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Rebecca ANYAN
Husband:  James HOLMES
Birth:  ca. 1813, TN
Death:  ca. 1846/7, presumably in Alexander Co., IL
Occupation:  farmer
Marriage-1:  24 Dec 1837, Alexander Co., IL
Wife-1:  Rebecca / Rebecka ANYAN / ENION
Birth:  ca. 1819
Death:  ca. 1845/6
Occupation:  homemaker
Marriage-2:  12 Feb 1846, Alexander Co., IL
Wife-2:  Sarah "Sally" HODGES
Birth:  1808/9, IL
Death:  aft. 1860
Occupation:  homemaker
Other Spouse:  m1. 16 Feb 1832, Union Co., IL, William HUNSAKER (1805-1843)
Children with Rebecca ANYAN born in Alexander Co., IL:
1.  Stamford / Stanford HOLMES, b. 1837/8?
2.  Matthew HOLMES, b. 1840? almost certainly this Matthew HOLMES, b. 1842-44, IL
3.  John Ervin / Irvin HOLMES, b. 1841/2? 
Children with Sarah HODGES born in Alexander Co., IL:
4.  James Alexander HOLMES, b. 1845-47
5.  Sarah HOLMES, b. 1846/7
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1a.  Byron Sistler & Barbara Sistler.  1987.  Early East Tennessee Marriages, Vol. 1, Grooms.  Byron Sistler & Assoc., Inc., Nashville, TN:  not found.

1b.  Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 17631900:
HOLMES, James Anyan, Rebecka 12/24/1837 p. 54 Alexander Co.
HOLMES, James Huntsucker, Sally 02/12/1846 p. 60 Alexander Co.

2.  1840 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #9-10 of 16; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1840 IL Alexander Co. Roll M704_54 pp. 93B-94A Ln. 18 James Holmes 100 010 - 000 001 001 0100000
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male 4 or under 1835-1840 = Stanford (b. 1838?)
1 male 20-29 1810-1820 = James (b. ca. 1813)
1 female 30-39 1800-1810 = Rebecca
1 female 60-69 1770-1780 = mother? mother-in-law?
1 person employed in agriculture
Is his wife in the wrong age class, or did James marry an older woman?  Or is James in the wrong age class?  Listed one line below Steward HOLMES (111001-110001) and eight lines above Benjamin HOLMES (210001-01001).

3.  1850 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #14 of 60):  Alexander Co., IL, Roll M432_98, p. 336B, 114/114, enumerated 12 Oct 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Sally Holmes 41  F   Farmer 500 Ills
Stanford 12? M       Ten
Matthew 10? M       Ills
Irvin?  8? M       "
James Alexr  4? M       "
Sarah Holmes  3  F       "
Mary Hunsaker 17  F       Ills
Charles 16  M   Com Lab   "
John 13  M   "   "
Edmund 12  M       "
Wilson 10  M       "
The ages of Sally's first four children had been entered, then written over, so it's hard to tell what ages were intended.  Matthew is indexed as being 12, but it looks more like 11 to me, but neither can be correct because, in later censuses, Matthew is 16, 27, and 37, respectively.  An "under ten" age for Matthew in 1850 jibes with the fact that there is only one son in the household in 1840 (viz., Stanford).    Stanford, Matthew, and Irvin must certainly be James's children from his earlier marriage.  Sarah HOLMES is the only child certainly born to James & Sarah/Sally while it appears James Alexander is probably Sally's son.  The HUNSAKER children are Sarah's from her prior marriage.  Sally is listed next to Steward HOLMES (æ 42, b. KY, wife Sally), who is listed next to Emanuel HOLMES (æ 22, b. TN, wife Leona), who is listed next to Lewis HOLMES (æ 45, b. KY, widower). 

4.  1860 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #4 of 58):  Alexander Co., IL, Roll M653_156, p. 64, PN 64, 425/425, enumerated 4 Jul 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Sarah Holmes 49 F   House Keeper 600 400 Tenn
Charles Hunsacker 25 M   Farmer     Illinois
Edward      " 20 M   "     "
Wilson      " 19 M   "     "
James Holmes 13 M         "

5.  Messages posted to the Holmes Family Genealogy Forum (online at GenForum.com).

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