"The paternal great-grandfather of Theodore Bobbitt carried a musket in the Revolutionary War, and did good service in the battle of Guilford Courthouse, and in a number of other engagements. At the close of the struggle he settled in South Carolina and engaged in farming and milling. Later he moved to Kentucky and from there to Morgan County, Illinois, where he died at a ripe old age. Grandfather Henry Newton was a native of Ireland, whence he emigrated to America early in life, and settling on a farm in the vicinity of Bloomington, Illinois, there spent his last days.
"Everett Hale Bobbitt was reared to the age of fourteen years on a farm in Missouri, whence he removed to Morgan County, Illinois during its pioneer days. He assisted his father in the milling operations of the later during his lifetime, then began farming on his own account and also occupied himself considerably as a teacher, mostly during the winter season. He remained a resident of Morgan County until the fall of 1848, then crossed the Mississippi into Mahaska County, Iowa, where he operated still as teacher and farmer combined. He is still living and a resident of the Hawkeye State, where he owns a good farm of 140 acres. The mother died at the homestead a year after their removal there, in the spring of 1849, when a young woman only twenty-six years old.
"To Everett Hale and Mary A. Bobbitt there were born four children, of whom our subject was the eldest. The next younger, David F. Bobbitt is operating a farm in Washington County, Kansas; Lizzie J. Bobbitt now Mrs. Hillery, resides in Washington Territory; one child died unnamed in infancy; Theodore Newton Bobbitt was a little lad of six years of age when his parents removed to Iowa and he lived there on the farm until a young man of twenty years. He launched out as a teacher when a youth of nineteen, and later entered a printing office, but soon found