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John STOKES
Ms. __?__
Mary F. GWIN
Cynthia PENDER
Husband:  John STOKES
Birth:  1777/8, VA
Death:  1854, Union Co., IL
Occupation:  farmer
Father:  John STOKES
Mother:  Margaret YOUNG
Marriage-1:  ca. 1797/8
Wife-1:  Ms. __?__
Birth:  1774-84
Occupation:  homemaker
Marriage-2:  ca. 1820
Wife-2:  Mary F. GWIN may not be her maiden name
Birth:  ca. 1790s
Occupation:  homemaker
Marriage-3:  21 Oct 1839, Union Co., IL
Wife-3:  Cynthia PENDER may not be her maiden name
Birth:  1804/5, NC
Occupation:  homemaker
Children with Wife-1:
1.  (Son A) STOKES, b. 1794-1800, prob. NC
2.  (Daughter A) STOKES, b. 1794-1800, prob. NC
3.  (Son B) STOKES, b. 1800-1810, NC or KY
4.  (Son C) STOKES, b. 1800-1810, NC or KY
5.  (Son D) STOKES, b. 1800-1810, NC or KY
6.  Matthew STOKES, b. 1810/1, IL
Child with Mary F. GWIN:
7.  Eli STOKES, b. 1832/3, IL
Children with Cynthia PENDER born in Union Co., IL:
8.  Yancy? STOKES, b. 1845/6
9.  William STOKES, b. 1847/8
Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; USA, US, Unied States, Illinois, Kentucky, North Carolina, Virginia

Sources:

1.  Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 17631900:
STOKES, JOHN GWIN, MARY (MAR CA 1820) UNION 00/00/0000  /  
STOKES, JOHN SR PENDER, CINTHIA UNION 10/21/1839 1/  87  
If John and Mary GWIN really were married ca. 1820 in Illinois, then John had at least one earlier wife.

2.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1800 (Broderbund CD-312).  Please see my WARNING regarding use of this database (the numerical data have the genders switched).  Yes, I realize in this case the switch makes no difference, but I try to use every opportunity to warn of the problem. 
1800 Stokes, John NC Mecklenburg Co. p. 504 10100-1010000
These data should read:
10100-10100-00
which indicate:
No. & Sex  Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male 9 or under 1790-1800 = Son A
1 male 16-25 1774-1784 = John (b. 1777/8)
1 female 9 or under 1790-1800 = Daughter A
1 female 16-25 1774-1784 = Mary
Other STOKES in county:  brother Young; also Thomas and Abner. 

3.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1810 (Broderbund CD-313).  Please see my WARNING regarding use of this database (the numerical data have the genders switched). 
1810 Stokes, John KY Christian Co. p. 114 11010-3101000
These data should read:
31010-11010-00
which indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
3 males 9 or under 1800-1810 = Son D
= Son C
= Son B
1 male 10-15 1794-1800 = Son A
1 male 26-44 1765-1784 = John (b. 1777/8)
1 female 9 or under 1800-1810 = Daughter B
1 female 10-15 1794-1800 = Daughter A
1 female 26-44 1765-1784 = Mary
Other STOKES in county:  brothers Young, Matthew, and Jones

4.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1820 (Broderbund CD-314):
1820 State Census Stokes, John IL Union Co. p. 295 02-09-00-00

5.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1830 (Broderbund CD-315):
1830 Stokes, John, Sr. IL Union Co. p. 53
Other STOKES in county:  John Jr., Allen, and Jones.

6.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1840 (Broderbund CD-316):
1840 Stokes, John, Sr. IL Union Co. p. 78
Other STOKES in the county:  Alexander, Jones, Joseph Sr., and son, Matthew.

7.  1850 Census Index/Microfilm (online at GenealogyLibrary.com):  Dist. No. 2, Union Co., IL, p. 210A, 931/931, enumerated 26 Oct 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
John Stokes 72 M Farmer 500 Va
Scynthia 45 F     NC
Yancy?   4 M     Ills
William  2 M     Ills
Eli Stokes 17 M Farmer   Ills
Listed next to son, Matthew STOKES.

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