Poinsett County Genealogy
Poinsett County Library
Greene Co., AR
Goodspeed Craighead Co., AR Treasurer,
Earthquake of New Madrid, Missouri in 1811-1812 A.E.
Bobbitt G.N. Bobbett m: Dellis Nelson 22 May 1916
Jackson Co., AR Bk
Ed Bobitt m: Imogene Walker 13 Nov 1920
Jackson Co., AR Bk
J, p215 Ether Bobbitt m: William Sheffield 15 Feb 1920
Jackson Co., AR Bk
m: Myrtle Mitts 27 Nov 1944
Jackson Co., AR Bk
ArkansasTies.com Arkansas Counties Rootsweb,
Arkansas Census Data Center
Arkansas Cherokee Books on AR U.S. Census Bureau 1790-1920 USA Maps
(Bobbitt) at Hiram's Bluff, AR
John Bobbitt, chr 21
Jun 1784 in Beccles, Suffolk, England was a son of William
Bobbitt and Mary Alcock Bobbitt. He arrived in Washington, DC about 1810 and was sent to the Indian Territories in Alabama
as a surveyor. He married Lodicia in an unknown place/date and was on the 1820 census in
with his family and one additional male over 20. In 1783 Mobile, AL
was ceded to Spain, and the rest of Alabama became part of Georgia. In
1798 Alabama was incorporated into the Mississippi Territory, The Alabama
Territory was organized in 1817. The first settlements Wilsons Hills,
Harpersville, Wilsonville and Shelbyville. In 1820 Pelham became the
Thier 1st daughter, Martha Ann born 1816, 1st son Lively born 1819 and 2nd
daughter Emmaline 1820 were born in AL. The 2nd son Edward G. "Ned" was
born 1822 in TN and the 3rd son Moses L. "Len" was possibly born in Maury Co.,
TN about 1822-23. The 3rd daughter Lodicia T. was born 1826 in TN,
3rd son Samuel P. born i1827 n Bedford Co., TN and James
born 1828 Carroll Co., TN.
John obtained free land at Pond Branch in Carroll Co., TN and had built a large pond on his property south of the Pond Branch bridge,
towards the Sandy River using a grant from the U.S. Government and it was
known as "Bobbitt's Pond". It was located near one of his neighbor's. John
Wesley (Coocher) Brown.
School was conducted in the Antioch Methodist Church and a cemetery was
Sometime after the 1830 census of Carroll County, TN and before 1938?, Lodicia Bobbitt
(possibly born 1790 AL), a widow who left Carroll Co, Map 1830
Tennessee and sought a new home for her family in the wilds of Arkansas. Lodicia's husband appears to be
John Bobbitt, a surveyor b: 1784 Beccles, Suffolk, England.
Arkansas had become a state June 15, 1836 after their state constitution
was completed January 30 of that year..The last Indians had not been moved from this section when the
Bobbitt's entered Arkansas about 1838? and located first at the new town of Bolivar until 1856, ("Old Bolivar")
in Bolivar Twp, which became the first County Seat of Poinsett
County and was formed 28 February 1838 from Greene and Lawrence
The Poinsett Co. Census of 1839 (this area later
became part of Greene &
Craighead Counties) lists her oldest son Edward G. Bobbitt.
The Poinsett Co. Census of 1840
lists Lodicia as
Bobbitt in L'Anguille Twp. The Bobbitt's
then moved to Crowley's and
later settled on the present J.H. Carney farm at New Hope, seven miles northwest of
of First County Seat J.H, Carney 23 Mar 1867 - 27 Nov 1947
buried Crossroads Cemetery, Greene Co.
The Bobbitts lived in Powell Twp in Greene Co., until it became Big Creek
Twp in Craighead Co. in the 1850's. The Craighead Co. Census of 1860 lists
the Widow Lodicia Bobbitt as 80 years old. At one time Paragould was the
county seat of Greene
John & Lodicia's known children follow:
Edward G. Bobbitt married Miss Cardwell & after she died,
Thompson, daughter of
Laurence & Jane Maddix
Their child Ed Bobbitt married Caroline Waldrum. There was another child
Children of Edward Bobbitt & Caroline
Dr. J.E. Bobbitt married Jo Stringer
Sallie Bobbitt married
D.R. Samuel Joseph Estes ABRAHAM ESTES, born 1647 at
Nonington, Kent, England ??
Cemetery White Co., AR
Census Lawrence Co., AR
Samuel "Sam" P. Bobbitt married
Emaline Bobbitt married Devaney Burr (Burrow?)
Martha Ann Bobbitt b. abt 1856 married
William "Bill" Cook of
Moses L. "Len" Bobbitt married
Lively Bobbitt married Miss Moore
Lodicia T. Bobbitt b. abt 1836 KY? married
Sims b. abt 1834 KY bought the entry of
Sam & Len
Bobbitt to land on Big Creek in Craighead Co. in year 1843.
Children of Lodicia & William F. Sims:
Martha Ann Sims, John Sims, W.T. Sims, Dick Sims, Edward Green Sims, Joe Sims, Lawson
Sims, Rans Sims & Walker Sims.
His brother Andrew Sims died of pneumonia after receiving a ducking in Big Creek on a
cold winter day.
John Wesley Bobbitt
Craighead, Co., AR
My grandfather John Wesley Bobbitt son of
"Len" Bobbitt (abt 1823 Maury Co., TN?) was a partner in a logging operation
on the Cache River near Jonesboro, in Craighead, Co., AR. He first married
11 May 1880. They had one son,
Louis Bobbitt. b: Mar 1891 Craighead
Co., AR who was listed on the 1900 Census of White County with the William
Census Clay TWP, White Co., AR
Census Independence Co., AR
Magness, John 0013000100000-11101010000000
Harriett may have died for John Wesley then married Mary (Redden?) Kitchens (whose mother,
Amelia Redden was
supposedly 1/4 Cherokee) from near Ward in Lonoke Co., 22 June 1893, the certificate
located in White County Courthouse. Mary was born possibly near Newark in Independence
Co., AR. Mary had first married Henry Lee Obediah Kitchens in 1882
in Izard Co AR., but they soon divorce.
John W. and Mary had two children, Clora Bell
Bobbitt was born in 1894 (Picture
wth her mother, Amelia Redden)
and Flemon Benjamin Bobbitt. born
27 May 1896 near Bono
in Craighead Co., AR.
John W. came
down with consumption about 1897-8, traveled to Eureka Springs in NW Arkansas for the
"cure" and died there. Living in Kensett, AR Clora married Henry
Taylor (soon divorced, no children) then George
After John W.'s death Mary moved back to Denmark Twp in White Co. (1900
census) with Flemon, his older sister Clora Bell and
their half-brother Louis. Mary,s mother had had married Kirkwood Reeves, was located
in the Roosevely Community. After
John W. Bobbitt's death Louis Bobbitt who was supposedly red headed, resided
at and worked for the William Magness family in
Clay TWP, White County, AR from age 10 until his death at age 21. He was buried at
Grove Cem., McJester, Cleburne Co., AR. Flemon knew very little about his Bobbitt
relatives, only that George Washington Bobbitt an older brother of his father John
had walked barefoot to Missouri, married and lived
Census Independence Co., AR Flemon Bobbitt listed as
age 4 (son-in-law) of Henry Churchwell (Churchill)
829 The Bobbitt Family in America Book. Flemon and his
half-brother were featured in a short story publication
Orphans on the River by local author Norman
That is not a name that I have heard that I remember. Where did William M.
Magness live when Louis Bobbitt worked for him?
My great-grandparents lived in Magness, Arkansas from around 1890 until they
died. My aunt still lives on the land they bought in Magness.
My grandfather Jude Burns (Jewel Morgan Burns) was born in 1898, so it's
possible that he could have known Louis Bobbitt if he lived in Magness.
Liz Burns Glenn
Bluff, originally a settlement in White County is located two miles
north of Pangburn and is now in Cleburne County., listed a Babbitt as an early resident.
Flemon's mother Mary Redden Kitchens Bobbitt married Henry Churchill, 22 May, 1898 and they had one child, Harry Churchill. After Henry was killed in a farming
accident Harry lived with his mother in White and Lonoke Co. Mary Churchill is buried in an unmarked
grave in the Apple Hill Cemetery in Lonoke County located on Hwy 319 West.
She was related to the Ward and Reynolds families there.
A Craighead County
Genealogist, Bob Couch, had put a Bobbitt tree online and I
discovered it about June 2000. This set me off on the search again, I had not done any
research for about 15 years. The Craighead Co. tree has some duplications and
misspellings in it and is hard
to figure out.
The 1870 Census for
Craighead County has all Bobbitt's listed as Bobbert. There are a
few Bobbitt's in this area descended from a John J. Bobbitt from near
Memphis, TN but they are not our relatives.
I was born 08 April 1941 (our
family bible had 07), near
the Pumpkin Branch, Providence, White County, AR. The house we rented burned
to the ground when I was 4. We lived in a two room shack until we moved to
McRae the next year. I
had started first grade at Providence in the fall at the old rock school house. When we moved to McRae
before the next school session started and had to repeat the 1st grade. We moved to Searcy
from there in 1956.
1964 I met the girl destined to be my partner in life Janis Dyann
Benton who was born at 410 N. Olive in
Searcy, White Co., AR, and attended the Searcy High School but since she is 6 years
younger we never knew each other while in school. I quit school after the 11th grade & joined
the U.S. Air Force. I spent 4 years in the
service, got out Tyndall ASB, panama City, FL moved back home and found a
job as a Data Processing Machine Operator at the "Little
Rock Distributing Company" in Little Rock. I met Dyann while "crusing"
with some friends one weekend in Searcy where she lived. She was in 12th
grade so we dated and got married in June after she graduated and as they
say, the rest is history. I spent only 2 1/2 years out of the service and
went back into Air Force. In 1980 I had driven back to Searcy,
contacted a builder, bought a lot and had him build a home by a floor plan
we had selected. Dyann, Shain & Kevin moved to Searcy when school was out in
Knob Knoster, Missouri where they attended. I remained until my retirement
date, 01 January, 1981. We
have raised 2 sons, Shain Bobbitt & Kevin Bobbitt. Dyann retired from the
Liberty Bank 2010 & I retired as Information Systems Manager from White
County Government in 2006.
Shain is married to Jackie Going and have
two sons Shaun Brayden & Stephen Matthew Bobbitt.
Kevin is married to
Alma Chanco and have two sons Kevin Tyler
& Ethan Conner Bobbitt.