My time of service in the first trip was five months. The second tour as lader maker, three months. The third tour under Nasworthy was two months. The fourth tour under Harris and Colonel Reed was three months. The last tour under Captain Twitty was three months, making in all sixteen months, that I was engaged in the service of the United States.
Isham Bobbitt signed his name to this document in his hand and wrote the name as "ISHAM BOBBITT". His son William Bobbitt was a witness to the signature.
His son Stephen Bobbitt went before the justice of the peace in Pike County Illinois to make statements to help in the proof of the service records of his father. Some of the statements made by Stephen are interesting and are here abstracted from the legal jargon of the original documents.
The said Isham and Elizabeth Bobbitt lived together as man and wife to the time of the said death of Isham. They were always recognized by their relations and their acquaintances as having been lawfully married, and they always recognized this before married brothers and sisters.
If the said Isham and Elizabeth were not lawfully married persons at the birth of any of the children, he the said Stephen believes that he would have heard something about it, but as before stated he has always understood and believed that they were lawfully married before the birth of any children. The names and ages of the children were put down in a Bible and the names of the children were as follows: William, Allen, Winney, Stephen, John, Amey, Fanny, Betsey, Isham, Sally, and Nancy. He has not seen the Bible for about two years, and he believes from the information of one of his brother'-in-laws that the said Bible has been entirely destroyed."
These statements of Stephen made in 1832 are timeless. They show the respect that he had for his parents and his family.