I am so glad I came across this information. My RUSSELL ancestors were living in Cherokee Co., AL in 1850 with them is a James Page enumerated with them. His age makes him born prior to the marriage of the father (head of household) My family tree is posted on ancestry.com, I've disputed what my genealogy cousins assumed to be that James Page was a prior marriage child of the wife of the HH. I've never believed that, and now this site and these comments have shown me that I'm on the right track. Thank you! Feel free to contact me if you have any information to further contribute.