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 Creek Valley.  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, VA.  John 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 County

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.