Name: William BOBBITT Sr
Given Name: William
Birth: 1645 in near Bristol, Glamorganshire, Wales
Death: 1703 in Bristol Parish, Charles City, Va
Burial: Ferry Chapel Cemetery, later to built on by the Norfolk and Western Railroad Station 1
BIOGRAPHY: From The Bobbitt Family in America by John W. Bobbitt
Change Date: 3 Jun 2001 at 10:04:42
BIOGRAPHY: The year 1649 was about the time that William Bobbitt was born in the Glanmorganshire area of Wales, near the "Port of Bristol". By the time William Bobbitt had reached the age of twenty, the stories of the colonies were more like the stories of paradise. Edward Bobbitt, a relative of William Bobbitt had gone to the colony of Massachusetts in 1640, and no doubt the stories that came from all the colonies were of much interest to the Bobbitt family in Wales.
BIOGRAPHY: The government of England, in order to encourage the settlement of the colonies, offered fifty acres of land to each person who would pay his own transportation to the colony. The fifty acres of land would be granted to each person transported, including children and wives.
BIOGRAPHY: As soon as a person arrived from England to the Virginia Colony, he made application for the land he was entitled. Application was made to the governor who had been appointed by the King to make such grants in his behalf. It was only necessary to get the captain of the ship to vouch for the payment of the passage made by his passengers.
BIOGRAPHY: William Bobbitt could not have been more than 20 years of age when he arrived into the colony. He and his wife were probably married in Wales. They had to be man and wife before the voyage in order to receive 100 acres of land as husband and wife, for making the voyage and paying their own transportation.
BIOGRAPHY: The land William Bobbitt received in 1673 is in present day Hopewell, Virginia. William and his family lived on the land until his death in 1703. His eldest son, William Bobbitt Junior, sold the land on May 12, 1703. The deed was recorded in Prince George County, Virginia. The laws of the colony, guided the descendants of William Bobbitt in obtaining and cultivating land until after the American Revolution.
BIOGRAPHY: From October 27, 1673 until June 10, 1702 William had reared his family. His sons had grown and had left home. William and his wife were content to live on their first home-place in America.
BIOGRAPHY: William Bobbitt Senior died in 1703 and the law of English Primogeniture prevailed. After William Bobbitt Junior sold the land of his father, he purchased 90 acres of land on June 18, 1712, and 245 acres of land on December 6, 1718 on the north side of Rocky Run in Prince George County near the border of present day Dinwiddie county, south of Petersburg Virginia.
BIOGRAPHY: William Bobbitt Senior died in 1703 a member of the Church of England. He is believed to have been buried in the church yard of the "Ferry Chapel" of Bristol Parish. His grave has been calculated to be under the old Norfolk and Western Railroad station in the city of Petersburg Virginia. His tiny plantation was in the present day city of Hopewell Virginia.
Joanna STURDIVANT b: ABT 1645 in Glamorganshire, Wales
- William BOBBITT Jr b: 1675 in Bristol Parish, Charles City, Va
- John BOBBITT b: 1678
- James BOBBITT b: 1680
- Title: The Bobbitt Family in America
Author: John W. Bobbitt
Page: page 16