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Thomas Whitley (1584–1632) was a colonel in the Virginia Company of London. He was born in Somerset, England, and died in Virginia, United States.

Virginia State of the United States of America

Virginia, officially the Commonwealth of Virginia, is a state in the Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States located between the Atlantic Coast and the Appalachian Mountains. Virginia is nicknamed the "Old Dominion" due to its status as the first English colonial possession established in mainland North America and "Mother of Presidents" because eight U.S. presidents were born there, more than any other state. The geography and climate of the Commonwealth are shaped by the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Chesapeake Bay, which provide habitat for much of its flora and fauna. The capital of the Commonwealth is Richmond; Virginia Beach is the most populous city, and Fairfax County is the most populous political subdivision. The Commonwealth's estimated population as of 2017 is over 8.4 million.



Whitley is first mentioned as a public figure in the Second Charter of Virginia on May 23, 1609, where he is said to be one of the members of the third supply mission to the colony of Jamestown. [1] In 1622 Whitley survived an attack on Jamestown known as the Jamestown Massacre, in which the Powhatan Indians, led by Chief Opechancanough, killed over 347 citizens of the town.

Jamestown, Virginia Place in Virginia, United States

The Jamestown settlement in the Colony of Virginia was the first permanent English settlement in the Americas. It was located on the east bank of the James (Powhatan) River about 2.5 mi (4 km) southwest of the center of modern Williamsburg. William Kelso writes that Jamestown "is where the British Empire began". It was established by the Virginia Company of London as "James Fort" on May 4, 1607 O.S.;(May 14, 1607 N.S.), and was considered permanent after brief abandonment in 1610. It followed several failed attempts, including the Lost Colony of Roanoke, established in 1585 on Roanoke Island. Jamestown served as the capital of the colony of Virginia for 83 years, from 1616 until 1699.


In 1600 Whitley married Elizabeth Farrer and had the following children.

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  2. Shelton, Kenneth. "Colonel Thomas Whitley". wikitree. Retrieved 10 June 2015.