John H. Bobbitt was a son of George Washington and Sarah (Littlejohn) Bobbitt. He was born on December 25, 1845 near Spartanburg, South Carolina. After living a few years in South Carolina the family returned to Galax, Virginia in 1852 where John lived until he left for Indiana in 1868.
The family was recorded in the 1900 census of Decatur County, Indiana.
John H. Bobbitt Dec. 1850 49 South Carolina
Belle (Barday) Bobbitt Jul. 1854 45 Indiana
Thomas M. Bobbitt (brother) Jan. 185S 45 Virginia
Stella Bobbitt (Newlin) Sep. 1874 25 Indiana
Charlie Bobbitt Oct. 1876 23 Indiana
Leslie Bobbitt Sep. 1890 9 Indiana
An interesting newspaper account of John H. Bobbitt was written at the time of his death in Greensburg, Indiana.
"John H. Bobbitt was a son of George and Sarah Bobbitt and was born near Spartanburg, S. C. on the 25th day of December, 1845. He lived a few years at the place of his birth and then removed with his parents to Grayson County, Virginia, where he grew to manhood, receiving such education as the common schools afforded and he also received a high school education.
"In the summer of 1863 he answered the call to arms and became a soldier in the Confederate Army. (He served as a private in Company G, 22nd Virginia Cavalry.) He participated in several battles and skirmishes, among which was the battle of Monocacy, at which General Lew Wallace was the commander of the Union forces.
"In the last days of the war he was with the army of General Lee attached to a cavalry regiment and was one of those who laid down their arms at Appomattox. Returning home at the close of the war, he found that his father's stock had been taken the fall before for the use of the Confederate Army, the only animals left being a cow and a few hogs.
"With the aid of two colored boys, Alex and Pete, he hitched his cavalry horse and the cow together and raised a crop and started to recoup the impaired fortunes of the family. During all these years of separation he has kept in communication with the two colored men and only last week, after he had become delirious, a newspaper came from Alex with certain humorous passages marked.