The Bobbitt Family of Southern Indiana and other parts of the United States of America

Prepared by:                              Greg Klima

                                                844 Fairview Rd.

                                                Andrews, NC  28901

                                                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 continuing work.


One of the best sources for information on the Bobbitt lineage is Keith Bobbitt.  Keith lives in Mount Vernon Indiana and has an outstanding website dedicated to Bobbitt heritage.


In 1985 John William Bobbitt published a book entitled The Bobbitt Family in America. 

This is 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.


John 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  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 1579 Grundisburgh, 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 spelled


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.


Edward Bobet settled in New England in 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 the Conqueror.


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.



Other Bobbitts


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 nations.

·        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.


A note about calendars:  Some dates like Jan 20, 1578/9 are written with two years because of the date  New 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.


When 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.


By the 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, 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 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 Christian sects.


For 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.


-2nd Generation


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, 1600.  Margaret was Christened March 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:

A.                  William Bobbet Christened October 18, 1610

B.                  Dorothie Bobbet Christened January 20, 1603/04

C.                  Elsabeth Bobbet Christened July 24, 1608.


-1st Generation


William Bobbett was Christened October 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

B.      Ann Bobbitt

C.      Roger Bobbitt born about 1649

D.      Francis Bobbitt Christened October 11, 1660.


The Bobbitt Family in America:


1st Generation


William Bobbitt Sn., is the immigrant ancestor and father of the Bobbitt family in the Southern United States. 


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 of Woodbridge.


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 Knyff painted 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 "Martha."

Jacob Knyff: 1638 - 1681
Dock Scene at a
British Port by Knyff

Date:  1673

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 Dutch-built.

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 gate-way.


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 reads:


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.


1, begining 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 October, 1673.

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 Charles City County in 1673 but this land became part of Prince George County 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.


Slavery was 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 himself. 


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 Petersburg Virginia on the south side of Jones Hole Swamp.  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 1750.


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 Generation.


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 Nottingham England and married Elizabeth in 1647 in Virginia.


Marsha wrote, "My 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.


2nd Generation


I.          William Bobbitt, (William Bobbitt Jr.) was born in 1675 in Bristol Parish, Charles City County, Virginia (Near Hopewell Virginia today).


We first find a record of William Jr. outside his father’s house on June 10, 1702 when he appears on a list of tithables in Southwark Parish in Surry County, Virginia.


In 1712 William inherited 90 acres of land from his father on the south side of Jones Hole swamp.  Robert Bolling the official surveyor for Prince George County surveyed this land on June 18, 1712 but it is unclear which William Bobbitt was the owner at that time.


On December 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.


William was 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 1, 1736 where William was paid 100 pounds of tobacco to cover the expenses he had incurred during the burial.


The Ferry 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 Petersburg Virginia.


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 Jr.’s name.  I 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 Warren County.


Children of William Bobbitt Jr. and Mary Green include:

A.      William Bobbitt born in 1702.  William married Lucy Leftwich and died in Bedford County Virginia in 1778.

B.      Lewis L. Bobbitt born in 1703.

C.      James 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 (1754).

D.      Thomas Bobbitt was born about 1710 in Prince George County.  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 7, 1736, 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 Bobbet Jr.’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 in Chowan County, North Carolina.


John died in North Carolina, leaving a will, in 1736.


Children of John Bobbitt of Chowan and Sarah Owen/Green include:

A.      William Bobbitt born in 1704.

B.      Thomas Bobbitt born in 1708.

C.      Frances Bobbitt born in 1710.

D.      Mary Bobbitt born in 1715.

E.      Amy 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:


A.      Randolph Bobbitt born in 1708, he died in 1777.  Randolph received his own land grant in Hanover County Virginia in 1737.

B.      William Bobbitt born in 1712, he died in 1785 in Baltimore County, Maryland.


James owned land and a home of his own in Hanover County in 1708.  He was a respected member of Saint Paul’s Parish and is listed in the church records.


3rd Generation


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 Kent County, Virginia. 


Lewis and Elizabeth cleared land in Prince Edward County, 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 Bush River and Lewis may well have been the first person to settle that area of what was then Brunswick county and is now Prince Edward County, 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 Bute county 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 Charles City County Virginia she married William Person about 1750.  William was born about 1735, also in Charles City County.

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 1790.

G.     Lewis Bobbitt, born in 1742


4th Generation


Lewis Bobbitt, (William – William - Lewis) was born in Amelia County, Virginia in 1742 and was the son of Lewis L. Bobbitt and Elizabeth Moore. 


In 1781 Lewis married Mary Person in Warren County, 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 Warren County.  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.  

He died in 1818 in Warren County. Lewis left a will in which he named all of his children.

Children of Lewis Bobbitt and Mary Person include:


A.  James Lewis Bobbitt born February 1, 1782.  He married Mary Gunn on February 10, 1809.

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 1, 1827.

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.


5th Generation


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 Huse.  She was 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:


A.  Jemimah 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 about 1845.  Jemimah 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 Orange County 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 Orange County.

F.  John Huse Bobbitt was born June 3, 1818 in Shelby County, Alabama.

G. Mourning 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 County Indiana.

I.    James 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 on September 20, 1855 in Orange County.

J.    William Bobbitt was born in 1829 in Tennessee.  He married Mary Jane Farrall on January 8, 1852 in Orange County, Indiana.




6th Generation


John Huse Bobbitt, 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 County, Indiana.


On May 21, 1835 John Huse Bobbitt married Catherine Goble in Orange county Indiana.  Catherine was born March 8, 1816 in Charlotte, North Carolina, the daughter of Absalom Goble and Betsy Miller.


John Huse Bobbitt was a minister of the Gospel and preached in rural churches of southern Indiana.


John Huse 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).


John Huse 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), Harrison bobbitt (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 wounded.


“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 the  past 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."


John Huse 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 Williams Cemetery in Crawford County, Indiana


Children of 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 14, 1837 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 Valeen Indiana on August 19, 1862 and died in Memphis Tennessee on July 5, 1863 from “accidental wounds.” 

D.      John H. Bobbitt was born June 3, 1841.  He married Fanny Cornwell on October 20, 1867 and died December 24, 1918.  Fanny was born October 19, 1848 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 1879).

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 10, 1862 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.

I.         Henry 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, 1919 and 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 25, 1877.

M.     Mary Elizabeth Bobbitt was born March 15, 1862.  She married John M. Sanders on September 19, 1877.   


7th  Generation


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 Crawford County'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 9:28 PM 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 include:

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 Indiana University.  He worked as a teacher and principal at the Oak Park High 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.


Elias 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, 1912. 


William 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 23, 1864.


Philip 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 Harrison County.  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).


David Ham 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 later section.


James A. Bobbitt died December 1, 1915 in English Indiana, and Elizabeth died December 1, 1920 in Louisville, Kentucky. 


Children of James and Elizabeth include:

A.      Leroy Bobbitt was born in 1887 and died as an infant.

B.      Ivan Cecil Bobbitt born June 3, 1888.

C.      Clean 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 (Crawford County).  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).

F.      Edna Fern Bobbitt was born July 20, 1892.  She married Leslie D. Gaddis and she died November 20, 1982.

G.     Naomi Bobbitt ( born in1906, she died as an infant).



8th Generation


Ivan Cecil Bobbitt, was born June 3, 1888 in English Indiana.  He married Bertha Mariah Riley on March 4, 1908 in Crawford County, Indiana.


Bertha 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 Crawford County and Jonathan also died in Crawford county June 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 Montgomery County, Virginia, the daughter of Abner McDonald.  She died September 25, 1855 in Duboise County, Indiana. 


Bertha Mariah Riley died January 7, 1968 in Depauw, Indiana.  Ivan Cecil Bobbitt died in Corydoy Indiana on October 18, 1969.


Children of Ivan Cecil Bobbitt and Bertha Mariah Riley include:

  1. 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 Washington D.C.  Mildred died December 18, 1954 in Louisville, Kentucky.  Children of Robert and Mildred include:  Carol Irene Yates (Aug 10, 1935), and David Andrew Yates (Nov 30, 1939).
  2. Lois Thelma Bobbitt born on December 30, 1910 in Eckerty Indiana.  She married John Turner Dutschke on October 19, 1933 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)
  3. 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 Clinton Iowa and died January 8, 1997 in Oak Ridge Tennessee.  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 20 days.
  4. Susan Elizabeth Bobbitt was born January 21, 1917 in Eckerty Indiana.  She married Earl Herbert Turpin in Portland Oregan September 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).
  5. James Riley Bobbitt was born November 7, 1923 in Louisville, Kentucky.  James married Minerva Patience Long on August 31, 1947 in Indianapolis Indiana.  Minerva was born in Indianapolis on May 16, 1922..  James was a professor at Berea College in Berea Kentucky.  He died in Berea Kentucky on August 6, 1978.  Children of James and Minerva include:  Christofer Rendrie Bobbitt born September 10, 1952, Robin Rebecca Bobbitt born June 13, 1955, and Heather Meredith Bobbitt born August 30, 1956.






The Gresham’s:


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.


Many members of the Gresham family are buried in the Lanesville cemetery in Harrison County Indiana including Lawrence Gresham and his wife Sarah O’Neill.




Walter Quinton Gresham

There are 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 Mercer 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.




William 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 together:  Benjamin Quincey 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, 1833).


William Gresham was a cabinetmaker by profession, but was elected by popular vote a colonel in the state militia and, while sheriff of Harrison County on January 23, 1834, was 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 Harrison County.


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, 1854. 


Walter went 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 appointed trustees.


As the 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.


Walter was promoted to Colonel and given command of the 53rd Indiana 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 20, 1864, 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.


After his 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.


In 1892 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 Gresham Oregon.  Gresham, Oregon in Multnomah County near Portland was originally called “Camp Ground” 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 Gresham Nebraska located in York County Nebraska that was named after Walter.  


Supporting information on Walter Quinton Gresham:


The 1860 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 them.


The 1880 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 hostler.


The Fort 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.


Lawrence Gresham – 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.


Lawrence 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.


Known 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).


Lawrence 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 21, 1839 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 Generation


George Gresham, the first born son of our patriot ancestor Lawrence Gresham was born October 9, 1773 in Petersburg Virginia.  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. 


George 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. 


George and Mary had 11 children that we know of:  George, William, Sarah, Elizabeth, John Thomas, Dennis, Josie, Larkin, Edward, and Mary Ann.


Philip Gresham – 2nd Generation


Philip 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.


Philip married Elizabeth K. Crutchfield on December 12, 1812.  Elizabeth was born in Kentucky on October 10, 1794.


Philip died in Harrison 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.


Philip and 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 Generation


William 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 Harrison County.  Sarah was born September 27, 1818.


William and 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.


After Sarah’s death William Gresham remarried to Elendor Markel 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 Harrison county.  William Gresham died April 24, 1884.


Elias Woodford Gresham – 4th Generation


Elias 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.


At some point Elias and his family moved from Lanesville to Eckerty Indiana.  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, 1878)< Odest Seldon Gresham (Oct 4, 1879), and Sarah Caroline Gresham (Jun 10, 1882).


The Bobbitt family during the American Civil War:

Not 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,
Sacrificed 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 that regard.


By state the number of Bobbitt men who served are:



Alabama           12 (11 privates, 1 corporal)

Arkansas          1  (Sergeant)

Georgia             4  (3 privates, 1 corporal)

Kentucky          3  (1 private)

Mississippi        30 (27 privates, 1 corporal, 1 sergeant)

Missouri            9  (all privates)

North Carolina    39 (32 privates, 1 corporal, 4 sergeants, 2 2nd Lt)

South Carolina   2  (both privates)

Tennessee        15 (11 privates, 2 corporals, 2 2nd Lieutenants)

Texas               16 (11 privates, 1 corporal, 4 sergeants)

Virginia             36 (33 privates, 1 sergeant, 1 2nd Lt, 1 1st Lt.)



Illinois               19 (15 privates, 1 corporal, 1 sergeant)

Indiana              4  (3 privates, 1 captain)

Ohio                 3 (2 privates, 1 sergeant)


In 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 service.


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 Valeen Indiana on August 19, 1862 and died in Memphis Tennessee on July 5, 1863 from “accidental wounds.” 


The 66th regiment was mustered into service on August 19, 1862, the date of Absolom’s enlistment.  The invasion of Kentucky required every available unit and the night of August 19th the regiment marched to Lexington Kentucky.  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 10, 1862 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 Lookout Mountain 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 Hope Church, and Allatoona Hills.  They fought at Pickett’s Mills on May 27.  During operations against Kennesaw Mountain the 38th fought at Pine Hill June 11 - 14, Lost Mountain 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 Chattahoochee river 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 Averysboro NC on March 16, 1865.  They occupied Goldsboro on Mar 24, and Raleigh on April 14.  After the battle of Bennett’s House on April 14, 1865 they were part of the army that accepted the surrender of General Johnston.  They marched to Washington D.C. via Richmond VA and participated in the Grand Review in Washington on May 24, 1865.  They then moved to Louisville Kentucky 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 Stone River on Jan 11, 1863.


Lindsey Holiday of Valeen, Indiana joined the 38th regiment on Sep 17, 1861.  He died May 15, 1863.


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 regiment, Indiana 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 unknown. 



Simon Knott has photographed a number of English churches and made his work available over the internet at his website  I have copied his photographs of the Grundisburgh, Campsea Ash and Woodbridge churches. 


St Mary: a municipal water tower with a nice little church attached.


Text Box:  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 Christened.


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.

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This is the Parrish church at Woodbridge where William Bobbitt (1674) and his sister Francis were Christened.  There are records that indicate that a Saxon Church has stood on this location since at least 1086 but the current building was constructed in the early 15th century.