John was a veteran of the War of 1812. He and Margaret must have had other children between John and Mary Elizabeth.
Residences & events:
From the History of Bond Co, IL:
The first Circuit Court was held at Hill's Station, on Monday, May 30, 1817. The State being under a Territorial Government, all the offices were filled by appointment, and were as follows:
The Hon. Jesse B. THOMAS, Judge; Daniel CONVERSE, Clerk; Samuel G. MORSE, Sheriff; and Charles R. MATHENY, Satate's Attorney. The following persons served as
grand jurors: John WHITLEY, Sr., Foreman, Soloman REAVIS, Fields PRUITT, Coonrod HOOSONG, Samuel DAVIDSON, Paul BECK, William ROBINSON, John HOPTON, Robert GILLESPIE, Benjamin JAMES, Charles REAVIS, Charles STEEL, Andrew MOODY, Absalom MATHEWS, William McLANE, John WHITLEY, Jr., Peter HUBBARD, David WHITE, Francis KIRKPATRICK, William BURGESS, John SAMPLES, Elijah POWERS, Thomas WHITE.
1818 Bond Co, IL. Counted in the state's first census with his father and brother Mills, John's family consisted of 1 white male over 21 and 2 other whites.
1820 Perryville Twp, Bond Co, IL. Living at his house at census time were himself aged 16-26, 2 females under 10, and 1 at 16-26. He was engaged in agriculture. Next door was brother "Mills" with their parents and brothers Elisha and "Randle farther down.
1826 Fayette Co, IL. He arrived with the rest of the family.
1/23/1827 Shelby Co, IL. The family never actually moved, rather a new county was formed and the lines shifted.
1830 Prect 4, Shelby Co, IL. At census time John was living next door to his parents with several brothers just down the road. John, at age 20-30, had in his household 2 females under 5, 2 females 10-15, and his wife, in the same age range as himself.
Coles Co,IL. He had 2 or 3 minor children when they moved there.
7/21/1836 He bought a 40 acre plot located at S28 T13N R07E at a Federal sale for $1.25/acre.
11/16/1836 Adding to his estate, he purchased another 80 acres at S21 T13 R07E, again at Federal sale for $1.25/acre.
2/22/1837 Another 40 acres was received from a Federal sale for the same price as before. This property was located at S21 T13N R07E.
2/16/1839 He, as co-borrower along with John G Purvis, owed his father's estate a note of $125.75. Suit was brought by brother, Elisha, as administrator of the estate, but he "was not found," apparently having already moved west, leaving John Purvis holding the bag to satisfy the judgment. Purvis paid his half and the rest was dropped.
1840 Big Creek, Rives Co, MO. was where the next census taker found him. His family included 2 males under age 5, he was 40-50, 2 females aged 5-10, 1 at 10-15, 1 was 20-30, and 1 at 40-50. Three doors down was brother Randolph.
10/16/1850 Dist 79, St Clair Co, MO. That year John, 54, a farmer with real estate worth $500, had living with him: new wife Lucinda, 34, Elizabeth, 16, Juliet, 14, Coleman, 12, William, 10, Mary E Smarr (Smart), 9, Lucinda's daughter, and John S Whitley, 3.
8/19/1860 Speedwell Twp, St Clair Co, MO. The census taker apparently didn't listen well, listing John at nearly the same age as the previous census, at 55. He was still farming and his property was valued at $2000/1000. Lucinda was 44 and living with them were William, 20, Mary E, 18, John, 13, and Margaret, 9.