RWS is an abbreviation for Revolutionary War Soldier.
Jerry Taylor, who you mentioned in a post, and I are distant cousins of yours. We were both mentored by the late Loreita "Pete" Hayden, who before her death in the early 1980's was the difinitive expert on the Reverend Aaron Pinson line. Like Jerry, you and I, Loreita was descended from Reverend Aaron's son Joseph Pinson RWS.
There is no known written statement proving our Judge Aaron Pinson was the son of Joseph Pinson RWS. However, written statements (will, deed etc.) are often misconstrued, resulting in erroneous conclusions---I can give examples of that.
Oral History from Judge Aaron's son Bartley's line claimed Judge Aaron was Joseph Pinson RWS's son. The circumstantial evidence supporting that allegation is so abundant and compelling that there can be no other conclusion for someone knowledgeable on this line. A detailed outline of all the proof would be confusing to someone who was not thoroughly acquainted with the Joseph Pinson line.
Proof involves many associations of Judge Aaron Pinson and his offspring associating with known family and associates of Joseph Pinson. A few examples:
In Macon Co. N.C. (adjacent to Pendleton Dist. S.C.), Judge Aaron Pinson was co-executor of the estate of a former neighbor of Joseph Pinson's from Pendleton Dist. S.C.
When Joseph Pinson moved from Pendleton Dist. S.C. to Rabun Co. Ga, shortly after the 1820 census, he and other members of the small congregation of "Head of the Tennessee Baptist Church" petition their former Church in Franklin N.C. Franklin was located in Macon Co. (formerly Haywood Co.) where Judge Aaron Pinson lived.
In August 1825, a Margaret Pinson was listed as a member of the small congregation . 6 of Joseph's 7 daughters have been identified and there is no Margaret. Either the 7th daughter was named Margaret or she was a granddaughter, by one of Joseph's older sons (Census records show Joseph had 4 sons, but Margaret couldn't have been the daughter of two of them). Judge Aaron's daughter Margaret, had left the household by that time and would marry John L. Kelly. The Kelly's had moved to the same small Wolffork Valley in Rabun Co. as the Pinson clan.
It is my belief that the Margaret Pinson living and attending church in Rabun Co. with Joseph Pinson was your Margaret Kelly, daughter of Judge Aaron Pinson. Margaret and her husband are living by known Pinson family and associates in the 1830 Rabun Co. census. Both in 1830 Rabun and in 1840 Union Co. Ga. Margaret is living next door to Josiah Carter. This was not Joseph Pinson's son in law Josiah Carter, but it was the older Josiah's nephew.
When Joseph Pinson's son, Curtis, dies in the early 1830's, Judge Aaron Pinson travels to Rabun Co. and bids at the estate sale. After Judge Aaron Pinson moves to Gilmer Co. Ga. the 1840 census shows him residing next door to a granddaughter of Joseph Pinson, Mrs Robert Allen. Robert Allen and his wife came from Rabun Co. Ga. and I believe his father was William Allen who resided next door to Margaret Kelly in 1830 Rabun Co.
A later Gilmer Co. census shows Judge Aaron Pinson's son, Bartley G. Pinson, living by another of Joseph Pinson's granddaughters and she names a son Bartley G. Boatner. The name Bartley was quite uncommon.
There are many more associations like those above. Plus, I have eliminated most of the other possibilities for Judge Aaron's father and Joseph Pinson did have a son born 1784 to 1790 by various censi and we know Judge Aaron was born in 1784. And, despite a finding much proof that Judge Aaron was Joseph Pinson's son, I've never found a scrap of evidence that would cast a shadow on that theory.
Also, it is highly likely that Joseph Pinson RWS would name a son Aaron, after his father (and older brother). Judge Aaron meanwhile names his eldest son Joseph. During that period of time, it was tradition (about 1/4 of the time) to name your eldest son after his paternal grandfather. Such naming patterns were only tendencies, and wouldn't prove anything alone, but add weight when put together with the other evidence and the oral history.
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