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From: Graydon Copeland <>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 1998 13:30:25 -0500

Date: Thu, 26 Feb 1998 01:41:39 -0500
From: Graydon Copeland <>

Hi All,
I am searching for info about Job SOSEBEE/SOLESBEE/SOSBY, etc. and
Elizabeth Tankersley.
>From the research that has been done by other family members, all the people
with these spellings, descend from Job's 7 sons.
Job Sosebee, Sr. was a Revolutionary War soldier, born in 1759, perhaps
in Virginia or North Carolina since he joined the militia in North Carolina
in 1778. According, to North Carolina records, his name was Solesberry. He
fought in the battle of Stono Ferry at Charleston, SC and later in and
around the Ninety-six area of South Carolina where he helped capture the
infamous, young and daring Redcoat Tory, Bloody Bill Cunningham. It is
believed that it was in this area that he met and married Elizabeth
TANKERSLEY. In 1798 and 1804, he received two government grants of land
(from two different governors because of the part that he had in capturing
Bloody Bill Cunningham) totalling 700 acres of land. The land grants were
in the frontier wilderness of Spartanburg.
On Job's plantation which he owned jointly with Rev. John Golightly, for
a time, were born Job's ten children - seven sons and three daughters:
Sampson, Mary, Thomas, James, William, Job, Isaac, Abner, Suzannah, Mary and
Elizabeth. The three daughters never married although they did own land in
Habersham County, GA.
According to the pension application of Job's widow, Elizabeth, Job died
in Spartanburg in 1821 and was buried there. We have been unable to find
his grave site. It is possible that he was buried on the plantation, such
being customary in those days.
The year after Job's death, preparations were made to leave Spartanburg
and move to notheastern Georgia. There have been at least two accounts of
the trip to that area, published in Georgia Genealogy magazines, entitled
"The Move to Nacoochie".
"There was, however, one party of migrants in 1822 that deserve special
attention. It it remarkable because of the large number of people involved,
estimated to be well over three hundred. It was unique because it was
organized simultaneously in two counties, Burk and Rutherford; the two
groups working in close cooperation. "The goal of these people was the
Nacoochee Valley in Northeast Georgia."
"This was Cherokee Indian territory until, by the treaty of 1819, the
Indians were pushed a little further west, ceding the Nacoochee region to
the State of Georgia. The new lands were surveyed and distributed to lucky
Georgia citizens in the land lottery of 1820. It was then a part of
Habersham but when White County was created in 1857, the Nacoochee was
within the boundaries of the new county, where it is today."
The Burke Contingent left home on March 1, 1822. The Rutherford group
probably departed two days later. This party was very close on the heels of
the first wagon train during the whole journey.
The Sosebees were considered the twenty fourth family to settle in
Habersham County (seven boys and four girls, who came with the party). They
were the ancestors of the Sosebee families in this county."
We do know that the Sosebee family came with the Burke party and they
settled near Sautee Creek (note: just above Dahlonega) on the Chimney
Mountain Road.
The Sosebee family married into other families who made this trip. Some
of these families were the Allens, Holcombs, Richardsons, Gosses, Schuberts,
Franklins, Highsmiths, Cantrell, Leonards and many others.
When this trip began, six of the seven brothers were married but Abner
was too young to be married. There are deed and will records in Spartanburg
which record sales of property and goods during this period, for several
family members. James Sosebee never moved to Georgia. He and his wife
Polly Ann Wilson, remained in Spartanburg.
Job, Jr., son of Job and Elizabeth married Sarah Cannon, daughter of a
wealthy plantation owner, also of Peter's Creek in Spartanburg. To help the
others, he went on the trip to the Nacoochee Valley but returned to
Spartanburg and lived there until the death of his wife in 1840, after which
he moved to Georgia.
Until her death in about 1849, Job, Sr.'s widow, Elizabeth, lived with
her three daughters, Mary, Suzannah and Elizabeth, in Habersham County.
Abner, the youngest son, lived with them until 1830 when he married. There
are some mysteries. Elizabeth's will was probated in Franklin County in
1849, although she was listed as a head of household in Habersham County in
1840 and her daughters still lived there in 1850. We know that Abner was
living in Franklin County at the time of her death but it is strange that
she would have lived with her daughters for so long, only to die elsewhere.
Another mystery is the identity of Melinda Sosebee. Melinda first appears
in the 1830 census and lived with Elizabeth and her daughters until some
time between 1850 and 1860. Although the wills of Mary and Elizabeth refer
to her, respectatively, as their daughter and sister, she could not have
been either. Perhaps she was Elizabeth's grandaughter. Between 1850 and
1860, she disappears as mysteriously, as she appears.
Sampson, the eldest son, moved to Habersham with the rest of the family
and lived there until his death in 1863. He married an Elizabeth and, at
the time of his death, also owned land in Banks County. He had ten children:

Soloman 1810 Nancy L. Roberts
Phoebe 1812 Sebastian Walters
Maisey 1814
Elias 1817 (1) Sarah N. Spencer, (2) Mary Jane
Ephrain Rodney 1819 Sarah Church
Noah 1820 Catherine Lovelady
Melissa 1822 James Bohannon
Sampson E. 1824 Mary C.Sisk
Calloway 1828 (1) Emily A. Howard, (2) Julia Ann
Sally Lucinda 1831 James Dill

James remained in Spartanburg, South Carolina and never moved to
Georgia. He married Polly Ann Wilson and had at least three children. He
died about 1865. As will be discussed later, he and his descendants spell
their last name differently than do the rest of the children of Job Sosebee,
Sr. We know of three of his children:

James Wilson 1821 Delilah Lucinda Thomassen
Samuel 1817 Martha
Lucinda 1826

Thomas moved to Haversham with the migration and lived there until his
death. His wife, Mary Ann, was born in 1800 and he in 1793. Their children

Thomas J. 1816 (1) Arminda English, (2) Tempe Ann
(3) Nancy J. Cochran
Job Benjamin 1826 Nancy Allen
Soloman M. 1832 Nancy C. Franklin
William Wade 1835 Rachael E. Wilson
John W. 1840 Sarah Groves
Susan Caroline 1838

William was the first of the sons to leave Habersham County. He had
married a woman named Nancy sometime before 1826. He was then found in
Cherokee County in 1837, Gilmer County in 1837, 1842, and 1850 and Pickens
County in 1854 and 1858. He was sheriff of Pickens County on the latter two
dates. Since he does not appear on the 1860 census, we have examined, we
presume that he died between 1858 and 1860, probably in or near Pickens
County. Some of these apparent changes were possibly, in fact, the shifting
of county boundary lines. We have been able to locate only one line of
William's descendants, which is through William's son Henry Jasper. Henry
Jasper and his wife, Frances, had five or six sets of twins, all of whom
died. Their last child was not a twin and survived to continue that line.
All of William's six sons fought in the Civil War. These are his children:

Job 1826 Nancy
Jeremiah 1829 Catherine
Joseph 1836
Henry Jasper 1837 Frances
Martha 1840
Drury 1841 Josephine
James L. 1845 Elizabeth

Isaac's whereabouts in 1830 are unknown to us but we know that he
married another Nancy and that they had their first child about that time in
North Carolina. Moreover, we know that their third child was born in
Georgia in 1837. Isaac was in Habersham County in 1840, 1850 and 1860 and
probably died there between 1860 and 1870. Of his children, three married
into the Schubert family. His children were:

W.S. 1830
Thomas J.(L.) 1833 Ruthie Caroline Love
Job S. 1837
Alfred S. 1838 Mary Schubert
Martin B. 1840
S.E.M. 1843
Suzannah 1844
Sidney C. 1848 Lucinda Dill
Nancy Susan 1846 W.M. Schubert
Theresa 1855 George Schubert
Isaac W. 1854 Felonia Holcomb

Job, Jr., remained in Spartanburg until 1840, when his wife, Sarah
Cannon died. In 1848, he married Amanda LeCroy of Habersham County. He had
brought his youngest child, James B. with him from Spartanburg. Amanda had
a daughter or other relative, Sarah E. LeCroy, with her. They began a
family and lived in Habersham County until 1876, when he moved to Walker
County, Georgia. Job died between 1870 and 1880. In 1890, his widow,
Amanda and part of her children joined another migration, this time with
sixty families to Parker County, Texas.

Job, Jr. and Sarah Cannon's children were:
Melinda 1821
Matilda 1824
Jehu 1826
Nancy 1830
James Brown 1835

Job, Jr. and Amanda LeCroy's children were:
George W. 1850 Emily Caroline Mahan
Andrew 1852 Nancy Ellen Bagwell
Lucinda 1854 Spinster
Francis Marion 1856 Frances Cameron
William J.R. 1858 (1) Mary Hammond (2) Sally Hearne
Lucy Jane 1860
Thomas C. 1864 Batchelor

Abner, Job, Sr.'s, youngest son, lived with his mother and sisters in
Habersham County until 1830 when he married Melinda Payne, daughter of an
even earlier settler of Franklin County, Georgia. Presumably, they moved to
their land, immediately after their marriage. Abner is listed in Franklin
County in the 1850 and 1860 censuses but died between 1870 and 1880. (NOTE:
Most of his descendants spell their name SOSBY) His children were:

John 1831 Mary
Matilda 1838
Mary 1835
Sarah 1840
Rhoda 1842
Irene 1845

Any help on any of these people would be greatly appreciated.


Glenda Sosebee Copeland in Atlanta

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