It's exciting to read all the posts by Barbara Aaron Harris, J. Price, Joyce Perry, and Bertha Weigler about William AARON and John William AARON.This is the first time I can sense a possible breakthrough to my own ancestors.
Barbara, is it possible that John William AARON married two SULLIVAN sisters in Smith Co MS, Matilda and Clara?I've been looking at Sullivan information and their websites and forum. They say that John William AARON Sr. m (Smith Co MS) Clara SULLIVAN, b 1838. They also say that Clara had an older sister, Matilda SULLIVAN, b 1833, d 1913, who m John Arthur COTHERN.They have no further info on either female.
I am trying to identify the ancestors, siblings, and descendants of John William AARON and to determine whether he is the *same* person as William PHILYAW, who yet another source says married Clara SULLIVAN in Smith Co MS and had at least one child, Frances PHILYAW, who married (abt 1895) Sidney Johnson DUPRIEST of Coosa Co AL.
Here comes a very complicated part:For reasons not yet clear but of long standing, it is thought that my earliest-known ancestor was James William AARON who (abt 1810 perhaps in GA or SC) married Artillisia FILYAW (said to be the daughter of John FILYAW and a Cherokee woman) and had one son by her, James William AARON Jr., before disappearing.Artilissia later married (1818 Wilkes Co GA) Richard WOODRUFF, but when she did, she married as a FILYAW.James William AARON Jr. used the surname FILYAW all his life--when he married (to Elizabeth BUTLER 1836 Jefferson Co AL) and when he was listed in the censuses.However, after he died in 1866, his surviving family began using the surname AARON.
This switching between AARON and FILYAW seems to go beyond the family I know.I have come across other examples, but it is exhausting to try to describe them in a comprehensible fashion.
Does any of this ring a bell?I wish I could be clearer about what I'm looking for, but I'm looking for so much.I would be glad to share anything I have.