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Below is a family biography included in Portrait and Biographical Album of Greene and Clark Counties, Ohio published by Chapman Bros., in 1890.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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JOHN H. JOBE. Among the many beautiful country homes in this county, that of Mr. Jobe deserves special mention. The homestead is finely located, and everything which ample means and cultured tastes can do, has been done in the embellishment of the place where is spent a large part of the proprietor’s time, where, it is evident to the beholder, have been expended his best efforts, and where his happiness centers. Amid the busy scenes of life, such a home forms a subject of pleasant contemplation. Both Mr. Jobe and his estimable wife are people of taste and culture, and their mutual efforts have resulted in the building up of a home which reflects great credit upon them, and forms a remarkably pleasant place of resort for their many friends.

The lifelong interests of Mr. Jobe have centered in this county, as he was born in the city of Xenia, on the 31st of October, 1826, and his home has been within the county since that time. When about eight years old, his father removed to the country, and he remained there under the home roof until a man of nearly thirty-three years. In the meantime, at the age of nineteen, he learned carpentering, which he followed about five years, but with the exception of the time thus spent, he has been engaged steadily in agricultural pursuits, he is now the owner of over three hundred and forty-eight acres, all of which has been brought to a state of cultivation, and embellished with a handsome modern residence, and all the outbuildings required by the enterprising and modern farmer. Everything about the premises is kept in the best order, and the whole forms a picture of neatness, thrift and beauty which the passing traveler invaribly turns to look upon the second time.

Mr. Jobe was married in Xenia Township, August 30, 1859, to Miss Nancy E., daughter of the late Samuel Collins. Mr. Collins was one of the earliest settlers of this county, whence he came from York County, Pa., at the age of eight years with his parents, and in Xenia Township spent his last days, passing away January 4, 1857. He was married in early manhood to Miss Rebecca, eldest sister of Dr. McClellan, of Xenia. Mrs. Jobe was born in Greene County, on the 23d of February, 1837, in Xenia Township. She acquired her education in the common school, and made her home with her parents until her marriage. Of this union there have been born seven children, the eldest of whom, a son, George E., is farming in Cedarville Township; Charles L. is a well-to-do merchant of Xenia; John R. follows the same business in the same city; Laura B. and Homer H. remain under the home roof; Samuel died when about sixteen months old; and one child died in infancy.

George Jobe, the father of our subject, was born in Allegheny County, Pa., and came to this county when a young man. Subsequently he was married near Bellbrook, Sugar Creek Township, to Miss Mary Ann Hutchison. They settled in Xenia, where Mr. Jobe engaged exclusively in wagon-making, until finally turning his attention to agricultural pursuits, he purchased a tract of land in Xenia Township. He still, however, maintained his residence in the city, whence he would go out to his land, and work upon it as opportunity permitted, finally building a house there, and leasing the land to a tenant. At the time of his settlement in this county, deer and other wild game were plentiful. Mr. Jobe continued working at his trade until failing health compelled him to abandon it, when he moved to his farm and there spent the remainder of his life. He passed from earth in the spring of 1867. The mother survived her husband many years, her death taking place at the old homestead, May 24, 1884, when she was quite aged.

To the parents of our subject there was born a family of six sons and three daughters, of whom John H. was the second child and the second son. Five of these are living, and located in this county. The father during his early manhood served in the War of 1812, under the command of Gen. Harrison, and participated in the battle of Ft. Meigs. Politically, he affiliated with the Republican party. John H. is a Republican of the first water, but has had very little to do with political affairs, preferring to give his time and attention to his farm interests. He has, however, served as Township Trustee, and was at one time a Director of the Infirmary. Mr. Jobe and his family are prominently connected with the United Presbyterian Church. It is hardly necessary to say that during their life-long residence in this county, Mr. and Mrs. Jobe have become widely and favorably known, and enjoy the confidence and esteem of hosts of friends.

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This family biography is one of the many biographies included in Portrait and Biographical Album of Greene and Clark Counties, Ohio published by Chapman Bros., in 1890. 

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