Felix Earnest was born 19 September 1762 in Stephens City, Frederick County, Virginia, United States to Henry Earnest (1732-1809) and Mary Stephens (1742-1838) and died 16 February 1842 Chuckey, Greene County, Tennessee, United States of unspecified causes. He married Sarah North (1770-1807) 15 August 1786 in Chuckey, Greene County, Tennessee, United States. He married Sarah Oliphant (1784-1874) 14 May 1808 .

Felix Earnest was a minister and leader in the Methodist Church, having been ordained a deacon by Bishop Francis Asbury in 1806 and elevated to Elder by Joshua Soule in 1825.


Offspring of Felix Earnest and Sarah North (1770-1807)
Name Birth Death Joined with
John Earnest (1788-)
Mary Ann Earnest (1789-1878)
Henry Felix Earnest (1792-)
Mary Earnest (1793-1861)
Isaac Earnest (1796-)
Amy E Earnest (1797-)
Felix Blount Earnest (1800-)
Stephen Warren Earnest (1805-1850)
Matilda Earnest (1806-)

Offspring of Felix Earnest and Sarah Oliphant (1784-1874)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Hannah Earnest (1809-1871)
Elizabeth Earnest (1810-1887)
Rebecca A. Earnest (1811-1896)
James Oliphant Earnest (1813-1902)
Thomas W. Earnest (1815-1844)
Lewis Snapp Earnest (1817-1862)
Benjamin Wofford Earnest (1820-1907)
William McKendrie Earnest (1822-1902)
Harvey Wells Earnest (1824-1907)


User: Jimmyray007 writes:

Rev. Felix Earnest

My 5th great-grandfather Felix Earnest was born in Newtown, Virginia (now known as Stephens City) on September 19, 1762 -the first child of Henry Earnest and Mary Stephens. When Felix was about 15 years old, his family moved to the territory which later became the State of Tennessee. Details regarding this move can be read in his father's biographical notes. The family located on the south side of the Nolichucky River, a few miles east of what is now Greeneville. At that time there were very few families north and west of the Allegheny Mountains.

Military Service

Felix is first heard of as a soldier at the great Battle of Kings Mountain, a pivotal battle in the winning of the Revolutionary War. He was 18 at the time and joined the "Over-mountain Men", who gathered at Sycamore Shoals in 1780 to march into South Carolina and attack British Major Patrick Ferguson. On the morning of September 26, the men gathered in their companies with their families. Felix was in Colonel John Sevier's Regiment, Captain Daniel Williams' company. The Reverend Samuel Doak conducted a religious service and the contents of his prayer and sermon can be found in the Alderman book, The Overmountain Men. The battle cry of these frontiersmen became "The Sword of the Lord and of Gideon!" A description of the appearance of these men is found in Ramsay's Annals of Tennessee. "Each man, each officer, set out with his trusty Deckhard on his shoulder. A shot pouch, a tomahawk, a knife, a knapsack and a blanket completed the outfit. At night, the earth afforded him a bed and the heavens a covering; the mountain stream quenched his thirst; while his provisions were supplies acquired on the march by his gun." The Sycamore encampment as described in The Overmountain Men by Alderman says that "the whole countryside seemed to be gathering for the muster. Most of the men were accompanied by their families. Beefs for meat were driven to Sycamore Shoals. So many wanted to go that a draft had to be made. Sevier and Shelby knew that the frontiers were in constant danger from Indian raids. So, the very young boys and older men were drafted to stay home to protect the women and children. It was some gathering as the people arrived from every cove, valley and hillside. Mothers, sisters, sweethearts and children were present to see their men folk off to battle. This would be the last farewell for some

In Lyman Draper's book "King's Mountain and Its Heroes" there is a quotation from Felix Earnest in regard to an investigation of the conduct of a Colonel Campbell. He certifies that "I was ... at the battle of King's Mountain - that I was at the surrender, and saw the enemy stacking their arms, and a guard placed around them, but that I did not see Col. Campbell at the place of surrender, for some minutes afterwards." These Overmountain men caught the British encamped on the low ridge at the border of South and North Carolina. With their knowledge of the terrain they attacked uphill and in a terrible two hours of fighting, the American riflemen crushed the British with a defeat which greatly influenced Cornwallis' military objectives in this country. Felix's participation in this event is well documented. He served first as a Private and later as an ensign.


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