10/10/1850 Dist 79, St Clair Co, MO. In the census were John R Whitley, 30, wife Elizabeth, 27, Judah, 3, and Randolph, 11 mo. Also living there were two Anderson children: Margaret, 14, and Rebecca, 10 (who?). John was born in IL, the rest of the family in MO. He was a farmer with $900 in real estate. Next door were first cousins Daniel and Nancy Hoots, also from IL.
6/21/1860 PO Decatur, Wise Co, TX. Before the next census the family had moved. John was 42, Elizabeth, 38. In the household were Judea, 14, Randle, 10, Polly, 5, Polly Hicks, 33, and Joseph Whitley, 17. John was a farmer with a $1000 farm, Joseph was a farm hand with $100 in personal property. Polly Hicks also had personal property valued at $700. They were the only Whitleys in the county.
7/20/1870 Goliad Co, TX. Listed in that census were John Whitley, 53, born IL, had no occupation, with Emily, 36, born AL, and children: Jefferson, 4, and Fanny, 2, plus McFarland children: Celesta, 16, Louisa and John, 14, and Jonathan, 12, all born in TX.