|Death: ||Mar. 6, 1896|
John Wesley Apple was born in 1831 in Guilford Co., North Carolina; son of William Apple. On Aug. 6, 1854 when J.W. was approx. 23 years old, he married Miss Francis Buchanan (1835-1914; daughter of William Buchanan and Mahula Austin) in Orange Co., IN. Together they had the following known children: William Ridley (1855-1861), George Thomas (1856-1934), Daniel W. (b. 1859), David C. (b. 1862), John Sherman (b. 1864), Annapolis Maryland (b. 1867), Enoch Alonzo (b. 1869), Edward S. (1873-1875), and Pinckney (1874-1875). When John Wesley and cousins George Swift Apple, Bingham I. Apple, and Henry Apple were recruited into service with Co. A, 38TH IND INF on Sept. 2, 1862, they joined 2 other Apple relatives already serving in the company (Moses and David Apple). A seventh member of the Co. A Apple clan, Joseph, had died of disease in Nov. 1861. John Wesley was brother-in-law to Alexander Buchanan, who also served in Co. A, 38TH IND INF.
At the time he joined the ranks of the 38TH IND INF, John Wesley was a 30 or 31-year-old farmer from Stamper's Creek Twp., Orange Co., IN. According to his company descriptive book, he was 6'1 ¼" tall and had auburn colored hair and green eyes. On Dec. 31, 1862 at the Battle of Stones River, TN, Apple was wounded in the left arm between hand and elbow. He spent time recovering from his wound in U.S.A. General Hospital No. 25 in Nashville, TN before rejoining the ranks of Co. A. During Sherman's Atlanta Campaign of 1864, John Wesley suffered a hernia while tearing up railroad track near Jonesboro, GA, but again rejoined his comrades in the field after recovery. The 1865 Carolinas Campaign also proved adventurous to John Wesley – he was likely away from the regiment on foraging detail when captured near Goldsboro, NC on March 24, 1865. He spent two weeks as prisoner in Richmond, VA before being liberated during the first week of April. He was mustered out in June 1865.
After the war, John Wesley resumed farming in Orange Co., IN. At the time of the 1870 U.S. Census, the Apple family lived in Greenbriar, Greenfield Twp., Orange Co., IN. Five years later on Sept. 13, 1875, J.W. was approved for a veteran's pension (app. #208,112; cert. #161,839). He passed away March 4, 1896 at age 65.
Frances Buchanan Apple (1835 - 1914)*
William Ridley Apple (1855 - 1861)*
George T Apple (1856 - 1934)*
David Sylvester Apple (1862 - 1938)*
John Sherman Apple (1863 - 1947)*
Annapolis Maryland Apple (1867 - 1950)*
Alonzo Enoch Apple (1869 - 1940)*
Edward S Apple (1873 - 1875)*
Pinkney O Apple (1874 - 1875)*
Created by: Traie Shelhart
Record added: Jan 28, 2009
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