- Wilson Maples went with his parents from Pittsylvania County, Virginia to Pendleton District, South Carolina prior to 1790. There he lived with his parents until his marriage in 1801.
Wilson Maples and his family left Pendleton District, South Carolina for Sevier County, Tennessee in 1805. They settled in the area of the East Fork of Little Pigeon River.
Wilson Maples had bought 77 acres of land from James Mathis Sr. circa 1805/1806. This land was surveyed in 1807 and granted by State of Tennessee. It was located in the East Fork of Little Pigeon River area.
Wilson Maples also bought 69 acres of land at the same time. It was located in the East Fork of Little Pigeon River area and adjoined the lands of James Mathis Sr.
From RECORD OF COMMISSIONS OF OFFICERS IN THE TENNESSEE MILITIA 1796-1815, compiled by Mrs. John Trotwood Moore, Wilson Maples was appointed as a captain of 11th Regiment for Sevier County, Tennessee on 26 May 1812.
Wilson Maples served as a Captain of 11th Regiment for Sevier County, Tennessee from the date of appointment until he resigned. During the War of 1812, he served as a captain in the 5th Regiment of Tennessee militia commanded by Colonel Edwin Booth. He was drafted at Sevierville, Sevier County, Tennessee on or about 5 November 1814 for six months duty. On 25 December 1814, he was reassigned to Lookout Mountain (vicinity of Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tennessee) on account of sickness.
Wilson Maples died almost a year after he resigned from the position of captain. From deeds it is indicated that the said Wilson Maples had left a will at his death. He willed his wife, Sarah, the one half of the plantation during her lifetime or widowhood and willed that each of his children was to receive one-sixth part of the undivided interest in the other half of the plantation.
It is believed that Wilson Maples was buried in the McMahan Cemetery, Jones Cove. (A stone reads "W. M. 1845 (1815?)".)
"Smoky Mountain Clans, Volume 3", 1983, Donald B. Reagan, p 185, 186.
"The Townsend Heritage", Kathy Townsend, 1984, p 50.