- William Abijah Maples came as a baby with his parents to Sevier County, Tennessee in 1805.
William Abijah Maples entered 30 acres of land in Richardson's Cove area on the watershed of Big East Fork of Little Pigeon River adjoining his old tract according to an entry dated 16 November 1824. Also he entered 300 acres of land on Birds Creek adjoining David C. McMahan and Daniel Emert according to an entry dated 15 April 1837.
William Abijah Maples was listed in the 1837 Tax List of Sevier County, Tennessee. His land was located in the Civil District No. 1&4 of Sevier County, Tennessee.
They were listed in the 1830 through 1870 Federal Census of Sevier County, Tennessee and in the 1840 census listed as Abigah 2 males 0-5, 2 males 5-10, 1 male 10-15, 1 male 15-20, 1 male 30-40, 1 female 0-5, 1 female 5-10, 1 female 30-40.
There is a record for settlement of the estate of Elizabeth Maples. Before the courthouse fire of 1856, John McMahan was appointed as administrator for the estate of Elizabeth Maples. Also, F. L. Emert was appointed as guardian for seven of the minor heirs of the estate of Elizabeth Maples at this time. There was a list of heirs of the estate of Elizabeth Maples ... N. L. King and wife, George Maples, Archible Maples, Will Maples - all received their shares prior to 17th day of June 1856; James M. Maples, 25th day of June 1860, David Maples, 25th day of June 1860, John Maples, 25th day of June 1860; Redman Maples, 25th day of Jun 1860; and Samuel Maples, 25th day of June 1860.
"E. M. G. Emert, constable of District 2, to bring to next court, Redman Maples, Samuel Maples, and Sarah Maples, poor children for the purpose of having them bound out." The date of this entry was 7 April 1856.
F. L. Emert, guardian of Redman Maples, Samual Maples, and Sarah Maples, renewed the security bond with Jas. D. Lawson and M. A. Rawlings 3 April 1860.
"On 24 November 1859 - Decree for Divorce: Abijah Maples vs. Rebecca Maples."
In the 1860 Federal Census of Sevier County, Tennessee, William Abijah Maples was living with Calvin Fox's household. Also he was living with his son Redman Maples in the 1870 Federal Census of Sevier County, Tennessee.
William Abijah probably died in the area of Big East Fork of Little Pigeon River.
"Clabo Family Tree", Gardner Clabo, p 38.
"Smoky Mountain Clans, Volume 3", Donald B. Reagan, 1983, p 188-189.
"McMahan Family Tree", Glenn F. McMahan, 10 March 1932, p 1.
"The Townsend Heritage", Kathy Townsend, 1984, p 50.
Rosa Lee Downey notes, 16 June 1983, p 8, 119.