Family of Southern Indiana and other
parts of the United
States of America
844 Fairview Rd.
January 31, 2006
With the growth of the internet,
genealogical resources are now widely available that until just a few years ago
required great amounts of effort and study.As a result of new information that has become known to the author, and we
have learned more about our ancestry than ever before.Some of this new information calls into
question facts that we had assumed to be settled and although more information
is available many facts are still in question.This document will attempt to include different viewpoints and
differentiate what we think to be true from what we have documented evidence
of.This document is intended for
distribution among close family of the author and is not designed for mass
distribution.However duplication and
distribution is allowed to anyone who would find this information useful.The author has tried to document all sources
and evidence but assumes no responsibility for errors contained in this
One of the best sources for
information on the Bobbitt lineage is Keith Bobbitt.Keith lives in Mount
VernonIndiana and has an
outstanding website dedicated to Bobbitt heritage.
In 1985 John William Bobbitt
published a book entitled The Bobbitt Family in America.
a 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 cousin
twice removed of the author.
William Bobbitt’s work has been added to over the 20 years since it was
first published but remains the definitive source for information about the
Bobbitt Family once they came to America.To read this work online:
If you would like to purchase a hard copy of The Bobbitt
Family in America they may
be purchased from Keith Bobbitt through his website www.keithbobbitt.com.The cost is $75 per copy.
The major revisions and possible
errors in this book center on our immigrant ancestor, William Bobbitt’s wife
and history before coming to America. There have been new discoveries and new
information given to us by Marsha Berry.
Another published work on the
Bobbitt family is Our Bobbitt Family, by Allen Wade Mount Sn.Allen published
his work in 1972 and it deals exclusively with the southern Bobbitt line (our
line).This book may also be read online
through Keith Bobbitt’s website.
Finally, Marsha Berry published, Bobbitt
Family From 20 Jan
1579Grundisburgh, Suffolk, England.It was Marsha’s work that first challenged
the idea that William Bobbitt Sn., our immigrant
ancestor was from Glamorganshire, Wales. Her documentation indicates that he was in
fact from Saint Mary, Woodbridge, Suffolk, England.Marsha’s work is well documented and she has
added two generations to our heritage unavailable before.Like the previous documents Marsha’s work may
be viewed online for no charge at Keith Bobbitt’s website.
The name Bobbitt and how it is
The first man to live in America with this surname, Edward, spelled
his name as Bobet. In the records of the United States, the name is spelled many different
ways; Bobit, Bobet,
Babbitt, Bobbitt, Bobbet, Bobot,
Bobbett, Bobbette, Bobbot, and Boblett.
settled in New
1643.Our immigrant ancestor was William
Bobbett who came to Virginia in 1673.We know of no blood relationship between
Edward and William although it is certainly possible they were related.The family history of Edward was published in
1912 under the title, The Babbitt Family History, 1643 – 1900.Usually the descendants of Edward are
referred to as the Northern line and the descendants of William the southern
line.Most of the Northern line uses the
spelling Babbitt and most of the Southern line uses Bobbitt.
According to John William Bobbitt’s
book 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 (as
reported 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 Dutch
origin 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 William
On his land grant our ancestor
William Bobbitt, on October 27, 1673 spelled his name as "Bobbett". On the land survey for his son William, in
1706, 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 between
1673 and 1750.A Bobbitt from England is
recorded to have settled in Philadelphia in 1750
but any record of his descendants has been lost.
In 1824 Richard Bobbitt, who had
been a diplomat for the British government came to Philadelphia.He left descendants that are of no known
relation to us.Most of his descendants
live in Ohio and Indiana.
Some interesting statistical notes:If you were to trace your entire family
history back to the year 1250 you would have approximately 1 billion ancestors.(based on an average
of a 25 year old parent, which is historically very conservative).Of course the total population of the earth
in 1250 was only about 400 million.(The
population of the earth would actually drop between 1250 and 1400 due to the black death).This
could lead you to a few conclusions:
·You are related to everyone on the
earth - you are a direct descendant of every person alive in 1250.That means you heritage includes every King
and member of royalty and every criminal.Guess which there are more of?On
the bright side you must have some royal blood in you as well.
·Because you are a descendant of
every person alive in 1250 your heritage includes a mix of all races and
·Of course even if these things were
true there still had to be some inbreeding taking place for us to get
here.If you are a descendant of every
person on earth in 1250 then you are a cousin of every person on the earth
today, including your spouse.
about calendars:Some dates like Jan 20, 1578/9 are written with two years because of the dateNew Years
is celebrated.The Gregorian
calendar that we use today was introduced by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582 and
was immediately accepted by France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Luxembourg.England would not adopt the Gregorian
calendar until 1752.
the Gregorian calendar was introduced the primary difference between it
and the previous Julian calendar (introduced by Julius Caesar in 46) was
that it eliminated the leap years in centesimal years not divisible by
400.This corrected the Julian
error of about 11 minutes per year and lowered it to our current calendar
which is in error only about 26 seconds per year.By the time the Gregorian calendar was
introduced the Julian calendar was in error by 10 days.Gregory fixed this error eliminating the
dates from October 5th to the 14th, 1582.Those dates did not exist (in those
countries).By contrast when the
Julian Calendar was introduced 90 days had to be
added to the year 46.
time England adopted the Gregorian calendar the error was up to 11 days so
the British government decreed that the day following September 2, 1752
should be called September 14, a correction of 11 days.All dates preceding were designated
O.S., for Old Style. In addition, New Years Day was moved to January 1
from March 25. (Under the Old Style, for example, March 24, 1700 was followed by March 25, 1701, New Years was not even at the
end of a month). George Washington's birthday, which was February 11, 1731, O.S. became February 22,
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 the
revolutionary government in Russia decreed that January 31, Old
Style, calendar as would be followed by February 14, New Style, though the
Orthodox Church has retained the Julian have other Middle Eastern
dates in this document before 1752 that fall between Jan 1 and March 25 I
have put both the Old Style and the New Style date for the year.
Previous Generations in England:
Marsha Berry has taken the history
of our immigrant Ancestor William Bobbitt back two additional generations in England.I believe her work is accurate.
John Bobbet was
christened by the Church of England on January 20, 1578/91 in Grundisburgh, Suffolk, England.He married Margaret Edgare
on October 7,
ChristenedMarch 16, 1576/7 at Capsea
Ash, Suffolk, England.Marriage and Christening records are
available through the Church of England.Christening records are also available on three children of John and
Margaret.John and Margaret died at Campsea Ash.
Children of John Bobbet
and Margaret Edgare include:
B.DorothieBobbet Christened January 20, 1603/04
C.ElsabethBobbet Christened July 24, 1608.
was ChristenedOctober 18, 1610 in Campsea Ash, Suffolk, England.His wife’s Christening
or birth date are unknown but their marriage documentation refers to her as Francisee.They were
married in Suffolk about
1645.Christening records are available
on 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 sources
and the fact that their Christening records were not found with William and
Francis’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 immigrant
ancestor and father of the Bobbitt family in the Southern
William was Christened in Woodbridge, Suffolk, England on August 12, 1647.Previously it had been speculated that
William was from Glamorganshire, Wales.However his Christening record may be found
in the Parish registers, 1545-1910 Church of England, Parish Church
In 1673 the ship “Martha” sailed
from England to Virginia.They arrived in early 1674. The actual trip
went from Felixtowe, Suffox,
England, to London, England, then to the Virginia colony.Wm Bobbet is
listed as a paid passenger on the manifest.There are two other passengers listed; Abraham Estes, an indentured
servant, and John Skinner.
In late 1673 a Dutch artist in England named
Jacob Knyffpainted a dock scene he saw at the English port in late
1673.The ship was an English flyboat,
loaded with guns, and a few male passengers and was in fact the
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 or
cargo at a port. The activities relating to the loading has been closely
observed. It has been set in a harbor, with the tower of a gate and a quay visible
on the right, and the coast in the distance on the left. An England flagship is on t he right, firing a
salute 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 probably
A royal yacht is arriving on the left and this has prompted the firing of the
salute. On the extreme left is the stern of a Dutch ship. On t he quay two
bales of stores or goods with clear markings have been positioned in the
foreground. Men are involved in loading up small craft. A horse dragging a
barrel on skids to the water's edge and there are several groups of gentlemen
and women observing the activities. A guard stands outside a sentry box in the
We know that William Bobbitt left England for Virginia in 1673.William’s original land patent is dated October 27, 1673 and is in
the Virginia State Archives in Richmond.Translated into modern print the land patent
TO ALL, to whom these presents shall
come, Greeting in Our Lord God Everlasting, WHEREAS, it doth please Our Soverign Lord, KING CHARLES II, Now, Know ye that, I Lord
Governor, WILLIAM BERKLEY, appointed by the King, Governor of this Commonwealth
etc.... ; Give, and Grant, unto the said WILLIAM BOBBITT, a divident
of land, containing ninety six acres, three roods, 24 poles, on the south side
of the Appomattox River, in Charles City, County, extending as followeth.
at a point at a hickory, near Mr. Whittington, thence along, his line 200
poles, along Mr. Coopers, thence along his line to a corner, continueing by the same course, 40 poles to a small red
oak, near by Cattail Branch, thence along the line 80 degrees; 80 poles to a
head 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; by
80 degrees; 296 poles; north 6 poles; to the place aforementioned. The said
land being due by transportation of two persons into this colony, to have and
to hold etc...
Dated this day, the 27th day of
Wittnesses: John Leader, Richard Tonstall.
This land patent would have been dated and signed before
William left London and copied into the Virginia records after he arrived so
the date would be near the date of departure from England not the date of
arrival in Virginia.The survey would
have been added once he arrived.William’s land was in CharlesCityCounty in 1673
but this land became part of Prince
GeorgeCounty when it
was formed between 1702 and 1704.
Based on this land patent, John William Bobbitt made a key
assumption in his book.He assumed that
William was married before he came to America.Land was given out at a rate of 50 acres for
each person and the patent specifically states that William transported two
persons into the colony.Therefore the
assumption was made that this second person was William’s wife who John thought
was Joanna Sturdivant. However, there are no Bobbit
or Sturdivant entries on the Glamorgan
pre-1837 Marriage Index.It is possible
that William’s wife was on the Martha
with him and was not listed as a passenger because she was a woman.It is also possible that William paid for the
transportation of a second person to the Virginia colony (perhaps John Skinner, but
it could have been someone on a different ship).By paying for the passage to the colony
William would have been entitled to the additional 50 acres of land.Another option could be that William brought
a 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.
still in its infancy at this time.Although the first African slaves arrived in Virginia in 1619, the first
documented slave owner in the colonies would be Anthony Johnson in Virginia in 1651.(Anthony was in fact an African who had been
sold to the British Colony of Jamestown in 1619 off of that first Dutch
ship.He only remained a slave until he
worked off his purchase price in 1623).Anthony imported 5 servants from Africa in 1651 and was granted a land
patent of 250 acres for importing them.In 1654 Anthony was able to convince a judge in Virginia that his servants owed him a
lifetime of service.Slavery would not
be established by the Virginia General Assembly until 1705.As strange as that sounds the first
individual to own a slave in Virginia was an African and a former slave
William Bobbitt appears on a list of tithables
in Southwark Parrish in Surry
County, Virginia in 1702
and was taxed on his original 96 acre land grant at that time.
On May 12,
1703 William Bobbitt sold all but one acre of his
original 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 of
the present day town of PetersburgVirginia on the
south side of JonesHoleSwamp.This land went to his son William in 1712 so
it is assumed that William died in 1712 some time after June 18th.Because his son was also named William it is
possible that the William named in the land sales of 1703 and 1712 could have
been William Bobbitt Jr. and not William Bobbitt the immigrant.If this is the case then William Bobbitt the
immigrant would have been already deceased.At one time it was assumed that William died before the land sale of
1703 and that William Jr. sold the 95 acres to John Peterson and that is still
certainly a possibility.
It is believed that William and his wife were buried at the
“Ferry Chapel.”This was an old Anglican
Church build where a ferry boat used to cross the Appomattox
River.This grave site is believed to be under the Norfolk and
Western railroad station in Petersburg, Virginia.
In The Bobbitt Family in America John W. Bobbitt
states that William was married to Anna (Joana) Sturdivant about 1673 in Wales.This was accepted by the Bobbitt family for
many years but now does not appear to be true.According to Keith Bobbitt:
An extensive search to prove the
name of the wife of William Bobbitt has failed. His marriage would have been
recorded in Wales and the records there do not make a positive case for William. We know
that the family in the colony of Virginia was related in some
way to the Sturdivant family. It is somewhat
significant that John Sturdivant received a land
grant on October 28, 1673. The land that John received joined the land that
William Bobbitt received on October 27, 1673. The first Bobbitt female
mentioned in the records before the year of 1679 was Joanna Bobbitt. Since the
sons of William were relatives of the Sturdivants I
have concluded that the wife of our William Bobbitt was Joanna Sturdivant and from later records she was called Anna
Bobbitt. John Sturdivant was a young man when he
received his land grant and was likely the brother of Joanna rather than her
father. The Bobbitt family and the Sturdivant family
had close relationships which included subsequent marriages to the year of
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 did
not have any daughters that we know of.He and his wife Sarah Hallom had 5 children
between 1662 and 1672, all boys. While there was a family connection to the Studivant family, it is not found before the next
Marsha Berry has suggested that William’s wife was probably
from a neighboring family, specifically she believes that a daughter of
William’s neighbor Francis Whittington.Francis Whittington was born about 1624 in NottinghamEngland and
married Elizabeth in 1647 in
great grandmother Ida Belle Bobbitt Funk wrote: 'A Miss Whittington marrying
William Bobbett would be most likely.'Written beside William Bobbett's
name is Miss Whittington on a family record.Please note none of my family heard of a Sturdivant
marrying our William Bobbett but the Whittington/ Withington name has been written on family pages. The
Whittington/Withington spelling of the name is both
used." -- Marsha Berry
Whether his wife was Joanna Sturdivant
or Miss Whittington, we know that William and his wife had three sons.There were undoubtably
daughters as well as the Bobbitt male children record many cousins of other
family names that must have come from married daughters of William Bobbitt Sn.Children of
William Bobbitt, the immigrant and his wife include:
A.William Bobbitt, born in 1675
in 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, Charles
City County, Virginia (Near Hopewell Virginia today).
find a record of William Jr. outside his father’s house on June
when he appears on a list of tithables in Southwark Parish in Surry County, Virginia.
William inherited 90 acres of land from his father on the south side of Jones
Hole swamp.Robert Bolling
the official surveyor for Prince GeorgeCounty surveyed this land on June
but it is unclear which William Bobbitt was the owner at that time.
6, 1718 William
Jr. expanded his farming operation and purchased 254 acres of land on the west
side of Rocky Run.This land was
officially deeded to William on a formal land patent in 1725.
an active member of the Anglican Church and worshiped at the previously
mentioned Ferry Chapel.The Vestry of
the Ferry Chapel asked William to act for the Parish in burying one of their
deceased members, a John Delahny.The church record contains an item from November
where William was paid 100 pounds of tobacco to cover the expenses he had
incurred during the burial.
Chapel was one of the earliest churches in Bristol Parish constructed around
1692.It is the believed burial place of
William Jr.’s father William Bobbitt the
immigrant.The building is long gone but
was 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 would
marry William’s brother John on November 8, 1703.The last name Green is assumed for Mary based on the last name of Robert
Green who is named as a cousin of William and Mary’s son Thomas.
The will of
Robert Green is the source of some interesting information.Signed on August 9, 1750, this will was probated on September
18, 1750.It says in part:
To my Cozen Thomas Bobbitt, my
plantation 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 to
John Mercer and Thomas Bobbitt. 9 Aug. 1750".
This will is the source of our information of Mary Green’s
maiden name.It assumes that Robert
Green’s father was Mary’s brother.It
also establishes a relationship link between the Bobbitt and Sturdivant families.This may be the source John Bobbitt used when he determined the wife of
William Bobbitt the immigrant was Johanna Sturdivant.
Some researchers have added the middle initial L. to William
have not found it listed in this way on any historical document, yet.
William Bobbitt Jr. died in Warren County, North Carolina in
1738.Mary died sometime after that in WarrenCounty.
Children of William Bobbitt Jr. and Mary Green include:
Bobbitt born in 1702.William married
Lucy Leftwich and died in BedfordCountyVirginia in 1778.
B.Lewis L. Bobbitt born in 1703.
Bobbitt 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), Livisa
Bobbitt (1746), James Bobbitt (1748), Randolph Bobbitt (1752), and Mary Bobbitt
Bobbitt was born about 1710 in Prince GeorgeCounty.He died in 1759.
II.John Bobbitt of Chowan was born in Bristol
Parish, Charles City County, Virginia in 1678.John received land in North Carolina in 1718.It is believed that John was the first
Bobbitt 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 May
and not long after that that he passed away. His will was probated in Bertie
Precinct on November 6, 1736 (8). In his will John Bobbitt names
two 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 Mary
Green, William BobbetJr.’s
wife.However Sarah’s maiden name is
also listed as Green but also as Owen.Sarah may have been married previously, but she was only 14 when she
married John.The information that Sarah
and Mary were sisters may be mistaken and they were only sisters
in-law.Sarah died before John in 1734
County, North Carolina.
John died in North Carolina, leaving a will, in 1736.
Children of John Bobbitt of Chowan and Sarah Owen/Green
Bobbitt born in 1704.
Bobbitt born in 1708.
Bobbitt born in 1710.
Bobbitt born in 1715.
Bobbitt 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:
Bobbitt born in 1708, he died in 1777.Randolph received his own land grant in HanoverCountyVirginia in 1737.
Bobbitt 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 the
Lewis L. Bobbitt, (William – William) was born in Prince George County, Virginia about 1703.
Lewis would have been about 14
when 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 Ferry
Chapel mentioned above.Elizabeth was the daughter of Thomas Moore and Anne Basset.She was born about 1709 in KentCounty, Virginia.
Lewis and Elizabeth cleared land
in PrinceEdwardCounty, Virginia that they occupied before September 28, 1728.That is the date on the land
patent of Richard Jones who was the first man to patent land in that part of Virginia.However his land is described in
the survey as joining a corner of Lewis Bobbitt’s land and bordering it for one
hundred forty poles.This land was along
BushRiver and Lewis may well have been the first person to settle that area of what
was then Brunswickcounty and is now PrinceEdwardCounty, Virginia.
Around 1750 Lewis moved about 60
miles along the Occaneeche Trail to settle in what
was then Granville
County, North Carolina.Lewis had a tract of 167 acres
on the south side of Reedy Creek near the present day community of Grove
Hill.Lewis’ land was located between
Reedy 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 rest
of his life deeding his farm to his son Lewis Jr. in 1765.Lewis Sn. died
sometime 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 middle
initial L. was the deed transfer to his son Lewis Jr. in 1765.I believe he used his middle initial here to
differentiate 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 and
Elizabeth Moore include:
A.Miles Bobbitt, Miles was born January 22, 1730/1 in Prince
George County, Virginia.He married Mary Martha Powell in
1761.Mary was born in 1742 and died in
1825.Miles died in 1794 in Warren
County, North Carolina.Children of
Miles and Mary included; John Bobbitt (1763), Jacob Bobbitt (1762), Joshua
Bobbitt (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 she
married 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, North
Carolina.Children of William Moore Bobbitt and Lively
Height included Allen Bobbitt (1789), and Archibald Bobbitt (1791).William had a 1st wife before
Lively Height named Martha Turner.
E.Margaret Bobbitt, born about 1739 in Charles City County, Virginia she
married 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 Granville
County, North Carolina.Amy and Nimrod both died about
Bobbitt, 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 Person
in WarrenCounty, Granville, North
Carolina.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 is
again counted in WarrenCounty.This time his home consists of 2 males under 10, 1 male between 10 and
16, one male between 16 and 26, 2 females under 10, 1 female between 10 and 16,
and one female 45 and over.
died in 1818 in WarrenCounty. Lewis left a will in which he
named all of his children.
Lewis Bobbitt and Mary Person include:
A.James Lewis Bobbitt born February
1, 1782.He married Mary Gunn on February
B.John P. Bobbitt born in
1789 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’s
sister) on October 18, 1814 and then married Martha Davis on January
D.Lewis Bobbitt born in 1794, he married Dicey
Duke in 1815.
E.Elizabeth Bobbitt born about 1795
F.Rebecca Bobbitt born in 1796 she married
Hilleary Capps on October 10, 1811.
I.John P. Bobbitt, (William – William – Lewis - Lewis) was born in Warren County, North
Carolina in 1789.He was the son of
Lewis Bobbitt and Mary Person.
In 1808 John married Nancy Huse in Tennessee.Nancy was the daughter of John and Jemimah Hughes or
born in 193 in Kentucky and died in March of 1871 in either Orange or Crawford
Counties, Indiana.Both of Nancy’s parents were born in Virginia.
At this time in history it was
very rare for people to have middle names.John is recorded as using the middle initial P. which may have stood for
Person, his mother’s maiden name.
John P. Bobbitt and his family
lived in Tennessee from 1808 until about 1817.We
believe that Nancy Huse had family in Shelby County
Alabama and that this Bobbitt family moved back and forth between Shelby County
Alabama and Rutherford County Tennessee.In 1820 John and his family were counted twice, once in Shelby county Alabama
and once in Rutherford county Tennessee.Three of John and Mary’s children were born in Alabama.As best we can reassemble the
timetable, John P. Bobbitt was born in Warren County, North Carolina and lived
there from 1789 until 1808.After he got
married in 1808 John moved to Rutherford County Tennessee.From 1808 until 1817 this was his home.From 1817 until 1823 the family lived in
Shelby County Alabama although they may have moved back and forth between Alabama and Tennessee several times.Again from 1823
through 1829 it would seem that Rutherford County, Tennessee was their primary
residence.In 1829 they moved to Orange County, Indiana where they would stay.
Rutherford County, Tennessee was a
meeting 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 of
Virginia 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 1850
Orange County, Indiana census as
John Bobbitt.He is family number 126,
two houses down from his son John Huse Bobbitt.John Bobbitt is 61 years old, born in 1789 in
North Carolina.His wife Nancy Huse
Bobbitt is 57 and was born in 1793 in Kentucky. There are two children living with them:William Bobbitt (21, 1829, Tennessee), and
Caroline Morris (10, 1840, Indiana).Caroline Morris would have been John P. and Nancy’s
granddaughter, the daughter of Jemimah Bobbitt.Caroline’s mother died when she was 2 and her
father died when she was 5.She was
presumably raised by her grandparents.
John P. Bobbitt died in May of 1866
in Orange County, Indiana.
Children of John P. Bobbitt and
Nancy Huse include:
Bobbitt born in 1809 in Tennessee.She married
Thomas Morris on December
22, 1831 in Orange County Indiana.Jemimah died in
1842 in Washington County, Indiana.Thomas Morris was born about 1808 and died
and 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 Orange
County, Indiana.Lydia was born
in 1810 in North Carolina.Harrison and Lydia had three
children that we know of:Abella Bobbitt (1835), Jamima
Bobbitt (1840), and Harrison Bobbitt (1842).Lydia presumably died as Harrison married a second time to Sarah Curry
on 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 Orange
County, Indiana.Valentine was born October 16, 1810 in North
Carolina and died September 14, 1871 in Orange
County, 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 in
Rutherford County, Tennessee. She
married Absolom Cook on December 11, 1834 in Orange
County, Indiana.Absolom was born October 13, 1816 in North
Carolina and died January 10, 1859 in Orange
County, Indiana.Elizabeth died July 14, 1890 in OrangeCounty.
F.John Huse Bobbitt was born June 3, 1818 in Shelby
Bobbitt was born in 1820 in Alabama.She married James F. McDonald on September 1, 1842 in Orange
County, Indiana.Mourning died November 13, 1859.
H.Martha Bobbitt was born in 1823 in Alabama.She married John Stroud in 1843 in Orange
Bobbitt was born in 1824 in Tennessee.He married Evaline
French on June 28,
1846 in Orange County Indiana.Evaline was born in
1829 in Indiana.James and Evaline
had one child that we know of, William C. Bobbitt born in 1848.James married a second time to Lydia Holiday
20, 1855 in OrangeCounty.
J.William Bobbitt was born in 1829 in Tennessee.He married Mary Jane Farrall
on January 8,
1852 in Orange
John HuseBobbitt,was born June 3, 1818 in Shelby County Alabama.As
noted in the previous generation his family moved back and forth between Shelby
County Alabama and Rutherford County, Tennessee several times before eventually
moving to Orange
On May 21, 1835 John Huse Bobbitt married Catherine Goble in
Orange county Indiana.Catherine was
born March 8, 1816 in Charlotte, North
daughter of Absalom Goble and Betsy Miller.
Bobbitt was a minister of the Gospel and preached in rural churches of southern
Bobbitt 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).
Bobbitt is listed as John H. Bobbitt in the 1850 census of Orange County, Indiana.He is family number 124 and they
were counted on August 28, 1850.John is 33 years old, born in 1817 and gives
his place of birth as Alabama.His wife Catherine Goble Bobbit is also 33 and was born in 1817 in North Carolina.Chlidren
living 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 elderly
living with John Huse Bobbitt and his family.They are:John Huse (90, 1760, Virginia) and Jemima Huse (86, 1764, Virginia).These would be John Huse
Bobbitt’s maternal grandparents.Two
families down from John Huse Bobbitt, family 126, is
his father John.
As a widow and mother of a Union
soldier killed during the civil war Catherine applied for a federal pension on December 3, 1895. She wrote:
“"I am 79 years old. I make my
home 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 the
6th of January 1892. I am claiming pension granted to dependent mothers for my
son Harrison Bobbitt who enlisted in Company "A" of 38 Regiment,
Indiana Volunteers, on the l7th day of September 1861 and was killed in the
battle of Perryville, Kentucky, a year and two months after he enlisted. His
body was never brought home. Leander Free and William White who belonged to the
same company brought the word home when they came on a furlough soon after the
battle. He was shot through the neck and he died the next day after he was
“Our land was not profitable. We
never raised anything to sell. We usually had to buy wheat and corn for our own
use. Harrison helped on the farm and sometimes he would work by the day for the
neighbors. Everything he earned came into the family for our use. John who was
then about 22 years of age was at home but he was always weakly. I did not know
what was the matter with him. He had a bad cough ever
since he was three years old and he was weak minded. He has been admitted to
the insane asylum twice thepast few years.John, my
husband began to preach four or five years after we married. He never got as
much as $ 5 five dollars for preaching. John H. was preaching here at Valeene but he got no fixed salary. All he got for
preaching was what the members chose to give him. They would pay him mostly in
clothing and provisions and feed for his stock."
Bobbitt moved from Orange
County, Indiana to Crawford
County, 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 Crawford
John Huse Bobbitt and Catherine Goble were all born
in Indiana.They include:
A.William Bobbitt was born March
15, 1836.William married Elizabeth Busick
on August 4, 1854 and died in 1888. William was a part of Company F, 144th
regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry during the last part of the Civil
War.Some records say that William was
captain of this company but that has not yet been validated.If that were true He likely saw previous
service in another company.
B.Nancy Bobbitt was born September
and died in 1838.
C.Absolom Bobbitt was born January
1, 1839.He married Sarah Riley. Absolom
was a private in Company D, 66th regiment, Indiana Volunteers.He enlisted from ValeenIndiana on August
and died in MemphisTennessee on July 5,
D.John H. Bobbitt was born June
3, 1841.He married Fanny Cornwell on October
and died December 24, 1918. Fanny was born October
and died July 27, 1936. We know of three children born to John H.
Bobbitt and Fanny Cornwell:George
Washington Bobbitt (c. 1869), Wesley Bobbitt (c. 1871), and James Bobbitt (Sep
E.Elizabeth Bobbitt was born December
4, 1843.She married Peter R. Holiday on December
2, 1858.Peter enlisted in Company a, 38th
regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry on Sep 17, 1861.He died in Louisville, KY on Dec 14, 1861.Elizabeth died in 1875.They
had one daughter, Lindsay Holiday.
F.Harrison Bobbitt was born November
14, 1845.He enlisted in Company A,
38th regiment, Indiana Volunteers on September
17, 1861.He was shot through the neck at the battle of
Perryville Kentucky on October
and died the next day.
G.Sarah Bobbitt was born March
27, 1848.She married John Cornwell on September
15, 1869.She died before 1895.
H.Irvin H. Bobbitt was born April
12, 1850.He married Millie Line on January
13, 1870.Irvin died after 1895.Irvin and Millie had one son that we know of,
Arch N. Bobbitt.
Bobbitt was born January 12, 1852.He married Abbie Elizabeth Vandiver
on 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,
Henry died June 30, 1930.Henry and Abbie had at least six children
including 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 Arthur
Bobbitt (Apr 21, 1888).
J.James A. Bobbitt was born September 12, 1854.
K.Catherine Bobbitt was born December
30, 1856.She married Wilford
H. Moon on March 6, 1874.
L.Nancy Caroline Bobbitt was born August
17, 1858.She married Andrew J. May on March
M.Mary Elizabeth Bobbitt was born March
15, 1862.She married John M. Sanders on September
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 James
A. Bobbitt have been published.According to Biographical
and 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, the
subject, came to Crawford county in 1877. He had five
sons, three of whom served in the late civil war. He has been a minister of the
Gospel in the Christian Church for forty years, and has preached in many of the
counties of Southern
Indiana. He is
about 73 years of age. James Bobbett was educated in
the schools of his native county (Orange) and in Marengo Academy, under Prof. Johnson.
He came to Crawford county and taught school for
twelve years. In June, 1885, he was elected County superintendent of schools,
and in 1886, he was elected county auditor, the County being over 300
Democratic. In 1885 he began preaching the Gospel, and still preaches on
Sundays. He was married in June, 1876, to Miss Mattie E. Smith of Crawford county. She died in May, 1884, and he was married again in
June, 1885, to Miss Lizzie Gresham, of Harrison Co., a daughter of Elias
Gresham. He had four children by his first wife, and one by his last wife. He
belongs to Masonic and Odd Fellows fraternities.
Commenting on James, the History
of Crawford County recorded:
"Under Mr. Bobbitt's term of office much improvement was made. The
schools at Alton and English were graded. A little high school was done. Alton had two
teachers, English three teachers and Leavenworth had four teachers.
The new brick schoolhouse in Leavenworth was considered then
to be one of the best in southern Indiana.
"Many schools were furnished with new seats in which two persons
could sit. The long settee or wooden bench was removed. Uniform books for the
county were much desired. McGuffey's spellers and
readers were then used. Yet the teachers were poorly trained. Once in a while
one 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 at
his home in English on Wednesday, December 1, 1915. He had been planning
a series of meetings at the Christian Church, of which he was a member. After
eating a hearty dinner on Monday he went out to do some work when he sank down
suddenly in the yard. Friends were called but he never regained consciousness.
Lingering in that state he died about on Wednesday. His funeral was
conducted by Elder Samson Cox and the remains were laid to rest at Eckerty. His son, Doctor Franklin Bobbitt, drove through
from Chicago in his car which was one of the first ones to visit English sometime
the previous summer.
Children of James and Martha
A.John Franklin Bobbitt was born February 16, 1876.He married Sarah Annis on June 1, 1903.They had one daughter that we
know 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 and
principal at the Oak ParkHigh
School in Chicago for many years.
D.James Douglass Bobbitt was born July 27, 1883 and died July 16, 1953.He married Flo
Barnes.James was a Surgeon with the U.
S. Navy and spent time in Nicaragua and the Philippines.
Martha E. Smith died in May of
1884.After her death James A. Bobbitt
remarried to Elizabeth Emma Gresham on March 13, 1885.Elizabeth was born July 20, 1863 in
Corydon Indiana, the daughter of Elias Woodford Gresham and Sarah Ann Ham.
Woodford Gresham was born March 24, 1838 in Lanesville, Indiana.He married Sarah Ann Ham on November
13, 1860.Sarah Ann Ham was born March 26, 1840 and was the daughter of John Lopp Ham and
Elizabeth Shuck.Elias Gresham was the
son of William Gresham and Sarah Peters.Elias died in Eckerty Indiana on October 19,
1906 and Sarah also died in Eckerty on July 26,
Gresham was born in 1813 and died in April of 1884.William was the son of Philip Gresham (b.
1792) and Elizabeth Crutchfield.William
also had a brother named George.Sarah
Peters was born September 27, 1818 and died March 6, 1854.They were married October
Gresham was born in 1792 the son of Lawrence Gresham and Sarah O;Neill.There is a later page of this document
dealing with the Gresham family.
John Lopp Ham was born January 4, 1811 in Harrison
County, Indiana, the son of David and Rhoda Ham.He married Elizabeth Shuck on August 17, 1831.Elizabeth Shuck was born December
26, 1809 in Washington County, Kentucky.John Lopp
Ham died July 5, 1881 in HarrisonCounty.Elizabeth Shuck died April 17, 1882 in Lanesville, Indiana.John Lopp
Ham 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).
was born March 23, 1772 and died
in 1817 in Harrison
County, Indiana.Rhoda Ham, his wife was born April 11, 1785.David and Nancy had four
children that we know of:John Lopp Ham (Jan 4, 1811), Mahala
Ham, Eliza Ham, and Mathias Ham.
Elizabeth Emma Gresham was the 2nd
cousin (they have the same great-grandfather) of Walter Quinton Gresham, one of
the most notable members of our family tree. His biography is contained in a
James A. Bobbitt died December 1, 1915 in English Indiana, and Elizabeth died December 1, 1920 in Louisville, Kentucky.
Children of James and Elizabeth
A.Leroy Bobbitt was born in 1887 and died as an infant.
B.Ivan Cecil Bobbitt born June 3, 1888.
Bobbitt was born in 1889 and died as an infant.
D.Grace Leons Bobbitt was born onJanuary
23, 1890.She married Michael Real on June 5, 1909.Grace died on January 29, 1968.
E.Dora Monsellel Bobbitt was born November
21, 1891.She married Oscar Williams on March 24, 1910 in English Indiana (CrawfordCounty).Oscar was born October
19, 1883 in Eckerty, Indiana.Dora died December
15, 1974.Children of Oscar and Dora include:Howard Oscar Williams (Jul 18, 1911), Harold
George Williams (Dec 25, 1913), and Dorothy Jean Williams (Aug 30, 1919).
Bobbitt was born July 20, 1892.She married Leslie D. Gaddis and she died November
G.Naomi Bobbitt ( born in1906, she died as an
Ivan Cecil Bobbitt,was born June 3, 1888 in
English Indiana.He married Bertha
Mariah Riley on March 4, 1908 in Crawford County, Indiana.
Mariah Riley was born March 28, 1890 in Crawford County Indiana.She was the daughter of Johnathan
Shelton Riley and Susan Williams.
Jonathan Shelton Riley was born December
6, 1856 in
Crawford County Indiana and was the son of Simon Riley and Mary Amelia Lawrence.(Simon and Mary were
married June 15, 1854.)Jonathan
Shelton Riley married Susan Williams October 14, 1875.Susan Williams was born November 10, 1857, the daughter of John W. Williams
and Mary Ann Allen.Susan died August
14, 1917 in
CrawfordCounty and Jonathan also died in Crawford countyJune 18, 1937.Children of Jonathan and Susan included:Sarah Idabell
Riley, Mary Alice Riley (Oct 3, 1877), Charlottean
Ann Riley (October 25, 1879), John Thomas Riley (Oct 22, 1881), William Peter
Riley (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.Mary
Ann Allen was born November 17, 1810 in Mercer County Kentucky and died November
17, 1886 in
Eckerty, Indiana.John and Mary Ann had at least two daughters; Susan and Jordon.
John W. Williams was the son of George Washington Williams
born in 1780 and Nancy Burke.
Mary Ann Allen was the daughter of Eli Allen and
Elizabeth McDonald.Eli Allen was born
in 1785 in Mercer County, Kentucky, the son of Archibald Allen and
Martha Hatfield.Eli died in 1876.He married Elizabeth on February
1, 1810.Elizabeth McDonald was born August
24, 1790 in
County, Virginia, the daughter of Abner McDonald.She
died September 25, 1855 in Duboise County, Indiana.
Mariah Riley died January 7, 1968 in Depauw, Indiana.Ivan Cecil Bobbitt died in CorydoyIndiana on October
Ivan 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 David
Yates was born January 6, 1907 in Rineyville, Kentucky and died April 22, 1949 in WashingtonD.C.Mildred died December
in Louisville, Kentucky.Children of Robert and Mildred
include: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,
in Watson Indiana.John Turner Dutschke
was born Nobember 21, 1902 and died October 23, 1992.Lois died on January 28, 1995.Children of
John and Lois include:Shelia Sue Dutschke (February 22, 1937), Judith Lynn Dutschke (May 1, 1940), and Alyce
Gay Dutschke (August 10, 1944)
Adanell Bobbitt born February 23, 1914.Adanell married William Francis Kinney about 1934 and they
had one child William Cecil Klima.After divorcing Adanell married again to
Beverly 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 on
October 7, 1997 in Oak Ridge.Children of Beverly and Adanell include William Cecil Klima (the natural son
of Adanell and William, he was legally adopted
by Beverly), Douglas Bartley Klima, Gerald Gregory Klima (January
8, 1946), Steven Lynn Klima (April 3, 1955), and Kristy Lane Klima (March
19, 1958).Kristy would live only
Susan Elizabeth Bobbitt was born
January 21, 1917 in EckertyIndiana.She
married Earl Herbert Turpin in Portland OreganSeptember 30, 1940.Earl was born
in Silvernite New Mexico on January
21, 1910.He was an officer in the Submarine corps
of the U. S. Navy and served during WWII and Korea.He was on board ship in Pearl Harbor when it was attacked by the
Japanese.Susan was on her way to
church that morning and had to take refuge when her car came under
fire.Children of Earl and Susan
include:Karen Eileen Turpin (March
13, 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 May
16, 1922..James was a
professor at BereaCollege in BereaKentucky.He died in BereaKentucky on August
6, 1978.Children of James and Minerva
include:ChristoferRendrie Bobbitt born September
Robin Rebecca Bobbitt born June 13, 1955, and Heather Meredith Bobbitt
born August 30, 1956.
The Gresham family ties into our Bobbitt family
history in the 7th generation of this document.James A. Bobbitt’s second wife was Elizabeth
Emma Gresham.Elizabeth’s family history goes back 4
Generations 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.
members of the Gresham family are buried in the Lanesville
cemetery in Harrison County Indiana including Lawrence Gresham and his wife
Walter Quinton Gresham
several good accounts of Walter Quinton Gresham’s life.His widow, Matilda McGrain
Gresham published the Life of Walter Quinton Gresham (1832 - 1895) in
two volumes in 1919.His biography also
appeared in Biographies of Notable Americans in 1904 and he is listed in
many historical encyclopedias.
The story of Walter Quinton Gresham begins with the story of
his father William Gresham (1802).This
is the William Gresham born September 16, 1802, the son of George Gresham
(1776).Do not confuse this with William
Gresham (1813) who was Elias Woodford Gresham’s father.These two William Gresham’s were 11 years
apart in age and were 1st cousins.
William Gresham was born September
16, 1802 in
County, Kentucky.His father George Gresham was born in Virginia, the first born son of
our patriot ancestor below, and was part of the mass migration into new lands
after the revolutionary war.
married Sarah Davis on November 3, 1825 in Harrison County, Indiana.Sarah had been born in Madison County, Kentucky on September
15, 1807.William and Sarah had 5 children
Gresham (Sep 21, 1826), Mary Andremeade Gresham (Nov
26, 1827), Bethsada Bell Gresham (April 29, 1829),
Walter Quinton Gresham (March 17, 1832), and William G. Gresham (July 30,
Gresham was a cabinetmaker by profession, but was elected by popular vote a
colonel in the state militia and, while sheriff of HarrisonCounty on January 23,
stabbed and killed by an outlaw named Levi Sipes whom
he was attempting to arrest. Sarah continued to operate the farm after William
was killed and after 4 years as a widow she married Noah Rumley
on February 17, 1838.She and Noah
had a son and two daughters.
So Walter was
not quite two years old when his father was killed and almost 6 when his mother
remarried.Several of the biographical
sources on Walter state that his family was of the strict “abolitionist” faith
and that as young men Walter and his two brothers were active associates in the
operating of the “underground railroad” through HarrisonCounty.
At the age
of 16 Walter obtained a job as a clerk in the office of the county
auditor.His earnings allowed him to
attend 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,
to work for Judge Thomas C. Slaughter as a political speaker.He canvassed the district for Judge Slaughter
as a congressional candidate on the anti-Nebraska bill.He worked as a speaker canvassing Indiana for John C. Freemont in 1856 and in
1860 Walter was elected to the state legislature.He became chairman of the state military
committee making several important changes that assisted the state militia
prepare for the coming war.Walter then
fell out of favor with then governor Morton by
attacking what he called a “spoils” system where money allocated for the blind
and insane in Indiana was diverted to the governor’s
Civil War began Walter volunteered to serve in the army but was denied a
commission by the governor.He then
organized his own company at Corydon and became captain of it.His company became part of the 38th
Indiana Volunteer Infantry and Walter was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel.This is the regiment many of our relatives
would serve in.Walter did not stay with
the 38th long.
promoted to Colonel and given command of the 53rdIndiana regiment.As a part of Ulysses S. Grant’s Tennessee campaign of 1862 Walter was present
at Shiloh and participated in the siege of Corinth and Vicksburg where he commanded a brigade.On the recommendation of General Grant he was
promoted to brigadier-general on August 11, 1863.He was assigned to General Sherman’s army where he commanded the 4th
division of the 17th corps.At Atlanta, in the engagement at Bald Hill on July
part of the battle of Peachtree Creek, he was shot in the knee and his military
career ended.On March
13, 1865 he
was given a brevet promotion to major-general for gallantry at Atlanta but he would never again command
soldiers in the field and was lame the rest of his life.
military 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 Michael
Kerr.In 1869 he was appointed U. S.
District Judge for Indiana by his former military commander, President
Grant.While district judge, Walter ran
for the Senate in 1880 but lost to Benjamin Harrison.He remained a judge until April, 1882 when
president Chester A. Arthur appointed him postmaster-general.He was appointed head of the treasury
department on September 4, 1884.He held this position only 4 months before he was appointed U. S. Judge for the seventh judicial
circuit in December, 1884.
In 1884 and
1888 Walter ran for the Republican presidential nomination and was the leading
candidate for some time in 1888 but he fell out of favor with the republican
leadership.He was eventually beaten by
Benjamin Harrison who went on to become president.The 1888 election was tight and Benjamin
Harrison lost the popular vote to Grover Cleveland but carried the electoral college.
Walter announced his opposition to the Republican platform (they ran Harrison for re-election).Walter had been a republican for his entire
political life but in 1892 after briefly running as the populist
party candidate for president, he supported Grover Cleveland and became
a Democrat. He resigned his position on
the 7th Judicial circuit on March 3, 1893 when he was appointed
Secretary of State by President Cleveland and was still serving in that
position 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 was
opened in 1871. But that post office
closed and when the new post office was opened on May 4, 1884 they decided to name the town after
the postmaster general of the United States which was of course Walter Quinton
Gresham.There is also a town called GreshamNebraska located in York County Nebraska
that was named after Walter.
information on Walter Quinton Gresham:
census lists Walter Q. Gresham as a head of household in Harrison County Indiana
(Dwelling 533-530).He is 28 years of
age, was born in Indiana, and is a lawyer by
profession.His wife Matilda is 20 years
old 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 with
census lists W. Q. Gresham as a head of household in Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana (Page
83C).He is 47 years old and was born in
Indiana.His occupation is listed as U. S. Supreme Court Judge.[He was actually a United States Circuit
court Judge]His wife Matilda is
41.They have two children living with
them.Otto is a 23 year old son who is a
law 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 old
Wayne 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 Judge
Gresham'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. I
appoint my said wife sole executrix of this will.
A schedule of the property owned by Gen. Gresham, shows that
he was worth $51,000 at the time of his death.Of this
$40,000.is in real property and the rest in personal
effects. the other heirs are Otto Gresham, his son and
Kate Gresham Andrews, his daughter.
LawrenceGresham – 1st Generation
The first Gresham in our line in America was Lawrence Gresham, our patriot
ancestor.Lawrence was born in England in 1753 and at the age of 6 was
sent as an indentured servant to his uncle in Virginia.At the age of 18 he had earned his freedom and he served in the
Continental Army during the revolution.
Gresham married Sarah O’Neill in Minwiddle County, Virginia about 1775.Their
first son, George Gresham was born on October 9, 1776.Their next son, William Gresham, would not be born until about
1784.Between 1784 and 1795 they would
have six children.This long gap in
births between George and William can at least partially be explained by Lawrence’s revolutionary military service.
children 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).
Gresham 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 the
time of his death.Sarah is next to
him.Her date of death is given as July
and she was 85 years old at the time of her death.Many children of Lawrence and Sarah are also
buried here including their sons George, John, and Philip.
George Gresham – 2nd
Gresham, the first born son of our patriot ancestor Lawrence Gresham was born October
9, 1773 in PetersburgVirginia.This is the grandfather of Walter Quinton Gresham.He was the only child of Lawrence and Sarah
born before the revolutionary war.As
new lands opened up in the northwest after the revolutionary war George moved
west bringing his father with him.
married 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 September
5, 1830 and
is buried in the Lanesville cemetery.
Mary had 11 children that we know of:George, William, Sarah, Elizabeth, John Thomas, Dennis, Josie,
Larkin, Edward, and Mary Ann.
Philip Gresham – 2nd
Gresham, our ancestor and son of Lawrence Gresham and Sarah O’Neill was born on
August 27, 1792 in Kentucky.He moved with his family to Indiana.
married Elizabeth K. Crutchfield on December 12, 1812.Elizabeth was born in Kentucky on October
County, Indiana on September
4, 1851 and
is buried in the Lanesville cemetery.Elizabeth was also buried there after her
death on September 30, 1885.
Elizabeth 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 – 3rd
Gresham, our ancestor the son of Philip Gresham and Elizabeth Crutchfield, was
born September 18, 1813 in Lanesville, Harrison County, Indiana.He married Sarah Peters on October 23, 1834 in HarrisonCounty.Sarah was born September 27, 1818.
Sarah can be found in the 1840 and 1850 censuses of Harrison County
Indiana.Sarah Peters died March
6, 1854.Children of William and Sarah include:Elias
Woodford Gresham (Mar 24, 1838), Mary Ann Gresham (Aug 7, 1835), Milton
Gresham (Jan 1, 1839), Elizabeth C. Gresham (Feb 23, 1841), Abraham Gresham
(Mar 12, 1843), Philip Charles Gresham (Feb 20, 1847), Benjamin Gresham (Feb
23, 1847), and James N. Gresham (c. 1849).Sarah Peters died March 6, 1854.
Sarah’s death William Gresham remarried to ElendorMarkel on August 10, 1854.The had one child together, Daniel Gresham born
Sep 10, 1859.William and Elendor are found on the 1860 census of Harrisoncounty.William Gresham died April
Elias Woodford Gresham – 4th
Woodford Gresham, our ancestor and son of William Gresham and Sarah Peters, was
born 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 listed
as “Blacksmith apprentice”.Later that
same year on November 13, 1860 Elias married Sarah Ann Ham.Sarah Ann Ham was born March
26, 1840 in
Lanesville and was the daughter of John Lopp Ham and
Elizabeth Shuck.There is more on the
Ham family elsewhere in this document.
point Elias and his family moved from Lanesville to EckertyIndiana.Elias died there on October 19, 1906 and Sarah died July
26, 1912.Children of Elias Woodford Gresham and Sarah
Ann 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 Estella
Gresham (Aug 28, 1873), Mary Arminda Gresham (Sep 20,
1874), Sylvester Benjamin Gresham (Jul 1, 1876), George Thomas Gresham (Feb 26,
Gresham (Oct 4, 1879), and Sarah Caroline Gresham (Jun 10, 1882).
The Bobbitt family
during the American Civil War:
for 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,
Dared all--and died.
(Inscription on the
monument to the dead of the Confederate States Army, Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, D.C.)
The civil war split the Bobbitt family with sons serving on
both sides depending primarily on where they were living when the war began.In John William Bobbitt’s book, The Bobbitt
Family in America, on page
93-100 he has a comprehensive list of every Bobbitt who served during the war.Each soldier listed has been authenticated by
U.S. War Department abstracts, prison and parole records, or surviving
confederate records.Some soldiers may
actually be included more than once if they served multiple enlistments in different
units, but this list includes 193 veterans, 167 confederate
and 26 union, all with the Bobbitt surname.As complete as this list was in 1985 there are even more records that
have been found since then.An example
is Harrison Bobbitt who we knew from family tradition had been killed in the
war.His service is well documented and
survivor’s benefits were paid, yet he did not make the list of 193.
John writes that, “The Bobbitt family is essentially a
southern Confederate family and even the 25 or 30 soldiers who served on the
Union 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 in
By state the number of Bobbitt men
who served are:
addition to General Walter Quinton Gresham who was already detailed, those
Civil War veterans who’s relationship to us is close
and established include:
William Bobbitt was the son of John Huse Bobbitt and Catherine Goble, older brother of James
Bobbitt, the author’s great-great-grandfather.That makes William and his brothers listed below my
great-great-granduncles.William was a private
in Company F, 144th regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry.Some records say that William was captain of
this company but that has not yet been validated.If that were true He likely saw previous
service in another company.
The 144th regiment was organized late in the war
on March 6, 1865.This unit never saw
combat and was disbanded on August 5, 1865.47 members of this regiment died from disease during its six months of
Absolom Bobbitt - son of John Huse
Bobbitt and Catherine Goble, younger brother of William.Absolom was a
private in Company D, 66th regiment, Indiana Volunteers.He recruited from ValeenIndiana on August
and died in MemphisTennessee on July 5,
The 66th regiment was mustered into service on August
the date of Absolom’s enlistment.The invasion of Kentucky required every available unit and
the night of August 19th the regiment marched to LexingtonKentucky.On the 23rd they marched east from Lexington and were engaged in battle on
August 30th, just 11 days after the regiment was formed.In this battle a major part of the regiment
was 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 would
participate in the Atlanta campaign engaging in the battles of
Resacca, Lay’s Ferry, Rome Cross Roads, Dallas, Kennesaw, and Jonesboro.
Harrison Bobbitt - son of John Huse
Bobbitt and Catherine Goble and younger brother of Absolom
and William Bobbitt.He enlisted in
Company A, 38th regiment, Indiana
Volunteers on September 17, 1861.He was shot through the neck at the battle of Perryville Kentucky on October
and died the following day.
Peter R. Holiday – husband of Elizabeth Bobbitt, son
in 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, Absolom
and Harrison listed above.
The 38th regiment was organized in New Albany, Indiana on September
18, 1861.This was the unit that many of our relatives
fought in and has an incredible history.Company A was mostly from Orange County, Indiana.They marched to Elizabethtown, Kentucky on September 21st and
remained there at Camp Nevin on Green River until
February, 1862.They saw their first
engagement on May 13, 1862 at Rogersville.At this time they were part of the 7th
independent brigade, Army of the Ohio.They fought in the battle of Chattanooga on June 7,
1862.They were moved to the 9th
brigade, 3rd division, Army of the Ohio where they pursued Bragg from
August 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 the
battle of Stone’s River from Dec 30, 1862 through Jan 3,
1863.During this battle the 38th
regiment 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 of
1863 seeing action in the battles of Davis Cross Roads, Dung Gap, Rossville Gap
and then the battle of Chickamauga on September 19 - 21.From Sep 24 - Nov 23 the 38th
regiment participated in the siege of Chattanooga and then fought the battles of LookoutMountain on Nov 23 - 24, Mission Ridge on
Nov 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 1st
brigade to 3rd brigade, still in the 1st division, 14th
Corps.The Atlanta campaign started May
1, 1864.During this campaign this unit saw action at
the battle of Buzzard’s Roost Gap on May 8 - 9, and
the battle of Resaca May 14 - 15.From
May 25 - June 5 the regiment would fight in battles at Dallas, New HopeChurch, and Allatoona
Hills.They fought at Pickett’s Mills on
May 27.During operations against KennesawMountain the 38th fought at Pine
Hill June 11 - 14, LostMountain on June 15 - 17.They participated in the assault on Kennesaw
on June 27, 1864 and fought at Ruff’s Station in Smyrna on July 4. They fought there way across the Chattahoocheeriver from
July 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 including
action at Utoy Creek on Aug 5 – 7.From August 25 – 30 they participated in the
flank movement on Jonesboro and then fought in the Battle of
Jonesboro Aug 31 – Sep 1, 1864.They participated in the pursuit of Hood into Alabama October 3 – 26, then
they 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 April
they were part of the army that accepted the surrender of General
Johnston.They marched to WashingtonD.C. via RichmondVA and participated in the Grand
Review in Washington on May 24,
1865.They then moved to LouisvilleKentucky where they disbanded on July
15, 1865.During the war the 38th regiment
lost 9 officers and 147 men to enemy fire and 1 officer and 254 enlisted men to
disease for a total of 411 dead.
As well as Harrison Bobbitt and Peter Holiday listed above there are other
members of the 38th regiment that I am sure are related to us
through marriage.William and Harrison
Bobbitt’s mother was a Goble and their sister married a Holiday.
Alfred Goble of Paoli, Indiana joined the 38th on Feb
17, 1861.He was with the unit until they disbanded.
Henry Goble of Paoli, Indiana joined the 38th regiment
on Feb 27, 1861.He drowned at StoneRiver on Jan 11,
Lindsey Holiday of Valeen, Indiana joined the 38th regiment
on Sep 17, 1861.He died May
Henderson Goble of Paoli, Indiana joined
company 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 General
Walter Gresham started his military career with the 3rd regiment, Indiana
Calvary where he was a 1st Lt in Troop B, and then promoted to
Major.At some point he was promoted to
Lt. Colonel and transferred to the 10th Regiment, Indiana Calvary.
Edward Bobbitt was a 1st Lt. with company G of the 34th
infantry.He is also listed as a
surgeon.His relation to us is unknown.
Jacob Bobbitt was a private in company H, 10th Indiana
Calvary.His relation to us is
Simon Knott has photographed a number of English churches
and made his work available over the internet at his website www.suffoldchurches.co.uk.I have copied his photographs of the Grundisburgh, Campsea Ash and
This is the Saint Mary’s church in Grundisburgh where John Bobbet
was Christened on January 20, 1578/9.The tower was added in 1732 but the church
itself dates much earlier.There are
many pictures on Knott’s website that show the interior detail.Many parts of the interior contain artwork
dating before the reformation including some that were painted over and only
rediscovered in the 1950’s.There is also
one piece that Knott believes dates from 1348 when the black
death 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 were
Although this church appears
modernized most of the structure and the tower date from the 14th
century.The stained glass was all added
or replaced in the 19th century.
This is the
Parrish church at Woodbridge where William Bobbitt (1674) and
his sister Francis were Christened.There
are records that indicate that a SaxonChurch has stood
on this location since at least 1086 but the current building was constructed
in the early 15th century.