I am of the North Carolina Aarons and we are Caucasian. I do not make the last statement to offend anyone, only to indicate the differences in the local and races of the Aaron family name. I too am looking for earlier generations of my Aaron Family and where they originated and have now come to an impasse. I am currently stumped at Thomas Aaron of Virginia and cannot find his parents’ names. I would like to now share all the information I currently have with everyone. I will start with GENERATION 1 because it is easier to list and keep in order since that is as far back in history I have been able to connect my family members. The spellings will be as per the recordings. The handwritings of the time were not very readable and so some interpretations were made when the records were made electronic. With all the records I have seen, I do believe that all the people recognized here are all related. I would greatly appreciate any helpful information that would contribute to my or anyone else’s search. Thank you.
North Carolina Marriages show Thomas Iron (b. 1816, Virginia; d. Aug 21, 1856, Patrick Co., Virginia; my Great Great Grandfather) was married to Allerica Ashby (b. May, 1821; d. Dec. 20, 1908: my Great Great Grandmother) on Nov. 23, 1840 in Stokes Co., North Carolina.
The 1850 United States Census for Patrick Co., Patrick, Virginia lists Thomas Iron (age 34y) and his wife, America (age 22y). There are four children living at the time: Thomas (5y), John H. (4y), Sarah A. (3y) and Mary A. (6m).
Sometime between 1856 and 1862, America and the Aaron Family move to Rowan County, North Carolina, because on July 7, 1862 John Henry, age 16, enlists in the Confederate Army as a private into Company K, Carolina 57th Infantry Regiment. He is mustered out of the infantry on April 9, 1865.
The 1870 United States Census for Franklin Township, North Carolina lists America Aaron (age 46y) as head of household and keeps house as an occupation. Living with her are: John H. (age 23y) as a farm laborer, Sarah (age 21y) and Mary (age 19y). They are living in a predominately Black neighborhood.
In all, Thomas and America will have seven children: Thomas Sidney (1844-1856), John Henry (1846-1926), Sarah Ann (1848-1918), Mary Elizabeth (1850-1915), William Hill (1852-1925: my Great Grandfather), Burdy (1855-1855) and Thomas Edward (1856-1937).
America Aaron, her daughter Mary Elizabeth Aaron (who apparently never married), a daughter Sarah Ann Aaron Sells, and son Thomas E. Aaron are all buried at the Chestnut Hill Cemetery in Salisbury, Rowan Co., North Carolina.
America’s parents are Elias Ashby (1802-1872) and Sarah W. McKenney (1794-1866).
The 1880 United States Census for Jerusalem Township, Davie Co., North Carolina lists William Aron (age 28y; my Great Grandfather) as head of household and his occupation is as a Farmer, with America Aron (mother-57 yrs.) and Mary Aron (sibling-29 yrs.) living with him. William is single at the time.
North Carolina Marriages show William Aaron (b. Oct. 14, 1852, Virginia; d. Dec. 30, 1925, Davie Co., North Carolina) married Mollie (Mary Catherine) Beck (b. Nov. 9, 1861, North Carolina; d. July 21, 1934, Davie Co., North Carolina) on Dec. 12, 1895 in Davie Co., North Carolina.
The 1900 United States Census for Jerusalem Township, Davie Co., North Carolina lists Wm. H. Aaron (age 47y) as head of household and has now been married for approximately four years. Living with him is his wife Mollie C. (age 37y) and three children: Gary C. (age 17y), Jenny May (age 9y) and Annie Belle (age 2y).
Older brother John Henry (age 53y) is living next door to William Hill Aaron in the 1900 census, along his wife and kids. John Henry’s family at the time consists of his wife Sallie Ann (age 56y), son Wm. H. Jr. (age 24y), son Cicero L. (age 23y), a daughter Mollie S. (age 21y), son Edward L. (age 19y), daughter Sallie (age 16y), son James (age 14y) and a daughter-in-law named Mittie E. (age 27y), the wife of William, Jr. I believe John Henry is also buried at Cherry Hill Cemetery in Mocksville, Davie Co., North Carolina.
The 1910 United States Census for Jerusalem Township, Davie Co., North Carolina lists William H. Aaron (age 57y) as head of household and wife Mollie C. (age 47y). Also living with him are a daughter Annie (age 12y), a son Charlie (age 7y: my Grandfather) and May Beck (age 19y) as his stepdaughter.
The 1920 United States Census for Jerusalem Township, Davie Co., North Carolina lists Will H. Sr. Aaron (age 67y) as head of household and wife Mollie C. (age 57y) and a son, Charlie F. (age 17y: my Grandfather). It appears in the census recording that the notation of “Sr.” was added later to my great grandfather’s name by the census taker because of another William H. also listed in the census. This is probably done to differentiate between the two Williams. That other William was probably the son of John Henry Aaron.
Together, I believe William and Mary had four children: Gary C.; Jenny May; Annie Belle (1897-1985) and Charlie F. (1902-1980). Gary does not seem to be the son of Mary Catherine and Jenny Lay does not seem to be the daughter of William Hill. The only full-siblings seem to be Annie and Charlie.
The North Carolina Death Certificate for William H. Aaron, my Great Grandfather, (Jerusalem Township, Cooleemee Village, Davie Co., North Carolina) indicates his wife as Mary C. Aaron, his father as Thomas Aaron of Virginia and his mother as America Ashby of Virginia. The cause of his death is pneumonia, double labor.
The North Carolina Death Certificate for Mrs. M.C. (Mary Catherine) Aaron, my Great Grandmother, (Franklin Township, Rowan Co., North Carolina) indicates her husband is William Hill Aaron, her father is Henry Beck (1831-????) of North Carolina and her mother is Mandy (Amanda Jane) J. Baity (1840-1919) of North Carolina. The cause of her death is carcinoma of colon.
William and Mary are both buried at Cherry Hill Cemetery in Mocksville, Davie Co., North Carolina. The informant for both deaths was Charlie Aaron (my Grandfather) of Rt #4, Mocksville, NC.
The Family Bible of Mary A. Koons Lail (my Great Great Grandmother) indicates holy matrimony was celebrated between Charlie F. Aaron of Mocksville, NC and Junie E. Kaylor of Conover, NC on Oct. 16th, 1926 at Mocksville, NC by W. K. Clement.
The 1930 United States Census for Conover, Catawba Co., North Carolina lists Charlie F. Aaron (age 29y) as head of household working as a steamer, his wife Junie E. (age 26y) and a boarder named Nora Hohn (age 20y).
Charlie Francis Aaron, my Grandfather, (b. Dec. 11, 1902, Jerusalem Township, Davie Co., North Carolina; d. Dec. 4, 1980 Hickory, Catawba Co., North Carolina). His death certificate indicates his father is William Hill Aaron, his mother is Mary Catherine Beck and his wife is Junie Kaylor.
Junie Edna Kaylor, my Grandmother, (b. Feb. 22, 1904, North Carolina; d. July 22, 1990, Newton, Catawba Co., North Carolina). The informant of her death was Jimmy Wayne Aaron, Sr. (my Father). Junie’s parents are Henry Franklin Kaylor(1883-1927) and Manerva Rosalie Lail (1881-1942).
Charlie and Junie are both buried at Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in Conover, Catawba Co., North Carolina.
Charlie and Junie had four children: William (Billy) Hill (b. May 31, 1930, Catawba Co., North Carolina; d. Nov. 12, 1997, Athens, Clarke Co., Georgia); Wilma Rose (b. Mar. 5, 1932, Catawba Co., North Carolina); Jimmy Wayne (b. April 6, 1937, Catawba Co., North Carolina) and Charles Franklin. (b. Aug. 31, 1942, Catawba Co., North Carolina)
Jimmy Wayne Aaron, my Father, (b. April 6, 1937, Conover, Catawba Co., North Carolina) and Julia Ann Yount, my Mother, (b. Dec. 23, 1940, Newton, Catawba Co., North Carolina; d. Nov. 30, 2011, Hickory, Catawba Co., North Carolina) were married on Dec. 21, 1957 in North Carolina.
Jimmy and Julia had four children: Jimmy Wayne, Jr. (b. Sept. 18, 1958, Ft. Bragg, Cumberland Co., North Carolina); Brien Keith (b. Mar. 12, 1960, Ft. Leonardwood, Missouri); Leslie Katrina (b. June 24, 1962, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois) and Edie June (b. May 24, 1966, Verdon, France)
Myself, I am Jimmy Wayne Aaron, Jr.