John Wesley MULLINS served in the military in October 1780
in the Revolutionary War. "Family tradition indicates that during the
Revolutionary War John's NC home was on the route that Col. William Campbell and
his "Over the Mountain Men" took as they went in search of Col. Ferguson and the
British army who were coming to destroy the homes of the mountaineers. John
took down his gun from the wall and joined
Col. Campbell and his men, as they passed, on their way to King's Mountain
where they fought a victorious battle against the British.
Although he is not listed among the King's Mountain soldiers, John received
three different pay vouchers for his services and a grant of 200 acres of land
in Sullivan Co., TN ." "A letter to Senator
R.E. Chase from North Carolina State Librarian, dated August 28, 1933 cites DAR
Roster of Soldiers From North Carolina in the American Revolution, page 229,
John Mullen listed as a Continent al Soldier, Pages 200, 229, and 358 are shown
the records of John Mullins of the Hillsboro District."
A large brass memorial plaque has been mounted in the center of the retaining
wall in the front of the Dickenson Co., Court House at Clintwood,
VA commemorating him for his efforts in the
Battle of King's Mountain. He resided at Big Toe River in 1790 in Morgan
District of Burke (now Yancy) Co., NC. He resided in Carter
Co., TN in 1799.
In 1810 He resided at Shelby Creek
in Pike County, GA.
He resided near
his son John Jr. on Holly Creek
in 1833 in Russell (Dickenson) Co., VA. In his latter
years he lived with his son John in Holly
He died on Feb. 28, 1849 in Holly
Creek, Clintwood, Russell (now
Dickenson) Co., VA. He was
buried in March 1849 in a location near the John Powers place in Clintwood,
Dickens on Co., VA. He was buried in a crude coffin
fashioned from a poplar log. The grave is marked with a sandstone marker with
no dates readable. It lies on the grave and should be setting near the fence
line instead. His grave is on the hill behind the courthouse at Clintwood,
Wesley Mullins is record his service in the Revolutionary War,
and any of his descendants can now be accepted into DAR.
He was also known as "Butting John", he got this name because of his
method of butting his opponent in the stomach with his head. Because he fought
in the Revolutionary War at King's Mountain, Tennessee,
He was known as John "Revolutionary John" Mullins by many. John Wesley
Mullins is shown in Burke County, North Carolina District 10, (which is now
part of Mitchell County)
in 1790 - taken from the book, Burke, History of a North
Carolina County by
Edward Phifer, Jr.
When John Wesley Mullins first came to North Carolina
in 1790 and lived
in Burke County.
He was still Burke County
when his family left there in 1829. Yancey
was not formed until 1833. Mitchell
County was formed in 1861 and Avery
County in 1911
John Mullins, Sr. settled on Shelby Creek
in Floyd County
(later Pike County)
KY by 1808, along with his son Solomon. He lived until around 1833 when his
name appears, along with that of his youngest son John Jr. on the tax lists of Russell
County, (later Dickenson
County, VA. He lived near his
son John Jr. on Holly Creek
and was living in his home when he died in 1849. John Wesley Mullins lived in Dickenson
County most of his life.
According to John C. Mullins of Clintwood,
VA.. John Mullins Sr.'s wife is listed as Jane
"Jennie" Bailey in the family records of Francis Sowards,
but she is listed as Mollie Brandon in LDS records filed by Harmon Mullins, s/o
Jefferson and Didema (Sowards)
Mullins and grandson of Alexander and Margaret "Peggy" (Fleming) Mullins---the
information was supplied by Thomas Jefferson Mullins, s/o Spencer and Elizabeth
(Johnson) Mullins, of Stanford, KY. This may indicate that John Mullins, S r.
was married twice. The above two paragraphs taken from the book, The Mullins
Families of SE KY
and SW VA,
by Cornelius Carroll on page 383.