Daughter of Franklin Perkins husband of Jane Elizabeth Manning James), & another wife of Sylvester James/Perkins. Mary Ann & Sylvester got married before their parents (Jane & Franklin) did. Sylvester also had wed Martha Ann Stevens.
Jane Manning James: An Independent Mind by Margaret Blair Young. "I want to say right here that my faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is as strong today—nay it is if possible stronger—than it was the day I was first baptized.