Jacob DOUB was the son of German and Swiss parents, John and Mary Eve DOUB. One of nine children, he was born October 15, 1785 in Bethania, Surry County and was baptized the next day. Jacob grew up in a very religious household. Methodist preachings and camp meetings were often held at the Doub home. Jacob’s father and three of his brothers were Methodist ministers. Though the family was Methodist, they lived in Bethania near the Moravian community and frequently interacted with the Moravians.
Jacob married Susannah HELSEBECK on March 6, 1809 in Stokes County. Susannah was born in 1788 in Bethania, Stokes County. Susannah is strongly believed to be the daughter of Jacob and Eva Marie HELSEBECK. Jacob and Susannah had nine children: a son (1810) Rebecca (1812), Daniel (1814), David Wesley (1816), John Boyd (1818), Susannah (1822), Elizabeth, William Thomas and Alvira Mary Eve. On the 1810 census for Stokes County, the couple is listed as living in the Yadkin District with their first child, a boy. He was deceased by the 1820 census.
Jacob died sometime between June and October 1837 at the age of 52. A secondary source lists his death date as June 27, 1837. He died of a sore leg with which he suffered for many years. Jacob’s will was written June 23, 1837. Here he left to his “beloved wife Susannah” the plantation “on which I now live” for her use until her death at which time it would pass to their son John Boyd. Also to Susannah went the “tract of land I bought of Jacob Schaul” which would pass to their son William Thomas at Susannah’s death. Jacob left to Susannah his two mares, as much of his stock of cattle and hogs as she thinks she needs, all his sheep, “all the household and kitchen furniture with a sufficiency of grain and meat, table vegetables, and what else may be needed that is raised on the plantation, so much as is sufficient to raise all the children under age. I give her also my loom while she lives. I also give my wife the silver money say sixteen dollars”.
Jacob’s will provided that his lower plantation be dived into two equal parts by a north and south line. One half went to Daniel who had first choice, the other half went to David Wesley. Also to Daniel went Jacob’s young horse Jack and to David Wesley the gray mare’s colt. To John Boyd and William Thomas each went a colt of the sorrel mare. Jacob’s will also made arrangements for the sale of the remaining animal stock and plantation goods as well as his still with the money to be used to cover any debts of the estate. Any remaining money along with the fifty-three dollars now on hand was to be divided between his four daughters, Elizabeth, Rebecca, Susannah and Alvira Mary Eve.
Jacob provided for his youngest children. “I will that my two sons under age John Boyd and William Thomas remain with their mother and work the farm until they are of age for which they with their two younger sisters Susannah and Alvira Mary Eve are to have schooling out of the farm so far as reading, writing and arithmetic sufficient to transact common business”.
Jacob also arranged that his executors choose three disinterested freeholders to divide the remaining land between his four sons. Each of the sons was then given five years to pay to a sister half the value of the land he received. The oldest son was to pay the oldest sister and so on. Jacob then declared his eight “beloved children heirs equal according to the principles expressed in this will”. Jacob appointed his brother Michael and his four sons as executors of his last will and testament.Witnesses for the will were Joseph Doub, John T Holder, Jacob Spaenhour and Elijah Speanhour.
The inventory of Jacob’s estate sale, after the divisions to the family, lists; “8 head of cattle and Hogs and Pigs, 1 set of Smith tools, Whitfield’s Life, 1 pocket knife, 6 ploughs, 2 axes, 2 mattocks, 1 still, 6½ lbs steel, 119 lbs iron, woodworks of a wagon, 1 chisel, collar block, 2 plough stocks, 1 old scythe, 4 old collars, wheelbarrow, wheel and bark peeler, 3 jointers, some old plunder, 2 iron hoops, 3 drawings, 2 knives, 3 augers and gouge, 1 broad axe, 1 screw cutter, 1 large compass, 1 hand axe, 1 vice, 3 planes, 1 tongue and groove”. The amount of the sale was $220.72¾.
Jacob’s death left Susannah a widow with five children under the age of twenty. He and Susannah had been married for 28 years. On the 1840 Census, Susannah was listed as the head of a household including her four sons and one daughter. The three oldest sons were working in agriculture. The family is shown as living south of High Rock and Hollow Road in Stokes County.
In September 1839, Jacob and Susannah’s daughter Rebecca married William M. Beckham and moved with him to Iredell County. Rebecca died in 1845 leaving William a widower with four young children. In August 1847, William married another of John and Susannah’s daughter’s, Rebecca’s sister Susannah and the couple had two more children.
In 1850, the mother Susannah was 62 years old and living in the newly formed Forsyth County with her son Daniel and his wife Elizabeth and their two-year-old son John. Ten years later, Susannah was still living in Old Town, Pfafftown District with Daniel and his three children but his wife had died. Susannah is not listed on the 1870 census and so must have died sometime between 1860 and 1870. A secondary source lists her death date as September 12, 1865.