When the war between the states began, James Washington Bobbitt enlisted as a private in Company F, 9th Battalion, of Missouri Sharp Shooters. His son, Cyrenus Bobbitt, enlisted in Company F, 45th Regiment of Missouri Infrantry Volunteers. Cyrenus enlisted on August 10, 1864 at the age of 19. Both men were fighting for the Confederate causes.
Cyrenus Bobbitt was sent to battle in Johnsonville, Tennessee, where he became ill with measles. He died from Pneumonia on February 12, 1865. He was single.
In 1870 the family was living in Pettis County, Missouri near the post office of Blackwater. The family was counted in the census of that year as family # 15, on August 9, 1870.
James W. Bobbitt 46 (1824) Kentucky
Nancy Bobbitt 46 (1824) Kentucky
Permelia Bobbitt 22 (1848) Kentucky
Marion Bobbitt 17 (1853) Kentucky
William Bobbitt 15 (1855) Kentucky
James Bobbitt 10 (1860) Missouri
Thomas Bobbitt 7 (1863) Missouri
Franklin Bobbitt 4 (1866) Missouri
Joseph Bobbitt 2 (1868) Missouri
Joseph Mathew Bobbitt was the last child of this family. He was born in 1867. Eight of the children lived to maturity. The family was an unusual family, reared with strict discipline, and in a very religious atmosphere. Every effort was made to give the children an education and in many instances under the most difficult circumstances.
The children were:Mary Ann (Polly) Bobbitt 1845 - 1932, Eureka, Kansas Cyrenus Bobbitt 1847 - 1865, Johnsonville, Tenn. Permelia Jane Bobbitt 1848 -.... Martha Ellen Bobbitt 1852 - ..... Fredonia, Kansas George Marion Bobbitt 1853 - 1920 William Bobbitt (Jesse) 1857 - ..... Arkansas John Bobbitt 1859 - 1864 James Lincoln Bobbitt 1861 - 1929, Oklahoma Thomas Bobbitt 1863 - 1872 Frank Norris Bobbitt 1865 - 1942, Wichita, Kansas Joseph Matthew Bobbitt 1867 - 1932, Long Beach, Calif.