The Bobbitt Family In America

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The Greenberry Bobbitt letters are from the collection of John Alderman, an attorney of Hillsville, Virginia. Mr. Alderman made copies of all the letters and sent them to me for our studies of the Bobbitt family. The letters were written by Nancy (Blair) Bobbitt, wife of Caleb Bobbitt, to her son, Greenberry. The family of Caleb Bobbitt had moved from Grayson County Virginia to Pulaski County Kentucky. Greenberry Bobbitt did not move with the family. Caleb Bobbitt died in Kentucky. Nancy and her son Thomas moved to Howard County, Missouri. Most of the letters were written by Nancy from Howard County, Missouri.

John Perry Alderman, son of John Alderman, wrote the following concerning the letters.

"About five miles south of Hillsville, in the decades before the civil war, there lived a Greenberry Bobbitt. He was the son of Caleb and Nancy Bobbitt, born about 1798 and died on October 30, 1868. He had three daughters who lived to maturity, and one son who died in infancy. I have these letters because somebody bought the old Bobbitt place, found the letters, and brought them to my father, knowing that he would be interested in such old things. The letters are about worn out, and some of them were scarcely legible when they were written, 140 years ago.

The letters are difficult to read. The hand writing was somewhat different in those days than it is today. There are some ink smears and faded passages. There is no punctuation and the spelling of each word is according to the way it sounded to the writer.

For our purposes the letters are edited for the most interesting sections, and followed with a comment that pertains to the history and genealogy of the Bobbitt family.

October 1, 1829 Pulaski County, Kentucky

Your brother, Thomas has been on a journey of 600 or 700 miles, as far as the Arkansas Territory. He rode my Jack horse and the horse died on the way. Tom came home sick with the ague, but he is somewhat on the mend. I want you to come see us this fall as it is unlikely that I will ever be in that country again. I don't mind the postage of a letter if you think worth while to write and put the letter in the office.

Your affectionate father, CALEB BOBBITT

The letters had to be paid for by the receiver.

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