Selected Pedigrees

A Short Sketch of the Life of Elder Josoeph Hartley

Ancestors of Ann Elizabeth Whitlow

Thomas Whitlow and Elizabeth Tompkins: Parents of Ann Elizabeth Whitlow


Ann Elizabeth Whitlow was born October 21, 1829 in Laurel County, Kentucky.


Her parents were Thomas Whitlow, born August 11, 1794 in Charlotte County, Virginia, and Elizabeth Tompkins, born August 18, 1801 in Tennessee. Her parents were married in 1818 in Russell County, Virginia. We do not know much of their early lives except they moved to Jefferson County and Franklin County, Illinois:


. . . Thomas and Elizabeth (Tompkins) Whitlow, natives of Hardin County, KY. The parents came to Jefferson County about 1827, and settled in Moore’s Prairie Township, and lived there until 1839, when they moved to Franklin County, where the father died April 12, 1846, and the mother August 17, 1854. [1]


Thomas Whitlow can be found in Russell County, Virginia in 1820 Census with one male under 10 years old, one male between 26 and 45 years old (himself), one female between 26 and 45 years old (his wife), listed as “People of Agriculture”.


They had nine children:


Francis Marion (1817- )

Temperance Irene (1820 -1883)

Ann Elizabeth (1829 – 1904)

Nancy T. (1824-1903)
Benjamin R. (1833-)
Elizabeth (1836-)
Maria A. (1837-)
Sarah Malissa (1840-1903)
Eunice (~1843-)


A reference describing their daughter, Nancy T., claims:


Thomas Whitlow, father of Nancy T., was born 11 August 1794 in Virginia; died 12 April 1849 Franklin County, Illinois. He married Elizabeth, born 18 August 1801 in Tennessee; died 17 August 1854 Franklin County. Thomas Whitlow can be found in Russell County, Virginia 1820. [2]


Thomas Whitlow died April 12, 1846 in Franklin County, Illinois, and Elizabeth Tompkins died August 17, 1854 in Franklin County, Illinois.


In 1850, after her husband’s death, Elizabeth Tompkins was living with her son Francis Marion Whitlow in Franklin County, Illinois.

John Whitlow and Mary Elliot: Parents of Thomas Whitlow


Thomas Whitlow’s parents were John Whitlow, born 1759 in London, England, and Mary Elliot, born about 1740. They were married May 13, 1788 in England.


There is some confusion as to the identity of these two people. Some researchers believe Thomas Whitlow’s father was William Whitlow and mother was Martha Kempt of Charlotte County, Virginia.


Evidently John Whitlow and Mary Elliot has at least four children:


Thomas (1794-1846)


William (1793-1866)

Elliot (1794)


There is some confusing evidence that:


Whitlow, Elliott, Tompkins, John A. and Mary Elliott Whitlow, b. ca 1750 Eng; m. there; came to America ca 1780; setl’d in Russell Co. VA. John was a farmer/farrier/blacksmith. [3]


This indicates that the Whitlows came to America around 1780 to Russell County, Virginia, the birthplace of their son Thomas Whitlow.


We do not know when John Whitlow or Mary Nancy Elliot died.

Benjamin Tompkins and Elizabeth “Polly” Hampton: Parents of Elizabeth Tompkins


Benjamin Tompkins, b. 4 Dec 1779 in Wilkes Co., NY and Elizabeth “Polly” Hampton, b. 5 Mar 1782, Surry, NC were the parents of Elizabeth Tompkins. They were married 11 January 1799 in Wilkes Co., NC.


Benjamin Tompkins and Elizabeth Hampton with children appear in the 1820 census of Lebanon Township, Russell Co., VA. In 1830 they appear with their children in the census of Russellville Township, Logan Co., KY. In 1840 the family was in Warren Co., IL. In 1850 they are in Schuyler Co., MO. The couple had 13 children, the first few being born in Tennessee. Apparently Benjamin Tompkins was a county court judge in Schuyler Co. for a few months in 1849. [4]

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[1] William Henry Perrin ed., The History of Jefferson County, Illinois (Chicago: Globe Pub. Co., 1883)

[2] Frank Rademachere, Phillips & Kin of Franklin County, Illinois; newsletter, Volume 9, No. 3, Mt. Prospect, IL, 65:

[3] Holston Pastfinder, (Bristol, VA-TN,Holston Territory Genealogical Society, 1987)

[4] History of Adair, Sullivan, Putnam and Schuyler Counties, Missouri, . . . Volume 2. (Chicago, Goodspeed Pub. Co, 1888), page 669.