Name: James BOBBITT
Given Name: James
Birth: 1707 in Rocky Run, Prince George County, Va
Death: Mar 1761 in Antrim Parish, Halifax, Va
Notes for James BOBBITT: Proved in Halifax County in 1761 (Halifax, W. B. 0-131)
Change Date: 10 Nov 2001 at 01:12:00
Additional information regarding birth and lineage added 1/26/94 from Churchs CD ROM.
submitted by Melanie Crain
A very well-documented book by John W. Bobbitt, entitled "The Bobbitt Family in America," Publ: Washington D.C. 1985, gives some different and extended facts on this family and its relationship to the Dalton family. Up to this time, Nancy Samuelson, authoress of "The Dalton Gang Story" has been the major source for details about the Bobbitts.
Excerpts below are extracted from the book of John W. Bobbitt:
p. 260: "James Bobbitt [1707-1761] was born and reared on the plantation of William Bobbitt Junior who lived on Rocky Run in Prince George County Virginia. He was trained to raise tobacco, and run a grist mill. Apparently James Bobbitt did not marry until he was about 27 or 28 years old in the year of 1734. James Bobbitt married a widow by the name of Elizabeth Bennett. Elizabeth a young widow had one child, a son, by the name of Richard Bennett. The Bennett family was a well established family of Surry County Virginia"
p. 261: "The interesting fact of this marriage was that we have found that Elizabeth's maiden name was Dalton. She was the daughter of Timothy and Elizabeth Dalton of Bedford County Virginia. James Bobbitt took Elizabeth (Dalton) Bennett, and her son, Richard Bennett, to his plantation on the banks of the Pigg River [in Pittsylvania County]. At the time, Timothy Dalton owned land adjoining the plantation of James Bobbitt. The Dalton family was a large family in Pittsylvania County Virginia"
[Three of James' land acquisitions are quoted on this page; those in 1758 and 1759 were in Bedford County, two of which were on the Otter River]
"In 1752, James Bobbitt was counted in a list of tithables by John Phelps and listed as being taxed for two tithables. The two taxables were James Bobbitt, and his step son, Richard Bennett. Timothy Dalton was in the same tax list with only one tithable."
p. 262: "In the Common Pleas Court, book 1, between 1752 and 1755, James Bobbitt was called into court twelve times for failing to report his taxable sons. It took James Bobbitt several years and several thousand pounds of tobacco to learn that he eventually had to comply with the law.
"James Bobbitt became ill in March of 1761 and on March 13, 1761 he wrote his will. He mentions all of his mature children in his will, including his stepson, Richard Bennett, and his wife Elizabeth. The will was recorded in Halifax County Virginia, in Will Book O, page 131."
p. 263: Will of James Bobbitt 1761, probated 20 Aug 1761:
"I give to my son John, law's Richard Bennit, the remaining part of the above mentioned tract of land on the north side of Pigg River, according to the river courses of the patent, also a tract of land surveyed by John Adams adjoining the line of the above said land to the said Richard Bennitt also to him and his heirs forever in consideration whereof the said Richard Bennit is to pay James Bobbitt eleven pounds at the time the said Bobbitt shall come of age, provided he die before he shall have issue or come to age, the money to be paid to Randall Bobbit." [The author was reading from a handwritten will. Since the first line does not make absolute sense, the line may have read: I give to my son "heir at" law Richard Bennit.]
"I give to my son William Bobbitt that part of the tract of land I had of Timothy Dalton lying on the south side of Pigg River to him and his heirs and assigns forever, he paying likewise to the said James Bobbitt Junior, the sum of seven pounds in like manor as the said Richard Bennit"
p. 264 [continuation of the Will] "I give to my son John Bobbitt the remainder of the tract of land I had of this said Dalton on the north side of Pigg River, he paying the sum of eight pounds in mannor above as to the above said Randall Bobbit" "I lend to my loving wife Elizabeth during my [her?] widow[hood?], my negro, Joe, with all the rest of my estate equally to be divided between my loving wife, Elizabeth Bobbitt, Dinah Jinnings, Ann Hinson, Mary Bobbitt, Livisa Bobbit, James Bobbit, and Randall Bobbitt. "I do constitute and appoint my loving wife Elizabeth Bobbit, executrix and my loving friends Robert Baber and Hugh Innis, executors to this my last will and testament" Signed and delivered in presence of: Benjamin Henkle [or Hensle?], Amos Choin? [Choice?], John Dutton [or Dalton?] [-all brackets are those of Melanie. In this case where the book's author apparently was having difficulty reading names, I have suggested names which were known in the area. For 'Henkle' the obvious misreading could be the 's' which looked like an 'f' or 'k' in contemporary script.]
Family Group of James and Elizabeth (Dalton) Bobbitt "a calculated list of ages of the eight [Bobbitt] children" Richard Bennitt, stepson m. Mary Dalton Dinah Bobbitt b. 1739 m. Jonathan Jennings Ann Bobbitt b. 1741 m. James? Henson John Bobbitt b. 1742 m. Sarah Gibson William Bobbitt b. 1744 m. Ann McKenzie Livisa Bobbitt b. 1746 m. James Cockran James Bobbitt, Jr b. 1748 m. Elizabeth McKenzie Randolph Bobbitt b. 1752 m. Fanny Walden Mary Bobbitt b. 1754 m. Richard Bennitt
[I cannot explain the two Richard Bennitts above: one who marries Mary Dalton and one who marries Mary Bobbitt.-MC]
p. 267: "We do not know what happened to Elizabeth Bobbitt. The last time she is mentioned in any record is in the list of tithables taken in 1767: Elizabeth Bobbitt and her negro Joe Bobbitt 1 tithable"
[Here emerges a delicate little problem: there is an Elizabeth Dalton who married William Arthur, Jr. in 1762, Bedford County, consent given by Timothy Dalton. The 1767 tithables list of Camden Parish proves that the Elizabeth who married William Arthur is not the Elizabeth who was James Bobbitt's widow. Can anyone add any information to this dilemma?]
p. 268: "We can find no evidence that James Bobbitt was married before he married the widow Elizabeth Bennett. The records indicate that all of the children mentioned in the will were mothered by Elizabeth Bobbitt. The records show that the children considered Timothy and Elizabeth Dalton of Bedford County Virginia to be their maternal grand-parents. There are two deeds which prove that Elizabeth's maiden name was Dalton, and that the Dalton family considered John and William Bobbitt to be their grandsons.
January 5, 1764 - Halifax County Virginia records. "Timothy Dalton, and Elizabeth his wife, of the County of Bedford, and John Bobbitt of Halifax County, for five shillings, paid by John Bobbitt for 160 acres of land on the north side of Pigg River, being the plantation whereon the said John Bobbitt now lives."
January 6, 1764 - Halifax County Virginia records. "Timothy Dalton, and Elizabeth his wife, of the County of Bedford, and William Bobbitt of Halifax County, for five shillings, paid by William Bobbitt, for 240 acres of land on the south side of the Pigg River, being land whereon the said William Bobbitt now lives." "Five shillings was token payment to make the deeds legal and have the deeds recorded. James and Randolph were much too young to be eligible to receive land gifts from their grandparents."
Father: William BOBBITT Jr b: 1675 in Bristol Parish, Charles City, Va
Mother: Mary GREEN b: ABT 1675 in Prince George, Va
Elizabeth DALTON b: in 1709
in Lunenburg County, Va
- Diannah BOBBITT b: 1739 in Va
- John BOBBITT b: 1742 in Prince George County, Va
- William BOBBITT b: 1744 in Prince George Co., Va
- Ann BOBBITT b: 1741
- Livisa BOBBITT b: 1746
- James BOBBITT Jr b: 1748
- Randolph BOBBITT b: 1752
- Mary BOBBITT b: 1754