SYKES OF HOLBECK
There are multiple baptisms which could relate to the Joseph Sykes who married Martha Holmes in 1818, and his parentage is not yet clear. The use of the names Edwin and Emma among the children of Joseph and Martha is suggestive of a connection with John and Sarah (Mitchell) Sykes of Holbeck, married in 1831, whose children also included an Edwin and an Emma. One of the witnesses at the marriage of John and Sarah was a Frederick Sykes, who was probably the Frederick born in 1802, son of James and Elizabeth Sykes of Holbeck.
Martha Holmes, wife of Joseph Sykes, was born at Beeston about 1800 according to the 1851 census returns. Her parentage has not been definitely ascertained but it seems probable that she was a daughter of Joseph and Ann (Fisher) Holmes who were married at Rothwell in 1795. The reasons are:
Joseph and Martha (Holmes) Sykes had a son called Joseph Holmes Sykes
The mother of Ann (Fisher) Holmes was named Martha
Ann, wife of Joseph Holmes, was buried at Beeston in 1811
Esther, daughter of Joseph and Ann Holmes of Beeston, was born in 1810, and the marriage of Esther Holmes of Beeston to William Roger in 1830 was witnessed by a Joseph Sykes
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JOSEPH SYKES of Holbeck, Yorkshire, clothier, was born ca 1793 and died on 8 January 1848 at Holbeck. He married on 2 September 1818 at St Peter, Leeds, MARTHA HOLMES. Martha was born ca 1800 at Beeston and died on 28 March 1861 at Holbeck.
Children of Joseph and Martha (Holmes) Sykes:
 Death certificate.
 1851 census returns, Holbeck (National Archives, HO 107/2317, fol. 495).
 Death certificate.
 Grant of probate (will dated 28 Sep 1897, proved 9 Oct 1909).
 National probate calendars.
 The Leeds & Yorkshire Mercury, 2 May 1904.
 Monumental inscription at Rosehill Cemetery and Mausoleum, Chicago (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/162625881/edwin-sykes); Lake County Independent, 1 May 1914.
 Monumental inscription at Rosehill Cemetery and Mausoleum, Chicago (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/162625881/edwin-sykes); Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1871-1998 (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N7N3-YJ8); 1880 census, Chicago (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33SQ-GYYK-9B64).
 Death certificate. Emma’s monumental inscription at Armley Hill Top Cemetery (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/194616451/john-williamson) gives her date of death as 5 Nov 1905. However, her death certificate and a notice in The Yorkshire Evening Post, 6 Nov 1905, both state that she died on 4 Nov.
 Birth certificate.