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.

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

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.

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.

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.
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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. . .


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.

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