From Carl Sandberg's American Songbag (1927), who collected it from a girl named Rebecca. It was also recorded in 1928 for OKeh in Atlanta by an unknown Sanctified group.
Lead Belly [from now on no longer just about Death; might as well target Sen. Joe McCarthy, foremen in southern fields, the KKK or State prison personnel]
Johnny Cash [connects with The Man Comes Around]
Hans Theessink [idem]