Mills Whitley was a private in the Illinois Ranger Companies of Captain W. B. Whiteside, Captain Jacob Short and Captain William Jones in the War of 1812.
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1814 Madison Co, IL, where he and Elizabeth married.
11/4/1817 Bond Co, IL, was his residence when he purchased 160 acres at a Federal sale, paying $2.00/acre for land located at S24 T04N R02W.
1818 Bond Co, IL. In the state's first census were Mills, brother John and their father. Mills family included 1 white male over 21 and 4 other whites.
1820 Perryville Twp, Bond Co, IL, was still his residence at census time. His household included 2 males under 10, he was 26-45, 1 female under 10 and 1 at 16-26 . Next door was brother John and farther down the road were his father and brothers Elisha and "Randle" along with his inlaws.
3/1/1823 Edgar Co, IL, was recorded as his address on this date when he paid $1.25/acre for 80 acres at S25 T14N R12W, also in Edgar Co.
4/11/1823 He added another 80 acre tract at S24 T14N R12W to his asset inventory, again at Federal sale for $1.25/acre.
1827 Shelby Co, IL. He was a member of the first grand jury.
1830 Prect 4, Shelby Co, IL. At census time he was living next door to brother, Sharp, just down the road from the rest of the Whitleys. In his household were 1 male under 5, 1 male 5-10, 2 males 10-15, himself at 30-40, 1 female15-20, and 1 female 30-40. John Bateman, relative through his mother, lived 2 doors down.
He sold his homestead rights to a Samuel M Smysor who took out a patent in 1831.
1/21/1834 Coles Co, IL. He had already moved to Coles Co when he bought 80 acres at another Federal sale, paying $1.25/acre. This piece of land was located at S20 T13N R07E.
7/21/1836 At S19 T13N R07E was the next Federal sale purchase he made, buying 40 acres for the same price as before.
2/21/1837 Still amassing land, he purchased another 80 acres which was located at S29 T13N R07E, again from a Federal sale and for the same price.
Walker Co, TX. The exact date of his arrival there is unknown but it was before son Hiram was born there in 1837. Some relatives say he arrived in 1835 with Vehlein's Colony but above notes dispute that.
9/17/1850 Walker Co, TX. At census time, both he and Elizabeth were 58 years old and only the 3 youngest teenage children were left at home: Elizabeth, 18, Randolph, 16, and Hiram, 13. They lived between daughter Sarah and George Lawrence and son John while son Sharp was just beyond the Lawrneces.
"Mills Whitley, with his two sons Randolph Whitley and Hiram Whitley farmed and raised livestock just north of present-day Luling, Texas. Mills Whitley became blind in his old age and sold his land to his two sons."
[Source: Plum Creek Almanac, Vol. 7, No. 1 Spring 1989]
715/1860 PO Plum Creek, Caldwell Co, TX, was his residence at the time of the next census. He was 67 and still farming with property worth $600/2185. Living with him were sons, R L, 26, and Hiram, 23, as well as Randolph's family: wife Angeline, 19, Sarah E, 3, and Mills, 4 months.
His birth date is 9/6/1792 in LDS records as well as some other family listings. The 1850 census says he was born in NC.
Some family listings have 1860 as his death date but his will was dated 6/29/1861 and recorded 4/25/1864.