An American Family History

The Job/Jobe Family of Washington County, Tennessee


also spelled Joab


Andrew Jobe, Jr. and Elizabeth Vernon.

Benjamin Jobe (1793),
Jacob Jobe (1794),
Thomas Jobe (1695),
Mary Job (1696),
Enoch Jobe (1698),
Abraham Jobe (1702),
Caleb Jobe (1704),
Joshua Jobe (1707, married Margaret Mackay),
Hannah Jobe (1708)
Patience Jobe Mackay (1710, married Robert Mackay),

Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia Volume I
Augusta County Court Records Order Book 1 -November 22, 1746.

March 18, 1746/7

Road ordered from lower end of cow-pasture to Carter's Mill, and Adam Dickenson, James Scot, Wm. Galespy, James Simpson, Wm. Dowerty, Andrew Maldrough, Hugh Coffey, John Donerly, Alexr. McKay, John Mitchell, John Moore, Ralph Laverty, John Cockmill, James Huy, Wm. Hugh, James Stewart, James McKay worked it. 

Road ordered from Caleb Jones's mill down to County line, James McKay, Moses McKay, Henry Harding, John Hill, Philip Crine, Thos. Land, Wm. Hursh, Thos. Burk, Wm. Harrel, Thos. Grubbs, Wm. Hawkins, Zachery McKay, Joshua Job, James McNeal, Adam Cunningham, Jacob Sterrell, Charles Coxe, Charles Burk, Ephrm. Leech, Caleb Job. 

Road ordered from Top of the Ridge to John Terrald's and James Beard's, with these tithables, John Bomgardner, Jacob Harmon, Robert and Saml. Scot, John Stevenson, Robert Hook, Wm. Burk, Mathew Thompson, Charles Duel, Nicholas Noel, John Lawrence, Jacob Pence, Henry Dickens, Valentine Pence, George Scot, John Viare, Jacob Harmon, Sr., Mathew Sharp, John Harmon, Ro. Frazier, James Beard, Mathew Thompson, John Robton, Stiffell Francisco, Wm. Lamb, Samuel Lockard, Ro. Smith. 

Chester County was one of the three original Pennsylvania counties created in 1682.
American colonists continued to use British monetary units, namely the pound, shilling and pence for which £1 (or li) equalled 20s and 1s equalled 12d. In 1792 the dollar was established as the basic unit of currency.

The American folk hero, David "Davy" Crockett (1786 – 1836), grew up in East Tennessee.

Abraham Jobe (Job) was born August 22, 1702 in Chester County, Pennsylvania and was the son of Andrew Jobe, Jr. and Elizabeth Vernon.

He married his first wife, Sarah Gatchell, on November 24, 1726 in Nottingham, Chester County, Pennsylvania.

Abraham and Sarah's children included:
Elisha Jobe (1727),
Hannah Jobe
Rebecca Jobe, and
Mary Jobe (married Moses Mackay).

They moved from Chester County, Pennsylvania to the south river area of Virginia around 1736.

In November, 1736 Abraham applied for certificate of transfer for himself and his family from the Nottingham Meeting in Chester County, Pennsylvania to the Hopewell Meeting in Virginia.

In 1736, Abraham and his family moved to the Shenandoah Valley. Abraham was received by letter to the Hopewell Meeting in Frederick County, Virginia.

In 1738, Sarah died.

On September 8, 1739 Abraham and Elizabeth Mackay ran away to to Virginia to be married.

Abraham and Elizabeth's children included:
Isaac Jobe (about 1740),
David Jobe, and
Phoeby Jobe,

On September 18, 1739 the Nottingham Monthly Meeting disowned Elizabeth Mackay and on October 20, 1741 Abraham Jobe was disowned.

On October 20, 1741 (Eighth Month) the Hopewell Monthly Meeting minutes included:

Whereas Abraham Job, one of the Society of the People called Quaker, having attained our certificate to friends of Hopewell Meeting, Virginia, but before he delivered it was married by a priest to Elizabeth MacKay, daughter of Robert MacKay, of the Society, Being first by child with him, which being a scandal to our profession and the said Abraham delaying to give satisfaction though tenderly laboured with, we disown him from the society.

On May 12 1746, Abraham became the constable in Massautten, Augusta County, Virginia.

Abraham died on October 24, 1750 in Augusta County, Virginia.

July the 25th in the year of our Lord and Saviour, one Thousand Seven Hundred and Fifth, Abraham Jobe very sick and weak but in perfect senses . . .

Also, I give and bequeath unto my well-beloved wife, Elizabeth Job, all my lands and soils and orchards except five acres in the upper field during the time she lives a widow and all my land in the bottom with the five acres

I give and bequeath unto my son, Elisha Job, to him and his heirs forever. Also, I leave him as trustee to the widow and after her widowhood equal Executor with the widow and also my riding horse, Major. Also to my well-beloved wife Elizabaeth Job a young horse (called panix) with her saddle and briddle and also the third part of my moveable estate after my debts be paid

and then the remainder of my Estate to be equally divided between - Rebecca Job, and Isaac Job, Phoeby Job, and David Job and Hannah Job and my daughter Mary McCoy.

I give one shilling sterling and to her son Isaac McKoy I give him a two year old young mare.

As to my son Elisha Job I give him no part of my moveable estate but upon his having my land when my two sons Isaac and David come of age he shall pay each of them twenty pounds current money.

I defer my son Isaac may be bound unto James Brown, a Hatter, and my son, David, bound to a saddler, in that Co., which is called West Rockingham. This being my last will and testament, I do here sign my hand unto in the presence of these witnesses. . .

Sometime after the death of Abraham, the widow and her children moved to the Watauga Settlement in present-day Washington County, Tennessee.

The Society of Friends (Quakers) began in England in the 1650s, when they broke away from the Puritans. Pennsylvania was founded by William Penn, as a safe place for Friends to live and practice their faith.

Bound children were indentured servants whose master provided training in a craft, board, lodging, and clothes for seven years or until the child came of age.

Horse Terms
Foal: less than 1 year old
Yearling: between 1 & 2
Colt: male under 4
Filly: female under 4
Mare: female over 4
Gelding: castrated male
: non-castrated male over 4

Frederick County, Virginia was formed in 1743 from Orange County. Old Frederick County included all or part of four counties in present-day Virginia: Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, and Frederick, as well as five in present-day West Virginia: Hardy, Hampshire, Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan.

Jacob Jobe was born about 1737. His parents were Caleb and Barbara Jobe. He married Elizabeth Mackay.

Their children included:

Jacob Jobe (1765),
Mary Jobe (1765, married John Cox, Sr.),
Hannah Jobe (1767, married William Jackson),
Samuel Jobe (1775, married Barbara Adwell),
Elizabeth Jobe (1776, married George Jackson),
Phoebe Jobe (1777, married Thomas Barron),
James Jobe (1779),
George Jobe (1780),
Zachariah Jobe (1783),
Lydia Jobe (1785), and
Dorcas Jobe (1787),

The 1775 Dunmore/Shenandoah County Virginia tax list included the Jacob Job household with 2 white males over age 16, 1 white male under 16, and 5 white females.

October 25, 1790
Jacob Job
Sullivan Co., Militia

In 1796 and 1797 he appeared on the Sullivan County, Tennessee tax list.

On August 14, 1800, Jacob Job deeded land in Sullivan County to his son, Samuel. The land was a tract of 290 acres on Kendrick's Creek and was given for love to Samuel

On August 27, 1801 William Denton deeded land on Kendrick's Creek to John Cox. Witnesses were Jacob Job and Zachariah Job

1815 Western Pilot, Rogersville, Tennessee, August 19, 1815

To the heirs of Jacob Jobe, James Jobe and George Jobe, late of the county of Sullivan, in the state of Tennessee and other persons concerned in the premises. Take notice,
That I shall petition the county court of Sullivan, at a court to be held the third Monday in February next, at the court house in Blountville, to have partition made of the land that said Jacob Jobe, James Jobe and George Jobe, died seized of, in the county of Sullivan, lying on Hendrick’s creek, supposed to contain 230 acres, so that I can hold my share of said estate in severalty. All persons concerned, are hereby notified to attend said court, and oppose said petition if they think proper.
Samuel Jobe
July 12, 1815.

August 19, 1824 – William Jackson of Washington Co Tn to John Cox Jr of Sullivan Co for $115 dollars, 11 ½ acres in Sullivan County on a branch of Kindricks Creek. Begin at the corner of Sm Jobes lot No 3 running the line S 80 E88 poles, N40 E24 poles to a corner of lot No 5 drawn by Lear Cox, with said line N80 W104 poles, S22 poles to the beginning. Also if the sa id tract of land of Jacob Job dec’d should ever be broke that is the divide that said John Cox Jr shall have his part where ever it falls in. The said William Jackson and Hannah Jackson has set our hands and seal. Wi lliam (x) Jackson (seal) Hannah (x) Jackson (seal

Wit: Peter Jackson, Zachariah Jobe
Feb Session 1830 proved by Peter Jackson and Zachariah Jobe.
Registered: 23 Apr 1830.

On May 13, 1808, 230 acres that had been occupied by Jacob Jobe were released by right of descent to Samuel, Dorcas, Lydia, Zachariah, James and George Jobe to John Cox, William Jackson, George Jackson, and Thomas Barron.

Deery Inn
The Deery Inn
Blountville, Tennessee

Tennessee was admitted to the Union on June 1, 1796. It was initially part of North Carolina.


Quit Claim of Conveyance
230 acres of land, occupied by Jacob Job, deceased, released by right of descent
to Samuel, Dorcas, Lydia, Zachariah, James and George Job
to John Cox,
William Jackson,
George Jackson, and
Thomas Barron.
09 Aug 1824


Enoch Jobe was one of the first settlers of the upper part of Indian Creek and Greasy Clove shortly after the settlement on the Watauga, and long before 1800. Enoch Jobe was also a member of pastor Jonathan Mulkey's Baptist Church established on Greasy Creek in 1823.

Elizabeth Jobe, daughter of Enoch Jobe and granddaughter of Joshua Jobe and Margaret Mackay married Samuel Odell, Jr.


Elisha Job died before 28 September 1773, and his widow appointed Charles Whitson as her lawful attorney regarding some land.

  In 1775 there were five Jobe households in the Dunmore/Shenandoah County Virginia tax lists:
David (son of Abraham),
Enoch (son of Joshua),
Moses (son of Joshua),
Joshua (brother of Abraham), and
Jacob (son of Caleb).

Isaac Jobe

In 1775, Isaac Jobe was a defendant in a lawsuit. David went to court to explain that Isaac would not appear to defend himself . Isaac Jobe, Sr. was last found in Shenandoah County records when he witnessed two leases for David and Abigail Jobe in September 1782.

Ordered that Overseers of the Poor bind Isaac Job a boy Ten years old the seventh of February last to John Whitson he to learn him to Read, write & cypher & also the trade of a blacksmith.

East Tennessee is part of Appalachia. At the end of the French and Indian War, colonists began drifting into the area. In 1769, they first settled along the Watauga River. During the Revolution, the Overmountain Men defeated British loyalists at the Battle of Kings Mountain. The State of Franklin was formed in the 1780s, but never admitted to the Union.

David Jobe was born about 1744. He married Abigail Denton.

They were early settlers in Washington County, Tennessee.

Abigail and David's children included:

Elizabeth Jobe (1767)
Mary Jobe (1770, married George Little),
Jemima Jobe (1773),
Abraham Jobe (1777),
Sarah Jobe Humphreys (1780, married Moses Humphreys),
Phoebe Jobe Barron Gibson (1782)
Joshua Jobe (1785, married Ruth Tipton),
Rebecca Jobe (1778, married William Carr),
Hannah Jobe (1791) and
John Jobe (Sep 27, 1794 ).

In the 1775 tax list, the David Jobe household included 3 males and 4 females, with 3 people over age 16 and 4 under age 16. David and Abigail were 2 of the people over 16. They had 3 daughters born before 1775, 2 of whom were from a previous marriage. The daughters were 3 of the 4 people under 16. A man over age 16 and a boy under 16 were also in the household. They may have been David's brother Isaac, (1772) and Isaac's son.

In November, 1779 the Washington County court ordered a new trial in the
case of Andrew Gear vs. David Jobe.

On May 24 1780 David Job served on the jury in Washington County in the case of Valentine Sevier vs. George Dayly.

In 1782, David and Abigail Jobe sold 65 acres in Shenandoah County, Virginia to Benjamin Thralekeld for 250£.

David Jobe, Lezeanah Jobe, and Dorcas Jobe were original members of the Primitive Baptist church in Pig Pigeon in 1786.

In 1787, David was on the Washington County tax list.

In 1790 Jeremiah Mackay of Shenandaoh County gave his power of Attorney to David Jobe in Washington County and Abraham Mackay of Green County to receive his wife's portion of the estate of Joseph Whitson.

David appeared on the 1790 tax list of Washington County.

In 1792 North Carolina granted David Job, 4 tracts of land.

Grant #1085, 200 acres on Brush Creek joining Joseph Tipton
Grant #1090, 300 acres on west side of Brush Creek
Grant #1091, 80 acres beginning at 3 sycamores
Grant #1093, 100 acres beginning at a white and red oak, next to Robert Young

In 1792,David bought 80 acres on Birch Creek next to John Young, John Odel, Robert Young, Jr. and 200 acres next to Robert Young, Jr., Little, Joseph Denton for 50 shillings per 100 acres.

In 1794 David Job witnessed the will of William Daniel.

In 1795 David Job witnessed the will of Isaac Denton.

In 1799 the court ordered a new trial in the case of Andrew Greer vs. David Jobe.

In 1803 David died.

In the 1811 Washington County tax list Abigail Jobe was in Capt. Mitchell's Company.

Abigail Jobe's will was dated March 18, 1819 and listed her children as Abraham Job, Sarah Humphrey, Phebe Gibson, Joshua Job, Rebecca Carr and John Job


Warranty Deed
Joel Cooper, George Sheffield and Moses Humphreys, or Humphries to Abram, Joshua and John Job

Dated May 10, 1804, Properly acknowledged.
Registered Aug Session, 1803, of the County Court of said county, Vol. 8, page 39, Consideration: $1800 paid.

These grantos intermarried with Elizabeth, Mary and Sarah Job, and, by this deed, they undertook to convey the shares of their wives in the property descended from David Job, deceased, which they could not do. However, this deed divested the husbands of their martial rights, all they had in property, and their wives conveyed by deeds shown hereafter.

1808 -May 13, Quit Claim of Conveyance
230 acres of land, occupied by Jacob Job, deceased, released by right of descent to Samuel, Dorcas, Lydia, Zachariah, James and George Job toJohn Cox, William Jackson, George Jackson, and Thomas Barron.

Shenandoah County, Virginia was established in 1772. It was originally Dunmore County.

Early European settlers in the American colonies were mostly farmers and craftsmen. They had to work hard to provide daily neccesities for themselves.

Johnson City, Tennessee is in Washington, Carter and Sullivan Counties. It was known as Brush Creek for the Creek than runs through it.




A scythe or a sickle is a hand tool for reaping crops. The handle of a scythe is a snead.


An auger is a tool for boring holes in wood.


David Jobe's 1803 Estate Sale

Abigail Jobe, six hoes, three Negroes: Ben. Steve, Vine, four bee stands, 40 lbs. Cotton, one loom, one scythe, one saw, two augers, two chisels, one drawing knife, two giblets, one cutting knife & box, four raw hides, one frow, one iron wedge. iron, leather, salt, corn, wheat, rye, oats, hay, fodder, flax, bees wax, meat tallow and fat, ducks & pea fowls, two saddles, one pair saddle bags, one set shoe makers tools, two jugs, two kegs, three tubs, four bells, twelve baskets, one set of weaving spools, three bridles, one pairing knife, and one barrel of brandy
Jesse Humphreys four sheep (1st choice), 20 pounds of cotton
Joseph Young, one steer 8 do one black and white steer, one red and white steer
George Sheffield, one brown cow 10
Moses Humphreys, one muley heifer, one red and white heifer
Abraham Jobe, three yearlings calves, one grey mare, nine hundred and seventy six & three quarters pounds of bar iron. twenty five lbs. cotton
Stephen Tipton, 20 lbs. Cotton
John Humphreys (could either be the son of William or George), Negro Bob
Solomon Hendrick 2 Negroes: George & Win
Archibald Williams Negro fan
Jonathan Tipton twenty five pounds cotton

Slavery is an immoral system of forced labor where people are treated as property to be bought and sold. It was legal in the American Colonies and the United States until the Civil War.






Hite/Fairfax Suit
January, 21 1758, Frederick County, Virginia

Henry Nelson, laid claim to the lands which he holds within the said survey by purchase from Robert McKay, for which he passed his bond, dated December 28, 1763, to be bound between Samuel Odell and Issac Job and the said Robert McKay, claimed by the will of his father.

Jacob Bruner and Joseph Stickler on behalf of the orphans of John Bumgardner, the said orphans produced a bond from Jost Hite and Robert McKay to Abraham Job bearing the date the 4th of August, 1741, conditioned for the conveyance of three hundred acres of land be the same more or less to the said Abraham Job when they should obtain a patent from the crown for their south River land of which 300 acres.

The land claimed by the orphans is a part which bond was afterwards to wit, Sept. 4th, 1758, assigned by Elisha Job, heir at law to the said Abraham unto Jeremiah Odell, who transferred the same to the said John Bumgardner, July 26th, 1765.

The sale by Hite and McKay to Abraham Job of 300 acres was admitted by the complainants; David Job and Issac Job laid to claim the residue of the said three hundred acres for the conveyance of which a bond was passed by Jost Hite and Robert McKay to Abraham Job as mentioned

and to support their claim to the same produced a bond from Elisha Job, heir at law to the said Abraham, to them bearing date 21 January 1758, condoned for the conveyance of a certain part of the said 300 acres, by certain bounds in the said bond specified to which we refer.

Know all men by those present that I, Elisha Job, of Frederick Co., do owe and stand indebted unto Issac Job or assign the full and just sum of 100 pounds current money of Virginia by the fifth day of April, 1760, next ensuing the date hereof to the fifth day of April, 1760, next ensuing the date hereof to which the payment well and truly made and done I do hereby bind myself and heirs executors sealed wi th my seal and dated this 21 day of January in the year of our Lord, 1758.


Quit Claim of Conveyance
230 acres of land, occupied by Jacob Job, deceased, released by right of descent
to Samuel, Dorcas, Lydia, Zachariah, James and George Job
to John Cox,
William Jackson,
George Jackson, and
Thomas Barron.
09 Aug 1824


Washington County, Marriages

JOB, Deanna married HAINES, Christopher on 14-OCT-1823
JOB, Elizabeth married COOPER, Joel on 20 January 1788
JOB, Harriet married WATSON, Thomas on 06-FEB-1826
JOB, Marey married Little, George on 26 January 1791
JOBB, Abraham married FAIN, Sarah on 27-MAR-1832
JOBB, Emeline married WHEELER, James on 14-SEP-1837
JOBB, James married JACKSON, Nancy S on 05-SEP-1837
JOBB, James S married BOYD, Matilda on 17-NOV-1833
JOBB, Leander married HENRY, William on 29-DEC-1832
JOBB, Mary married DEAKINS, John on 19-DEC-1836
JOBB, Moses married HAMPTON, R on 23-APR-1840
JOBB, William married JONES, Nancy on 19-APR-1832
JOBE, Eliza married BIRDWELL, William on 30 August 1832
JOBE, Elizabeth married EDWARDS, Samuel E on 12-OCT-1825
JOBE, Enoch married JACKSON, Elizabeth on 10-SEP-1814
JOBE, Hannah married ENSOR, Thomas P on 08-MAY-1818
JOBE, John married ELSEY, Sarah on 04-NOV-1828
JOBE, Nancy married DOUGLASS, John on 18-NOV-1838
JOBE, Phebe married GIBSON, Jeremiah D on 28-MAR-1817