Here is what I have on Certain and his father, Aaron.I have not yet been able to go back beyond Aaron to date.Hope this will help.If you can receive Family tree files let me know and I might could do a little better.Remember some of this may be guesses.I have not worked on this line in a while.
Descendants of Aaron Earnest
Generation No. 1
1.AARON EARNESTwas born 1765-1770 in SC, and died 1814 in Warren County, KY.
Children of AARON EARNEST are:
i. JOSEPH3 EARNEST, b. 1789, Pendelton County, SC; m. PATSEY UPCHURCH, 22 February 1811, Warren County, KY.
ii. WILLIAM EARNEST, b. 1792; m. LAVINA SPANS, 25 March 1811, Warren County, KY.
iii. JACOB EARNEST, b. 1794; m. LUCINDA ADEN, February 1815, Warren County, KY.
iv. MALE1 EARNEST, b. Abt. 1796; d. Bef. 1814.
2. v. CERTAIN EARNEST, b. 07 April 1798, Warren County, KY; d. 30 June 1863, Choctaw County, MS.
vi. JOHN EARNEST, b. 1799-1800.
vii. SALLY EARNEST, b. Abt. 1802, Warren County, KY; m. ROBERT ELLISON, 22 January 1822, Madison County, AL.
viii. AARON EARNEST, b. Abt. 1804.
ix. HENRIETTA EARNEST, b. Abt. 1806, Warren County, KY; m. EDMUND WHITTWORTH, 19 June 1825, Madison County, AL.
x. POLLY EARNEST, b. Abt. 1808.
Generation No. 2
2.CERTAIN EARNESTwas born 07 April 1798 in Warren County, KY, and died 30 June 1863 in Choctaw County, MS.He married (1) CASSIE ANN MCWILLIAMS 07 April 1820 in Madison County, AL, daughter of WILLIAM MCWILLIAMS and SARAH ?.He married (2) CATHERINE MCMILLAN September 1843 in Choctaw County, MS.
Notes for CERTAIN EARNEST:
Certain and Cassa Ann came to Choctaw County soon after marrying in 1820.He settled between what is now the Cumberland and Clarkson communities and became a farmer and owned considerable land.The 1860 Census of Choctaw County shows his personal propery value $9500 and real estate $15,930.Both are buried in the Earnest Cemetery west of Cumberland.Other people are buried there including several slaves.Certain's grave is the only one marked with a tombstone; the others are marked with stones.Catherine, his second wife, is buried in Old Cumberland Cemetery.Altogether he had 12 children.
More About CERTAIN EARNEST:
Fact 1: 1863, Buried in Earnest Cemetery west of Cumberland in Webster County, MS.
More About CASSIE ANN MCWILLIAMS:
Fact 1: 1843, Buried at the Earnest Cemetery west of Cumberland in Webster County, MS.
Marriage Notes for CERTAIN EARNEST and CASSIE MCWILLIAMS:
All together they had 12 children.
More About CATHERINE MCMILLAN:
Fact 1: 1843, Buried at the Old Cumberland Cemetery in Webster County, MS.
Children of CERTAIN EARNEST and CASSIE MCWILLIAMS are:
i. ISHAM C.4 EARNEST.
ii. WILLIAM H. EARNEST, b. Abt. 1826, MS; m. NANCY SLAUGHTER.
iii. JAMES A. EARNEST, b. 1827, Choctaw County, MS.
iv. NANCY JANE EARNEST, b. 10 September 1830, Lowndes County, MS; d. 26 November 1906, Henderson County, TX; m. JOHN WILLIAM SLAUGHTER.
v. ROBERT HAYDEN EARNEST, b. 10 September 1830, Lowndes County, MS; d. 07 October 1913, Ellis County, TX; m. (1) JULIA FRANKLIN COULTER; m. (2) AMELIA WATKINS, 21 August 1869, Henderson County, TX.
vi. LEUVINA EARNEST, b. 1833, Chctaw County, MS.
vii. JOHN AARON MONROE EARNEST, b. 25 December 1835, Choctaw County, MS; d. 18 July 1897, Webster County, MS; m. REBECCA DUNREATH VERREL, 27 August 1863, Choctaw County, MS.
viii. ANDREW EARNEST, b. 1838, Choctaw County, MS.
ix. HILLARD EARNEST, b. 1840, Choctaw County, MS.
Children of CERTAIN EARNEST and CATHERINE MCMILLAN are:
x. FRANCIS MARION4 EARNEST, b. 25 June 1844, Choctaw County, MS; d. 16 November 1917, Henderson, TX; m. MARY REBECCA HENLEY, 20 July 1864, Choctaw County, MS.
xi. ELIZABETH EARNEST, b. 17 January 1847, Choctaw County, MS; d. 12 July 1930, MS; m. W. G. WHITE.
xii. JEFFERSON MCDONNELL EARNEST, b. 29 May 1850, Choctaw County, MS; d. 14 February 1888, Webster County, MS; m. NANCY C. GRIFFIN, 08 November 1875, Webster County