Aaron was farmer. He could read but not write by 1870.
1822-1831 North Carolina
1831 Morgan Twp, Coles Co, IL.
1850 Greasy Creek, Coles Co, IL. In the census, he was living next door to brother Watson. His household consisted of himself at age 28, wife Sarah, 26, Lucinda, 5, and Mary W, 1. No occupation or property was recorded.
7/4/1860 PO Charleston, Morgan Twp, Coles Co, IL. This was probably the same address as the previous census. He was listed at 39 year old, a farm tenant with $100 worth of personal property only. His family included wife Sarah, 37, and children Lucinda, 14, Mary, 12, Margaret D, 9, Lavina A, 8, and Sarah, 6, as well as brother Watson's youngest children, Daniel R, 12, Martha, 10, and Eliza A, 4, having taken the children after the death of their mother.
1866 The tax assessor listed: 25 acres in corn, 10 in other grain; 4 horses @ $125, 7 cattle @ $89, 17 sheep @ $25, 4 hogs @ $14; 1 carriage @ $5; $20 enumerated property. Total = $278.
7/4/1870 Curtisville, Morgan Twp, Coles Co, IL. He was a 44 year old farmer at census time. Living with him were Sarah, 43, Lucinda, 24, Mary, 20, Margaret, 18, Lavina, 17, Sarah, 16, Persena, 13, and Clara, 6. He had only personal property which was valued at $400 and his uncle/father-in-law, Adam Collins, 75, was living with them. Two doors down the road was David McAllister and down the other way was brother Watson.
1880 Morgan Twp, Coles Co, IL. Only daughter, Cena, was at home. Joseph Boxom, 25, farm hand was also listed there in the census.
He was 28 in the 1850 census, making his birth year 1822. Daughter Lucinda told the 1880 census taker that both parents were born in TN.
Cemetery records state he arrived in Illinois in 1830, not 1831.