The Bobbitt Family In America

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Sam and Anna Bobbitt had three children, two sons and one daughter. All the children were born in Kanawha County, West Virginia.

Samuel Newlon Bobbitt    born Oct. 18, 1918 

John William Bobbitt          born Dec. 11, 1922 

Jean Sterling Bobbitt          born Feb. 13, 1923

In 1927 Sam Bobbitt was transferred to a company store in Baxter, West Virginia. Later he was in charge of Clines Ice Cream Distributions in Charleston, West Virginia, where the family lived An nearby Dunbar, West Virginia. Anna Bobbitt taught school in the 'Kanawha County school system at the time.

On April 9, 1931, Elijah Bobbitt, father of Samuel Bobbitt died. Rowena Bobbitt, his widow was left on a large farm with only a young grandson to look after her and the farm. The grandson was Lee Otis Bobbitt Junior. Lee Otis Bobbitt senior lived on a nearby farm but was in ill health and his brothers and sisters felt that he was not able to look after his mother and the farm. Dr. 0. H. Bobbitt another brother could not leave his practice in Charleston. James Sterling Bobbitt was at an important point in his career in the school system of Mercer County and could not return to the farm.  The brothers and sisters of Samuel Bobbitt used many persuasive arguments to induce Sam Bobbitt to return to the farm, raise his family there and care for his mother. Dr. 0. H. Bobbitt promised Sam Bobbitt that if he would return to the farm, he would give his share of his father's estate to Sam. Sterling Bobbitt argued that since Sam had the largest number of children, the farm was the best place to rear his children.

Sam Bobbitt was a quiet and gentle person. He was easily persuaded, he was trusting of his fellow man, and soon gave in to the advantages of returning to the family farm. In May of 1931 the family moved to farm, where Sam Bobbitt quickly made the adjustment from business man to farmer.

Rowena Bobbitt was 74 years of age. She was able to work in the kitchen and helped with the laundry. She was ill with severe sinus, and was often in pain. In the fall of 1931 her son, Dr. 0. H. Bobbitt had her visit Charleston and see a fellow-physician who specialized in sinus ailments. On October 2, 1931 Rowena Bobbitt died in a Charleston hospital.

In 1932, Anna Bobbitt returned to teach in the rural schools of Nicholas County. Sam Bobbitt with the aid and advice of his brother, Sterling Bobbitt learned the newer methods of farming.

As the depression of the 30 worsened, the farm proved to be the right place to be. The family wanted for nothing, and all enjoyed the farm life and the people of the community. During the summer months relatives visited frequently. Lola Summers and her son Charles, spent most of the summers with the family.

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