Col. Joab EARLY ID#391, b. 10 September 1791, d. 1 May 1870
Father*Jubal EARLY1 b. 12 Apr 1764
Mother*Mary Booker CHEATHAM1
Birth*Col. Joab EARLY was born on 10 September 1791 in Franklin County, Virginia.1,2 
He was the son of Jubal EARLY and Mary Booker CHEATHAM.1 
Marriage*Col. Joab EARLY married Ruth HAIRSTON, daughter of Col. Samuel HAIRSTON and Judith Sparrell SAUNDERS, on 9 March 1812 in Franklin, Virginia. Daughter of Samuel Hairston and surety was William Cook. - FHL Film 31523.3,4 
Census 1820*Col. Joab EARLY appeared on the census of 1820 in Franklin County, Virginia, Males <10 5, 16-25 1, 26-44 1; Females <10 1, 26-44 2; Free Colored Males < 14 3, Slaves 29.5 
WillIn Col. Samuel HAIRSTON's will dated 4 November 1834, Col. Joab EARLY was named as an heir; Samuel Hairston left a will dated 7 November 1834 and a codicil dated 8 November 1834. Samuel Hairston also left a second codicil dated 4 November 1834, but I believe the court clerk wrote November instead of December. The will was filed with the Franklin County Court on 5 January 1835. Franklin County Will Book 4, pages 290-292, FSL 7644995-455.6
County Name*1848 - Putnam County, Virginia formed from Kanawha, Cabell and Mason.7 
Census 1850*He appeared on the census of 1850 in District 4, Putnam County, Virginia, Col. J Early 59, Ruth H Early 20 and Elvira E Early 18.8 
Census 1860*He appeared on the census of 1860 in District 4, Putnam County, Virginia, age 68, living alone.9 
County Name1863 - Putnam County, Virginia becomes part of West Virginia. 
Death*He died on 1 May 1870 in Lafayette County, Missouri, at age 78; Cemetery mark indicates death of 1871.1,2 
Burial*He was buried in Spring Hill Cemetery, Lynchburg, Virginia. 
Obituary*"Col. Joab Early, father of General Jubal E. Early, of Virginia, died at the residence of his son, Robert H. Early in Lafayette county, Mo., on the 1st inst. He was born on Franklin county, Va., and removed to Missouri at the close of the late war. He was a prominate Mason, and was buried with honors by that Order."
Nodaway Democrat (Maryville, Missouri) 25 May 1870. 


Ruth HAIRSTON b. 1794, d. 1832

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  5. [S1820] 1820 Federal Census - National Archives and Records Administration - and
  6. [S119] Will of Samuel Hairston 7 November 1834 and 2 codicils. Franklin County Will Book #4, pages 290-292. Family Search Library Film #007644995, images 455-456. Family Search Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.
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  9. [S1860] 1860 Federal Census - National Archives and Records Administration - and
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