Milton T Apple of Smith County, Tennessee is descended from the Apples of Guilford County, North Carolina. He was born circa 1806 in Guilford Co., and married Margaret Clark, born circa 1812 in NC. We found 8 children in the 1850 census: James, Minerva, Sydney, Bailey, Henry, Mary, William C., and Thomas. Eliza Jane was older than James, and is not listed with the family in 1850.
Milton's father, David Apple, was born c. 1793 in NC, died 14 Feb 1855. He married first an unknown woman, had three sons - Milton T., Anthony and Madison. Milton and Anthony were born in NC, Madison in Smith Co., TN. He married second, Mary Thackston, dau of Zadok Thackston and Susannah Paylor, b 5 Jan 1802, in TN, d 12 Dec 1882. With his second wife, he had 7 more children: Jackson Carroll, Margaret M., Mary Jane, Frances S., Martha Washington, Catharine, and Hampton M. David Apple and two of his brothers, Daniel Jr. and George, moved west from North Carolina to settle in Tennessee. David was in TN by 1815, Daniel sometime after 1809, and George by 1827.
David was the eldest son of Daniel Apple and Barbara Spoon. Daniel was born in 1761 in Pennsylvania and served in the Revolutionary War from North Carolina. Daniel's father was Adam Apple, born circa 1734 in Germany, emigrated to America 26 Sep 1749 on Ship Ranier to Philadelphia. Adam brought his family to NC sometime between 1762 and 1771. In 1783 he purchased land in NC. In the early 1800's, Adam and his sons founded Apples Chapel in Guilford County, NC.
Check out Catherine Monticue's web page - search the Surname Index for Apple - to see the most current research on the Apple lineage back to Germany.
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