The Bobbitt Family In America

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We are indebted to Mrs. Lois (Barney) Merideth, a descendant of Isham and Cynthia Bobbitt for preserving the published obituary of Cynthia Ann Bobbitt. The obituary was written in 1885 and is copied here as the original is too fragile to have it photographed.

Died, At the home of her son, Frank Bobbitt in Kansas City, Missouri, on Thursday, February 25, 1885, in the 77th year of her age, Mrs. Cynthia A. Bobbitt.

The subject of the above notice was born near Winchester, Kentucky and her maiden name was Haggard. She was married at the age of fifteen to Isham Bobbitt, who died about twenty years ago. They moved to Illinois in 1834, where she lived until she came west about four years ago. She was an honored member and a consistent member of the Baptist church for sixty years. She was the mother of five children, three sons, who are still living, and two daughters who are dead. The remains were brought to this city and according to her request, the funeral was preached at the residence of her son, John W. Bobbitt, three miles northeast of Virdon, on Saturday last by.... and was buried in the Liberty Cemetery. On account of some mistake, the telegram sent to Mr. J. W. Bobbitt did not reach him, and he was not aware of the sad news, until his brother arrived with the body.

The obituary tells much of the history of this family and was the basis for much of our research. Both Teressa and Malissa died in 1868 in Illinois.

The last record of Cynthia in a federal census was taken in Richardson County, Nebraska, Liberty Precinct, living with her son David Frank Bobbitt.

Frank Bobbitt                   40    (1840)    Illinois 

Celia (Kenedy) Bobbitt     32    (1848)    Pennsylvania 

Frederick Bobbitt               5    (1875)    Illinois 

William Bobbitt                  1    (1879)    Illinois 

Cynthia Bobbitt                71    (1809)    Kentucky 

Thomas Jones                  39    (1841)   Wales


Mrs. Hazel (Bobbitt) Kump, of Oberlin, Kansas went to Liberty Nebraska in 1974 to see if she could locate the graves of the Bobbitt family. No one had heard of Liberty Cemetery. Mrs. Heim a descendant knew of a cemetery where Bobbitt's were buried but the graves were covered with vines and brush.

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