I'm going to attach some copies of the court records. It appears the Whitelys were in court a lot during the time period the children were bound out.
When I was doing this research I corresponded with Dorothy Griffin whose husband was a Whitely descendant. Below are notes from her research.
Also you may want to search/read Whitelys in America. It is available online; http://www.archive.org/details/whiteleysinameri00whit
Received 7-11-2005 from Dorothy Griffin
Washington Co VA Report of Sec. for Board of Supervisors for the Poor:
1826---POLLY WHITLEY, 35 yr old, unable to walk
(DAG remark, too old to be the Polly bound out in 1805--unless the age is
Russell Co VA 1810 Will Book 2:209, probated 5 Jun 1810:
William Lee (present wife Sara Lee)., lists dau FRANKY WHITELEY, &
others, including his bro JAMES LEE.
North Carolinian Journal, 9/1957 Mrs. Edythe Whitley of Nashville TN was
searching for LEA data.
Spring 1964 issue: in 1779 petition of inhabitants of Anson Co., includes
GEORGE LEA, JAMES LEE & GEORGE WHITLOU?
Early Washington Co VA Marriage: BETTY LEE to GEORGE WHITLEY (1792-3),
Nicholas Reagan, minister.
Law Order Book, Russell Co VA:
1805 John Whitley Apprenticed
1810 " "
1816 " " to
Jesse Lea 5:273 **
1808 Polly Whitley "
1810 " "
1818 Mary Whitley Reapprenticed
Law Order Book #3, Russell Co VA., May 1808. pg 706
Ordered that the Overseers of the poor bind out according to law, John
Whitley and Polly Whiteley infants of Joseph Whiteley Junr.
It does not say Joseph Whiteley Jr is deceased or the children are
orphans. The deed index indicates he was selling all his assets about
this time. Why?
3/1810 Law Order Book 4, pg 127
Overseers of poor bind out as apprentices John Whitley, Polly Whitley &
Owens children, all orphans
2/6/1816 Law Order Book 5, pg 273
Ordered that John Whitley a poor child formerly bound to John Jessee
decd., be by Overseers of Poor bound to Lea Jesse (Jesse Lea?) according
Will Book 2, Russell Co VA
James Wheatley (as given), wrote will Mar 8 1801, recorded Sept 6 1810,
gives to wife Elizabeth and 'least children', except $1 each to sons
Joseph, Curtis, Abel, Richard, Jesse, James; daus-Leah, Priscilla.
Will Book B, p166, Montgomery Co VA
Robt Whitley, Solomon Stratton, etc., Administrators of all the good
chattles & credits of WILLIAM WHITLY deceased do make inventory of
all...on Dec 1 1789.
It is possible this is the William Wheatley killed by Indians. The date
& place is realistic. Read on--
William Whitley of Baptist Valley, lived on line between Russell &
Montgomery Cos., killed & mutilated by Indians near Dick's Creek
(History of Tazewell Co., by Pendleton; History of Tazewell Co., by
Bickley; Indian Atrocities Along the Clinch, Powell & Holston Rivers,
unpub mss by Emory Hamilton)
Annals of Southwest Virginia, by Summers, pg 1505, Tazewell Co.
Murder of William Whitley--William lived in Baptist Valley, and had been
out on a bear hunt. He came home, and finding that a choice dog was
gone, started the following morning to look for him. The day passed off
and he did not return. His family became uneasy, and a company started
out to hunt for him. They had not gone far, however, when they met a man
named Scaggs, who had passed a murdered man at the mouth of Dick's Creek.
The company pushed on and identified the man to be Whitley. He was
dreadfully mutilated--his bowels torn out and stretched upon the bushes,
his heart in one place, and liver in another. A hole was opened, and the
ligaments(?) gathered up and interred. This happened in 1786.
Russell Co VA Deed
1806--Joseph Whitley & wife Frances sell 245a to Samuel Raney (This is
only time I found her name given.)