Col. Joab Early

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Col. Joab Early

Birthdate: (78)
Birthplace: Bedford County, Virginia, United States
Death: Died in Lexington, Lafayette County, Missouri, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Jubal Early and Mary Booker Early
Husband of Ruth Stovall Early
Father of Mary Judith Hale; Samuel Early; Lt. General Jubal Early (CSA); Robert Hairston Early; Elizabeth Woods and 5 others
Brother of Henry Cheatham Early and John Early

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About Col. Joab Early

From Find A Grave Memorial# 97142972

son/o Jubal Anderson & Mary B. Cheatham Early.

Father of Lt. Gen. Jubal Anderson Early - CSA.

From Jubal Anderson Early, Ruth Hairston Early, Lieutenant General Jubal A. Early , C. S. A. - Autobiographical sketch

"According to the record in the family Bible, I was born on the third day of November, 1816, in the County of Franklin, in the State of Virginia. My father, Joab Early,1 who is still living, is a native of the same county, and while resident there, he enjoyed the esteem of his fellow-citizens and held several prominent public positions, but in the year 1847, he removed to the Kanawha Valley in Western Virginia. My mother's maiden name was Ruth Hairston, and she was likewise a native of the County of Franklin, her family being among the most respected citizens. She died in the year 1832, leaving ten children surviving her, I being the third child and second son. She was a most estimable lady, and her death was not only the source of the deepest grief to her immediate family, but caused universal regret in the whole circle of her acquaintances. ...."

  • *1. Died at the home of his son, Robert H. Early, in Lexington, Mo., 1870.

From The Family of Early: Which Settled Upon the Eastern Shore of Virginia and Its Connection with Other Families.  Ruth Hairston Early.  Brown-Morrison, 1920 - Genealogy - 328 pages.  Page 107

Col. Joab Early (Jubal Early, Col. Jer'h Early, Jerh' Early, Sr., Thos. Early, John Ealry) m. 1812 Ruth (b. 1794) dau. of Col. Samuel Hairston and wife Judith (dau. of Peter Hyde Saunders and his wife Mary Sparrel, the ward of Gov. Giles; and sister of Judge Fleming Saunders, of Pittsylvania County, Va.) The Hairstons were of Scotch ancestry: Peter, the emigrant, left Scotland after the battle of Culloden, having fought on the losing side, came to America about 1747-8 landing at Norfolk, Va.; his son, Robert, was an ensign in the French and Indian wars and served one term in the House of Representatives; m. Ruth, dau. of George Stovall, clerk of the House of Burgesses; Col. Sam'l Hairston, the' father-in-law and guardian of Joab Early, was their third son.

Sir. James Douglas, who fought with Robert Bruce (the heroic Scottish king) at Bannockburn, made an effort to fulfill Bruce's last request to carry his heart to the Holy Land and bury it in Jerusalem; but Douglas was killed in Spain while fighting the Moors. So the heart of Bruce was carried back to Scotland and buried in the Monastery of Melrose; the casket, in which the heart was placed, was locked with three keys and one of these given to each of his three most trusted friends whom Bruce had knighted, Sir James Douglas being one, Sir Robert Hairston another: on the Hairston coat-of-arms he gave the motto "Always Faithful": keys are used on both Hairston arms and crest.

Joab Early held at different periods all the important offices in the power of his county to bestow: was sheriff in 1816; member of the Virginia Legislature; colonel of the Franklin militia. Left a widower in 1832 with a family of ten children he devoted himself to their rearing and education; schools were distant and travel primitive, but his daughters were entered at the Moravian School at Salem, No. Ca., and Dr. Smith's Academy at Lynchburg, Va.; his boys all sent to college. In 1847 when his children were grown and most of them married and settled in homes of their own, he moved, with his two youngest daughters and sons, to Putnam county, Va., near Buffalo township (now in West Va.). Here he purchased fine fruit and grain land on the Kanawha river. At the opening of the war between states he hurriedly refugeed with two of his daus., Mrs. Thompson and Mrs. Clarkson and their families, to the home of his son, Sam'l H. Early at Lynchburg, Va., without waiting to make any disposition of his property, personalty or real estate. A year or two later he went to reside with Mrs. Clarkson, who had secured a home in Marion, Smyth county, near her husband, Col. Clarkson, then operating the works at Saltville. His property having been confiscated, Col. Early made his home after the war with his son, Robert, in Lexington, Mo.: here he d. in 1870 and being a member of the order, was buried with Masonic ceremonies. Beautiful portraits of him and his wife are preserved in the family.

Mrs. Ruth Hairston-Early d. 1832 in Franklin County, Va., and was buried in the family burying ground near Rocky Mount.



  • Samuel Henry EARLY+ b. 22 Mar 1813, d. 11 Mar 1874
  • Mary Judith EARLY b. 1814
  • Gen. Jubal Anderson EARLY b. 3 Nov 1816, d. 2 Mar 1894
  • Robert Hairston EARLY b. 1818, d. 1882
  • Elizabeth J. EARLY b. 1821
  • Ann Lelitia EARLY b. 1823
  • Ruth Hairston EARLY b. 1825
  • Elvira Evelyn EARLY b. 1828
  • Joab EARLY b. 1830
  • Richard EARLY b. 1830


From Jubal Anderson Early:

  • operated a tobacco plantation of more than 4,000 acres

From Becoming Confederates: Paths to a New National Loyalty By Gary W. Gallagher. Page 60:

  • Ruth Hairston Early was the niece of Samuel Hairston of Pittsylvania County, who owned or managed more than 3,000 slaves on several plantations in Virginia and North Carolina
  • Reference: Ancestry Genealogy - SmartCopy: Feb 4 2017, 0:30:27 UTC
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Col. Joab Early's Timeline

September 10, 1791
Bedford County, Virginia, United States
Age 15
Age 21
Franklin Co., Gills Creek
November 3, 1816
Age 25
Gills Creek, Franklin County, Virginia, United States
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VA., Franklin Co.,
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