H. Dean Thomas: My info was only partially derived from Eliza Rhea Fain's diary and only involved the civil war years. Eliza died in 1892 so her info would be irrelevant to the 1900 US Census.People were known to lie to the census takers to avoid shameful or awkward family situations. One relative does have the complete transcribed diary of Eliza Rhea Fain, not just the parts in the book.I have three living relatives (all in their eighties and nineties) that I've talked to in the past few weeks that all knew Amanda Jane Taylor Carter Fain and they all were familiar with Ernest Fain leaving her with her first children and their children together and moving back in with his first wife Sallie Ann Glover over in Alum Well. One of these relatives was raised by Amanda after her father, who was Amanda's brother Cicero died when she was a young child.She knew all about him moving back in with his other family but knew no details about the two boys.Amanda was my great-grandmother.
Records seem to indicate that Ernest divorced Sallie Glover at some point prior to marrying Amanda in 1885 or else he was a bigamist and never got caught. The application exists where Amanda filed for Ernest's confederate civil war pension with the state of TN citing extreme poverty. He was thought of as a scoundrel by the Carter family to this day.
Per census records and that fact that there was only one family group in Fain's in Hawkins County, TN during the 19th century; there is no evidence of the existence of an Aaron Fain.I've have a copy of Ernest Fain's father Hiram's diary that gives quite detailed history of him and Sallie Glover's marriage and the births of their two boys.