|Birth: ||Jan. 29, 1844|
|Death: ||Apr. 30, 1918|
The second son born to Hiram Fain and Sarah Sowerby Petty Fain, Ernest was called "Pete" by his family. To explain this difference at least one record seems to indicate his first name actually was Peter with Ernest being his middle name as his maternal grandfather was Peter Ernest Sowerby. He was born Jan. 29, 1844 at his uncle Richard Gammon Fain's house on the family's Springvale farm near Rogersville, Hawkins Co., TN. His father Hiram noted that it was -6°F on the thermometer at the time.
Ernest along with his Uncle Richard were Confederate Army Veterans with the 63rd Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (Fain's)(74th Infantry), Company C. Ernest had a final rank of Sergeant. Due to the family being Confederate supporters (and slave owners), they lost their business and income after the war and relocated to Bartlett, TN to improve their fortunes.
Ernest was first married to Sallie Glover, born Jan. 25, 1848, the daughter of Joseph S. and Lucy Bug Glover on March 30, 1869 in Bartlett, Shelby Co., TN at about 7AM by Rev. R.S. Mullins. A son Clarence Bartlett Fain was born on November 9, 1869 at Springvale. A second son Frank Ernest Fain was born Nov. 27, 1873 at the home of his wife's father at Bartlett, TN. Some years later they moved to the Alum Well section of Hawkins County, TN and were later divorced although no official record of divorcement has been found.
Ernest later married Amanda Jane Taylor Carter, the widow of Henry Kane Carter on February 23, 1885. Amanda already had three children by her late husband Henry K. Carter: Cicero, Andrew Jackson and Minnie Ida Carter. To this new union were born their children Nora Elizabeth Fain (m. John Bowen), Alvin Fain (m. Della Price), and Dinah V. Fain (m. Mack Stapleton). At some point around 1900, Ernest left his legal wife Amanda and moved back in with his first wife Sallie, leaving Amanda impoverished with a number of young children still at home to raise. He died at his first wife's home by all accounts after altering his name on at least one census during that period.
Ernest is mentioned several times in the book, "Sanctified Trial: The Diary of Eliza Rhea Anderson Fain, a Confederate Woman" by Dr. John N. Fain. ISBN-13: 9781572333130.
Amanda Jane Taylor Fain (1857 - 1942)
Alvin Fain (1887 - 1968)*
Dinah Victoria Fain Stapleton (1889 - 1952)*
Presbyterian Church Cemetery
Created by: David Sizemore
Record added: Mar 11, 2010
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Added: Jul. 6, 2010