Time line taken from information in :
THE BOBO NEWSLETTER
May 1988, September 1988, September 1989, & October 1992 Issues
& ORANGE COUNTY VA DEED BOOKS 3 & 4 by Dorman
& CAROLINE COUNTY VA ORDER BOOK 1732-40 by Dorman
& CULPEPER COUNTY VA WILL BOOK A 1749-1770 by Dorman
1704 King William City, Va. Elizabeth Bobo listed on Quit Rent Roles. Note: Apparently
Elizabeth Bubboe is again a widow with a bouncing baby boy, SPENCER BOBO.
Some researchers give him the name FRANCIS SPENCER BOBO but I have seen
nothing to indicate that Francis was part of his name.
1724 I think SPENCER was married about 1724. A book, "The Garnett Family" indicates
that a family allied with the Garnetts, the Towles, intermarried with the Sparks and
Wartons and that SPENCER BOBO married Mary, nee Taylor Sparks, the widow of
John Sparks. SPENCER did own land with Henry Sparks and he and his children did
interact with them for the next 50 years. Mary's daughter Jane was the second wife of
Stockley Towles. Could it be that SPENCER'S wife was named Mary Jane Taylor and
her daughter was named for her?
1730 Absolom born in Caroline Co. Son of SPENCER and JANE BOBO
1732 Simpson born in Caroline Co. Son of SPENCER AND JANE BOBO.
14 Jun 1733 SPENCER BOBO sued by Benjamin Walker. Suit was dismissed (Caroline Co., VA
Order Book 1732-40, page 281).
14 Mar 1734 SPENCER BOBO served on a jury in case of Larking Chew against Thomas Cousin.
(Caroline Co., VA Order Book 1732-40 page 281).
10 Oct 1735 SPENCER BOBO served on a jury in case of John Garrott against John Yarbrough.
(Caroline Co., VA Order book 1732-40, page 311).
10 Oct 1735 SPENCER BOBO served on a jury in case of Mary Hobday against the estate of
William Dilling. (Caroline Co., VA Order Book 1732-40, page 313).
10 Oct 1735 SPENCER BOBO listed as jury member in case of Elizabeth Standard & Nicholas
Ware. (Caroline Co., VA Order Book 1732-40 p 311.)
circa 1736 "Petition of Francis Mikell. He has been appointed overseer for the road. He prays
deduction of some part of the precincts for it is a very great prejudice to him, being
so very large he is not capable of performing in due manner without injury in great
hindrance of business. SPENCER BOBO, Richard Holkellm, William Holcomb,
John Holcumb, Henry Sparks, Zach. Sparks, Jno. Griggs, Stokely Towles, Thos.
Walker, Wm. Dewitt, Jno. Dewitt, Jno. Layton." (Orange Co., VA Order Book I.)
1737 SPENCER BOBO signed a petition with the above people. (Orange Co VA Deed
Books 3 & 4)
1737 Sampson Bobo born. Son of SPENCER and JANE BOBO.
1737 SPENCER BOBO leased land from Thomas Walker, on north side of the Robinson
River in Orange Co.
24 Nov 1737 SPENCER BOBO leased land from Henry Kendall in Orange Co. Lives in Caroline Co.
"150 acres...at a corner of John Michael Holt's on a hill on the north side of the
Robinson River...corner of Thomas Walker...(Orange Co., VA Deed Book 2, page
9 Dec 1737 SPENCER BOBO, JANE BOBO (she being first privately examined) and Thomas
White acknowledged their deed and livery and seizin (ownership) and receipt to
Richard George. (Caroline Co., VA Order Book1732-40, page 462).
9 Dec 1737 SPENCER BOBO and Henry Sparks acknowledged their deed and livery and seizin to
24 May 1739 "At a court 24 May 1739..application of John Dewit for a view..four hundred
acres..ordered Richard and Joshua Yarbrough, SPENCER BOBO, & John Gregg,
or any two..found buildings, clearing, and other improvements to the value
f97.17.0..made by Richd. Yarbrough and Joshua Yarbrough at a court held 24
June 1739 ..ordered to be recorded." (Deed Abstracts of Orange Co., VA 1743-1759, page 43.)
1739 Orange County, VA. Tithable list in precinct of John Mickell Constable, shows
SPENCER (SPENTOR) BOBO with only one in family. Note: In Colonial Virginia
tithable were all men and servants over sixteen years of age and slaves, therefore
SPENCER had no natural son or adopted son 16 years or older living at home and no
1739 Spencer Bobo, Jr. born. Son of SPENCER and JANE BOBO.
1740 SPENCER BOBO witnessed a Deed for Richard Halcomb & John Gibbs. (Orange Co.
VA Deed Books 3 & 4)
28 May 1741 SPENCER BOBO witnessed lease of John Gibbs from Richard Halcomb "125 acres on
the south side of the Robinson River" (Orange Co., VA Deed Book 3, page 387-90).
1742 "On the Motion of SPENCER BOBO an evidence for Isaac Smith at the suit of
Richard Halcomb to be paid for four days attendance, and having made oath that he had
attended so many days its ordered that the said Smith pay him for same one hundred
pounds of tobacco according to law." (Orange Co., VA Order Book 3, page 128.)
1742 "The action of Debt between Hoad Lynch plt and SPENCER BOBO Deft is continued
until the next courte." (Orange Co., VA Order Book 3, page 390.)
Feb 1742 SPENCER BOBO sued for loss of crop, 2 pounds.(Referred to the next court.)
(Culpeper Co., Order Book 3).
25 Jul 1743 SPENCER BOBO purchased land in St. Mark's Parish, Orange Co, from Thomas
15 Aug 1743 SPENCER BOBO petitioned to have a road built. Court ordered work done by
Goodrich Lightfoot. (Orange County Road Orders, 1734-49, page 3.)
1744 "To SPENCER BOBO for two County Levys overcharged
in the year 1742...35." (Orange Co., VA Order Book 4, page 227.)
14 Oct 1746 SPENCER BOBO paid 80 lbs. of tobacco for two over carged levies. (St. Mark's
Parish Vestry Book, page 81.)
1746 "The atta brought by SPENCER BOBO against the estate of Edwd Teal is Cont for the
to appear." (Orange Co., VA, Order Book 4A, page 95.)
1747 "The attachment of SPENCER BOBO agst Edward Teal is Continued til the next court."
(Orange Co., VA, Order Book 4A, page 129.)
1747 "The attachment brought by SPENCER BOBO agst Edward Teale is Dismissed."
(Orange Co., VA, Order Book 4A, page 164.)
28 May 1747 SPENCER BOBO as part of a grand jury, filed presentments against several people for
"not keeping their roads in repair." (Orange County Road Orders 1734-49, Book 4,
28 May 1747 SPENCER BOBO appointed to find a convenient "way for a road" between the old
German road and the church at Tenants Old Field. (Orange County Road
Orders 1734-49, Book 4, page 3.)
20 Sep 1749 Culpeper City, VA Deed Bk A pge 41, SPENCER BOBO sells to Robert Terrill 400
ac of land he bought from Henry Kendal on 1737 and Thomas Walker in 1743. Mary,
the wife of SPENCER, relinquishes her dower. Note: SPENCER has been farming 400
ac with the help of his children. I have found no record of this SPENCER owning slaves.
The children have apparently begun leaving home; the oldest boy should be about 24
years old. SPENCER'S needs are less and the ability to farm large acreage is reduced
so he sells off the big acreage.
21 Sep 1749 "SPENCER BOBO of St. Mark's Parish, Culpeper County, planter to Robert Terril of
same, planter. lease and release for f50 current money. 400 acres in parish aforesaid
being the land whereon SPENCER BOBO now lives and did formerly belong to
Henry Kendal and Thomas Walker and by them...at the mouth of Stony Run on the
north side of Robinson River...Adam yeager's line...in a valley...down the
river...SPENCER BOBO. Wit: John Nicholas, Thos. Slaughter, John Wynill Sansers.
Acknowledged by SPENCER BOBO. MARY, the wife of SPENCER, relinquished her
right of dower." (Culpeper Co. Deeds. 1749-1755, page 41-46.) See copy below.
15 May 1750 "James Barnett of St. Mark's Parish, carpenter to SPENCER BOBO of same, planter.
Lease and release; for f10 current money. 100 acres on the branches of the Robinson
and Rapidan...near the ridge between the Rapidan and Robinson Rivers corner to John
Medley...(release also describes the land as on the branches of Rappadan and Robinson
rivers near the Lost Mountains)" (Culpeper Co. Deeds, 1749-1755, pages 154-156.)
18 Oct 1750 "Richard Mauldin of Caroline County to SPENCER BOBO of Culpeper County, for f50
current money. 50 acres. part of a patent granted to Richard Mauldin 1736...corner of
William Sparks...on Dark Run Corner to Benjamin Powell...to the mouth of White Oak
Run. Acknowledged by R. Mauldin. Wit: Thos. Sparks, William (X) Sparks, Benja.
Powell. Proved by Thomas Sparks, William Sparks and Benjamin Powell." (Culpeper
Co. Deeds, 1749-1755, pages 220-221).
10 Jan 1752 Culpeper City, VA Deed Bk F Pge 540, William Sparks Bonds himself to SPENCER
BOBO in sum of One Hundred Pounds Current Money of Virginia. The condition of the
Bond to "perform a Bargain formerly made that said William Sparks "doth agree
to give to the said SPENCER BOBO and Mary his wife the land whereon the said
SPENCER now lives containing Fifty Acres:. During their natural lives" or as long as they
want to live on it. One of the witnesses to this bond was Absolum Bobo. Note: This
seems to be the land Spencer purchased on October 18, 1750. Apparently William
Sparks is paying SPENCER 100 pounds for the property but agreeing to permit
SPENCER and/or Mary to live on it as long as they live or want to live on it. Absolum
proved this bond in 1772 at which time title of the property passed to Sparks.
Neighbors William Sparks and Benjamin Powell were related to SPENCER in some way.
1753 SPENCER BOBO involved in suit against Lynch Head. names John Bobo as only one in
family. (Orange Co., VA Order Book 3, page 639).
15 Dec 1757 "SPENCER BOBO appeared before the court and refused to take the burthen (burden)
of theexecution thereof." (his appointment by Stokley Towles as executor of his will)
Also appointed was his wife Nancy. (daughter of Mary SparksBobo) (Culpeper Co.,
VA Will Book A, 1749-1770pages 173-174.)
26 Apr 1759 SPENCER BOBO brought suit against Thomas Gully for debt of 9s 7s 5p.
1759 "The Attachment brought by Thomas Gully against the estate of SPENCER BOBO is
Dismissed." (Orange Co., VA Order Book 6, page 457.)
19 Jun 1760 "Daniel Phillips and Martha his wife of Brumfield Parish, Culpeper County, to Adam
Yeager Jr. of same. for f5 current money. 125 acres on the south side of the Robinson
River...at the mouth of a small branch call'd the long branch...in SPENCER BOBO's
peach orchard near the head of a small branch...branch of the Robinson River..."
Acknowledged by Daniel Phillips and Martha (X) Phillips. "Wit: Benja. Powell,
Ambrose Powell, SPENCER BOBO", Culpeper County." (Culpeper Co. Deeds,
1755-62, pages 348-351.)
19 Mar 1761 "Daniel Phillips of Brumfield Parish, Culpeper County, to William Sparks of same. For f5
current money. 150 acres on the south side of Robinson River...on a ridge...in the old
line near the head of a branch...in the White Oak Run, Corner to SPENCER BOBO...to
Dark Run...to the mouth of a small branch... in SPENCER BOBO's peach orchard a
corner to Adam Yeager...Acknowledged by Daniel Philips." (Culpeper Co., VA Deeds,
1755-1762, pages 473-1765.)
25 Apr 1763 SPENCER BOBO appeared as witness in suit of Robert Terrell against Winnefred
Spencer. Spencer and Isaac Smith are described as two old men who are infirmed.
(Orange Co., VA Order Book 6, page 716.)
12 Jun 1763 SPENCER BOBO named to appraise the estate of Christian Reapman.
9 May 1764 Summons issued to SPENCER BOBO for debt to John Clark. Promissory note from
BOBO to Clark dated 16 Nov 1763 and witnessed by John Harvie Jr. ("Albemarle
County, Virginia Court Papers 1744-1783", Weisiger.)
15 Mar 1764 "Ambrose Barnett of Orange County, SPENCER BOBO and MARY his wife and John
Gibbs of Culpeper County to John Olford Head or Orange County. For f10 current
money. 88 acres in Brumfield Parish...corner to John Beal (Barl) pine claimed by
BOBO...corner to Ambrose Barnett...north side of the head of a branch formerly a
corner to Gibbins and Lewis...on the north side of Medley's Road corner in a line
belonging to John Medley's orphans...Acknowledged by the parties: Ambrose
Barnett, SPENCER (x) BOBO, MARY (x) BOBO, John Gibbs. MARY was first
privately examined." (Culpeper Co., VA Deeds 1763-7, pages 435-437.)
21 Aug 1764 SPENCER BOBO failed to appear as defendant in suit by James Duncanson for debt.
Court ordered his arrest. Jos Stapp(?) and Anthony Foster his securities for the Debt in
the Declaration Mentioned. (Culpeper Co., VA Order book &, page 175.)
1764 "Plt agt SPENCER BOBO...Deft. The day came the Plt by his attorney & the Deft being
solemnly called came not. Therefore it is considered by the court that the Plt recover
against this said Deft the Debt in Declaration mentioned & costs to be ascertained on
Enquiry by a jury at the next ourt." (Orange Co., VA, Order Book 7, page 215.)
1764 SPENCER BOBO listed in rent rolls, Culpeper Co.
1765 "James Dunconsom. Plt agt SPENCER BOBO...Deft. This day the parties by their
attorneys thereupon came also a jury...upon oaths do say that the Deft did assume upon
himself in manner and form as the Plt agt him hath declared and they do assess the
Plt Damages by Occasion of the nonperformance of that assumption to Seven pounds
Eight shillings and one penny consent money besides his cost. Therefore it is considered
by the court that the Plt recover against this said Deft his Damages aforesaid in form
against assessed and his cost by him about his suit in this Behalf Expended and this said
Defendant in money and so forth." (Orange Co., VA Order Book 7, page 308.)
23 Jan 1769 "On the motion of SPENCER BOBO a witness for Jacob Medley agt James Maresden
it is ordered that the said Medley pay him sixty one pounds of Tobo. for one days
attendance at this Court & coming once out of Culpeper County Twelve Miles."
(OrangeCo., Order Book 8, page 20.)
21 Aug 1772 Culpeper City, VA Deed Bk F, pge 540, Absalom Bobo proves bond between William
Sparks and SPENCER BOBO and Mary his wife signed January 10, 1752. Note: I
think William Sparks was SPENCER BOBO'S stepson and that this legal action signals
the recent death of SPEN CER.
1775 SPENCER BOBO in 1775 shows as an adjoining land owner in Craven Co. on Tyger
River on the plat of Ezekiel Backler--this indicates that SPENCER BOBO had bought
lands in that area before 1775.
Issue 3 September 1988
SPENCER BOBO was probably born before 1712, and appears to have lived all of his adult life in Orange County until Culpeper was formed from it in 1749. His land is described in several records as being on the north side of Robinson river near the mouth of Stony Run. Sometime before 21 Sep 1749 he married Mary (Mason)? Sparks, widow of William Sparks, and mother in law of Stokely Towles. His children, (by JANE) were Absolom (1730?), Lewis (1735?), Sampson (1737?), Spencer Jr. (1739?), and possibly others. We suspect that Simpson could be an incorrect name and might have been Moses. (living in Orange County in 1752, and born before 1732) John, (living with SPENCER in 1753), or Gabriel (will, 1790).
WILLIAM & MARY QUARTERLY
Series I Volume 27 Page 26
A list of the Tithables in the precinct of John Mickell
(Orange County, VA - probably 1730's)
UNION COUNTY HERITAGE, UNION COUNTY S.C.
P. 34 The Bobo Family #86
SPENCER BOBO, born in France came to Caroline County, Virginia, in 1698. He bought land in Orange County, Virginia, in 1737. The records show that Culpeper County, Virginia was formed from Orange County in 1748. The Culpeper County records show that SPENCER BOBO and his wife Mary, sold and leased property to Absolom Bobo and his wife Ann. They also sold property to SPENCER BOBO. The date of sale was 1758-1763. No further records of sales after 1772.
SPENCER BOBO and his wife Mary were parents of five children: Absolom, Simpson, Lewis, Sampson, and Spencer, Jr.
BOBO COUSINS BY THE DOZENS by Newell
p. 1 ...SPENCER BOBO, whose wife was probably Mary Sparks, made a number of transactions pertaining to renting, buying and selling land between 1737 and 1772. It appears that one SPENCER BOBO settled in Caroline County and then when Culpeper was formed in 1749 his property fell in Orange County. In the transactions he is also mentioned as living in Brownfield Parish and St. Marks Parish which appear to be near the Robinson and Rappadan Rivers.
p. 41 This Indenture made this xxth day of September
BOBO in the year of our Lord God one thousand seven
to hundred and forty nine. Between SPENCER BOBO
Terril of St. Marks Parish in Culpeper County
Deed to W. planter of the one part and Robert Terril of
Richd Thomas the parish and county aforesd Planter of the
Augst 20, 1754 other part witnesseth that the said SPENCER
BOBO for and in consideration of the sum of five shillings lawful money of England to him in hand paid by the said Robert Terrill at and before the Ensealing and delivery of these present the Receipt where of the said SPENCER BOBO Doth hereby acknowledge and form every part and parcel thereof doth requite and discharge the said Robert Terril his heirs Extors admins and assign Hath Demised set and to for let and by these presents doth demise set and to form let unto the said Robert Terril his heirs Executors Administrators or Assigns one certain tract or parcel of land containing four hundred acres situate lying and being in the parish and county aforesaid being the land whereon the said SPENCER BOBO now lives and did formerly belong to Henry Kendal, Thomas Walker and by them sold to the said SPENCER BOBO as by their Deeds may appear and is bounded as followeth (viz.) Beginning at the mouth of Stony Run on the North side the Robinson River thence up the several courses of the said Run to three small white oaks in Adam Yagers line thence south west seventy four poles to three pines thence North fifty West forty two poles to a white and three Red oaks in the said Yagers line thence south thirty three degrees West ninety six poles to a stake in a valley thence south fifty five degrees west one hundred and thirty two poles to the River thence down the river the several courses to the Beginning together with all houses gardens Fences orchards woods underwoods ways waters water courses Privileges Profits and Emunities whatsoever to the said lands and Hereditaments and all and singular the premises aforesaid and every part and parcel thereof belonging or in any wise appertaining to the same with the revision and reversions remainder and remainders Issues and Profits thereof and all the state Right Title and Interest of him the said SPENCER BOBO of in and unto the same one every part and parcel thereof To have and to hold all and singular the lands and premises with Every part & parcel thereof unto the said Robert Terril his heirs Extors Administrators and Assigns from the day of the date hereof for and during the term of one whole year From thence next Ensuing and fully to be completed and Ended Yielding and paying therefore the yearly Rent of Ear of Indian corn at the Feast of St. Michael the archangel if the same be lawfully demanded to the Intent that by these presents and by force of the statue for Transferring usses into possession the said Robert Terril may seen the actual possession of the premises and may be Enabled to accept a grant of the Inheritance to him and his heirs forever. In witness whereof the said SPENCER BOBO hath hereunto set his hand and seal the day and year first above written.
Signed Sealed and Delivered SPENCER BOBO (LS)
In the presence of us the sum
of five shillings being first paid
John Wyonll Sanders
Culpeper County Set.
At a court held for the said County on Thursday the 21st of September 1749. This Indenture was acknowledged by SPENCER BOBO County thereto and ordered to be recorded.
Teste. Roger Dixon Cl. Cur.
BOBO This Indenture made the 21st day of September in the
to year of our Lord God one thousand seven hundred and
Terril forty nine. Between SPENCER BOBO of St. Marks Parish
in Culpeper County Planter of the one part and Robert Terril of the Parish and county aforesaid Planter of the other part witnesseth that the said SPENCER BOBO for and in consideration of the sum of fifty Pounds current money of Virginia to him in hand paid by the said Robert Terril the receipt whereof the said SPENCER BOBO doth hereby acknowledge and for divers other good considerations him thereunto moving he the said SPENCER BOBO hath Granted Bargained sold alienated remissed Released and confirmed and by these presents doth fully Freely and absolutely grant Bargain sell alienate remise Release and Confirm unto the said Robert Terril and his actual possession non being by virtue of a Bargain and sale to him thereof made by a certain Indenture of lease for a parcel of land here after mentioned by the said SPENCER BOBO bearing date the day next before the date of these presents for one whole year from thence next Ensuing and by force of the Statue made for Transferring uses into Possession and to his heirs and assigns all that tract or parcel of land containing four hundred acres situate lying and being in the parish and county aforesaid being the Land whereon the said SPENCER BOBO now lives and did formerly belong to Henry Kindall and Thomas Walker and by them sold to the said SPENCER BOBO as by their deeds may appear and is bounded as followeth (viz) Beginning at the mouth of Stoney Run on the North side the Robinson River thence up the several courses of the said Run to three small white oaks in Adam Yagers line thence south west seventy four poles to three pines Thence north fifty degrees west forty two poles to a white and three Red oaks in the said Yagers line thence south thirty three degrees west ninety six poles to a stake in a valley thence south fifty five degrees west one hundred and thirty two poles to the River thence down the river the several courses to the Beginning Together with all houses buildings fences Gardens Orchards woods Underwoods waters and water courses liberties properties privileges hereditaments appurtenances whatsoever to the said land and premises belonging or in anywise appertaining To have and to hold the said lands and premises hereby granted or Intended to be granted unto the said Robert Terril his heirs and assigns to the only proper use and behoof of him the said Robert Terril his heirs and assigns forever and the said SPENCER BOBO doth hereby covenant for himself and his respective heirs Exed, admd and assigns that they and every of them shall and will warrant and forever defend the before granted lands and premises with their appurtenances unto the said Robert Terril his heirs Exor Admon and assigns against him the said SPENCER BOBO his heirs Executors administrators or assigns and against the claim of all and every other person or persons whatsoever and that the said Robert Terrill his heirs Executors administrators or assigns shall and may from time to time and at all times forever hereafter Peaceably and Quietly have hold occupy Possess and Enjoy all and Singular the before Granted land and Premises with appurtenances and that freely and clearly requested and Discharged of and from all former Gifts Grant Bargain sales titles Troubles Dowers and Incumbrances whatsoever and the said SPENCER BOBO Doth hereby for himself his heirs Executors Administrators or Assigns further covenant and grant to and with the said Robert Terril his heirs Executors Administrators or Assigns that he the said SPENCER BOBO and his heirs and all every of them shall and will at Time at anytime hereafter upon the reasonable request and at the costs and charges of him the said Robert Terril his heirs Executors Administrators or assigns make doe execute and acknowledge any further conveyance or assurance in the Law whatsoever for the better more perfect suremaking and confirming the before granted lands and premises unto the said Robert Terril his heirs Executors administrators and assigns as by them or them shall be Reasonably advised Devised or required in witness whereof the said SPENCER BOBO hath hereunto set his hand and seal the day and year first above written.
Signed Sealed and Delivered in
presence of us, the sum of fifty SPENCER BOBO (L.S.)
pounds current money being first paid
John Wynill Sanders
Culpeper County Se/
At a court held for the said County on Thursday the 21st day of September 1749 This Indenture was acknowledged by SPENCER BOBO party thereto and ordered to be recorded previous to which Mary the wife of the said SPENCER BOBO came into court and voluntarily Relinquished her Rights of Dower in the Estate Conveyed by this Indenture of Release.
Roger Dixon Cl. Cer.