Job Allen was born near Dentville, New Jersey, on July 2, 1780, and Betsey Jackson in Rockaway, New Jersey, on February 14, 1782. The couple married in Rockaway, New Jersey, in 1800, and moved to Knox County, Ohio, in 1814, with their six children, ranging in age from 1 to 12 years, and a number of Bestey's relatives. In Knox County, Job bought a farm near Fredericktown, where the couple had two additional children. Job died on April 20, 1855, and Betsey on March 21, 1862. Their children included Job, Jr. (b. 1801), William (b. 1805), Emily (b. 1807), James (b. 1810), Isaac (b. 1814), Maria (b. 1817), Clarissa (b. 1819), and Lucy (b. 1821).