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(Key name/birth date)
Allumbaugh, Garrett 1789
Blake, David 1764
Bobbitt, Isham 1754
Boone, Squire 1696
Brous, Peter 1783
Burk, James ~1705
Eckart, Victor ~1871
Eckart, Wm.F. 1843
Eggers, Daniel 1752
Eggers, Geo 1715
Eggers, Landrine 1757
Ellison, James 1776
Ellison, Stewart 1809
Frontier Alarms 1774
Green, Garret ~1730
Hogan, Humph ~1740
Hogan, Humphrey ~1682
Hogan, William 1777
Jones, Lewis 1784
Jones, Mathew 1813
Jones, Samuel 1756
Klaumann, Jn ~1818
Morphew, Aaron 1796
Morphew, James 1805
Morphew, Jos. 1775
Morphew, Wm 1829
Murphy, Cal 1860
Murphy, Jas W 1876
Murphy, Riley 1853
Powell, Rowland ~1670
Steelman, Chas I ~1705
Steelman, Chas II ~1745
Steelman, Jonath 1782
Steelman, Peter ~1667
Steyer, Andrew 1827
Tatum, Christopher 1683
Tatum, Edward ~1675
Tatum, George ~1721
Tatum, Henry 1680
Tatum, James ~1755
Tatum, Joseph ~1705
Tatum, Nathaniel 1599
Tatum, Nathaniel ~1635
Tatum, Nathaniel ~1670
Tatum, Peter ~1675
Tatum, Samuel ~1695
Tatum, Samuel I ~1640
Tatum, Samuel II ~1674
Wadlow, Thomas ~1710
Wadlow, William ~1745
Wilcockson, David 1742
Wilcockson, Geo 1692
Wilcockson, John 1720
Wilcockson, Sam 1755
Willcoxen, Squire 1778
Born 3 May 1754 at Granville County (now Warren County), North Carolina (from military pension records)
Married: Elizabeth James on 13 October 1774 or 1775 in North Carolina, "25 miles from Halifax," per wife, Elizabeth Bobbitt on 1840 pension paper. Could this be somewhere on Fishing Creek in today's Warren County?
Died: ? March 1836 at Morgan County, Illinois and was buried at the Paschal Farm Cemetery near Markham. This cemetery was later closed and the tombstone and possibly the grave was moved to the Chapin Cemetery in Chapin, Morgan County, Illinois.
Parents: John Richard Bobbitt (1725 Bertie County, N.C. to 1791 Warren County, N.C.) and Amy Alston (1730 Bertie County, N.C. to 1796 Warren County, North Carolina
Signature written as “Isham Bobbitt”
Any middle name use is to be considered suspect unless the source is known.
Born: 1756 Edgecombe County (now Halifax County), North Carolina
Died: 6 May 1847 Morgan County, Illinois
Parents: William James and Nancy __ of Warren County, N.C.
2nd edition, Morphew/Murphy Story, J.R. Murphy, 22 March 2006
(I). Granville County N.C. to 1763
Bute County, N. C. 1764 – 1774
See Chapter on John R. Bobbitt + Amy Alston.
(2). Rich Creek Mountain, Fincastle County, Virginia 29 May 1774
SIR: "I received your Letter dated the __ of this instant and I have conformed myself to it, and I find that there is in that bounds from Rich Creek Mountain to where the county line strikes the river thirty men which are: (included) Ishmall Babit. Also I must acquaint you that the most of these men is bad off for arms and ammunition and I believe (I) cannot get them (any). All from your Servant at Command, (signed Captain) Michael Woods," (dated) 29 May 1774. (From "Documentary History of Dunmore's War 1774, by Gold Thwaites and Louise Phelps Kellogg, 1905)
Comment: Given this is our Isham Bobbitt, this letter suggests that before Isham Bobbitt married, he planned to settle here or file for a land grant. Perhaps due to Indian dangers he returned to North Carolina to be married. He was not at the Battle of Point Pleasant (W. Virginia) in 10 October 1774 because he married three days later in eastern North Carolina.
The "bounds from Rich Creek Mountain," is land stretching from today's Rich Creek, Giles County, Virginia into Monroe County, West Virginia. In August 1774, Fincastle volunteer soldiers assembled and then marched along the New River "through Rich Creek Gap, now "Symms' Gap in Peters' Mountain, thence across the present county of Monroe, West Virginia to Camp Union." They were on their way to Point Pleasant on the Ohio River. (From "History of the Battle of Point Pleasant," by Virgil A. Lewis, 1909.
(3). Bute County, North Carolina 1774 – 1779 (discontinued 1779, part becoming Warren County.
(4). Warren County, North Carolina 1779 – 1780 (Established 1779)
1779 Warren County, North Carolina Tax List, inventory taken by Thomas Turner(?) William, not listed a, b, c or alphabetically.
Isham Bobbitt, value taxable property 751.12
On 12 September 1780, Isham Bobbitt entered 500 acres on the head of Gunters Creek, with land bordering William Jean, Phil Alston, Thomas Blanchett, James Dowlan, Richard Acock, Isaac James. A further clue to this locations is noted 11 February 1788 warrant to Samuel Alston for 300 acres in Warren County on the waters of Gunters Creek and the branches of Fishing Creek, bordering Isham Bobbit's entry and adjoining other vacant land. Alston appears to be a relative to Isham's mother. ("Abstracts of Land Entries, Bute County, North Carolina 1778 – 1779) by Dr. A.B. Pruitt)
(5). American Revolutionary Soldier 1780-1781
Isham Bobbitt was a North Carolina Revolutionary War soldier, as a private and a sergeant. “He was a native of North Carolina and was in service under Captain Farley, and was at the siege of Yorktown. After the war was ended, he removed to Illinois, settling in Morgan County, where he died. He was pensioned.” From Illinois Revolutionary War veteran records.
Pension records state he enlisted five times:
1. Enlisted in Granville County, North Carolina from 1 February 1780 until 1 June 1780 under command of Captain Christmus, Regiment of Colonel Allen, and General Caswell.
2. Three months tour of duty with Colonel Long, a Quarter Master General and was a wagon maker and repaired army wagons gear.
3. Volunteered as a private under Captain George Nasworthy, Colonel Williams – Regiment, under General Eaton's brigade on January 1781 until ? Joined near Hillsborough fought at the Battle of Guilford Courthouse March 15, 1781 and at Ramsey’s Mill on Deep River.
From Lt. Colonel Henry Lee on Guilford Court House Battle: “To our infinite distress and mortification, the North Carolina militia took flight, a few only of Eaton’s brigade excepted.”
4. Volunteered for Captain Harris and Colonel Reed from 1 April 1781 until 1 July 1781.
5. Volunteered under Captain Twitty in the North Carolina Troops about the middle of September 1781 and was a forage master. He was at the surrender of Cornwallis.
Details of key pension papers are found in sections 10 and 11.
(6). Guilford County, North Carolina 1781 - 1787
On 7 May 1782, “Isham Bobbit” and Charles Bruce witnessed a deed from Hugh Blair of Guilford County to Nathaniel Tatum for 440 acres on the north side of Haw River.
In November 1782, “Ishaim Bobbet,” Juston Knott, and Hugh McKillip witnessed a deed by William Woods of Washington County, N.C. to Charles Madeares of Guilford County for 200 acres on both sides of Mill Branch. This deed was proved in the August Count 1783 by Isham Bobbet.
Previously in 22 October 1782, a "Thomas Bobbett" was granted 200 acres on the waters of Bulues Creek. This creek is so close to the western edge of the county that records in old Surry and Rowan Counties were searched, but no other Bobbits were found.
There is a 22 inch by 32 inch map which is being sold at the Guilford Court House National Monument of Guilford County showing many pre-1800 Guilford County settlers and where they lived. Thomas Bobbit - 1782 is included. There also is a William James - 1754 perhaps 3-4 miles east of Thomas Bobbit and wonder if he is William James, father of Elizabeth James who married Isham Bobbitt.
In the August Guilford 1785 court term, “John Bobbitt” is appointed overseer of the road for the Rocky Spring to the County line. Which John Bobbitt is not known.
In the May term 1787, Guilford County ordered that Philip Jean be appointed overseer of the road from Rockingham line (county established 1785 from Guilford) to Surry County line near Mr. Cooks and with the hands to wit: John Moore, Richard Perry, Islam Bobbets, John Woodaide keep the same in good repair.
(7). Spartenburgh County, South Carolina 1788? – 1803
Isham Bobbitt is on the 1790 U.S. Census of Spartenburgh County, unknown township, South Carolina.
(8). Christian County, Kentucky 1803 – 1826/29
Tax lists for Christian County show for the first time John and William J. Bobbitt in 1804, Isham and Stephen Bobbitt in 1805, and Allen Bobbitt in 1806. The last tax record mentioning Isham Bobbitt, Sr. is 1824, although there is an Isham Bobbit listed in 1826, but Sr. or Jr. is not given.
The Bobbitts all lived on the distal reaches Tradewater River and-or the Barren Branch of the Tradewater River in northern Christian County. The Tradewater River flows northward to empty into the Ohio River. Isham + Elizabeth Bobbitt lived about one mile northwest of Kelly, Christian County, Kentucky. Kelly is approximately 7.8 miles due-north from the center-point of Hopkinsville. A small Bobbitt cemetery is said to exist near their farm, being descendants of their son, John W. Bobbitt.
On Monday, 1 December 1823, The Christian County court ordered that “William Long, Edmund McKinney, and Isham Bobbitt, Sr., on account of their age and infirmities, be forever hereafter exempt from paying county levis within this county.”
(9). Morgan County, Illinois 1827+
The first Bobbitt known to settle in Morgan County is a John G. Bobitt in 1829, and probably was there earlier. Three Chrismans (Christman) and two Jones married children of Isham Bobbitt. All five families migrated to Morgan County by 1830 and lived near one-another. Pension statements indicate Isham and Elizabeth were living with John and Nancy Bobbitt Chrisman from about 1812. The 1830 U.S. Census of Morgan County indicates two adults, age 70-80, likely to be Isham and Elizabeth Bobbitt, living with the John Chrisman family, and who live very close to their son, William J. Bobbitt.
Isham Bobbitt was buried at the Pascal Farm Cemetery near Markham, Morgan County, Illinois. This is the same cemetery that Samuel Jones, Revolutonary War Soldier, was buried. Isham Bobbitt was reburied in the Chapin Cemetery (Chapin, Morgan County, Illinois) or at least his tombstone exists there. The location of the Chapin Cemetery is on the south side of route 104, approximately 1000 feet west of the Mauvaise Terre River Bridge. The new 2006 four lane divided highway did not affect the cemetery grounds.
His gravestone still exists (2006) and states: "Isham Bobbitt, a soldier of the revolution, died March 6, 1836, aged 83 years. Elizabeth his wife died May 7, 1847."
(10). Children of Isham Bobbitt and Elizabeth James:
(I). William James Bobbitt (born 1775 at Halifax County, N.C. and died 1835 at Morgan County, Illinois) married Elizabeth Hail? Hale? or Hall? The marriage bond is dated 8 July 1808 Christian County, Kentucky, and is signed by William Bobbitt and Stephan Bobbitt (county record).
Christian County tax records note William Bobbitt from 1804 to 1813, but not after.
In June 1818, John Cornelius of Christian County, Kentucky was appointed to survey a part of a road from Hopkinsville to Saline, commencing at a marked black oak at Bobbitt’s old place to Muddy Fork. In the fall of 1818, the court order was amended to read, “From the Sinking Fork to a road oak on said road near William Bobbitt’s old place,” instead of from the Muddy Fork.
William Bobbitt lived in the following probable locations:
1804-1814, but not later, in Christian County, Kentucky tax lists.
1810 U.S. Census of Christian County, Kentucky next to John and Isham Bobbit
1830 U.S. Census of Morgan County, Illinois as William J. Bobbitt, living near Stephan Bobbitt and the Christman Clan.
(II). Allen Bobbitt (born 1776 at Halifax County, N.C. and died 1809) married Nancy Smith about 1798 in South Carolina.
On 10 August 1803, Allen received a Christian County, Kentucky Land Grant of 100 acres on Barren Folk of Tradewater Creek. Allen Bobbitt appears on the Christian County tax from 1806 to 1809. On the December 1809, the Christian County Court records noted that pursuant to a January 1809 term order, debts owed to Allen Bobbit had been collected and included:
1st order on Isham Bobbit...$1.00
2nd order on Isham Bobbit...$8.00
Also, the following property was received: 5 chairs, 1 table, 1 pail, two bedsteads, one loom, 1 spinning wheel, 1 grindstone, a small quantity of corn in the husk, 1 small horse __, 1 small heifer, 1 small skillet.
(III). Winney or Winny Bobbitt (born 1778 at Halifax County, N.C.) married Edward Smith about 1795 in South Carolina. Her mother's pension records state she went to Alabama and lost contact with the family.
(IV). Stephan Bobbitt (born 21 November 1779 at Halifax County, North Carolina and died 27 February 1856 at Pittsfield, Pike County, Illinois) married Barbara Christman (Chrisman) on 29 June 1814, and their 24 June 1814 marriage bond was signed by Stephan Bobbitt and Michael (“x”) Christman (county record).
Christian County tax records note him from 1806 to 1825.
He became a constable of Christian County from January 1816 to September 1816. The December term of 1818 Christian County granted him a license for a tavern at his house. On 3 January 1825, Christian County court ordered a new surveyor for the road beginning at the Sand Lick Fork running to S. Bobbett, to along the Saline road, thence along a said line to Samuel Jones line.
Stephan and Barbara Bobbitt lived in the following locations:
1805 to at least 1821 Christian County tax list (have not seen the 1823+ lists)
1810 U.S. Census of Christian County, Kentucky.
1820 U.S. Census of Christian County, Kentucky
1830 U.S. Census of Morgan County, Kentucky, near Thomas Jones
1835 Morgan County, Illinois.
(V). John W. Bobbitt (born 16 February 1782 at Warren County, North Carolina and died 25 July 1855 at Christian County, Kentucky) married 1st in 1802 to Hester Boney in South Carolina (county record) and reported 2nd to Lucy Jones in 3 October 1846 (no children by 2nd marriage). Hester Boney Bobbitt died 9 September 1844.
An early court order book B (from 1805 to 1814), noted John Bobbitt was a surveyor of the Highland - Lick Road. The 1810 U.S. Census of Christian County lists him next to Isham and William “Bobbit.” A March 1819 Christian County Court book notes John Bobbitt produced to the court “credentials of origination as a minister of the Gospel and also of his being in regular communion with the Baptist Church...” That “he is granted a testimonial in due form...to solemnize the rites of marriage in the Commonwealth. Bobbitt took the oath to support the Constitution of the Commonwealth....”
A Christian County history book (sorry, details missing) stated his Baptist ministry was probably on the present-day site of Kelly Baptist Church, located on two acres of land, located on an original Bobbitt grant donated in 1870. John W. Bobbitt is buried in the Bobbitt family cemetery northwest of Kelly. Descendants of this family lived on his farm near Kelly until about 1906, and the 2002 phone directory of Hopkinsville and area continued to list several “Bobbetts.”
Children of John W. and Hester Bobbitt are: (1) Elizabeth Bobbitt (~1804), (2) Willis Jefferson Bobbitt (~1806), (3) Sally Bobbitt (~1808), (4) Stephen D. Bobbitt (17 April 1810), (5) Lucinda Bobbitt (~1811), (6) Isham D. Bobbitt (10 February 1812), (7) John William Bobbitt (11 September 1813), (8) Emsley C. Bobbitt (1817), (9) William G. Bobbitt (~1819).
(VI). Amey Bobbitt (born 1785 at Warren County, N.C.) married John Thompson
7 February 1806 at Christian County, Kentucky (county record).
(VII). Francis "Fannie" Bobbitt (born 6 November 1787 at Guilford County, N.C. to 6 March 1836 at Morgan County, Illinois) married Lewis W. Jones on 11 April 1809 at Christian County, Kentucky (county record). The marriage bond was signed by Lewis Jones and “William Bobbitt.” See next generation in Chapter 7E.
(VIII). Elizabeth "Betsy" Bobbitt (born 1788 at Spartenberg County, South Carolina) married Thomas Jones 11 March 1812 at Christian County, Kentucky (county record). Their marriage bond was signed by Thos. (“x”) Jones and William Bobbitt on the day before. Thomas and Elizabeth Jones lived in the following locations:
1820 U.S. Census of Christian County, Kentucky, next to Lewis Jones and near Samuel Jones.
1830 U.S. Census of Morgan County, Illinois, near Stephan Bobbitt.
1840 questionably Morgan County, Illinois, adjacent Westmoreland Jones
(IX). Nancy Bobbitt (born 13 October 1796 at Spartenberg County, South Carolina) married John Christman (Chrisman) 22 December 1811 at Christian County, Kentucky (county record). Their marriage bond was signed by John (“x’) Christman and Isham Bobbitt. There is a handwritten note with it: “John Christman likens to marry my Daughter Nancy. I am wiling.” Signed “Isham Bobbitt, 1811. The note suggests Nancy was underage and also shows this Nancy is not the wife of Allen Bobbitt, deceased. John and Nancy Chrisman lived in the following locations:
1818, March 17, Kentucky Land Grant, Christian Co., 150 acres on Tradewater Creek.
1820 U.S. Census of Christian County, Kentucky.
1830 U.S. Census of Morgan County, Illinois adjacent many Christmans and probably had Isham and Elizabeth Bobbitt living with them.
1840 U.S. Census of Morgan County, Illinois.
(X). Isham Drury Bobbitt (born 1791 at District 96, Spartenberg County, South Carolina) married Cynthiann Haggard 21 December 1824 at Trigg County, Kentucky (county record). Christian County tax records note "Jr." in 1812, 1823, and 1824. Isham Bobbitt lived in the following locations:
1830 U.S. Census of Christian County, Kentucky – Isham Bobbitt, age 30-40.
(XI). Sarah "Sally" Bobbitt (born 1794 at Spartenburg County, South Carolina) married Michael Christman (Chrisman) on 19 October 1811 at Christian County, Kentucky (county record). Their marriage bond was signed by Michael Christman and Isham Bobbitt. They lived in the following known locations:
1820 U.S. Census of Christian County, Kentucky
1830 U.S. Census of Morgan County, Illinois, next to Jacob Christman
1840 U.S. Census of Scott County, Illinois, next to George Chrisman, Jr and Sr.
(11). Pension Record for Isham Bobbitt
"Inscribed on the Roll of Illinois at the rate of $47.50 per annum, is to commence on the 4th day of March 1832(?). Certificate of Pension issued 29th day of May 1833 and sent to J. M Fairfield, Jacksonville, Morgan County, Illinois. Arrears to the 4th of March 1833, semi-annual allowance end 4 September: $95.00 + 23.75 = $118.75."
(11). Widow's Pension for Elizabeth Bobbitt
Comment: The first page above seems to be a draft and the following partly restarts again but has fewer corrections and crossed out words.
Comment: Notice that the year of marriage is 1774 and later 1775. 1774 would seem more accurate.
#4284 Illinois – "Elizabeth Bobbitt, widow of Isham Bobbitt, N.C. who was a Private and Sergeant in the North Carolina Line. Inscribed on the roll at the rate of 47 dollars and 50 cents per annum, to commence on the 4th date of March 1843. Certificate of Pension issued the 9th day of January 1844 and sent to Jacksonville, Illinois."
(11). Census Records for Bobbitt
1790 U.S. Census of Spartanburg County, South Carolina:
Isham Bobbit: 2 males 16+, 5 males <16, 5 females all ages
1800 U.S. Census of Spartanburg County, South Carolina
Allen Bobbit 1 male 0<10; 1 male + 1 female 16-<26
“Isram Bobbett,” 1 male + 2 females 0-<10; 2 females 10-<16; 3 males + 1 female 16-<26; 1 female 26-<46; 1 male 45+.
1810 U.S. Census of Christian County, Kentucky:
Isham Bobbit: 1 male and 1 female 16-<26; 2 females 26-<45; 2 parents 45+ , Image 3. Next to him is:
John Bobbit: 2 males 0-<10; 1 male 16-<26; 1 female 26-<45; 1 male 45+, on the same page is:
William Bobbit: 1 male and 1 female 0-<10; 1 female 16-<26; 1 male 26-<45.
Nancy Bobbit: 1 male and 1 female 16-<26; 1 female 26-<45. (Image 28). Wife of Allen Bobbitt, deceased 1809.
Steven Bobbit: 1 male 26-<45.
1820 U.S. Census of Christian County, Kentucky
Stephan Bobbett: 1 male + 3 females 0-<10; 2 females 16-<26; 1 male 26-<45. Image 7 of Ancestry.com
John Bobbett: 4 males + 1 female 0-<10; 2 males + 1 female 10-<16; 1 female 16-<26; 1 female 26-<45, 1 male 26-<45 (image 9)
1830 U.S. Census of Morgan County, Illinois
Stephen Bobbitt: 1 male 0-<5; 3 males 5-<10; 1 female 10-<15; 1 male + female 20-<30; 1 female 30-<40; 1 male 50-<60. (page 93, image 77)
William J. Bobbitt: 1 male + 1 female 0-<5; 2 males 5-<10; 1 male + 2 females 10-<15; 2 females 15-<20; 1 male 20-<30; 1 female 30-<40; 1 male 50-<60 (page 94).
John Christman: 2 males 0-<5; 1 male + 2 females 5-<10; 2 males 10-<15; 1 female 15-<20; 1 male 20-<30; 1 male + 1 female 30-<40; 1 male + 1 female 70-<80.
(Page 94.) The oldest must be Isham and Elizabeth Bobbitt.
Christian County, Kentucky Tax List for Bobbitts
Numbering varies but 12345; 1- means white males 21+; 2 – white males 16-21, 3- blacks 16+; 4- total blacks, 5-horses, mares, cattle. If 1234 only, then there is no listing of white males 16-21. Information from Hopkinsville Library copy of records.
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