"NEW GRAVE MADE FOR VETERAN OF REVOLUTIONARY WAR BY A DESCENDANT"
"As the minds of citizens in this community are recalling many events dating back to the pioneer days, none could be of more interest than that which occurred on June 6th, 1938, when in a quiet way the life of a patriot was reviewed.
"Through the reverent and patriotic act of his great great grandson, Charles Holliday, the remains of Isham Bobbitt and his grave stone were removed from the "Old Jones Graveyard" on Wilbur Williams farm, (formerly the old Paschal farm) to Chapin cemetery, Chapin, Illinois. His wife's remains will also be removed to Chapin cemetery. The gravestone is still in good condition, despite the fact that the grave yard is not protected from stock and horses.
"The Bobbitt lot in Chapin cemetery has a fine monument and is beautifully kept. On the tablet placed on the Morgan County courthouse, the name of this patriot is spelled, "Ishmil Bobbitt", but his family, the histories of Morgan and Scott counties and his grave stone inscription spell his name as "Isham Bobbitt".
"The copy on the grave stone is "Isham Bobbitt, a soldier of the Revolution Died, March 6, 1836 Aged 83 years." On the same stone, below is the following inscription "Elizabeth, his wife died, March 6, 1847, aged 91 years.
"Isham Bobbitt has a number of descendants in Morgan county. Isham and His wife, Elizabeth, had a son, William J. and William's son, John G. Bobbitt was born in Missouri, November 6, 1824, and came with his parents to Morgan County, Illinois in 1829. On December 14, 1846, he married Martha J., a daughter of Henry and Martha Newton of McLean County, Illinois. They were the parents of Mary Louise Bobbitt, who was born August 1852. She married J. B. Holliday, May 3, 1877 at the Bobbitt homestead, east of Chapin. They had four children; Charles and Frank of Chapin, Ralph of Springfield, and Mabel Maher of Beardstown.
"William J. Bobbitt erected a grist mill on Big Branch, now called Willow Branch Creek. He and his father, Isham Bobbitt, had a mill in Missouri and they brought the "burr" stones from Missouri. After a number of years the mill burned."