John Wesley Stipe was born in 1841 on 09 June in Palmetto, Fulton County, Georgia, USA as son of John Stipe and his wife Emily nee Smith. John Wesleys great-grandfather, Johann Christ Steup, was a native of Germany and his story can be read here (in german). On Nov 08 1860 he married his first wife Arminda G. Parker and had at least three children with her.
In April 1862 John Wesley mustered into the Confederate States Army as a private in Company C, 35th Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry. He was apparently captured twice, once at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, after which he was released as part of a prisoner exchange; and again at Petersburg, Virginia on April 2, 1865. After cessation of hostilities, he was released at Point Lookout, Maryland, on June 19, 1865.