Some descendants believe Elisha had a total of 12 children.
Residences & events:
1820 Perryville Twp, Bond Co, IL. At census time his household consisted of himself, age 16-26, 1 female under 10, and 1 at 16-26. He was engaged in agriculture. Next door was brother "Randle," two doors in the opposite direction were his parents with brothers John and Mills farther down. Polly's Pruitt family was in the same county.
6/15/1829 Morgan Co, IL, was his residence when he bought 80 acres, in the same county, for $1.25/acre at a Federal sale. The land was located at S36 T16N R12W.
12/12/1830 Morgan Co, IL, was still his residence at the next census time. There was also a Samuel Whitley in the same county. Elisha's family consisted of 1 male under 5, 1 at 5-10, he was 30-40, 2 females under 5, 2 at 5-10, and 1 aged 20-30. Next door neighbors were Fields Prewitt, followed by David Prewitt, father and brother of wife Mary.
3/5/1832 He bought another 80 acres, again at Federal sale for $1.25/acre, described as S2 T15N R12W, same county.
1833 N Okaw Twp, Coles Co, IL. Local history lists him among the early settlers of the township.
7/20/1836 Coles Co, IL. He had already moved to the county when he bought 80 acres there at S34 T14N R07E. The purchase price was still $1.25/acre at Federal sale.
4/18/1837 Elisha acquired another 40 acre plot at S3 T13N R07E for $1.25/acre from another Federal sale. He was still a resident of the county.
1840 Coles Co, IL. "Elish" was the only Whitley living in the county and his household consisted of 1 male under 5, 2 males aged 15-20, and himself at 30-40, 2 females 5-10 and 2 females 10-15. None of the females listed were old enough to be his wife. Her whereabouts at that time is unknown. Next door was the David Hoots Sr family and daughter, Bashie, recently married to David Hoots, Jr, lived a few more doors down the road
LDS records say he was born in Isle of Wight, VA but since the family was already in TN by 1800, that is unlikely. Some children told the 1880 census takers their parents were born in MO.