Alvin, thanks for responding. You're right--"Aarons of the South" should be an excellent source for information on John William AARON of Smith Co MS.Unfortunately, it isn't; at least, I can't locate the information using the index (for Sullivan, John William, or Dicey) or the contents page (for Mississippi).I did find a William AARON in the 1830 SC census who may be John William's father (William & Dicey's children before 1835 were born in SC), but that in itself isn't very helpful.
By the way, a bit of my AARON family appears on p. 104-5 of "Aarons of the South" ("Thigpen Tribe Hill-Aaron"). The man called James William AARON III is the oldest brother of my g-grandfather Cleo Patrick AARON, b 1863 Jefferson Co AL.The man called James William AARON II apparently was known as Jas Wm or Wm Jas PH(F)ILYAW all his life (marriage record and censuses). The man called James William AARON I probably lived, but I can't find any evidence of him or of his marriage to Artilissia FILYAW. The family legends of the Mormons in this line claim that shortly after the birth of the child (Jas Wm AARON II), Jas Wm AARON I left for Galveston TX in search of his brother, Thomas AARON, and was never heard from again.They have no documentation on him, nor can anyoneI talked to explain why it was ever written that Jas Wm AARON I came from England.
Artilissia FILYAW/FILIO married Richard P. WOODRUFF in 1818 Wilkes Co GA. That is the earliest, and only, record I have found on my family.
Both the AARONs and the FILYAWs are found in South Carolina censuses from 1790 on (Peter FILIEUX, a French Huguenot, was one of the earliest settlers of Charlestown). I can believe there is a family connection, but so far I haven't found it.