An American Family History

Caleb Jobe


also spelled Joab, Job


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.

Caleb Jobe was born on July 26, 1704. His birth was registered at the Chester and New Garden Monthly Meetings. His parents were Andrew Jobe and Elizabeth Vernon.

His wife was named Barbara.

Samuel Jobe (1735, married Dorcas MacKay, daughter of Zachriah MacKay),
Jacob Jobe (1737, married Elizabeth MacKay),
Nathan Jobe (1739, married Lydia McCarty), and
Elizabeth Jobe (1741, married Josiah Leath and Jeremiah Mathes [Mathews)).

In 1736

East Nottingham Preparative Meeting Informs this meeting that there has of late happened a Reproachful Difference between two Brothers, Caleb & Joshua Job, which nigh Reached to Giving Blows if not Quite, with abusive and Unbecoming Language, Henry Reynolds & Jeremiah Brown are therefore Desired to treat with them & Labour that they may take the Reproach there of from Truth & Regain their own Credit by Condemninig the Same accordingly & give an Account to the next Monthly Meeting. (Men's Minutes of Nottingham Monthly Meeting, 1730-1756, Vol. I transcribed by Eleanor Orthun)

Third Month

Caleb Job, being at this meeting, requests one month more to consider the condemning of his bad conduct.

Sixth Month

Caleb & Joshua Job having been Labour'd with by the Friends appointed, Caleb hath sent a Paper Condemning his Behavior with his Brother...
Joshua Job wholy Refusing to Submit to the meeting or to give Satisfaction for his Misbehavior...

The Jobe family moved to Augusta County, Virginia where Caleb operated a mill.

Caleb died on August 4, 1750 in Augusta County, Virginia.

After he died, Barbara married Ephriam Leith.

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.


Early Quakers were persecuted. In the Massachusetts Bay colony, Friends were banished on pain of death.
Watauga Pioneer Neighbors





Caleb Jobe's Will
The 4th Day of June 1750

I, Caleb Job, of the Co., of Augusta....

First and principally commend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God ....

I will and bequeath the plantation I now live on to my wife, Barbary, during her widowhood and after the plantation to be sold and the money equally divided between my four children - Samuel, Jacob, Nathan, and Elizabeth .

My will is that my wife shall have her third as the law directs and that the remainder of my estate shall be equally divided among my children before named and they they shall go to trades by the consent of my Ex. Ephriam Leith which I appoint equal power with my wife.
Signed, sealed and delivered in presence of:

Witnesses: Abraham Job, Moses McKay

Recorded in Augusta Co.,, Clerks Office, Staunton, VA in Will Book 1, page 253


from Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, Volume 1

Caleb Job (b. 1704) was living on the South River Shenandoah north and east of present-day Overall, Warren county, Virignia where there were two waterways named after him.

Present-day Overall Run was called Caleb Job's Mill Run in the Fairfax grants issued to Michael Hilligas on 10 March 1768 and to Andrew McKay on 23 May 1794.

McKay's 261-acre acre tract had been surveyed on 22 November 1766. (according to Gray, Northern Neck Grants)

Both of these tracts were located approximately two miles east of Overall, Virginia on Overall Run. The term "Caleb Jobs Mill Run" established that Caleb was operating a mill on this run before his death in 1750.

The surveys for William Saffer's tract located adjacent south of Overall referred to Over Run as "Caleb's Run."

The other waterway named after Caleb Job was called Calebs/Caleps/Cunningham Run and emptied into the South River about three-fourths mile down river, running north on both sides of U. S. Highway 340 to near Bentonville, Virginia. The run was referred to as "Caleps Run" in Ephriam Leith's 133 acre Fairfax grand and as "Caleb Jobs Run" in Josiah Leith's (George Leith's son) 214-acre grant. When these two tracts were sold, the run was referred to as 'Cunningham's Run' in the deeds." 

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