James' father died abt 1850, best I can tell. His mother either died or disappeard prior to the 1860 census (not sure what happened to the other children yet). James then went to live with the Mars family (not Mans as shown in the record - typical misspell). I'm not yet aware of a blood relation there, but it would not surprise me. After all, Isaac & Catherine Marrs (Martha's grandparents) were also kissin' cousins.