An American Family History

David Jobe


also spelled Joab

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. His parents were Abraham Jobe and Elizabeth MacKay.

He married Abigail Denton. Abigail was the daughter of John 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 (1788, 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.

Washington County, Tennessee 1788/89
Deed of conveyance
David Joabe to Jacob Bowman,
pbo William Daniel and David Jobe to William Daniel,
260A, pbo Jacob Bowman

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, son of Moses MacKay, of Shenandaoh County gave his power of attorney to David Jobe in Washington County and Abraham MacKay, son of Moses 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

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.

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 to John 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.
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