|The WHITLOCKS were a substantial old Virginia
family that sent out its sons to enrich various states of the West and
thus left a good record wherever they settled. R. R. WHITLOCK, when a young
man, left the Old Dominion to try his fortunes in Tennessee, but eventually
went to Kentucky and finally pushed on to the promising younger commonwealth
of Illinois. He arrived about 1856 and established a home in Field township
Jefferson county. where he ended his earthly career in 1874. For many years
he held a position in the post-office department at Memphis, Tennessee,
but was compelled to give this up on account of his health. He served as
captain of a company during the Civil war and contributed five sons to
the service of his country' during that great conflict. His son, George
L. WHITLOCK, who was born in Tennessee, spent some time in Kentucky, but
found his way to Illinois in 1854, settling first in Marion county for
a year and then removed to Jefferson county. He finally secured a farm
in Field township and in this place he has been living since 1861. He enlisted
in the Eightieth Regiment Illinois Cavalry and served honorably with that
command during the Civil war. He married Margaret F. PATTON, a native of
Kentucky while he was a resident of the state, and his bride came with
him to the Prairie state, where their fortunes have been closely linked
together for over sixty years. They have had ten children namely: Robert
B., who died in 1904; Mrs. Lldora J. FROST, of Field township; John T.
the subject of this sketch; Mrs. Doke LEUTY, of Farrington township; George
E., a resident of Mount Vernon; Mrs. Sarah A. HOLTZCLAW, of Shiloh township;
William P., of Field township; Mrs. Alta CARPENTER, of Johnson City, Illinois;
Mrs. Maggie BROWN, of Field township, and Jessie B., also of Field township.
Most of these children lived in Jefferson county and nearly all on farms
adjoining that of their father.
John T. WHITLOCK was born near Dix, Jefferson County, Illinois, November 15, 1860. After finishing his studies in the local schools, he spent nearly five years at Ewing College in Franklin County. From there he went to Shurtleff College at Upper Alton, taking the literary course and graduating in the class of 1887. After teaching a year in the Spring Garden high school, he began the study of medicine, later entered the Missouri Medical College at St. Louis, and obtained his degree in 1890. He opened an office at Dix and carried on a successful practice there for twelve years, meantime taking a post-graduate course at the Chicago Polyclinic College. After his location at Mount Vernon, he took a post-graduate course in the New York Polyclinic and altogether obtained a thorough and up-to-date medical education.
A short time after coming to the county seat he opened the Mount Vernon Hospital in connection with other physicians, but these he subsequently bought out and was sole manager for about three years and a half. Eventually he disposed of his interests and severed his connection with the institution and since then has devoted his entire time to his large general practice. Doctor WHITLOCK is a member of the Illinois State, Southern Illinois and Jefferson County Medical Societies and president of the last named. He is director of the Ham National Bank and owns a large farm in Dodds township, besides a cozy residence and office at 812 Main street. He has served four years as Coroner and was elected as a candidate of the Republican party. His fraternal connections are with the Knights of Pythias, Modern Woodmen and Ben Hur.
Doctor WHITLOCK has been twice married, first
in December, 1884, to Mary BILLINGSLEY, a Kentucky lady, resident for some
years at Ewing, Illinois. She died in March, 1886, leaving one son, John
Kelley WHITLOCK, six days old at the time of his mother's death, and now
a farmer in Field township. In August, 1894, Doctor WHITLOCK married Cora
CLARK, a native of Jefferson county. He stands high both in his profession
and as a good, all-round citizen, reliable, enterprising and public-spirited.
His great-grandfather was Thomas WHITLOCK, who came to Illinois at a very
early day, settling at Dix, in Jefferson county, where he kept tavern on
the old Vandalia and St. Louis stage line. The family is perhaps the oldest
in Jefferson county, as it has been represented here by six generations.
The WHITLOCKS have been potential factors in the development and growing
of this fine agricultural section.
Source:Walls History of Jefferson County, Il By
John A. Wall 1909
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