James Bobbitt, of Hanover

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James Bobbitt, of Hanover

Birthdate: (54)
Birthplace: Rocky Run, Prince George, Virginia, USA
Death: Died in Antrim Parish, Halifax, Virginia, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of William Levy Bobbitt, Jr. and Mary Bobbitt
Husband of Elizabeth Bobbitt
Father of Mary Henson; Diannah Jennings; John Bobbitt, Sr.; Nancy "Ann" Henson; Capt. William Levi Bobbitt and 4 others
Brother of Lewis L Bobbitt; William Bobbitt, III; Thomas Bobbitt; Amy Bobbitt; Frances Bobbitt and 1 other
Half brother of Randell Randolph Bobbitt and William Bobbitt

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About James Bobbitt, of Hanover

James Bobbitt

Born: 1707 in Rocky Run, Prince George County, Virginia

Married: Elizabeth Dalton Bennett in 1734 in Lunenberg, County, Va.

Died: Aug.20, 1761, buried in Antrim Parrish, Halifax County, VA.


James Bobbitt was born and reared on the plantation of William Jr. He was trained to raise tobacco and run a gristmill. James didn’t marry until he was about 27 years old, in 1734. He married Elizabeth Dalton Bennett, a young widow with a son named Richard Bennett. Elizabeth was the daughter of Timothy and Elizabeth Dalton; they owned land adjoining the plantation of James on the Pigg River in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.


James Bobbitt didn’t agree with the law on tithables (taxes) that required that on each 10th of June every master or plantation overseer had to provide a list of all “male persons of the age of 16 and upwards, not being free, and all negroes, mulattoes, and indian women, of the age of 16 and upwards, not being free….” living in or belonging to his family or plantation.


If any person concealed such a tithable, he was fined 1000 pounds of tobacco. It took James several years and several thousand pounds of tobacco to learn that he eventually had to comply with the law.


James became ill in March of 1761 and on March 13th he wrote his will. It was written in his own handwriting and acknowledged by his own signature, indicating that he was well educated. James died on August 20, 1761.


Will of James Bobbitt (unedited):


IN THE NAME OF GOD, AMEN: I, JAMES BOBBITT, of the Parish of Antrim, in the county of Halifax, being sick and weak in body, but of sound sense and memory, thanks be to almighty God, for the same, and calling to mind the uncertainty of this life, and that it is appointed for all men, once to die, I do, constitute, ordain, and appraise this my last will and testament.


FIRST: I do bequeath my soul to God that gave it, and my body to be buried in a christian manor at the discretion of my executors, nothing doubting, but at the general resurection, to receive full pardon and forgiveness of all my sins, and as touching such worldly estate, where with it has pleased the Almighty God to bless me with in this life, I have in the following manner. Namely:


ITEM: I give and bequeath to james Dillard, all that tract of land on the south side of Pigg River where on I now live, as james Dillard is paying to the co-executors of this said will, one hundred pounds made payable in one year from the proving of this said will, the above being a formal contract and agreement between the said bond and Dillard, and upon the non-performance of the said Dillard, my desire is for the same therefor to be sold by my executors and the money arising on the said sale to be applied towards paying my lawfull debts, discharged, to be equally divided with my personal estate amongst my heirs hereafter mentioned.


ITEM: I give to my son JOHN, law’s RICHARD BENNIT, the remaining part of the above mentioned tract of land on the north side of Pigg River, according to the river courses of the patent, to him and his heirs and assigns forever, also a tract of land surveyed by John Adams adjoining the line of the above said land to the said RICHARD BENNIT also to him and his heirs forever in consideration whereof the said RICHARD BENNIT is to pay JAMES BOBBITT eleven pounds at the time the said BOBBITT shall come of age, provided he die before he shall have issue or come to age, the money to be paid to RANDALL BOBBIT.


ITEM: I give to my son WILLIAM OBBITT that part of the tract of land I had of Timothy Dalton lying on the south side of Pigg River to him and his heirs and assigns forever, he paying likewiise to the said JAMES BOBBITT JUNIOR, the sum of seven pounds in like manor as the said RICHARD BENNIT is also five pounds to the said RANDALL BOBBIT in like manor aforesaid.


ITEM: I give to my son JOHN BOBBITT the remainder of the tract of land I had of this said Dalton on the north side of Pigg River, he paying the sum of eight pounds in mannor above as to the above said RANDALL BOBBIT. In case the said RANDALL BOBBIT die without issue or before he comes to age, the money is to be paid to JAMES BOBBITT JUNIOR in manor and form aforesaid.


ITEM: I lend to my loving wife ELIZABETH my darling widow, my negro, Joe, with all the rest of my estate equally to be divided between my loving wife, ELIZABETH BOBBIT, DINAH HINNINGS, ANN HINSON, MARY BOBBITT, LIVISA BOBBIT, JAMES BOBBIT, AND RANDALL BOBBITT.


ITEM: I DO CONSTITUTE AND APPOINT MY LOVING WIFE Elizabeth Bobbit, EXECUTRIX AND MY LOVING FRIENDS Robert Baber, and hugh Innis, executors to this my last will and testament. I rebuke, annull all other will or wills by me before made in witness hereof, I have set my hand and afix my seal this thirteenth day of March 1761.”


Between the years of 1730 to 1754, James Bobbitt and Elizabeth Dalton Bennett Bobbitt had nine children, the fourth being our ancestor, William (William has been the most popular male name in the Bobbitt family).



            
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James Bobbitt, of Hanover's Timeline

1707
1707
Rocky Run, Prince George, Virginia, USA
1735
1735
Age 28
Province of Virginia
1740
1740
Age 33
North Farnham Parish, Rappahannock County, Province of Virginia
1741
1741
Age 34
1741
Age 34
Prince George County, Virginia
1744
1744
Age 37
Prince George County, Province of Virginia
1746
1746
Age 39
Lunnenburg County, Virginia
1749
1749
Age 42
1752
1752
Age 45
Halifax, Halifax County, Virginia, United States