JOHN MARION WHITLOCK, who is the owner of one of the many fertile farms of Haddon township, Sullivan county, is a native of Kentucky, born April 29, 1858, son of Nathan and Mary E. (Williams) Whitlock, both natives of Kentucky. In 1863 the family came to Marion county, Indiana, remained one year, then settled in Haddon township, Sullivan county, near Paxton, where both the father and mother died, he on August 10, 1878, and she later. They were both of English descent. The father always followed agriculture for his livelihood. Politically he supported the Democratic party. Their children were as follows: John Marion, Mary Jane, wife of John O. McCammon, residing in Haddon township; Robert, of Haddon township; Josephine, deceased; George, of Haddon township; Nancy, wife of David S. Wilson, of Jefferson township.

John Marion Whitlock commenced the real activities of his career when but twelve years old, by doing farm work by the month. When nineteen years of age he began farming on his own account and has continued in the same calling ever since. He removed to his present farm in 1888. The property, which belongs to him and his wife, consists of one hundred and twenty-five acres. In his political views Mr. Whitlock is a believer in the platform of the Democratic party.

He has been twice married, first, November 2, 1878, to Pamelia Shake, born in Haddon township, daughter of John Shake, who was a farmer of Haddon township. Mr[s]. Whitlock died about 1884, leaving two children: Lou Effie, born January 27, 1882, now the wife of Edward Padgett, of Haddon township; and William Walters, born January 24, 1884, unmarried and at home, attended the Carlisle high school and was graduated from the Normal College at Danville, Indiana. Since leaving school he has taught three years in Haddon township. For his second wife Mr. Whitlock married, March 18, 1888, Mary E. Deveors, who was born January 28, 1858, in Haddon township, on the farm which she now owns. She is the daughter of James and Eliza (Carrico) Deveors, both now deceased. By this marriage the issue is: Ethel, born October 18, 1891.