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John William BOBBITT, Sr.
Esther BRANNON
Lucy JONES
Husband:  John William BOBBITT, Sr.
Birth:  16 Feb 1782, Warren/Granville Co., NC
Death:  25 Jul 1855, near Kelly, Christian Co., KY
Disposition:  buried Bobbitt Family Cemetery
Occupation:  clergyman
Religion:  Baptist 
Father:  Isham Drury BOBBITT, Sr.
Mother:  Elizabeth JAMES
Marriage-1:  ca. 1802, SC
Wife-1:  Esther BRANNON
Birth:  1780-90
Death:  9 Sep 1844, Christian Co., KY 
Father:  William BRANNON
Mother:  Ms. __?__
Marriage-2:  3 Oct 1846, Robertson Co., TN
Wife-2:  Lucy JONES
Birth:  1783/4, Virginia

The secondary sources all seem to have Lucy as William's first wife, but given their marriage date and the fact that Lucy was  his wife in the 1850 Census, Lucy had to have been his second wife.

Children with Esther BRANNON presumably born in Christian Co., KY:
  1.  Elizabeth BOBBITT, b. ca. 1804 or 1804-1810
  2.  Willis Jefferson BOBBITT, b. ca. 1806
  3.  Sarah "Sally" BOBBITT, b. ca. 1808 
  4.  Stephen D. BOBBITT, b. 17 Apr 1810 
  5.  Lucinda W. BOBBITT, b. ca. 1811 or 1800-1805 
  6.  Isham Drury BOBBITT, b. 10 Feb 1812 
  7.  Alfred BOBBITT, b. 1812 
  8.  John William BOBBITT, Jr., b. 11 Sep 1813, Kelly, Christian Co., KY 
  9.  Mary BOBBITT, b. 1816; m. Mr. MATTHEWS 
10.  Emsley C. BOBBITT, b. ca. 1817, Kelly, Christian Co., KY 
11.  William G. BOBBITT, b. 1818/9 or 1810-20; m. Nancy J. SALMON
Children with Lucy JONES:
none
Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; USA, US, United States, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee

Timeline
Year Location Event
1782 NC: Warren Co. birth of John William BOBBITT
1780-90   birth of Esther BRANNON
1800 Census SC: Spartanburg Co.  John BOBBITT living with parents
c1802 SC marriage of John BOBBITT to Esther BRANNON
1803 SC > KY said to have moved to Christian Co., KY
1804 KY: Christian Co. John BOBBITT appears on the tax rolls for the first time
1804 SC: Spartanburg Co. John & Esther BOBBIT of Christian Co., KY, sell land
c1804 KY birth of daughter, Elizabeth
c1806 KY birth of son, Willis
c1808 KY birth of daughter, Sarah
1810 KY birth of son, Stephen
1810 Census KY: Christian Co. John BOBBIT, head-of-household
c1811 KY birth of daughter, Lucinda
1812 KY birth of son, Isham
1812 KY birth of son, Alfred
1813 KY: Christian Co.: Kelly birth of son, John
1816 KY birth of daughter, Mary
c1817 KY: Christian Co.: Kelly birth of son, Emsley
1818/9 KY birth of son, William
1820 Census KY: Christian Co. John BOBBETT, head-of-household
1830 Census KY: Christian Co. John BOBBETT, head-of-household
1837 KY: Hopkins Co. marriage of son, Alfred, to Dorothy YATES
1837 KY: Christian Co. marriage of son, Isham, to Catherine MEYERS
1838 KY: Hopkins Co. marriage of son, Emsley, to Mary RASH
1840 Census KY: Christian Co. John BOBBITT, head-of-household
1844 KY death of Esther (BRANNON) BOBBITT
1846 KY: Christian Co. marriage of son, John, to Mary WALKER
1846 TN: Robertson Co. marriage of John William BOBBITT to Lucy JONES
1850 Census KY: Christian Co. John BOBBITT, head-of-household
1855 KY: Christian Co.: Kelly death of John William BOBBITT

Sources:

1a.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1810 (Broderbund CD-313).  Please see my WARNING regarding use of this database (the genders are switched in the numerical data). 
1810 Bobbit, John KY Christian Co. p. 55 10010-2010100

1b.  1790-1870 Census Index (online at Ancestry.com):
1810 BOBBIT JOHN KY Christian Co. p. 55 20101-10010-00
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
2 males 9 or under 1800-1810 = Stephen (b. 1810)
= Willis (b. ca. 1806)
1 male 16-25 1784-1794 = ?
0 males 26-44 1765-1784 = John (b. 1782)
1 male 45 or over in or bef. 1765 = ?
1 female 9 or under 1800-1810 = Sarah (b. ca. 1808)
= Elizabeth (b. ca. 1804)
1 female 26-44 1765-1784 = Esther (b. 1780-90)
The numbers here really don't agree with our subjects' family.  Yet, we know they were here, so who else could it be?

2.  Christian County Genealogical Society (Hopkinsville, KY).  1995.  Christian County, KY, Census Records, 1820-1830-1840.  Simmons Historical Publ., Melber, KY.  (Page number is page in the transcription, not in the census.)  On p.
1820 Bobbett John 420010 - 11110
These data indicate:
No. & Sex  Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
4 males 9 or under 1810-1820 = William (b. 1818/9)
= Emsley (b. ca. 1817)
= John Jr. (b. 1813)
= Isham (b. 1812)
2 males 10-15 1804-1810 = Stephen (b. 1810)
= Willis (b. ca. 1806)
1 male 26-44 1775-1794 = John (b. 1782)
1 female 9 or under 1810-1820 = Lucinda (b. ca. 1811)
1 female 10-15 1804-1810 = Sarah (b. ca. 1808)
1 female 16-25 1794-1804 = Elizabeth (b. ca. 1804)
1 female 26-44 1775-1794 = Esther

3.  Christian County Genealogical Society (Hopkinsville, KY).  1995.  Christian County, KY, Census Records, 1820-1830-1840.  Simmons Historical Publ., Melber, KY.  (Page number is page in the transcription, not in the census.)  On p. 44:
1830 Bobbett John 002 210 100 - 011 010 100
These data indicate:
No. & Sex  Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
2 males 10-14 1815-1820 = William (b. 1818/9)
= Emsley (b. ca. 1817)
2 males 15-19 1810-1815 = John Jr. (b. 1813)
= Isham (b. 1812)
1 male 20-29 1800-1810 = Stephen (b. 1810)
1 male 40-49 1780-1790 = John (b. 1782)
1 female 5-9 1820-1825 = boarder?
1 female 10-14 1815-1820 = boarder?
1 female 20-29 1800-1810 = Elizabeth (b. ca. 1804) or Sarah (b. ca. 1808)
1 female 40-49 1780-1790 = Esther

4.  Christian County Genealogical Society (Hopkinsville, KY).  1995.  Christian County, KY, Census Records, 1820-1830-1840.  Simmons Historical Publ., Melber, KY.  (Page number is page in the transcription, not in the census.)  On p. 76:
1840 Bobbitt John 101 010 010 - 000 100 010
These data indicate:
No. & Sex  Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male 4 or under 1835-1840 = boarder?
1 male 10-14 1825-1830 = boarder?
1 male 20-29 1810-1820 = William (b. 1818/9)
1 male 50-59 1780-1790 = John (b. 1782)
1 female 15-19 1820-1825 = boarder?
1 female 50-59 1780-1790 = Esther

5.  1850 KY Census Index/Microfilm (online at GenealogyLibrary.com) indexed as "John Bollitt":  Dist. 1, Christian Co., KY, p. 483, 767/824, enumerated 28 Sep 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen this record extremely difficult to read):
John Bobbitt 67 M Minister Cal. Bpt Ch. 1000 NC
Lucy Bobbitt 66 F     Va
William Bobbitt 31 M Minister ? Ch.   Va
Saml H. Allman 16 M     Ky
John M? Allman 13 M     Ky
Zepha ? 12 F     Ky
William was born in Kentucky; this must be census-taker error.
(Zepha's surname is unreadable; she was not indexed.)
Living next door to Isham Bobbitt.

6a.  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
15 1804 North Bobbitt John 1 - - - 1 200 Tradewater River
46 1805 North Bobbet John [data said to be unreadable]
51 1806 North Bobbet John 1 - - - 4 150 T W
94 1807 West Bobbit John 1 - -
-
1 200 Tradewater River
- 1808 - - - - - - - - - -
184 1809 West Bobbet John 1   - - 3 200 T W
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; beginning in 1807, into East and West Districts. 

6b.  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
- 1810 - - -   - - - - -
54 1811 John Bobbit 1 - - - 4 200 T W
- 1812 - - -   - - - - -
157 1813 John Bobbet 1   - - 3 200 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

6c.  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.)

6d.  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 John Bobbitt 1 - - 5 200 Tradewater River
80 1820 John Bobbit 1 - - 5 200 T W
122 1821 John Bobbett 1 - - - 200 -
166 1822 John Bobbett 1 - - 4 200 -
209 1823 John Bobbett 1 - - 5 200 T W
Legend for numerical data:
A = White Males 21 or over; B = Blacks over 16; C = Total Blacks; D = Horses
Abbreviations:  T W = Tradewater River

7.  "John Bobbitt m. Esther Brannon SC > KY," Message #333, by J.A. Powell, in the Bobbitt Family Genealogy Forum at GenForum.  Excerpt:
1) 1804 - Sptbg. Co. Deed Book K; pp. 225-226 24 Oct; John Bobbett (Christian Co., KY) to Reuben Seay... border Thomas Brannon and Reuben Seay... signed John Bobbett and Esther

2) 1832 - Sptbg. Co. Real Estate Settlement File #17 of William Brannon "To Edmond L. Bishop and wife, Thomas Brannon, Dudley Brannon, John Keenum and wife, John Bobbitt and wife, James Brannon, John Brannon, William Brannon, John ? and wife, Samuel Seay and wife, ? Seay, Dudley Seay, and William Seay heirs of Elizabeth Seay ... all heirs and distributees of William Brannon, deceased... real estate of William Brannon, deceased, situated on Lawson fork, bounded by Presley Ballenger, David Golightly and Willamson Seay...

This would seem strong proof that John W Bobbitt, Sr. is married 1st to Esther Brannon (sister of my Dudley) not "Hester Boney"...

I agree.

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

9.  Joshua Daniel Bobbitt.  1999.  Family Group Sheet of Isham Drury Bobbitt, Sr. [link died] Citing:
John W. Bobbitt.  1985.  The Bobbitt Family in America.  Washington, DC, pp. 680-684.

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

11.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service: IGI - International Genealogical Index and AF - Ancestral File (online at FamilySearch.org).

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