The Bobbitt Family In America

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CHARLES EVERETT BOBBITT      1869 - 1960     Son of Theodore and Amelia Bobbitt

Charles Everett Bobbitt, was the first child and son of Theodore Newton and Amelia (Phillips) Bobbitt. Charles was born in Agency, Iowa in Mahaska County, on September 11, 1869. There is no doubt but that the strong character and ability of Charles was formed by the examples and teachings of his father and grandfather. Charles was a grandson of Everett Hale Bobbitt and his first wife Mary (Newton) Bobbitt.

Charles Everett Bobbitt was impressed by the stories told to him by his father and mother. During his mature years he took the time to write about the pioneer trip that was taking place shortly after he was born.

"On a beautiful day in October in the year of 1869 a covered wagon left a town in central Iowa headed west. The occupants were a young man, his young wife, and their first child, a baby boy, only eight weeks old. (The baby was Charles Bobbitt.)

Although the young couple were leaving parents and friends, their hopes were high at the thought of the home they expected to establish in the west. Their every possession, meager, was packed in the wagon box, but it was sufficient for their needs. The journey seemed a happy adventure.

When evening came, they cooked their simple meal over a camp fire. When morning came the wind had changed to the north and the ground was covered with snow. The baby was cold and cried with the colic. Theodore Bobbitt was concerned and asked his wife if they should turn back. Without hesitancy, Amelia Bobbitt, said to "go ahead".

They went on, and after many cold nights and days they neared the home of Malissa Hillery, a sister of Theodore's. Before they could locate the home of the sister, night overtook them, and they had to camp once again. When morning came, they found that they were near the home of the sister.

The real hardships had only begun. There was a sod house to build, the prairie to break, the grinding poverty, the drought, the grasshopper, sickness, death, and hunger. There was however, friendship and neighborliness, the helping hands in time of trouble and with it the simple pleasures of pioneer life.

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