Ashlee, I amnot related to your family, but found out some info about them.. In the 1700's there were Trest Families in South Carolina,. Some migrated to Leake Co., Ms. and some went to Jones Co., Ms. Your family ended up in Jones Co. In later genrerations some switched to the other counties.
It appears your oldest ancestor was John Trest.. He was born circa 1789 in Orangeburgh Co., S.C. Circa 1812 he married Elizabeth (maiden name ?) in S.C. . She was born there in 1794.. I don't know all of their children, but some were: John (b. 1825), Richard (1836), William B. (1832), Samuel (1833), Peter (1827), etc. I don't know any female names. Father John and wife Elizabeth moved from S.C. to Jones Co. circa 1833. John died sometime probably in Jones Co. during the period 1841-1850. Elizabeth died sometime after the 1860 census, where she lived with son Peter and his family in Scott Co, Ms.
Their son William B. Trest (b. 1832) was your ancestor. Circa 1857 he married Nancy (maiden name ??). She was born 1840 in Ala. They apparently had 9 children, with 6 living. They were: William (1859), Alvin E. (1860), John A. (1864), Joel C. (1866), and Charles O. (1868). All of the children were born in in Jones Co. Your ancestor was their son Alvin. Mother Nancy died after 1900.
Alvin was born 1860 in Jones Co.. I don't know when he died, but in 1888 he married Emma (maiden name ??) and their children were:Leonard (1897), Lizzy (1901), Ollie ( a boy, 1904), John (1889), Lula (1894). Your ancestor was John.
John Trest was born May , 1888 and married Mattie Pylate in 1918 and had the following children: William J. (1919), Titus O. (1922), Irene (1924), and Samuel J. (1926-27). Possibly some other children were: Laura (1928), Mattie (1931), and Noel )1937)
Some of these many children lived in Leake CO., Scott Co., and Jones Co.
I hope this answers some of your questions without totally confusing you. I see on the internet' World Connect Project several others have posted some info about members of this Trest Family.
I was going to mail this a few months ago , but I got a virus in my computer. Bob Eddings.