been dated and signed beforeWilliam left London and copied into the Virginia records after he arrived sothe date would be near the date of departure from England not the date ofarrival in Virginia.The survey wouldhave been added once he arrived.William’s land was in CharlesCityCounty in 1673but this land became part of PrinceGeorgeCounty when itwas formed between 1702 and 1704.
Based on this land patent, John William Bobbitt made a keyassumption in his book.He assumed thatWilliam was married before he came to America.Land was given out at a rate of 50 acres foreach person and the patent specifically states that William transported twopersons into the colony.Therefore theassumption was made that this second person was William’s wife who John thoughtwas Joanna Sturdivant. However, there are no Bobbitor Sturdivant entries on the Glamorganpre-1837 Marriage Index.It is possiblethat William’s wife was on the Marthawith him and was not listed as a passenger because she was a woman.It is also possible that William paid for thetransportation of a second person to the Virginia colony (perhaps John Skinner, butit could have been someone on a different ship).By paying for the passage to the colonyWilliam would have been entitled to the additional 50 acres of land.Another option could be that William broughta servant or slave with him on the trip and paid for their passage.We have no indication that this is the case,but it could be.
Slavery wasstill in its infancy at this time.Although the first African slaves arrived in Virginia in 1619, the firstdocumented slave owner in the colonies would be Anthony Johnson in Virginia in 1651.(Anthony was in fact an African who had beensold to the British Colony of Jamestown in 1619 off of that first Dutchship.He only remained a slave until heworked off his purchase price in 1623).Anthony imported 5 servants from Africa in 1651 and was granted a landpatent of 250 acres for importing them.In 1654 Anthony was able to convince a judge in Virginia that his servants owed him alifetime of service.Slavery would notbe established by the Virginia General Assembly until 1705.As strange as that sounds the firstindividual to own a slave in Virginia was an African and a former slavehimself.
William Bobbitt appears on a list of tithablesin Southwark Parrish in SurryCounty, Virginia in 1702and was taxed on his original 96 acre land grant at that time.
On May 12,1703 William Bobbitt sold all but one acre of hisoriginal 96 acre land patent to John Peterson.He lived on that one acre until he purchased 90 acres of land on June 18, 1712 south ofthe present day town of PetersburgVirginia on thesouth side of JonesHoleSwamp.This land went to his son William in 1712 soit is assumed that William died in 1712 some time after June 18th.Because his son was also named William it ispossible that the William named in the land sales of 1703 and 1712 could havebeen William Bobbitt Jr. and not William Bobbitt the immigrant.If this is the case then William Bobbitt theimmigrant would have been already deceased.At one time it was assumed that William died before the land sale of1703 and that William Jr. sold the 95 acres to John Peterson and that is stillcertainly a possibility.
It is believed that William and his wife were buried at the“Ferry Chapel.”This was an old AnglicanChurch build where a ferry boat used to cross the AppomattoxRiver.This grave site is believed to be under the Norfolk andWestern railroad station in Petersburg, Virginia.
In The Bobbitt Family in America John W. Bobbittstates that William was married to Anna (Joana) Sturdivant about 1673 in Wales.This was accepted by the Bobbitt family formany years but now does not appear to be true.According to Keith Bobbitt:
An extensive search to prove thename of the wife of William Bobbitt has failed. His marriage would have beenrecorded in Wales and the records there do not make a positive case for William. We knowthat the family in the colony of Virginia was related in someway to the Sturdivant family. It is somewhatsignificant that John Sturdivant received a landgrant on October 28, 1673. The land that John received joined the land thatWilliam Bobbitt received on October 27, 1673. The first Bobbitt femalementioned in the records before the year of 1679 was Joanna Bobbitt. Since thesons of William were relatives of the Sturdivants Ihave concluded that the wife of our William Bobbitt was Joanna Sturdivant and from later records she was called AnnaBobbitt. John Sturdivant was a young man when hereceived his land grant and was likely the brother of Joanna rather than herfather. The Bobbitt family and the Sturdivant familyhad close relationships which included subsequent marriages to the year of1750.
There is no evidence outside of John W. Bobbitt’s book, The Bobbitt Family in America, that points to Anna Studivant marring William Bobbitt.In fact although there was a John Sturdivant living in Charles City Parrish, Virginia he didnot have any daughters that we know of.He and his wife Sarah Hallom had 5 childrenbetween 1662 and 1672, all boys. While there was a family connection to the Studivant family, it is not found before the nextGeneration.
Marsha Berry has suggested that William’s wife was probablyfrom a neighboring family, specifically she believes that a daughter ofWilliam’s neighbor Francis Whittington.Francis Whittington was born about 1624 in NottinghamEngland andmarried Elizabeth in 1647 inVirginia.
Marsha wrote,"Mygreat grandmother Ida Belle Bobbitt Funk wrote: 'A Miss Whittington marryingWilliam Bobbett would be most likely.'Written beside William Bobbett'sname is Miss Whittington on a family record.Please note none of my family heard of a Sturdivantmarrying our William Bobbett but the Whittington/ Withington name has been written on family pages. TheWhittington/Withington spelling of the name is bothused." -- Marsha Berry
Whether his wife was Joanna Sturdivantor Miss Whittington, we know that William and his wife had three sons.There were undoubtablydaughters as well as the Bobbitt male children record many cousins of otherfamily names that must have come from married daughters of William Bobbitt Sn.Children ofWilliam Bobbitt, the immigrant and his wife include:
A.William Bobbitt, born in 1675in Charles City County, Virginia.
B.John Bobbitt (John Bobbitt of Chowan), born 1678 in Bristol Parish, Charles City County, Virginia.
C.James Bobbitt (James Bobbitt of Hanover), born in 1680 in Bristol Parish, Charles City County, Virginia.
I.William Bobbitt, (William Bobbitt Jr.) was born in 1675 in Bristol Parish, CharlesCity County, Virginia (Near Hopewell Virginia today).
We firstfind a record of William Jr. outside his father’s house on June10, 1702when he appears on a list of tithables in Southwark Parish in Surry County, Virginia.
In 1712William inherited 90 acres of land from his father on the south side of JonesHole swamp.Robert Bollingthe official surveyor for Prince GeorgeCounty surveyed this land on June18, 1712but it is unclear which William Bobbitt was the owner at that time.
On December6, 1718 WilliamJr. expanded his farming operation and purchased 254 acres of land on the westside of Rocky Run.This land wasofficially deeded to William on a formal land patent in 1725.
William wasan active member of the Anglican Church and worshiped at the previouslymentioned Ferry Chapel.The Vestry ofthe Ferry Chapel asked William to act for the Parish in burying one of theirdeceased members, a John Delahny.The church record contains an item from November1, 1736where William was paid 100 pounds of tobacco to cover the expenses he hadincurred during the burial.
The FerryChapel was one of the earliest churches in Bristol Parish constructed around1692.It is the believed burial place ofWilliam Jr.’s father William Bobbitt theimmigrant.The building is long gone butwas at the current location of the Norfolk and Western rail road station in PetersburgVirginia.
In 1695 William married Mary Green in Prince George County, Virginia.Mary was born February 14, 1682/3 in Abingdon Parish, Gloucester County, Virginia.We do not know the names of Mary’s parents, but her sister Sarah wouldmarry William’s brother John on November 8, 1703.The last name Green is assumed for Mary based on the last name of RobertGreen who is named as a cousin of William and Mary’s son Thomas.
The will ofRobert Green is the source of some interesting information.Signed on August 9, 1750, this will was probated on September18, 1750.It says in part:
To my Cozen Thomas Bobbitt, myplantation and land, 150 acres where I live and one negro.To my Cozen, Mary Sturdivant 5 lbs. To my Cozen Ann Thruwitts, 2 negroes, great chest,etc.To my Cozen John Mercer, one negro and rem. of my estate toJohn Mercer and Thomas Bobbitt. 9 Aug. 1750".
This will is the source of our information of Mary Green’smaiden name.It assumes that RobertGreen’s father was Mary’s brother.Italso establishes a relationship link between the Bobbitt and Sturdivant families.This may be the source John Bobbitt used when he determined the wife ofWilliam Bobbitt the immigrant was Johanna Sturdivant.
Some researchers have added the middle initial L. to WilliamJr.’s name.Ihave not found it listed in this way on any historical document, yet.
William Bobbitt Jr. died in Warren County, North Carolina in1738.Mary died sometime after that in WarrenCounty.
Children of William Bobbitt Jr. and Mary Green include:
A.WilliamBobbitt born in 1702.William marriedLucy Leftwich and died in BedfordCountyVirginia in 1778.
B.Lewis L. Bobbitt born in 1703.
C.JamesBobbitt born in 1707 in Rocky Run, Prince George County, Virginia. James married Elizabeth Dalton from Luneburg Virginia about 1728.He died August 20, 1761 in Halifax County, Virginia.James and Elizabeth had eight children that we know of:Diana Bobbitt (1729), Ann Bobbitt (1741),John Bobbitt (1742), William Bobbitt (1744), LivisaBobbitt (1746), James Bobbitt (1748), Randolph Bobbitt (1752), and Mary Bobbitt(1754).
D.ThomasBobbitt was born about 1710 in Prince GeorgeCounty.He died in 1759.
II.John Bobbitt of Chowan was born in BristolParish, Charles City County, Virginia in 1678.John received land in North Carolina in 1718.It is believed that John was the firstBobbitt to come to North Carolina from Virginia.
John is listed as a Jury member in Bertie Precinct in 1723.
John Bobbitt signed his own last will and testament on May7, 1736,and not long after that that he passed away. His will was probated in BertiePrecinct on November 6, 1736 (8). In his will John Bobbitt namestwo sons, William and Thomas, and three daughters, Frances, Mary and Amey. To each of his sons he left 100 acres of land"in Orraneechey Neck."
John was married to Sarah who is named as a sister of MaryGreen, William BobbetJr.’swife.However Sarah’s maiden name isalso listed as Green but also as Owen.Sarah may have been married previously, but she was only 14 when shemarried John.The information that Sarahand Mary were sisters may be mistaken and they were only sistersin-law.Sarah died before John in 1734in ChowanCounty, North Carolina.
John died in North Carolina, leaving a will, in 1736.
Children of John Bobbitt of Chowan and Sarah Owen/Greeninclude:
A.WilliamBobbitt born in 1704.
B.ThomasBobbitt born in 1708.
C.FrancesBobbitt born in 1710.
D.MaryBobbitt born in 1715.
E.AmyBobbitt born in 1718.
III.James Bobbitt of Hanover was born in Bristol Parish, Charles City County, Virginia in 1680.He died in 1740 in Hanover County, Virginia.We do not know the name of James’ wife, but they had at least two sons:
A.RandolphBobbitt born in 1708, he died in 1777.Randolph received his own land grant in HanoverCountyVirginia in 1737.
B.WilliamBobbitt born in 1712, he died in 1785 in Baltimore County, Maryland.
James owned land and a home of his own in HanoverCounty in 1708.He was a respected member of Saint Paul’s Parish and is listed in thechurch records.
Lewis L. Bobbitt, (William – William) was born in Prince George County, Virginia about 1703.
Lewis would have been about 14when his family moved to the land on Rocky Run.In 1726 he married Elizabeth Moore in Bristol Parish, Prince George County, Virginia.They were married in the FerryChapel mentioned above.Elizabeth was the daughter of Thomas Moore and Anne Basset.She was born about 1709 in KentCounty, Virginia.
Lewis and Elizabeth cleared landin PrinceEdwardCounty, Virginia that they occupied before September 28, 1728.That is the date on the landpatent of Richard Jones who was the first man to patent land in that part of Virginia.However his land is described inthe survey as joining a corner of Lewis Bobbitt’s land and bordering it for onehundred forty poles.This land was alongBushRiver and Lewis may well have been the first person to settle that area of whatwas then Brunswickcounty and is now PrinceEdwardCounty, Virginia.
Around 1750 Lewis moved about 60miles along the Occaneeche Trail to settle in whatwas then GranvilleCounty, North Carolina.Lewis had a tract of 167 acreson the south side of Reedy Creek near the present day community of GroveHill.Lewis’ land was located betweenReedy Creek and Possum Quarter Creek about 10 miles south of the Virginia border.In 1764 this land became Butecounty and in 1779 it became Warren county.Lewis lived here the restof his life deeding his farm to his son Lewis Jr. in 1765.Lewis Sn. diedsometime after September 22, 1769.
The use of the middle initial L.is not endorsed by all those researching the Bobbitt lineage.The only document where Lewis used his middleinitial L. was the deed transfer to his son Lewis Jr. in 1765.I believe he used his middle initial here todifferentiate himself from his son Lewis and that it is a correct middle initial.
Lewis died in Bute County, North Carolina sometime after September 22, 1769.
Children of Lewis L. Bobbitt andElizabeth Moore include:
A.Miles Bobbitt, Miles was born January 22, 1730/1 in PrinceGeorge County, Virginia.He married Mary Martha Powell in1761.Mary was born in 1742 and died in1825.Miles died in 1794 in WarrenCounty, North Carolina.Children ofMiles and Mary included; John Bobbitt (1763), Jacob Bobbitt (1762), JoshuaBobbitt (1765), Jubilee Bobbitt (1776), and William Bobbitt (1777).
B.Martha Bobbitt, born about 1732 in CharlesCityCountyVirginia she married William Person about 1750.William was born about 1735, also in CharlesCityCounty.
C.Elizabeth Bobbitt, born about 1735 in Prince George County, Virginia shemarried Christopher Roberson about 1752 in Charles City County.Christopher was born about 1733
D.William Moore Bobbitt, born in 1738 in Virginia, he married Lively Height on June 8, 1788.William died June 6, 1825 in Raleigh, NorthCarolina.Children of William Moore Bobbitt and LivelyHeight included Allen Bobbitt (1789), and Archibald Bobbitt (1791).William had a 1st wife beforeLively Height named Martha Turner.
E.Margaret Bobbitt, born about 1739 in Charles City County, Virginia shemarried William Powell about 1755 in Henderson, Vance County, North Carolina.William was born about 1735.
F.Amy Bobbitt, born about 1742 in Charles City County, Virginia, she married Nimrod Williams on March 9, 1762 in GranvilleCounty, North Carolina.Amy and Nimrod both died about1790.
G.LewisBobbitt, born in 1742
Lewis Bobbitt, (William –William - Lewis) was born in AmeliaCounty, Virginia in 1742 and was the son of Lewis L. Bobbitt and Elizabeth Moore.
In 1781 Lewis married Mary Personin WarrenCounty, Granville, NorthCarolina.Mary was born in 1749 in Gibson County, Tennessee, the daughter of William Person.
Lewis is found in the 1786 census of Warren County, North Carolina.At that time he was the owner of 12 slaves.
Lewis Bobbitt is found in the 1790 and 1800 census in Warren County, North Carolina.In the 1790 census Lewis is listed as head of household number 24 on page number 59.His family consists of 1 male over 16, 4 males under 16, 4 females and 1 slave. He is of course the one male over 16 and his wife Mary Person is one of the 4 females.According to our records only two sons, James and John P. were born before 1790 so we are not sure who the other two boys and three girls are.
In 1800 Lewis isagain counted in WarrenCounty.This time his home consists of 2 males under 10, 1 male between 10 and16, one male between 16 and 26, 2 females under 10, 1 female between 10 and 16,and one female 45 and over.
Hedied in 1818 in WarrenCounty. Lewis left a will in which henamed all of his children.
Children ofLewis Bobbitt and Mary Person include:
A.James Lewis Bobbitt born February1, 1782.He married Mary Gunn on February10, 1809.
B.John P. Bobbitt born in1789 in Warren County, North Carolina, he died in May of 1866 in Orange County, Indiana.
C.Miles Bobbitt born in 1792 he first married Susan Gunn (Mary Gunn’ssister) on October 18, 1814 and then married Martha Davis on January1, 1827.
D.Lewis Bobbitt born in 1794, he married DiceyDuke in 1815.
E.Elizabeth Bobbitt born about 1795
F.Rebecca Bobbitt born in 1796 she marriedHilleary Capps on October 10, 1811.
I.John P. Bobbitt, (William – William – Lewis - Lewis) was born in Warren County, NorthCarolina in 1789.He was the son ofLewis Bobbitt and Mary Person.
In 1808 John married Nancy Huse in Tennessee.Nancy was the daughter of John and Jemimah Hughes orHuse.She wasborn in 193 in Kentucky and died in March of 1871 in either Orange or CrawfordCounties, Indiana.Both of Nancy’s parents were born in Virginia.
At this time in history it wasvery rare for people to have middle names.John is recorded as using the middle initial P. which may have stood forPerson, his mother’s maiden name.
John P. Bobbitt and his familylived in Tennessee from 1808 until about 1817.Webelieve that Nancy Huse had family in Shelby CountyAlabama and that this Bobbitt family moved back and forth between Shelby CountyAlabama and Rutherford County Tennessee.In 1820 John and his family were counted twice, once in Shelby county Alabamaand once in Rutherford county Tennessee.Three of John and Mary’s children were born in Alabama.As best we can reassemble thetimetable, John P. Bobbitt was born in Warren County, North Carolina and livedthere from 1789 until 1808.After he gotmarried in 1808 John moved to Rutherford County Tennessee.From 1808 until 1817 this was his home.From 1817 until 1823 the family lived inShelby County Alabama although they may have moved back and forth between Alabama and Tennessee several times.Again from 1823through 1829 it would seem that Rutherford County, Tennessee was their primaryresidence.In 1829 they moved to Orange County, Indiana where they would stay.
Rutherford County, Tennessee was ameeting hub for settlers headed into new territory from the east.It was here that John Bobbitt from North Carolina and Nancy Huse, who was born in Kentucky ofVirginia parents met.All of John and Nancy’s children were born in Tennessee or Alabama but they were reared for the most part in Indiana.
John P. Bobbitt is listed in the 1850Orange County, Indiana census asJohn Bobbitt.He is family number 126,two houses down from his son John Huse Bobbitt.John Bobbitt is 61 years old, born in 1789 inNorth Carolina.His wife Nancy HuseBobbitt is 57 and was born in 1793 in Kentucky. There are two children living with them:William Bobbitt (21, 1829, Tennessee), andCaroline Morris (10, 1840, Indiana).Caroline Morris would have been John P. and Nancy’sgranddaughter, the daughter of Jemimah Bobbitt.Caroline’s mother died when she was 2 and herfather died when she was 5.She waspresumably raised by her grandparents.
John P. Bobbitt died in May of 1866in Orange County, Indiana.
Children of John P. Bobbitt andNancy Huse include:
A.JemimahBobbitt born in 1809 in Tennessee.She marriedThomas Morris on December22, 1831 in Orange County Indiana.Jemimah died in1842 in Washington County, Indiana.Thomas Morris was born about 1808 and diedabout 1845.Jemimahand Thomas had one daughter that we know of, Caroline Morris, born in 1840.
B.Harrison Bobbitt was born in 1810 in Tennessee.He married Lydia Boswell on November 15,1832 in OrangeCounty, Indiana.Lydia was bornin 1810 in North Carolina.Harrison and Lydia had threechildren that we know of:Abella Bobbitt (1835), JamimaBobbitt (1840), and Harrison Bobbitt (1842).Lydia presumably died as Harrison married a second time to Sarah Curryon March 6, 1856 in Orange County, Indiana and then a third time to Margaret Condra in 1859.
C.Mary Elizabeth Bobbitt was born April 21, 1811 in Tennessee.She married Valentine Cook on August 9, 1830 in OrangeCounty, Indiana.Valentine was born October 16, 1810 in NorthCarolina and died September 14, 1871 in OrangeCounty, Indiana.Mary Elizabeth also died in OrangeCounty on September 6, 1863.
D.Nicholas Bobbitt was born in 1815 in Tennessee.He married Rebecca Caroline Crittenden.Rebecca was born September 24, 1816 and died August 15, 1883.
E.Elizabeth Bobbitt was born March 15, 1816 inRutherford County, Tennessee. Shemarried Absolom Cook on December 11, 1834 in OrangeCounty, Indiana.Absolom was born October 13, 1816 in NorthCarolina and died January 10, 1859 in OrangeCounty, Indiana.Elizabeth died July 14, 1890 in OrangeCounty.
F.John Huse Bobbitt was born June 3, 1818 in ShelbyCounty, Alabama.
G. MourningBobbitt was born in 1820 in Alabama.She married James F. McDonald on September 1, 1842 in OrangeCounty, Indiana.Mourning died November 13, 1859.
H.Martha Bobbitt was born in 1823 in Alabama.She married John Stroud in 1843 in OrangeCounty Indiana.
I.JamesBobbitt was born in 1824 in Tennessee.He married EvalineFrench on June 28,1846 in Orange County Indiana.Evaline was born in1829 in Indiana.James and Evalinehad one child that we know of, William C. Bobbitt born in 1848.James married a second time to Lydia Holidayon September20, 1855 in OrangeCounty.
J.William Bobbitt was born in 1829 in Tennessee.He married Mary Jane Farrallon January 8,1852 in OrangeCounty, Indiana.
John HuseBobbitt,was born June 3, 1818 in Shelby County Alabama.Asnoted in the previous generation his family moved back and forth between ShelbyCounty Alabama and Rutherford County, Tennessee several times before eventuallymoving to OrangeCounty, Indiana.
On May 21, 1835 John Huse Bobbitt married Catherine Goble inOrange county Indiana.Catherine wasborn March 8, 1816 in Charlotte, NorthCarolina, thedaughter of Absalom Goble and Betsy Miller.
John HuseBobbitt was a minister of the Gospel and preached in rural churches of southernIndiana.
John HuseBobbitt is listed as John Bobbitt in the 1840 census of Orange County, Indiana.His family consists of hiself, his wife, and two sons, both under 5 (William and Absolom).
John HuseBobbitt is listed as John H. Bobbitt in the 1850 census of Orange County, Indiana.He is family number 124 and theywere counted on August 28, 1850.John is 33 years old, born in 1817 and giveshis place of birth as Alabama.His wife Catherine Goble Bobbit is also 33 and was born in 1817 in North Carolina.Chlidrenliving with them at this time include:William Bobbitt (14, 1836, Indiana), Absolom Bobbitt (12, 1838, Indinana), John Bobbitt (9, 1841, Indiana), Elizabeth Bobbitt (7, 1843, Indiana), Harrisonbobbitt (4, 1846, Indiana), Sally Bobbitt (2, 1848, Indiana), and Ervin H. Bobbitt (5/12, 1849, Indiana.There are also two elderlyliving with John Huse Bobbitt and his family.They are:John Huse (90, 1760, Virginia) and Jemima Huse (86, 1764, Virginia).These would be John HuseBobbitt’s maternal grandparents.Twofamilies down from John Huse Bobbitt, family 126, ishis father John.
As a widow and mother of a Unionsoldier killed during the civil war Catherine applied for a federal pension on December 3, 1895. She wrote:
“"I am 79 years old. I make myhome with my son-in-law, John M. and Mary E. Sanders, two miles north east of Valeene. I am the widow of John H. Bobbitt who died on the6th of January 1892. I am claiming pension granted to dependent mothers for myson Harrison Bobbitt who enlisted in Company "A" of 38 Regiment,Indiana Volunteers, on the l7th day of September 1861 and was killed in thebattle of Perryville, Kentucky, a year and two months after he enlisted. Hisbody was never brought home. Leander Free and William White who belonged to thesame company brought the word home when they came on a furlough soon after thebattle. He was shot through the neck and he died the next day after he waswounded.
“Our land was not profitable. Wenever raised anything to sell. We usually had to buy wheat and corn for our ownuse. Harrison helped on the farm and sometimes he would work by the day for theneighbors. Everything he earned came into the family for our use. John who wasthen about 22 years of age was at home but he was always weakly. I did not knowwhat was the matter with him. He had a bad cough eversince he was three years old and he was weak minded. He has been admitted tothe insane asylum twice thepast few years.John, myhusband began to preach four or five years after we married. He never got asmuch as $ 5 five dollars for preaching. John H. was preaching here at Valeene but he got no fixed salary. All he got forpreaching was what the members chose to give him. They would pay him mostly inclothing and provisions and feed for his stock."
John HuseBobbitt moved from OrangeCounty, Indiana to CrawfordCounty, Indiana about 1877.He died there on January 6, 1892 in Taswell, Indiana.Catherine would also die in Taswell on March 18, 1900.They are buried at the WilliamsCemetery in CrawfordCounty, Indiana
Children ofJohn Huse Bobbitt and Catherine Goble were all bornin Indiana.They include:
A.William Bobbitt was born March15, 1836.William married Elizabeth Busickon August 4, 1854 and died in 1888. William was a part of Company F, 144thregiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry during the last part of the CivilWar.Some records say that William wascaptain of this company but that has not yet been validated.If that were true He likely saw previousservice in another company.
B.Nancy Bobbitt was born September14, 1837and died in 1838.
C.Absolom Bobbitt was born January1, 1839.He married Sarah Riley. Absolomwas a private in Company D, 66th regiment, Indiana Volunteers.He enlisted from ValeenIndiana on August19, 1862and died in MemphisTennessee on July 5,1863 from“accidental wounds.”
D.John H. Bobbitt was born June3, 1841.He married Fanny Cornwell on October20, 1867and died December 24, 1918. Fanny was born October19, 1848and died July 27, 1936. We know of three children born to John H.Bobbitt and Fanny Cornwell:GeorgeWashington Bobbitt (c. 1869), Wesley Bobbitt (c. 1871), and James Bobbitt (Sep1879).
E.Elizabeth Bobbitt was born December4, 1843.She married Peter R. Holiday on December2, 1858.Peter enlisted in Company a, 38thregiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry on Sep 17, 1861.He died in Louisville, KY on Dec 14, 1861.Elizabeth died in 1875.Theyhad one daughter, Lindsay Holiday.
F.Harrison Bobbitt was born November14, 1845.He enlisted in Company A,38th regiment, Indiana Volunteers on September17, 1861.He was shot through the neck at the battle ofPerryville Kentucky on October10, 1862and died the next day.
G.Sarah Bobbitt was born March27, 1848.She married John Cornwell on September15, 1869.She died before 1895.
H.Irvin H. Bobbitt was born April12, 1850.He married Millie Line on January13, 1870.Irvin died after 1895.Irvin and Millie had one son that we know of,Arch N. Bobbitt.
I.HenryBobbitt was born January 12, 1852.He married Abbie Elizabeth Vandiveron December 1, 1872.Abbie was born March 12, 1854.Henry and Abbie would make their home in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky.Abbie died there October 1,1919 andHenry died June 30, 1930.Henry and Abbie had at least six childrenincluding Virgil F. Bobbitt (Oct 17, 1874), Rosella Bobbitt (Feb 22, 1878),Lilly V. Bobbitt (March 1881), Logan Henry Bobbitt (June 10, 1883),Roy Lee Bobbitt (Dec 24, 1885), and John ArthurBobbitt (Apr 21, 1888).
J.James A. Bobbitt was born September 12, 1854.
K.Catherine Bobbitt was born December30, 1856.She married WilfordH. Moon on March 6, 1874.
L.Nancy Caroline Bobbitt was born August17, 1858.She married Andrew J. May on March25, 1877.
M.Mary Elizabeth Bobbitt was born March15, 1862.She married John M. Sanders on September19, 1877.
James A. Bobbitt,was born September 12, 1854 in Orange County, Indiana.
James first married to Martha(Mattie) E. Smith on June 7, 1875 in Indiana.
Several good biographies of JamesA. Bobbitt have been published.According to Biographicaland Historical Souvenir for the Counties of Clark, Crawford, Harrison, Floyd, Jefferson, Jennings, Scott and Washington. John M. Gresham & Co. Chicago 1889:
JAMES BOBBETT was born in Orange County, Ind., September 12, 1854,and is a son of John H. and Catherine (Goble) Bobbett,natives of Tennessee and North Carolina respectively. The father of James, thesubject, came to Crawford county in 1877. He had fivesons, three of whom served in the late civil war. He has been a minister of theGospel in the Christian Church for forty years, and has preached in many of thecounties of SouthernIndiana. He isabout 73 years of age. James Bobbett was educated inthe schools of his native county (Orange) and in Marengo Academy, under Prof. Johnson.He came to Crawford county and taught school fortwelve years. In June, 1885, he was elected County superintendent of schools,and in 1886, he was elected county auditor, the County being over 300Democratic. In 1885 he began preaching the Gospel, and still preaches onSundays. He was married in June, 1876, to Miss Mattie E. Smith of Crawford county. She died in May, 1884, and he was married again inJune, 1885, to Miss Lizzie Gresham, of Harrison Co., a daughter of EliasGresham. He had four children by his first wife, and one by his last wife. Hebelongs to Masonic and Odd Fellows fraternities.
Commenting on James, the Historyof Crawford County recorded:
"Under Mr. Bobbitt's term of office much improvement was made. Theschools at Alton and English were graded. A little high school was done. Alton had twoteachers, English three teachers and Leavenworth had four teachers.The new brick schoolhouse in Leavenworth was considered thento be one of the best in southern Indiana.
"Many schools were furnished with new seats in which two personscould sit. The long settee or wooden bench was removed. Uniform books for thecounty were much desired. McGuffey's spellers andreaders were then used. Yet the teachers were poorly trained. Once in a whileone more daring than the rest went to the State Normal or to Bloomington.
"Elder James Bobbitt, who was one of CrawfordCounty's noble sons, died athis home in English on Wednesday, December 1, 1915. He had been planninga series of meetings at the Christian Church, of which he was a member. Aftereating a hearty dinner on Monday he went out to do some work when he sank downsuddenly in the yard. Friends were called but he never regained consciousness.Lingering in that state he died about on Wednesday. His funeral wasconducted by Elder Samson Cox and the remains were laid to rest at Eckerty. His son, Doctor Franklin Bobbitt, drove throughfrom Chicago in his car which was one of the first ones to visit English sometimethe previous summer.
Children of James and Marthainclude:
A.John Franklin Bobbitt was born February 16, 1876.He married Sarah Annis on June 1, 1903.They had one daughter that weknow of, Margaret Bobbitt born July 1, 1907.She married Allen Miller.John Franklin Bobbitt was a professor at the University of Chicago and wrote several textbooks on education.
B.Emma Beatrice Bobbitt was born April 26, 1878 and died October 19, 1948.She married Paul C. Summers.
C.Arthur Garfield Bobbitt was born February 6, 1880 and died August 3, 1953.He married Elsa Christiana Teal.Arthur Garfield Bobbitt was a graduate of IndianaUniversity.He worked as a teacher andprincipal at the Oak ParkHighSchool in Chicago for many years.
D.James Douglass Bobbitt was born July 27, 1883 and died July 16, 1953.He married FloBarnes.James was a Surgeon with the U.S. Navy and spent time in Nicaragua and the Philippines.
Martha E. Smith died in May of1884.After her death James A. Bobbittremarried to Elizabeth Emma Gresham on March 13, 1885.Elizabeth was born July 20, 1863 inCorydon Indiana, the daughter of Elias Woodford Gresham and Sarah Ann Ham.
EliasWoodford Gresham was born March 24, 1838 in Lanesville, Indiana.He married Sarah Ann Ham on November13, 1860.Sarah Ann Ham was born March 26, 1840 and was the daughter of John Lopp Ham andElizabeth Shuck.Elias Gresham was theson of William Gresham and Sarah Peters.Elias died in Eckerty Indiana on October 19,1906 and Sarah also died in Eckerty on July 26,1912.
WilliamGresham was born in 1813 and died in April of 1884.William was the son of Philip Gresham (b.1792) and Elizabeth Crutchfield.Williamalso had a brother named George.SarahPeters was born September 27, 1818 and died March 6, 1854.They were married October23, 1864.
PhilipGresham was born in 1792 the son of Lawrence Gresham and Sarah O;Neill.There is a later page of this documentdealing with the Gresham family.
John Lopp Ham was born January 4, 1811 in HarrisonCounty, Indiana, the son of David and Rhoda Ham.He married Elizabeth Shuck on August 17, 1831.Elizabeth Shuck was born December26, 1809 in Washington County, Kentucky.John LoppHam died July 5, 1881 in HarrisonCounty.Elizabeth Shuck died April 17, 1882 in Lanesville, Indiana.John LoppHam and Elizabeth Shuck had 11 children that we know of:Mary Catherine Ham (May 18, 1833), David Ham(Dec 25, 1834), Elizabeth Ham (Dec 25, 1837), John Ham (1839), Sarah Ann Ham(Mar 26, 1840), Nancy Anne Ham (Dec 3, 1841), George W. Ham (Aug 27, 1843),Eliza Ham (May 11, 18445), Arminda Ham (Jul 17,1847), Rhonda Ham (1850), and Winfield Scott Ham (Dec 23, 1851).
David Hamwas born March 23, 1772 and diedin 1817 in HarrisonCounty, Indiana.Rhoda Ham, his wife was born April 11, 1785.David and Nancy had fourchildren that we know of:John Lopp Ham (Jan 4, 1811), MahalaHam, Eliza Ham, and Mathias Ham.
Elizabeth Emma Gresham was the 2ndcousin (they have the same great-grandfather) of Walter Quinton Gresham, one ofthe most notable members of our family tree. His biography is contained in alater section.
James A. Bobbitt died December 1, 1915 in English Indiana, and Elizabeth died December 1, 1920 in Louisville, Kentucky.
Children of James and Elizabethinclude:
A.Leroy Bobbitt was born in 1887 and died as an infant.
B.Ivan Cecil Bobbitt born June 3, 1888.
C.CleanBobbitt was born in 1889 and died as an infant.
D.Grace Leons Bobbitt was born onJanuary23, 1890.She married Michael Real on June 5, 1909.Grace died on January 29, 1968.
E.Dora Monsellel Bobbitt was born November21, 1891.She married Oscar Williams on March 24, 1910 in English Indiana (CrawfordCounty).Oscar was born October19, 1883 in Eckerty, Indiana.Dora died December15, 1974.Children of Oscar and Dora include:Howard Oscar Williams (Jul 18, 1911), HaroldGeorge Williams (Dec 25, 1913), and Dorothy Jean Williams (Aug 30, 1919).
F.Edna FernBobbitt was born July 20, 1892.She married Leslie D. Gaddis and she died November20, 1982.
G.Naomi Bobbitt ( born in1906, she died as aninfant).
Ivan Cecil Bobbitt,was born June 3, 1888 inEnglish Indiana.He married BerthaMariah Riley on March 4, 1908 in Crawford County, Indiana.
BerthaMariah Riley was born March 28, 1890 in Crawford County Indiana.She was the daughter of JohnathanShelton Riley and Susan Williams.
Jonathan Shelton Riley was born December6, 1856 inCrawford County Indiana and was the son of Simon Riley and Mary Amelia Lawrence.(Simon and Mary weremarried June 15, 1854.)JonathanShelton Riley married Susan Williams October 14, 1875.Susan Williams was born November 10, 1857, the daughter of John W. Williamsand Mary Ann Allen.Susan died August14, 1917 inCrawfordCounty and Jonathan also died in Crawford countyJune 18, 1937.Children of Jonathan and Susan included:Sarah IdabellRiley, Mary Alice Riley (Oct 3, 1877), CharlotteanAnn Riley (October 25, 1879), John Thomas Riley (Oct 22, 1881), William PeterRiley (1886), Martha Jane Riley (1886), Bertha Mariah Riley (Mar 28, 1890),Arthur Ray Riley (March 11, 1900), and James Wesley Riley (June 9, 1905).
John W. Williams was born July 17,1804 in Tennessee.He married Mary Ann Allen March 2, 1828 in Tennessee. John died November 6, 1870.MaryAnn Allen was born November 17, 1810 in Mercer County Kentucky and died November17, 1886 inEckerty, Indiana.John and Mary Ann had at least two daughters; Susan and Jordon.
John W. Williams was the son of George Washington Williamsborn in 1780 and Nancy Burke.
Mary Ann Allen was the daughter of Eli Allen andElizabeth McDonald.Eli Allen was bornin 1785 in Mercer County, Kentucky, the son of Archibald Allen andMartha Hatfield.Eli died in 1876.He married Elizabeth on February1, 1810.Elizabeth McDonald was born August24, 1790 inMontgomeryCounty, Virginia, the daughter of Abner McDonald.Shedied September 25, 1855 in Duboise County, Indiana.
BerthaMariah Riley died January 7, 1968 in Depauw, Indiana.Ivan Cecil Bobbitt died in CorydoyIndiana on October18, 1969.
Children ofIvan Cecil Bobbitt and Bertha Mariah Riley include:
Mildred Irene Bobbitt born on August 17, 1909 in Eckerty, Indiana.She married Robert David Yates on November 6, 1932.Robert DavidYates was born January 6, 1907 in Rineyville, Kentucky and died April 22, 1949 in WashingtonD.C.Mildred died December18, 1954in Louisville, Kentucky.Children of Robert and Mildredinclude:Carol Irene Yates (Aug 10,1935), and David Andrew Yates (Nov 30, 1939).
Lois Thelma Bobbitt born on December 30, 1910 in EckertyIndiana.She married John Turner Dutschke on October 19,1933in Watson Indiana.John Turner Dutschkewas born Nobember 21, 1902 and died October 23, 1992.Lois died on January 28, 1995.Children ofJohn and Lois include:Shelia Sue Dutschke (February 22, 1937), Judith Lynn Dutschke (May 1, 1940), and AlyceGay Dutschke (August 10, 1944)
Adanell Bobbitt born February 23, 1914.Adanell married William Francis Kinney about 1934 and theyhad one child William Cecil Klima.After divorcing Adanell married again toBeverly Bartly Klima on September 12, 1939 in Jeffersonville, Indiana.Beverly Bartley Klima was born July 17, 1910 in ClintonIowa and died January 8, 1997 in Oak RidgeTennessee.Adanell died onOctober 7, 1997 in Oak Ridge.Children of Beverly and Adanell include William Cecil Klima (the natural sonof Adanell and William, he was legally adoptedby Beverly), Douglas Bartley Klima, Gerald Gregory Klima (January8, 1946), Steven Lynn Klima (April 3, 1955), and Kristy Lane Klima (March19, 1958).Kristy would live only20 days.
Susan Elizabeth Bobbitt was bornJanuary 21, 1917 in EckertyIndiana.Shemarried Earl Herbert Turpin in Portland OreganSeptember 30, 1940.Earl was bornin Silvernite New Mexico on January21, 1910.He was an officer in the Submarine corpsof the U. S. Navy and served during WWII and Korea.He was on board ship in Pearl Harbor when it was attacked by theJapanese.Susan was on her way tochurch that morning and had to take refuge when her car came underfire.Children of Earl and Susaninclude:Karen Eileen Turpin (March13, 1947), and Keith Bobbitt Turpin (November 13, 1951).
James Riley Bobbitt was born November 7, 1923 in Louisville, Kentucky.James married Minerva Patience Long on August 31, 1947 in IndianapolisIndiana.Minerva was born in Indianapolis on May16, 1922..James was aprofessor at BereaCollege in BereaKentucky.He died in BereaKentucky on August6, 1978.Children of James and Minervainclude:ChristoferRendrie Bobbitt born September10, 1952,Robin Rebecca Bobbitt born June 13, 1955, and Heather Meredith Bobbittborn August 30, 1956.
The Gresham family ties into our Bobbitt familyhistory in the 7th generation of this document.James A. Bobbitt’s second wife was ElizabethEmma Gresham.Elizabeth’s family history goes back 4Generations to Lawrence Gresham who immigrated from England.Elizabeth Emma Gresham’s father was Elias Woodford Gresham.His 2nd cousin, Walter Q. Gresham,was probably the most famous member of our family history.
Manymembers of the Gresham family are buried in the Lanesvillecemetery in Harrison County Indiana including Lawrence Gresham and his wifeSarah O’Neill.
Walter Quinton Gresham
There areseveral good accounts of Walter Quinton Gresham’s life.His widow, Matilda McGrainGresham published the Life of Walter Quinton Gresham (1832 - 1895) intwo volumes in 1919.His biography alsoappeared in Biographies of Notable Americans in 1904 and he is listed inmany historical encyclopedias.
The story of Walter Quinton Gresham begins with the story ofhis father William Gresham (1802).Thisis the William Gresham born September 16, 1802, the son of George Gresham(1776).Do not confuse this with WilliamGresham (1813) who was Elias Woodford Gresham’s father.These two William Gresham’s were 11 yearsapart in age and were 1st cousins.
William Gresham was born September16, 1802 inMercerCounty, Kentucky.His father George Gresham was born in Virginia, the first born son ofour patriot ancestor below, and was part of the mass migration into new landsafter the revolutionary war.
Williammarried Sarah Davis on November 3, 1825 in Harrison County, Indiana.Sarah had been born in Madison County, Kentucky on September15, 1807.William and Sarah had 5 childrentogether:Benjamin QuinceyGresham (Sep 21, 1826), Mary Andremeade Gresham (Nov26, 1827), Bethsada Bell Gresham (April 29, 1829),Walter Quinton Gresham (March 17, 1832), and William G. Gresham (July 30,1833).
WilliamGresham was a cabinetmaker by profession, but was elected by popular vote acolonel in the state militia and, while sheriff of HarrisonCounty on January 23,1834, wasstabbed and killed by an outlaw named Levi Sipes whomhe was attempting to arrest. Sarah continued to operate the farm after Williamwas killed and after 4 years as a widow she married Noah Rumleyon February 17, 1838.She and Noahhad a son and two daughters.
So Walter wasnot quite two years old when his father was killed and almost 6 when his motherremarried.Several of the biographicalsources on Walter state that his family was of the strict “abolitionist” faithand that as young men Walter and his two brothers were active associates in theoperating of the “underground railroad” through HarrisonCounty.
At the ageof 16 Walter obtained a job as a clerk in the office of the countyauditor.His earnings allowed him toattend the Corydon seminary for two years.He then attended Indiana university in Bloomington for one year from 1852-1853.He joined the law office of Judge William A.Porter and was admitted to the Indiana bar on April 10,1854.
Walter wentto work for Judge Thomas C. Slaughter as a political speaker.He canvassed the district for Judge Slaughteras a congressional candidate on the anti-Nebraska bill.He worked as a speaker canvassing Indiana for John C. Freemont in 1856 and in1860 Walter was elected to the state legislature.He became chairman of the state militarycommittee making several important changes that assisted the state militiaprepare for the coming war.Walter thenfell out of favor with then governor Morton byattacking what he called a “spoils” system where money allocated for the blindand insane in Indiana was diverted to the governor’sappointed trustees.
As theCivil War began Walter volunteered to serve in the army but was denied acommission by the governor.He thenorganized his own company at Corydon and became captain of it.His company became part of the 38thIndiana Volunteer Infantry and Walter was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel.This is the regiment many of our relativeswould serve in.Walter did not stay withthe 38th long.
Walter waspromoted to Colonel and given command of the 53rdIndiana regiment.As a part of Ulysses S. Grant’s Tennessee campaign of 1862 Walter was presentat Shiloh and participated in the siege of Corinth and Vicksburg where he commanded a brigade.On the recommendation of General Grant he waspromoted to brigadier-general on August 11, 1863.He was assigned to General Sherman’s army where he commanded the 4thdivision of the 17th corps.At Atlanta, in the engagement at Bald Hill on July20, 1864,part of the battle of Peachtree Creek, he was shot in the knee and his militarycareer ended.On March13, 1865 hewas given a brevet promotion to major-general for gallantry at Atlanta but he would never again commandsoldiers in the field and was lame the rest of his life.
After hismilitary service Walter Quinton Gresham returned to Indiana and opened a law practice at New Albany.He ran for congress in 1864 and 1866 but lost both times to MichaelKerr.In 1869 he was appointed U. S.District Judge for Indiana by his former military commander, PresidentGrant.While district judge, Walter ranfor the Senate in 1880 but lost to Benjamin Harrison.He remained a judge until April, 1882 whenpresident Chester A. Arthur appointed him postmaster-general.He was appointed head of the treasurydepartment on September 4, 1884.He held this position only 4 months before he was appointed U. S. Judge for the seventh judicialcircuit in December, 1884.
In 1884 and1888 Walter ran for the Republican presidential nomination and was the leadingcandidate for some time in 1888 but he fell out of favor with the republicanleadership.He was eventually beaten byBenjamin Harrison who went on to become president.The 1888 election was tight and BenjaminHarrison lost the popular vote to Grover Cleveland but carried the electoral college.
In 1892Walter announced his opposition to the Republican platform (they ran Harrison for re-election).Walter had been a republican for his entirepolitical life but in 1892 after briefly running as the populistparty candidate for president, he supported Grover Cleveland and becamea Democrat. He resigned his position onthe 7th Judicial circuit on March 3, 1893 when he was appointedSecretary of State by President Cleveland and was still serving in thatposition when he died in Washington D. C. on May 28, 1895.Walter is buried in Arlington cemetery.
One of the benefits that Walter received while postmaster general was GreshamOregon.Gresham, Oregon in MultnomahCounty near Portland was originally called “CampGround” when their first Post Office wasopened in 1871. But that post officeclosed and when the new post office was opened on May 4, 1884 they decided to name the town afterthe postmaster general of the United States which was of course Walter QuintonGresham.There is also a town called GreshamNebraska located in York County Nebraskathat was named after Walter.
Supportinginformation on Walter Quinton Gresham:
The 1860census lists Walter Q. Gresham as a head of household in Harrison County Indiana(Dwelling 533-530).He is 28 years ofage, was born in Indiana, and is a lawyer byprofession.His wife Matilda is 20 yearsold and was born in Kentucky.They have a son William O. who is one.There is also a 19 year old female named Sarah Ferguson living withthem.
The 1880census lists W. Q. Gresham as a head of household in Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana (Page83C).He is 47 years old and was born inIndiana.His occupation is listed as U. S. Supreme Court Judge.[He was actually a United States Circuitcourt Judge]His wife Matilda is41.They have two children living withthem.Otto is a 23 year old son who is alaw student and Kate is a 19 year old daughter.They also have two domestic servents, Ann Kelter a 35 year old cook and Nat Brown a 21 year oldhostler.
The FortWayne News from February 3, 1896 contains the following story:
The will of Gen. Walter Q. Gresham,late secretary of state, was admitted to probate today by Judge Rohlsaat. The will is very simple. It is written in JudgeGresham's own hand writing upon one sheet of paper, dated December 18, 1888. It is as follows: I give, devise and bequeath to my wife, Matilda Gresham, all my estate,property and effects, real, personal and every kind and description and wheresoever situated, to have and hold absolutely. Iappoint my said wife sole executrix of this will.
A schedule of the property owned by Gen. Gresham, shows thathe was worth $51,000 at the time of his death.Of this$40,000.is in real property and the rest in personaleffects. the other heirs are Otto Gresham, his son andKate Gresham Andrews, his daughter.
LawrenceGresham – 1st Generation
The first Gresham in our line in America was Lawrence Gresham, our patriotancestor.Lawrence was born in England in 1753 and at the age of 6 wassent as an indentured servant to his uncle in Virginia.At the age of 18 he had earned his freedom and he served in theContinental Army during the revolution.
LawrenceGresham married Sarah O’Neill in Minwiddle County, Virginia about 1775.Theirfirst son, George Gresham was born on October 9, 1776.Their next son, William Gresham, would not be born until about1784.Between 1784 and 1795 they wouldhave six children.This long gap inbirths between George and William can at least partially be explained by Lawrence’s revolutionary military service.
Knownchildren of Lawrence Gresham and Sarah O’Neill include:George(Oct 9, 1773), William (abt. 1784), Mary(1784), John (Dec 30, 1786), Philip (Aug 27, 1792), Cutler (abt.1795), and Thomas (abt. 1795).
LawrenceGresham and Sarah O’Neill are buried in Lanesville Indiana. Lawrence’s stone gives his date of death as Augutst 5, 1825 and states that he was 72 years old at thetime of his death.Sarah is next tohim.Her date of death is given as July21, 1839and she was 85 years old at the time of her death.Many children of Lawrence and Sarah are alsoburied here including their sons George, John, and Philip.
George Gresham – 2ndGeneration
GeorgeGresham, the first born son of our patriot ancestor Lawrence Gresham was born October9, 1773 in PetersburgVirginia.This is the grandfather of Walter Quinton Gresham.He was the only child of Lawrence and Sarahborn before the revolutionary war.Asnew lands opened up in the northwest after the revolutionary war George movedwest bringing his father with him.
Georgemarried Mary Pennington on October 14, 1801 in Harrodsburg Kentucky.Mary was born January 1, 1781 in Virginia.George and Mary eventually settled in Harrison County, Indiana.George Gresham died in Lanesville, Harrison County, Indiana on September5, 1830 andis buried in the Lanesville cemetery.
George andMary had 11 children that we know of:George, William, Sarah, Elizabeth, John Thomas, Dennis, Josie,Larkin, Edward, and Mary Ann.
Philip Gresham – 2ndGeneration
PhilipGresham, our ancestor and son of Lawrence Gresham and Sarah O’Neill was born onAugust 27, 1792 in Kentucky.He moved with his family to Indiana.
Philipmarried Elizabeth K. Crutchfield on December 12, 1812.Elizabeth was born in Kentucky on October10, 1794.
Philip diedin HarrisonCounty, Indiana on September4, 1851 andis buried in the Lanesville cemetery.Elizabeth was also buried there after herdeath on September 30, 1885.
Philip andElizabeth had 11 children that we know of:William (Sep 18, 1813), Polly(Nov 5, 1816), George (Nov 3, 1818), Lawrence (Jan 21, 1821), John (Aug 29,1823), Elias (Dec 7, 1824), James A. (Sep 27, 1827), David Woodford (August 17,1829), Nancy Jane (Jun 9, 1833), Jesse H. (Dec 19, 1835), and Philip Thomas(Dec 12, 1838).
William Gresham – 3rdGeneration
WilliamGresham, our ancestor the son of Philip Gresham and Elizabeth Crutchfield, wasborn September 18, 1813 in Lanesville, Harrison County, Indiana.He married Sarah Peters on October 23, 1834 in HarrisonCounty.Sarah was born September 27, 1818.
William andSarah can be found in the 1840 and 1850 censuses of Harrison CountyIndiana.Sarah Peters died March6, 1854.Children of William and Sarah include:EliasWoodford Gresham (Mar 24, 1838), Mary Ann Gresham (Aug 7, 1835), MiltonGresham (Jan 1, 1839), Elizabeth C. Gresham (Feb 23, 1841), Abraham Gresham(Mar 12, 1843), Philip Charles Gresham (Feb 20, 1847), Benjamin Gresham (Feb23, 1847), and James N. Gresham (c. 1849).Sarah Peters died March 6, 1854.
AfterSarah’s death William Gresham remarried to ElendorMarkel on August 10, 1854.The had one child together, Daniel Gresham bornSep 10, 1859.William and Elendor are found on the 1860 census of Harrisoncounty.William Gresham died April24, 1884.
Elias Woodford Gresham – 4thGeneration
EliasWoodford Gresham, our ancestor and son of William Gresham and Sarah Peters, wasborn March 24, 1838 in Lanesville, Harrison County, Indiana.In the 1860 census of Harrison County, Indiana Elias is living with the family of Iversyon Lynn, a Blacksmith and Elias’ profession is listedas “Blacksmith apprentice”.Later thatsame year on November 13, 1860 Elias married Sarah Ann Ham.Sarah Ann Ham was born March26, 1840 inLanesville and was the daughter of John Lopp Ham andElizabeth Shuck.There is more on theHam family elsewhere in this document.
At somepoint Elias and his family moved from Lanesville to EckertyIndiana.Elias died there on October 19, 1906 and Sarah died July26, 1912.Children of Elias Woodford Gresham and SarahAnn Ham include:John William Gresham(Oct 11, 1861), Elizabeth Emma Gresham(July 20, 1863), Sherman Tecumech Gresham (Mar 31,1865), Abbe Florence Gresham (Dec 8, 1866), Edward G.Gresham (Apr 26, 1869), Charles Roscoe Gresham (Feb 13, 1871), Cora EstellaGresham (Aug 28, 1873), Mary Arminda Gresham (Sep 20,1874), Sylvester Benjamin Gresham (Jul 1, 1876), George Thomas Gresham (Feb 26,1878)< OdestSeldonGresham (Oct 4, 1879), and Sarah Caroline Gresham (Jun 10, 1882).
The Bobbitt familyduring the American Civil War:
Notfor fame or reward, Not for place or for rank, Not lured by ambition, Or goaded by necessity, But in Simple Obedience to Duty As they understood it, These men suffered all, Sacrificed all, Dared all--and died.
(Inscription on themonument to the dead of the Confederate States Army, Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, D.C.)
The civil war split the Bobbitt family with sons serving onboth sides depending primarily on where they were living when the war began.In John William Bobbitt’s book, The BobbittFamily in America, on page93-100 he has a comprehensive list of every Bobbitt who served during the war.Each soldier listed has been authenticated byU.S. War Department abstracts, prison and parole records, or survivingconfederate records.Some soldiers mayactually be included more than once if they served multiple enlistments in differentunits, but this list includes 193 veterans, 167 confederateand 26 union, all with the Bobbitt surname.As complete as this list was in 1985 there are even more records thathave been found since then.An exampleis Harrison Bobbitt who we knew from family tradition had been killed in thewar.His service is well documented andsurvivor’s benefits were paid, yet he did not make the list of 193.
John writes that, “The Bobbitt family is essentially asouthern Confederate family and even the 25 or 30 soldiers who served on theUnion side, were all born in southern states.” Many Bobbitt families,had moved west to Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, and Illinois in order to avoid the war.For the most part they were unsuccessful inthat regard.
Inaddition to General Walter Quinton Gresham who was already detailed, thoseCivil War veterans who’s relationship to us is closeand established include:
William Bobbitt was the son of John Huse Bobbitt and Catherine Goble, older brother of JamesBobbitt, the author’s great-great-grandfather.That makes William and his brothers listed below mygreat-great-granduncles.William was a privatein Company F, 144th regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry.Some records say that William was captain ofthis company but that has not yet been validated.If that were true He likely saw previousservice in another company.
The 144th regiment was organized late in the waron March 6, 1865.This unit never sawcombat and was disbanded on August 5, 1865.47 members of this regiment died from disease during its six months ofservice.
Absolom Bobbitt - son of John HuseBobbitt and Catherine Goble, younger brother of William.Absolom was aprivate in Company D, 66th regiment, Indiana Volunteers.He recruited from ValeenIndiana on August19, 1862and died in MemphisTennessee on July 5,1863 from“accidental wounds.”
The 66th regiment was mustered into service on August19, 1862,the date of Absolom’s enlistment.The invasion of Kentucky required every available unit andthe night of August 19th the regiment marched to LexingtonKentucky.On the 23rd they marched east from Lexington and were engaged in battle onAugust 30th, just 11 days after the regiment was formed.In this battle a major part of the regimentwas captured by the confederate’s but they were paroled.On Novemeber 18th,1862 they were re-equipped and re-armed.After Absolom’s death this unit wouldparticipate in the Atlanta campaign engaging in the battles ofResacca, Lay’s Ferry, Rome Cross Roads, Dallas, Kennesaw, and Jonesboro.
Harrison Bobbitt - son of John HuseBobbitt and Catherine Goble and younger brother of Absolomand William Bobbitt.He enlisted inCompany A, 38th regiment, IndianaVolunteers on September 17, 1861.He was shot through the neck at the battle of Perryville Kentucky on October10, 1862and died the following day.
Peter R. Holiday – husband of Elizabeth Bobbitt, sonin law to John Huse Bobbitt and Catherine Goble,enlisted in Company A, 38th regiment,Indiana Volunteer Infantry on Sep 17, 1861.He died in Louisville, KY on Dec 14, 1861.Peter’s wife was the sister of William, Absolomand Harrison listed above.
The 38th regiment was organized in New Albany, Indiana on September18, 1861.This was the unit that many of our relativesfought in and has an incredible history.Company A was mostly from Orange County, Indiana.They marched to Elizabethtown, Kentucky on September 21st andremained there at Camp Nevin on Green River untilFebruary, 1862.They saw their firstengagement on May 13, 1862 at Rogersville.At this time they were part of the 7thindependent brigade, Army of the Ohio.They fought in the battle of Chattanooga on June 7,1862.They were moved to the 9thbrigade, 3rd division, Army of the Ohio where they pursued Bragg fromAugust 21 to October 15, 1862.During this pursuit the battle of Perryville was fought.
After Harrison’s death the regiment would march to Murfreesboro, Tennessee where they would fight in thebattle of Stone’s River from Dec 30, 1862 through Jan 3,1863.During this battle the 38thregiment fought as a part of 1st brigade, 1st division,14th Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland.They fought in the Tullahoma campaign from June 24 - July 7, 1863 including action in the battle of Hoover’s Gap June 24 - 26.They participated in the Chickamauga campaign in August and September of1863 seeing action in the battles of Davis Cross Roads, Dung Gap, Rossville Gapand then the battle of Chickamauga on September 19 - 21.From Sep 24 - Nov 23 the 38thregiment participated in the siege of Chattanooga and then fought the battles of LookoutMountain on Nov 23 - 24, Mission Ridge onNov 25, Pea Vine Creek and Graysville on Nov 26, and Ringgold Gap and Taylor’s Ridge on November 27.
In April, 1864 the 38th regiment was moved from 1stbrigade to 3rd brigade, still in the 1st division, 14thCorps.The Atlanta campaign started May1, 1864.During this campaign this unit saw action atthe battle of Buzzard’s Roost Gap on May 8 - 9, andthe battle of Resaca May 14 - 15.FromMay 25 - June 5 the regiment would fight in battles at Dallas, New HopeChurch, and AllatoonaHills.They fought at Pickett’s Mills onMay 27.During operations against KennesawMountain the 38th fought at PineHill June 11 - 14, LostMountain on June 15 - 17.They participated in the assault on Kennesawon June 27, 1864 and fought at Ruff’s Station in Smyrna on July 4. They fought there way across the Chattahoocheeriver fromJuly 5 – 17, and then fought again at Peach Tree Creek July 19-20.They participated in the siege of Atlanta from July 22 – Aug 25 includingaction at Utoy Creek on Aug 5 – 7.From August 25 – 30 they participated in theflank movement on Jonesboro and then fought in the Battle ofJonesboro Aug 31 – Sep 1, 1864.They participated in the pursuit of Hood into Alabama October 3 – 26, thenthey marched to the sea Nov 15 – Dec 10, and participated in the siege of Savannah Dec 10 – 21.
After the fall of Savannah the 38th moved into the Carolinas.They fought at AverysboroNC on March 16,1865.They occupied Goldsboro on Mar 24,and Raleigh on April 14.After the battle of Bennett’s House on April14, 1865they were part of the army that accepted the surrender of GeneralJohnston.They marched to WashingtonD.C. via RichmondVA and participated in the GrandReview in Washington on May 24,1865.They then moved to LouisvilleKentucky where they disbanded on July15, 1865.During the war the 38th regimentlost 9 officers and 147 men to enemy fire and 1 officer and 254 enlisted men todisease for a total of 411 dead.
As well as Harrison Bobbitt and Peter Holiday listed above there are othermembers of the 38th regiment that I am sure are related to usthrough marriage.William and HarrisonBobbitt’s mother was a Goble and their sister married a Holiday.
Alfred Goble of Paoli, Indiana joined the 38th on Feb17, 1861.He was with the unit until they disbanded.
Henry Goble of Paoli, Indiana joined the 38th regimenton Feb 27, 1861.He drowned at StoneRiver on Jan 11,1863.
Lindsey Holiday of Valeen, Indiana joined the 38th regimenton Sep 17, 1861.He died May15, 1863.
Henderson Goble of Paoli, Indiana joinedcompany F, 13th Indiana Calvary, on April 2, 1864 and served until Nov 18, 1865.He was a private.
Benjamin Quincy Gresham, the older brother of GeneralWalter Gresham started his military career with the 3rd regiment, IndianaCalvary where he was a 1st Lt in Troop B, and then promoted toMajor.At some point he was promoted toLt. Colonel and transferred to the 10th Regiment, Indiana Calvary.
Edward Bobbitt was a 1st Lt. with company G of the 34thregiment, Indianainfantry.He is also listed as asurgeon.His relation to us is unknown.
Jacob Bobbitt was a private in company H, 10th IndianaCalvary.His relation to us isunknown.
Simon Knott has photographed a number of English churchesand made his work available over the internet at his website www.suffoldchurches.co.uk.I have copied his photographs of the Grundisburgh, Campsea Ash andWoodbridge churches.
This is the Saint Mary’s church in Grundisburgh where John Bobbetwas Christened on January 20, 1578/9.The tower was added in 1732 but the churchitself dates much earlier.There aremany pictures on Knott’s website that show the interior detail.Many parts of the interior contain artworkdating before the reformation including some that were painted over and onlyrediscovered in the 1950’s.There is alsoone piece that Knott believes dates from 1348 when the blackdeath killed off over half the village population.
On the left is the Campsea Ash church.John Bobbet (1578/9) and his wife Margaret Edgare are probably buried in this church cemetery.In this Church Margaret and her children wereChristened.
Although this church appearsmodernized most of the structure and the tower date from the 14thcentury.The stained glass was all addedor replaced in the 19th century.
This is theParrish church at Woodbridge where William Bobbitt (1674) andhis sister Francis were Christened.Thereare records that indicate that a SaxonChurch has stoodon this location since at least 1086 but the current building was constructedin the early 15th century.