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Isham Drury BOBBITT, Sr.
Elizabeth JAMES
Husband:  Isham Drury BOBBITT, Sr.
Birth:  3 May 1754, Granville [now Warren] Co., NC
Death:  4 or 6 Mar 1836, Morgan Co., IL
Disposition: buried Paschal Farm, Markham, Morgan Co., IL
Military:  Revolutionary War:  1780, Sgt.
Father:  John Richard BOBBITT, Sr.
Mother:  Amy ALSTON or Amy SHEARIN
Marriage:  13 Oct 1774, Halifax Co., NC
Resided:  near Kelly, Christian Co., KY
Migration:  1827, to Morgan Co., IL
Wife:  Elizabeth "Betty" JAMES
Birth:  1756, Edgecomb [now Halifax] Co., NC
Death:  6 Mar 1847, Morgan Co., IL
Disposition:  buried Chapin Cemetery, Chapin, Morgan Co., IL
Father:  William JAMES
Mother:  Nancy __?__
Children sources have the birthdates/places of these children all over the map; nothing here is proven:
  1.  (Son A) BOBBITT, b. 1774 
  2.  William James BOBBITT, b. ca. 1775, Halifax Co., NC 
  3.  Lemuel BOBBITT, b. 1775, Halifax Co., NC
  4.  Allen Drury BOBBITT, b. ca. 1776, Halifax Co., NC; d. 1809, Christian Co., KY; m. 1798, SC, Nancy SMITH
  5.  Winifred "Winney" BOBBITT, b. ca. 1778, Halifax Co., NC; d. aft. 1840, AL; m. 1792, Edward SMITH 
  6.  Stephen BOBBITT, b. 21 Nov 1779, Halifax Co., NC 
  7.  John William BOBBITT, b. 16 Feb 1782, Warren Co., NC 
  8.  Frances "Fanney" BOBBITT, b. 6 Nov 1783, Guilford Co., NC 
  9.  Amy BOBBITT, b. ca. 1788/9, SC 
10.  Elizabeth "Betsy" BOBBITT, b. ca. 1788, 1789 or 1793, Spartanburg Co., SC 
11.  Isham Drury BOBBITT, Jr., b. 1791, Spartanburg Co., SC 
12.  Sarah "Sallie" BOBBITT, b. 1791/2 [according to 1850 Census], Spartanburg Co., SC 
13.  Nancy BOBBITT, b. 1794, Spartanburg Co., SC
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Timeline The birth dates/places of the children need sorting out.
Year Location Event
1746 NC: Granville Co. formed from Edgecomb Co.
1752 NC: Orange Co. formed from Granville, Bladen, and Johnson Cos.
1754 NC: Granville [now Warren] Co. birth of Isham Drury BOBBITT
1756 NC: Edgecomb [now Halifax] Co. birth of Elizabeth JAMES
1758 NC: Halifax Co. formed from Edgecomb Co.
1764 NC: Bute Co. formed from Granville Co.
1770 NC: Guilford Co. formed from Rowan and Orange Cos.
1774 NC: Halifax Co. marriage of Isham Drury BOBBITT to Elizabeth JAMES
1774 NC: Halifax Co. birth of son, William
1775 NC: Halifax Co. birth of son, Lemuel
c1776 NC: Halifax Co. birth of son, Allen
c1778 NC: Halifax Co. birth of daughter, Winifred
1778 NC: Randolph Co. formed from Guilford Co.
1779 NC: Warren Co. formed from Bute Co.
1779 NC: Halifax Co. birth of son, Stephen
1782 NC: Warren Co. birth of son, John
1783 NC: Guilford [now Guilford or Rockingham] Co. birth of daughter, Frances
1785 NC: Rockingham Co. formed from Guilford Co.
ca. 1783-88 North Carolina > South Carolina family moves
ca. 1788-93 SC: Spartanburg Co. birth of daughter, Elizabeth
1788/9 SC birth of daughter, Amy
1790 Census SC: Spartanburg Co. Isham BOBBIT, head-of-household
1791 SC birth of son, Isham Jr.
1792   marriage of daughter, Winifred, to Edward SMITH
c1794 SC: Spartanburg Co. birth of daughter, Sarah
bef. 1795 SC: Spartanburg Co. birth of daughter, Nancy
1798 SC marriage of son, Allen, to Nancy SMITH
1800 Census SC: Spartanburg Co. Isham BOBBETT, head-of-household
1804-5 South Carolina > Kentucky family moves
1805 KY: Christian Co. Isam BOBBET shows up on tax rolls for the first time
1806 KY: Christian Co. marriage of daughter, Amy, to John THOMPSON
1808 KY: Christian Co. marriage of son, William, to Elizabeth HAILE
1809 KY: Christian Co. marriage of daughter, Frances, to Lewis Westmoreland JONES
1810 KY: Christian Co. Isham BOBBIT, head-of-household
1811 KY: Christian Co. marriage of daughter, Sally, to Michael CHRISMAN
1812 KY: Christian Co. marriage of daughter, Elizabeth, to Thomas JONES
1814 KY: Christian Co. marriage of son, Stephen, to Barbara CHRISMAN
1818 KY: Christian Co. marriage of daughter, Nancy, to John CHRISMAN
1820 Census    
1823 KY: Christian Co. Isham Bobbet, Sr., still on tax rolls
1824 KY: Trigg Co. marriage of son, Isham, to Cynthia Ann HAGGARD
1827 Kentucky > Illinois family said to have moved
1830 Census    
1836 IL: Morgan Co. death of Isham Drury BOBBITT, Sr.
1840 Census IL: Morgan Co. Elizabeth BABBET, head-of-household
1847 IL: Morgan Co. death of Elizabeth (JAMES) BOBBITT

Sources:

1.  Marriage Record:

2.  1790 Census, Spartanburg Co., 96 District, SC (Archives of the Spartanburg County SCGenWeb site; extracted by Paul R. Sarrett, Jr.):
Pg# Col Ln# L Name F Name   1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
089 1 27 BOBBIT Isham 2 5 5 0 0
These data indicate:
Gender and Type Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
2 free white males 16 or over in or bef. 1774 = Isham Sr. (b. 1754)
= Son A
5 free white males 15 or under 1774-1790 = William (b. ca. 1775)
= Lemuel (b. 1775)
= Allen (b. ca. 1776)
= Stephen (b. 1779)
= John (b. 1782)
5 free white females all ages in or bef. 1790 = Elizabeth (b. 1756)
= Winifred
= Frances
= Amy
= Elizabeth

3a.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1800 (Broderbund CD-312).  Please see my WARNING regarding use of this database (the numerical data have the genders switched). 
1800 Bobbet, Isham SC Spartanburg Dist. p. 178 22110-1030100

3b.  1790-1870 Census Index (online at Ancestry.com):
1800 BOBBETT ISHAM SC Spartanburg Co. p. 178 10301-22110-00
These data indicate:
No. & Sex  Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male 9 or under 1790-1800 = Isham Jr. (b. 1791)
3 males 16-25 1774-1784 = John (b. 1782)
= Stephen (b. 1779)
= William (b. 1775)
1 male 45 or over in or bef. 1755 = Isham (b. 1754)
2 females 9 or under 1790-1800 = Nancy
= Sarah
2 females 10-15 1784-1790 = Elizabeth
= Amy
1 female 16-25 1774-1784 = Frances
1 female 26-44 1755-1774 = Elizabeth (b. 1756)

4.  1810 Census Index and Digital Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #3 of 66; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1810 KY Christian Co. p. 55/510 Ln. 5 Isham Bobbit 00101-00121-00
These data indicate:
No. & Sex  Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male 16-25 1784-1794 = Isham Jr. (b. 1791)
1 male 45 or over in or bef. 1765 = Isham Sr. (b. 1754)
1 female 16-25 1784-1794 = Nancy
2 females 26-44 1765-1784 = Sarah
= Elizabeth
1 female 45 or over in or bef. 1765 = Betty (b. 1756)
In 1810, of their six daughters, three are married (Winnie, Fanney, and Amy) and three are single (Betsy, Nancy, and Sallie).  We would expect the three daughters at home to be the unmarried ones.  Either the census taker has made an error and tallied the numbers for these three daughters one column too far to the right (a possibility) or the secondary literature is vastly wrong about the birthdates of at least Betsy and Nancy (and given the rampant disagreement in the secondary literature as to their birthdates, this, too, is a possibility).  Either way, it is most likely that the three younger females in the household are the three unmarried daughters, Betsy, Nancy, and Sallie, whatever their true ages.  Only Isham, Jr., is young enough to be the boy.

5.  1820 Census.

6.  1830 Census.

7.  1840 Census Index (online at GenealogyLibrary.com):
1840 Babbet, Elizabeth IL Morgan Co. p. 457

8a.  A.B. Willhite.  [n.d.]  Christian Co., Kentucky, Tax List, 1804-1809.  (self-published; available from author at 4396 Coopertown Rd., Russellville, KY 42276, or from the Christian County Genealogical Society, Hopkinsville, KY):
Pg. in
Willhite
Year Dist.* Last 
Name
First 
Name
A B C D E Acres Watercourse
- 1804 - - - - - - - - - -
46 1805 North Bobbet Isam The 1805 records were so badly damaged, the transcriber listed only the names, no data.
51 1806 North Bobbet Isom 1 - - - 2 250
200
T W
T W
95 1807 West Bobbet Isom 1 1 -
-
1 250
144
T W
T W
138 1808 West Bobbet Isom 1 1 - - 5 200 T W
- 1809 - - - -   - - - - -
Legend for numerical data:
A = White Males 21 or over; B = White Males 16-20 (this column not used in 1809);
C = Blacks over 16; D = Total Blacks; E = Horses
Abbreviations:  T W = Tradewater River
*The county was divided into just two districts:  from 1804 to 1806, into North and South Districts; from 1807 to 1809, into East and West Districts. 

8b.  A.B. Willhite.   [n.d.]  Christian Co., Kentucky, Tax List, 1810-1813.   (Self-published; available from author at 4396 Coopertown Rd., Russellville, KY 42276, or from the Christian County Genealogical Society, Hopkinsville, KY).
Pg. in
Willhite
Year First 
Name
Last 
Name
A B C D E Acres Watercourse
6 1810 Isham Bobbitt 1   - - - 100 T W
54 1811 Isham Bobbit 1 - - - - - -
104 1812 Isham Bobbet, Sr 1   - - - - -
155 1813 Isham Bobbet, Sr 1   - - - 10 T W
Legend for numerical data:
A = White Males 21 or over; B = White Males 16-20 (this column used only in 1811);
C = Blacks over 16; D = Total Blacks; E = Horses
Abbreviations:  T W = Tradewater River

8c.  A.B. Willhite.   [n.d.]  Christian Co., Kentucky, Tax List, 1814-1818.   (Self-published.  This book is out of print.  I do not have a copy.  If you have one to sell, please contact me.)

8d.  A.B. Willhite.   [n.d.]  Christian Co., Kentucky, Tax List, 1819-1823.   (Self-published; available from author at 4396 Coopertown Rd., Russellville, KY 42276, or from the Christian County Genealogical Society, Hopkinsville, KY).
Pg. in
Willhite
Year First 
Name
Last 
Name
A B C D Acres Watercourse
8 1819 Isham Bobbitt 1 - - 2 - -
- 1820 - - - - - - - -
122 1821 Isham Bobbett 1 - - 2 - -
166 1822 Isham Bobbett 1 - - - - -
209 1823 Isham Bobbett, Sr 1 - - 1 72 P R
Legend for numerical data:
A = White Males 21 or over; B = Blacks over 16; C = Total Blacks; D = Horses
Abbreviations:  P R = Pond River

9.  National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Lineage Books of the Charter Members. Vols. 54, 108, 124; DAR ID Nos. 53188, 107266, 123072.  (Online at Ancestry.com):
Isham Bobbitt (1754-1836) in 1780 served as private in Captain Christman's company, Colonel Allen's North Carolina regiment, and, 1781, as forage master under Captain Priestly in the "Light Horse" campaign.  He was born in Warren County, N.C.; died in Morgan County, Ill."

10.  Anon.  1986.  Family Histories:  Christian County, Kentucky, 1797-1986.  Christian County Genealogical Society, Hopkinsville, KY.  Biographical sketch of Isham Bobbitt on p. 79.

11a.  Family Group Sheet of Isham Drury Bobbitt, Sr. [link died] by Joshua Daniel Bobbit, citing:

11b.  John W. Bobbitt.  1985.  The Bobbitt Family in America.  Washington, DC, pp. 680-684 (not seen).

12.  Descendants of William Bobbit, 1645-1703 [link died] by Barbara Jennings.

13.  Descendants of William Bobbitt by Linda D. Martin. [link died]

14.  LDS.  Ancestral File and International Genealogical Index (online).

15.  Ancestry World Trees (online at Ancestry.com).

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