James W. Whitley was born about 1786 in South Carolina. In 1830 he was living in Marengo County, Alabama where he had been married to Fereby (Pherraba) O'Neal in 1819. She was the daughter of Bridgers O'Neal and Mary Polly Hinton. 
In 1850 James is 64 years old. He and Fereby are still in Marengo, Alabama and four of their children are still living at home. This is the last census where James appears as he died in 1853. 
James William Whitley died 1 October 1853 and is buried in the Pearson Cemetery, Marengo County, Alabama. 
↑ "United States Census, 1830," database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XHPL-ZDB : 19 November 2020), James Whitley, Marengo, Alabama, United States; citing 363, NARA microfilm publication M19, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 2; FHL microfilm 2,329.
↑ "United States Census, 1850," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MH5Q-872 : accessed 25 March 2015), James W Whitley, Marengo county, Marengo, Alabama, United States; citing family 1008, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
↑ Find a Grave, database and images Find A Grave: Memorial #125817984 memorial page for James William Whitley (1786–1 Oct 1853) citing Pearson Cemetery, Marengo County, Alabama, USA ; Maintained by William Earl Whitley (contributor 47470240) .
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It may be possible to confirm family relationships with James by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share some percentage of DNA with James: