An American Family History

Abraham Jobe


also spelled Joab, Job

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 on 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 at the Nottingham Meeting.

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 Monthly 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 married Elizabeth MacKay in Virginia. Elizabeth was born about 1719 and was the daughter of Robert MacKay.

On September 18, 1739 the Nottingham Monthly Meeting near the Pennsylvania and Maryland border disowned Elizabeth MacKay and on October 20, 1741 Abraham Jobe was disowned.

In 1741 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.

Abraham and Elizabeth's children included:
Isaac Jobe (about 1740),
David Jobe (1744, married Abigail Denton), and
Phoeby Jobe,

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

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

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

In 1795, David Jobe was an executor of Isaac Denton's will.

Augusta County, Virginia was formed in 1738 from Orange County and was vast territory including West Virginia and Kentucky.
1770 - southern part became Botetourt.
1776 - parts became Monongalia, Ohio, and Yohogania.
1778 - area west of Ohio River became Illinois County.
- northeastern part became Rockingham.
- southwestern part was combined with part of Botetourt to form Rockbridge
1788 - northern part combined with part of Hardy to become Pendleton.
1790 - western part was combined with parts of Botetourt and Greenbrier to form Bath.
Virginia county formation was complex and some of the above counties were further divided or disbanded.

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.
Watauga Pioneer Neighbors





from Records of Augusta County, VA 1745-1800, Vol. 1

19th October 1751
Petitioners for road from Thorn's Gap to Henry Netherton's: Henry Netherton, Barebas Agan, Elisha Job, Shadk. Parlour, John Davis, William Bethell, William Whitson, Daniel Stover.


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. . .

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