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Descendants of Anthony DeTipton

38. SARAH17 TIPTON (JONATHAN16, JONATHON15, EDWARD14, RICHARD13, RICHARD12, EDWARD11, THOMAS10, WILLIAM9, JOHN8, WILLIAM7, JOHN B.6, WILLIAM5, ROGER4, PETER3 DE TIPTON, ANTHONY2 TIPTON, ANTHONY1 DETIPTON) was born August 12, 1734 in Baltimore Co., MD, and died Unknown. She married MORDECAI TIPTON Abt. 1747 in Baltimore Co., MD, son of WILLIAM TIPTON and HANNAH PRICE. He was born October 31, 1721 in Baltimore Co., MD, and died 1795 in Montgomery, VA.

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date of birth is also listed as April 18, 1724 in St. Paul's Parish, Baltimore, Maryland
He is also listed as dying in Harrisburg, PA
Children are listed above under (35) Mordecai Tipton.

39. JOHN17 TIPTON (JONATHAN16, JONATHON15, EDWARD14, RICHARD13, RICHARD12, EDWARD11, THOMAS10, WILLIAM9, JOHN8, WILLIAM7, JOHN B.6, WILLIAM5, ROGER4, PETER3 DE TIPTON, ANTHONY2 TIPTON, ANTHONY1 DETIPTON) was born August 15, 1730 in St. Paul's Parish, Bolhene, Baltimore, Maryland, and died August 09, 1813 in Sinking creek, Washington Co., TN. He married (1) MARY BUTLER Abt. 1751 in Cedar Creek, Shenandoah, VA, daughter of THOMAS BUTLER and JANE GILBERT. She was born Abt. 1732 in Cedar Creek VA, and died June 08, 1776 in Shenandoah Co., VA. He married (2) MARTHA MARY DENTON July 22, 1777 in Shenandoah, VA. She was born 1736 in Shenandoah Co., VA, and died 1794 in Johnson City, Washington Co., TN.

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Many articles have been written on Colonel John Tipton. He is most noted for being a founding father of Tennessee. He helped to draft the constitution, when Tennessee became a state in 1796, and was a senator in the first and second state legislatures. He was described as a Strong, self-reliant, ambitious, hot-headed, unrelenting dispenser of Justice. To Col. John Tipton, Tennessee owes much.

Individual Note: Bet. 1795 - 1796, Signer of Tennessee's Constititution


The character of no man in the early settlement and organization of the State of Tennessee has been so willfully and so cunningly misrepresented by some of her earlier historians, so atrociously distorted by some of their lesser informed successors as has that of Colonel John Tipton, the leader of the opposition party in the rise and fall of the State of Franklin

In reputation of the flagrantly unjust characterization of Tipton as given by James Gilmore (Edmund Kirke) in his book "John Seivier as a Commonwealth Builder", the historical reliability and integrity of which author President Theodore Roosevelt discredits absolutely in his "Winning of the West", and in belated justification of the services of this staunch and fearless statesman to the Commonwealth of Tennessee, Tipton and a history of the Tipton family; the data herein contained is gathered from his unfinished manuscripts in the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, the county records of Washington Counties, Virginia and those of Baltimore County, Maryland; the records in the State Library of Virginia and the Land office of Annapolis, Maryland; and a series of six articles written by M. Selden Nelson of Knoxville, Tennessee, for the Knoxville Sentinel of the following dates, March 28th, April 4, 11th, 18th, 25th, May 2nd, and May 9th, 1908.

Colonel John was born August 15, 1730 in Baltimore County, Maryland of honored lineage, his ancestors having settled in that province before 1700. Records have 1668 as time of arrival in America. He moved from Baltimore County about 1750 with his father. They settled on Cedar Creek, five and on-half miles southeast of Woodstock. When in 1772 Dunsmore, County ( the name later being changed to Shenandoah) was cut off from Frederick County, John Tipton became prominently identified with the political, military and church history of the new county. From its organization in 1772 to 1781, he was Justice in her courts, serving also for a time as Clerk of the Courts. In 1781, he was elected by the people of Shenandoah to the House of Brugesses and was reelected each succeeding term to the highest position of honor certainly as late as 1780 and likely until his departure for Tennessee.

Like his Maryland ancestors, he was a staunch supporter of the Church of England; from the establishment of the Parish of Beckford in Shenandoah 1771, we find John Tipton one of its ten vestrymen. In military affairs he was likewise prominent, in the establishment of the American Independence John Tipton's services were two-fold; he was both active in convention and alert in the field. June 16, 1774, he, with the pastor-soldier General Peter Muhlenberg, was a leader in the public meeting at Woodstock, and was one of the composers and signers of the "Committee of Safety and Correspondence" in Shenandoah county, which "committees of correspondence made the Revolution possible" stated Albert Bushnell Hart, and two years later, we find John Tipton a member of the famous Virginia Convention which began its sessions in appointment in 1778 as Lt. Col. of the militia of Shenandoah, while the State Ledgers, Receipt and Auditor;s books in the Treasures Books in the Treasurer's office in Richmond repeatedly attest his activity in recruiting and maintain the Continental Army under the authority of both State and United States government warrants, and his participation in the expedition of 1774 culminating in the Battle of Point Pleasant.

In the fall of 1783, Colonel John Tipton moved to Washington County, North Carolina, now Tennessee and settled on Sinking Creek, nine miles each of Jonesboro, where he lived until his death in (August) 1813. The following year we find him elected to the conventions of the Western County, a confessed opponent in the separation of this district from parent state North Carolina. Kirke and even Ramsey would make it appear the Colonel Tipton was a first enthusiastically in favor and active in the establishment of the State of Franklin; Hayes the earliest historian, who knew these pioneers, shows Colonel John Tipton was not for this Cause. At the convention of 1784, his position was clearly stated; Ramsey states " on motion of Mr. Cocke, whether for or against ourselves in a separate and distinct state, independent of the territory of North Carolina, at this time, with thirteen others recorded on the negative siede. "No historian has yet given this noble man his true record. He was far-sighted and knew that it would come when this part of North Carolina, then known as Washington County, would someday peaceably and without violating the laws of the land, be made into a separate state, and he lived to see that time come and was an important factor in the formation of the laws of the State. He, in course, during the troubles of the State of Franklin, represented a prince;Le that caused the greatest civil war ever known. He held to the Alexander Hamilton idea of a strong central government, and it was in this section of East Tennessee in the days of secession where the union sentiment was the strongest. Accordingly it is not surprising that while some of the Tipton's descendants fought in the Confederate service, the preponderance were in favor of the union.

Under North Carolina's authority, Colonel Tipton was a Justice of the Courts of Washington County, and in 1786 was first chosen Senator from that county to the Legislature of that state and continued to be re-elected to that Senate until 1790 when the cession of the Western Territory of North Carolina was accepted by the Federal government and created into the "Territory South of the River Ohio. "Early in 1787 John Tipton had been appointed Colonel of the Militia of Washington County, by commission from North Carolina, and in February 1787, was qualified on this capacity. In 1788, Colonel John and his brother Joseph Tipton, were elected to the convention held at Hillsboro, North Carolina, July 1788, to vote upon the adoption of the Federal Constitution by that state. Their vote as that of the majority was cast against its adoption until certain amendments should be made.

Ramsey by implication, Kirke by willful misrepresentation would make it appear all active opposition and violence in the last two years of the existence of the State of Franklin was by Tipton, and the adherents of the North Carolina Government, yet the very letters of Colones Hutchings to Gov. Casell of date April 1, 1787, and that of General Evan Shelby to the Governor of North Carolina of date May 4, 1787, inserted by Ramsey in his annals of Tennessee (pages 360-364) disprove this condition most emphatically.

In 1788, strained relations between Governor John Sevier and Colonel John Tipton had reached a point that when they finally met on the street they decided to settle their differences in the old fashioned way. It is said that Colonel Tipton was a powerful man and was soon the victor over his old enemy.

Afterward, Governor Sevier started to the home of Col. Tipton with some of the state troops under his control; he reached the neighborhood of Col. Tipton's house early in the morning and ordered Tipton to surrender. Tipton had about forty-five of his friends and neighbors congregated in his house to help him. When Sevier sent word for him to surrender, he sent an answer, "Hell No!", in less than two hours you will be surrendering to me!". He had sent for reinforcements.

Sevier thought that he had all passes to the Tipton home guarded from reinforcements but Tipton had already sent for them. Sevier ordered his men to charge and a battle was fought and two or three men were killed or wounded. Just as Sevier started to charge, snow fell so thick and fast that you could hardly tell one person from another and soon Major Pemberton and General Rutledge came with sufficient forces to defeat Sevier and to take eighteen prisoners, among them were three of Sevier's sons.

Some historians have intimated that Col. Tipton offered to do harm to Sevier's sons, but there is no proof to this statement. They cannot support it with facts. Sons and grandsons alike deny most emphatically that the lives of Sevier's sons captured in the skirmish that followed were threatened by Tipton. Colonel J.C. Tipton in the East Tennessee Edition of Illustrated History of Tennessee 1888, sites that a man named Webb, brother of one of the men killed at that time by Sevier's party, swore vengeance upon Sevier's sons, but was severely reprimanded by Tipton and advised that the man who inflicted injury upon them would have to answer to him for such infamy--a letter from Coloner John's son, Jonathan to Lyman Draper also disproves this harsh judgement of Colonel John--in which he says: "Seviers's sons were treated well and let go in peace." it is a known fact in the Tipton Family that Colonel Tipton out of the generosity of his heart, gave a Negro slave to the needy widow of one of the men killed.

In 1790 the cession of the Western districts of North Carolina was acknowledged by Federal government and created in the Territory South of the River Ohio. When in 1793 the assembly and Legislative Council, John Tipton was one of the two elected from Washington county to this First Territorial assembly. He continued a member of its sessions thought 1794 and 1795, being one of the corporators of the Washinton College established in 1795.

In 1796, the territory was found to contain more than the number of inhabitants requisite to authorize the formation of a state government. As heretofore, Washinton County deemed, John Tipton one of her ablest men worthy of her trust and honor, and he was, accordingly one of the five persons chosen to represent Washington County in the convention to meet at Knoxville for the purpose of forming a constitution of permanent form of government. On motion of that body to proceed to appoint two members from each county to draft a constitution and that each county name the members. John Tipton, with James Stuart, was chosen from Washington County, their two members of this committee which was to draft the first constitution of the State of Tennessee.

Of this constitution of the State of Tennessee formed by convention of 1796, Thomas Jefferson said, "The least imperfect and most republican of the systems of government adopted by any of the American states."

To the First Legislature of the State of Tennessee Colonel John Tipton was elected Senator from Washington County; again to the second assembly which closed 1799 he was her representative in the Senate, this being his last public service. At the age of sixty-seven, having served twenty-seven years in Legislatures and Conventions in the States of Virginia and North Carolina, in the Territory South of the River Ohio and in the State of Tennessee, he retired from public life to his home on Sinking Creek several miles southeast of the present town of Johnson City, where he first settled in 1783.

Colones John Tipton was married 1750-51 to Mary Butler, daughter of Thomas Butler, who was killed by the Indians on his farm on Cedar Creek Shenandoah County, Virginia the the beginning of the Revolutionary War. She bore him nine sons, to wit: Samuel, Benjamin, Abraham, William, Isaac, Jacob, John, Thomas and Jonathan. Mary died in Shenandoah County, Virginia, June 8, 1776. July 22, 1777, Colonel John Tipton was married to Martha Denton Moore, widow of Dr. James Moore, Shenandoah County. By her he had one son, whom he called Abraham for his son Captain Abraham Tipton who was killed in Clark's Expedition against the Indians in 1782. Martha is buried on his farm in Sinking Creek, on the hill above the historic old house that still stands today practically unchanged since its erection before 1800. Hereafter the death of old Col. John Tipton, his son John Tipton of Sullivan County, lived until his death in 1831, after which the home was sold to David Haynes and later became the home of "Tennessee's silver-tongues orator," Landon C. Haynes.

Tipton-Haynes Historic Site-Located in Washington County, Tennessee.

The house was written up in "The History of Tennessee Homes and Gardens" in 1936 and was republished by permission by the "Garden Study Club" of Knoxville, Tennessee. The home stands at the base of Burralo Mountain and near Buffalo Creek, both of which took their names from a great buffalo trail which rounded the mountain. The old grove of chinquapin trees that so well concealed Sevier's forces drawn up front was destroyed in large part when the right of was was cleared for the Carolina, Clinchfield & Ohio Railroad: but many yet remain close by the old house.

The home, built in 1783, was patterned after the homes of Williamsburg, Virginia. It was skillfully put together with a colonial porch. A central hall with a staircase leads up to rooms above. With kitchen and dining room ell connected by a covered porch way extending the full width of the building. The workmanship on the stone chimneys and the foundations of the house can scarcely be found today. There were traces of very old shrubs and flowers about the angle of the ell and the old graveyard on the hill that betoken the great age of the garden that once was there. Today the house is much as it was then, only the logs are covered with boards. The race track is no more, the large old barn has been torn away in recent years, but close to its foundations there may be yet seen the long grain cribs and the rolling meadow where grazed royal ancestors of Tennessee's kings of turfdom. Although a very busy man in civil and political life, he had time to indulge in blooded horse stock. He was a great lover of fine horses and brought with him from Virginia imported thorough-bred that were raced by Tipton slaves against the best of the land even so far south as South Carolina did General Wade Hampton bring his horses and Negro to challenge their merits. He was the owner of the renowned stallion Diamede. The proof that the stallion passed from ownership of Col. Tipton to his son Abraham was in the Washington County, Tennessee Inventories & Settlements of Estates and loose records in Clerks office, Jonesboro, Tennessee. Estate of Abraham Tipton, December, by James I. Tipton, Adm. October term, 1822 listed in sale a long list of "Mares put to Diamede, in 1819. Also Don Quixote whose pedigree is advertised in the Knoxville Gazette of February 24, 1808; and according to the autobiography of Dr. A. Jobe, he was the owner of "Tipton's Irish Grey", the greatest quarter horse known at the time.

Daniel Boone followed the buffalo trail on his earliest trips into Tennessee County and had a hunting lodge at a cold spring on the Tipton premises. Nearly one hundred years before Boone, in 1673, James Needham and Gabriel Arthur were the first of the English speaking race to view the Tennessee Valley, and passed here on their way to the Cherokee towns on the Little Tennessee River. These facts which are set forth in Judge Williams book, "Dawn of Tennessee History" demonstrates that this is truly one of the most historic spots in the State of Tennessee.

Today, the occupants of the old house will show you the room where Colonel Tipton died, the spot where a famous battle took place; and in walking there voices from the past seem to say, "Cherish your State and Nation, your freedom was bought with a price".

A monument was dedicated on October 12, 1946 in Col. John's memory near Johnson City, Tennessee opposite the old Tipton home on the Ashville National Highway.

Not only to Col. John Tipton and his two brothers, Joseph and Major Jonathan, does Tennessee owe much; but to their descendants after them. The Archives of our State and Nation, are full of their deeds of valor and heroism. There are sixteen counties, towns and railway stations in the United States named for the Tipton family. Four are in Tennessee, a Tipton, Tiptonville, Tipton Station and Tipton County. The name has been preserved in more lasting form than shafts of marble.

Of Colones John Tipton's sons, six were in the Revolutionary War--Samuel, Benjamin, Captain Abraham, William, Isaac and Captain Jacob, while three of them, Samuel, John of Sullivan County and Jonathan maintained almost un brokenly to 1830 the prestive of the family in the Legislature of the State of Tennessee.

Col. John Tipton was a man of many talents and there is not room here to tell
of his many a Statesman, Soldier, and Planter.
There is a monument at his old home the "Tipton-Haynes Place" on the Ashville national highway 1 mile south of Johnson City Tn.
He move to 9 miles east of Jonesboro then NC in 1782 and lived there until
death in 1813.
Col. John was a soldier in the Revolutionary War.

**** This is a Sketch from the History of Shenandoah County by Weyland..
Col. John Tipton, Justice and vestryman of Beckford Parish of Dunmore and
Shenandoah Counties, Virginia, and Captain in the Dunmore war, revolutionary
officer, Lieutenant, and Sheriff of Shenandoah County, Virginia. Represented
Dunmore in the Virginia Constitutional Convention, and in the Virginia House of Delegates, 1776-7, and representative of Shenandoah County Virginia in Virginia
House of Delegates 1778-81: Representative of Washington County, North
Carolina now Tennessee, in Jonesboro and Franklin conventions, 1784.
Representative of Washington County North Carolina (now Tennessee) in the
North Carolina Convention of 1788 for considering the Federal Constitution.
Represented Washington County in the House of Representatives of the
"Territory of the United States south of the Ohio River. Represented Washington
County Tennessee in the Constitutional Convention in 1776.
While in Shenandoah County he lived south of Maurtown, where records of land
sales are filed. He was in conflict with Col. Sevier over the State of Franklin, and
suffered unjust writings of Tennessee Historians who glorified Col. Sevier.

John Tipton served as sheriff and vestryman in Bedford Parish, Va. ca. 1754. He was a capt. in Lord Dunmore's War, 1774; an officer in the Amer. Rev.; He served as sheriff and was a rep. to the Va. Const. Conv., of 1776 .John moved from the Shenandoah valley of Virginia toEast TN in 1782, and settled near Johnson City. He served as the Rep. from TN. to the N.C. Legislature and later served in the TN. Legislature.John TIPTON was a delegate to the U.S. Constl. Conv. in 1796
Col. John Tipton was born in Virginia in 1732 and he died in August, 1813. He had a brother named Jonathan who was at King's Mountain, under Campbell, and was a Major under Sevier in the Indian wars. He came to Tennessee in October of 1782 and settled in Washington County. He was a member of the Legislature of North Carolina and a member of the Territorial Legislature. He was a member of the first Constitutional Convention, in 1796, was elected state senator from Washington County and served in the Legislature for many years. He married Mary Butler in Shenandoah County, Va.. Their children were ; Samuel, Benjamin, Abraham, William, Isaac, Jacob, John, Thomas, and Jonathan. Secondly he married Mrs. Martha Moore, widow of Dr. James Moore, of Shenandoah Co., Va. and they had a son named Abraham. Tipton County is named for his grandson Jacob who was the son of John.
Around 1755 moved from MD to VA, 5 mi. SE of Woodstock (Maurertown).
In Oct 1782 moved to Washington Co., TN. on Sinking Creek. Buried there.
Information on Tipton Family of TN and MD from East TN Hist Soc Pub Vol 1, pg 67,
History of Wash Co TN, 1988, pg 516, and Hist. of Shenandoah Co., VA by J W Wayland.
Colonel John Tipton, the politician.
Information from the book "Tennessee Cousins" and LDS file (GHVZ-L9)
In 1747 he and father and family moved to Shenandoah Valley Virginia.
He was a prominient man in the early North Carolina and Tennesseehistory
He was Justice of the Peace in Shenandoah Co. Virginia. He was asigner of
the Woodstock Resolution (Declaration of Rights). In 1775 he was aCaptian
in the Shenandoah Co. Virginia. He was a member of the North Carolina
Legislature then when the area in which he lived became part of thenew
state of Tennessee, he was a member of the first legislature inTennessee.
Before moving to North Carolina he was a member of the GeneralAssemble
of Viriginia in 1776-1780. He became a Colonel in the Continial Armyon
April 9, 1779. He was Sheriff in Shenandoah in Oct. 6, 1781-1783.Was
Washington Co. Tax Collector in 1785. He and John Sevier had a war.
John Sevier wanted the area where they lived to become a state named
Franklin. John Tipton did not want this to happen. John Tipton wonthe
war and Franklin never became a state.
Later the area became a part of Tennessee and John Sevier was thefirst
Governor of Tennessee and as mentioned above Tipton was in the first
legislature. He raised race horses and was a friend to Andrew Jacksonwho
became President.
John was a justice of Dunmore CO, NY in 1772. He owned land at or near Toms Brook.
From: "A History of Shenandoah CO, VA" by John W. Wayland: "Col. John Tipton was Justice and Vestryman of Beckford Parish of Dunmore and Shenandoah; Shenandoah Captain in Dunmore's War; Revolutionary officer, County Lieutenant and Sheriff of Shenandoah; Representative of Dunmore in the Virginia Constitutional Convention of 1776 and in the Virginia House of Delegates, 1776-1777, Representative of Washington CO, NC (now TN) in the Jonesboro or Franklin conventions of 1784 and 1785; Representative in the NC Senate, Representative of Washington CO in the House of Representatives of the Territory of the U.S. South of the River Ohio; Representative of Washington CO in the Tennessee Constitutional Convention of 1796; Representative of Washington CO in the Tennessee Senate. The records of Shenandoah and other counties disclose a number of Tiptons, probably all related, other than the following. The family came to Shenandoah from Baltimore county, MD. It seems certain that Col. John Tipton, Joseph Tipton, and Maj. Jonathan Tipton were brothers.
Col. John Tipton was justice and vestryman of Beckford parish, of Dunmore and Shenandoah; Shenandoah captain in Dunmore's war; Revolutionary officer, county lieutenant and sheriff of Shenandoah; representative of Dunmore in the Virginia constitutional convention of 1776 and in the Virginia House of Delegates 1776-1777, and of Shenandoah in the Virginia house of delegates, 1778-1781; representative of Washington county, N.C. (now Tenn), in the Jonesboro or Franklin conventions of 1784 and 1785; representative of Washington county, now Tennessee, in the North Carolina convention of 1778 for considering the federal constitution; representative of Washington county in the house of representatives of the territory of the United States South of the River Ohio, now Tennessee; representative of Washington county in the Tennessee constructional convention of 1796; representative of Washington county in the Tennessee Senate. There is some evidence he may have been in Shenandoah burgess in 1775.
While in Shenandoah he lived south of Mauretown. He sold Shenandoah farms to Abraham Bidler, William Bauserman and another known as the Dr. Jacob Coffman farm.
The character of Col. Tipton as result of his contest with Col. Sevier over the State of Franklin, has suffered from unjust writings of Tennessee historians. Col. Sevier has been glorified. There is no real stigma on Col. Tipton.
Col. Tipton married in Shenandoah (1) Mary Butler and (2) Martha (Denton) Moore. Mary Butler was daughter of Thomas Butler killed by Indians on Cedar Creek. The assertion has been made-how correct it is unknown-that Thomas Butler was of the well known border family of the name. Pierce Butler appears as defendant in a suit in Frederick county, Va', 1751. The second wife, of Col. Tipton had a son who died at about thirty. By his first wife, Col. Tipton had children, all natives of Shenandoah, as follows, who themselves have left hundreds of descendants.
(1) Samuel born 1752 was representative of Carter county in the Tennessee legislature. He married (1) Jemima (suttee) Little and (2) Susannah Reneau (Reno). By the second wife, he was father of Maj, Abraham Tipton, representative of Johnson county Carter and Sullivan counties in the Tennessee senate. Albert Jackson Tipton, state superintendent of public instruction of Tennessee and representative of Johnson and Carter counties in the Tennessee legislature, was grandson of Samuel Tipton.
(2) Benjamin, born 1755, was Shenandoah Revolutionary militia lieutenant and went to Blount county Tenn.
(3) Capt. Abraham, born 1761, was 2d lieutenant of the 12th Virginia regiment, 1776, captain in the Virginia regiment in Clark's expedition, and killed near Louisville, KY,. 1782.
(4) William, born 1763, was in Capt. Wall's company, Col. Richard Parker's regiment,, and received three wounds at Savannah, 1779.
(5) Isaac, born 1763, was a Revolutionary soldier and father of Isaac P. Tipton, clerk of the circuit court of Carter county, Tenn., 1864-1854.
(6) Capt. Jacob, born 1765, raised a company and was killed at St. Clair's defeat, 1791. Thirty years later, Tipton county, Tenn., was named in his honor. He married Mary Bradford, leaving one daughter and one son, Gen. Jacob Tipton. The last lieutenant U.S. A., during war of 1812, and later captain, U.S.A.; clerk of the Tennessee assembly; register of the land office of East Tennessee; surveyor-general of West Tennessee districts; and brigadier-general of Tennessee militia. He married Lorena Taylor, and John A. Tipton, Tennessee district attorney-general and legislator, of Covington, Tenn., is their descendant.
(7) Thomas, married (1) a Boyles and (2) a Jobe.
(8) John, born 1767, was at the battle of New Orleans, and represented five counties in the Tennessee house of representatives ( of which he was speaker) and Tennessee senate. He married Elizabeth Snapp.
(9) Col. Jonathan, born 1776, was colonel of a light horse regiment of East Tennessee counties, 1822; representative of five counties in the Tennessee house of representatives and senate between 1807 and 1829; and surveyor-general of the Ocoee district, Tenn. His first wife Lavina Adams Williams, was niece of President
John Adams. Of his 13 children, his son, John Butler Tipton, was first clerk of Monroe county, Tenn., and surveyor-general of the Ocoee district. J. Caswell Tipton, another son, was register of the land of the Ocoee district, and representative of Bradley county in the Tennessee legislature. Another son, Rev. Lorenzo D. Tipton, Baptist chaplain, was a Confederate chaplain.
Joseph Tipton, brother of Col. John Tipton, went from Shenandoah to the Watauga settlement, now Tennessee, about 1775. He was a member of the Jonesboro conventions of 1784 and 1785 and representative of Washington county, now Tennessee, in the North Carolina constitutional convention of 1788 for considering the federal constitution.
His brother Maj. Jonathan Tipton, born 1750, in Shenandoah was first major of Washington county, N.C.' now Tenn., 1777; commanded an expedition and fought an Indian battle on Flat creed, Nolichucky river; was second in command under Campbell at King's mountain; wounded in the Indian battle at Boyd Creek, under Sevier; marched with Col. Arthur Sullivan and burned the Indian towns of Chota and Chilhowee; and went with Seveir and Shelby to the aid of Greene on the Santee river. Ramsey and other Tennessee historians have confused Col. John and Maj. Jonathan Tipton, but the foregoing is believed to be correct.
Maj. Jonathan Tipton married (1) Keziah Robertson, daughter of Maj. Charles Robertson, and (2) Levian Stephens. Draper says in "King's Mountain and its Heros" that Maj. Jonathan Tipton died in Overton county, Tenn., 1833, but a copy of his widow's pension papers in the collection of Boutwell Dunlap states he died in Cumberland county, KY. He left many descendants. Rev. S.D. Tipton, of Burnsville, N.C., is a great grandson.
Joshua Tipton, close relative of Col. John Tipton, was killed by Indians on Little Pigeon river, Tenn., 1793. He married, 1785, in Boutetourt county, Va., Jennet Shields. She was one of the twelve children of Robert Shields, born in Rockbridge county, Va., whose family moved to Seveir county, Tenn.
Joshua Tipton's son, Gen. John Tipton, born 1786, in Tennessee, served with the Yellow Jackets in the Tippecanoe campaign; was brigadier-general of Indiana militia; sheriff of Harrison count, Ind.; member of Indiana house of representatives 1820-1822; commissioner to determine the boundary line between Indiana and Illinois; U.S. IndiIndian agent for the Pottawottomies and Miamis; laid out Logansport, Ind.; and was U.S. senator from Indiana, 1832-1839.
He married Miss Shields, daughter of his mother's brother, John Shields, gunsmith and scout of the Lewis and Clark expedition. The last's wife sister of Hugh Lawson White, U.S. senator from Tennessee and candidate for President.

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Burial: Unknown, Tipton-Haynes Farm Buffalo Mountain, Erwin Highway, Johnson City,
Christening: Sinking Creek, Washington Co., TN
Military service: Abt. 1776, Virginia Service Record - Colonel
Misc.: Bet. 1795 - 1796, Signer of Tennessee's Constitution
Occupation: Farmer
Residence: Sinking Creek, Washinton County, Tennessee

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Died shortly after birth of 9th son, Jonathon

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Cause of Death: Complications from Childbirth

Marriage Notes for J
married about 25 years.

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Martha "Mary" DENTON was born in 1736 in Shenandoah CO, VA. Died in 1794 in Washington CO, TN. Martha married John Tipton and came with him to Washington CO, NC as his second wife. She had 9 children by her first marriage as did Col. Tipton by his first marriage. They added another to the total when they gave birth to Abraham in 1778.
She married Dr. James MOORE in 1751. Dr. James MOORE died in 1776 in VA.

She also married Colonel John TIPTON on 22 Jul 1777 in VA. Colonel John TIPTON was born on 15 Aug 1730 in Baltimore, MD. Died in Aug 1813 in Washington CO, TN. From the Tennessee Valley Historical Review: "The Dentons were American patriots during the French & Indian War as well as the Revolutionary War and served their country well. Some of them served under the command of Colonel John Tipton in the Shenandoah country, and before the struggle for American Independence was over, followed Colonel Tipton into the Watauga settlement."
John was a justice of Dunmore CO, NY in 1772. He owned land at or near Toms Brook.

From: "A History of Shenandoah CO, VA" by John W. Wayland: "Col. John Tipton was Justice and Vestryman of Beckford Parish of Dunmore and Shenandoah; Shenandoah Captain in Dunmore's War; Revolutionary officer, County Lieutenant and Sheriff of Shenandoah; Representative of Dunmore in the Virginia Constitutional Convention of 1776 and in the Virginia House of Delegates, 1776-1777, Representative of Washington CO, NC (now TN) in the Jonesboro or Franklin conventions of 1784 and 1785; Representative in the NC Senate, Representative of Washington CO in the House of Representatives of the Territory of the U.S. South of the River Ohio; Representative of Washington CO in the Tennessee Constitutional Convention of 1796; Representative of Washington CO in the Tennessee Senate.

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Burial: Unknown, Johnson City on Tipton Farm, Tn
Residence: Washington County, Tenn
Children of J
71. i.   SAMUEL18 TIPTON, b. June 07, 1752, Cedar Creek, Shenandoah Co., VA; d. July 21, 1833, Elizabethton, Carter Co., TN.
72. ii.   BENJAMIN TIPTON, b. 1755, Shenandoah Co., VA; d. February 1807, Blount Co., TN.
73. iii.   ABRAHAM TIPTON, b. September 13, 1761, Cedar Creek, Shenandoah Co., VA; d. September 02, 1781, Louisville, KY.
74. iv.   WILLIAM TIPTON, b. September 13, 1761, Cedar Creek, Shenandoah Co., VA; d. November 03, 1849, Blount Co., TN.
75. v.   ISAAC TIPTON, b. 1763, Cedar Creek VA; d. January 06, 1827, Carter Co., TN.
76. vi.   JACOB TIPTON, b. 1765, Cedar Creek, Shenandoah Co., VA; d. November 04, 1791, Western Ohio, St. Clairs Defeat, Mercer Ohio.
77. vii.   THOMAS TIPTON, b. August 27, 1771, Cedar Creek, Shenandoah Co., VA; d. Abt. 1845, Ringgold, Walker Co., GA.
78. viii.   JOHN TIPTON, b. April 21, 1767, Shenandoah Co., VA; d. October 08, 1831, Nashville, TN.
79. ix.   JONATHAN TIPTON, b. June 08, 1776, Cedar Creek VA; d. November 08, 1858, Eve's Mill, Monroe Co., TN.
Children of JOHN TIPTON and MARTHA DENTON are:
  x.   ABRAHAM18 TIPTON, b. Abt. 1778, Shenandoah Co., VA; d. April 20, 1820, Carter Co., TN.
Abraham is buried with his mother, Martha Denton Tipton and his father, Colonel John Tipton at the Tipton-Haynes farm ( just outside of Johnson City, TN). Their home is now an historical landmark.

On February 12, 1814, petitioned court to legitimize his four children.

Petition to Legitmatize [sic] Abraham TIPTON's Child. 1814 . . . Abraham TIPTON a citizen of the County of Washington represents to your worships that he has had four illigettimate [sic] children by a woman formerly of the name of Polly BOREN with whom he has lately intermarried. The names of which said children has went by are Kitty BOREN, Abraham BOREN, Isaac BOREN and Kacob [sic] BOREN. Your petitioner further represents that he has also had an illegitimate child by a woman of the name of Hannah COOK, the name which the child has went by is Anny COOK. Your petitioner is desirous of ligetimitating [sic] said children so that they can inherit his estate in the same manner as if they had been born in lawful manner & also to have the names of said children altered. . . he also prays that the names of said children may be altered as follows that is to say the name of Kitty BOREN to that of Kitty TIPTON, the name of Abraham BOREN to that of Abraham TIPTON, the name of Isaac BOREN to that of Isaac TIPTON, the name of Jacob BOREN to that of Jacob TIPTON, and the name of Anny COOK to that of Anny TIPTON. / Feb. 12, 1814 / Abraham Tipton / Feby Session 1814.
1814. Abraham TIPTON having presented the following petition to this court to have certain illegetimate [sic] children therein maintained legitimatized & their names altered. It is the opinion of the Court that the prayer of the petition be granted the reasons in said petition contained being in the opinion of the Court sufficient for granting the same. . . --"Miscellaneous Records" from Washington Co., TN (the late Mary Hardin McCown was in charge of this project). Bulletin, published by Watauga Association of Genealogists, Upper East Tennessee, v.23, no.2 (1994): 93-100 (typescript courtesy Marian Carter Ledgerwood, August 25, 2000).

Tipton Family Genealogy Forum. Posted by Debbie <>, July 19, 2000, message #1115. Abraham TIPTON II had four [five] children out of wedlock. He filed a petition in Washngton Co., TN, to legitimize these children: Anne COOK (mother - Hannah COOK), Catherine, Abraham H., and Isaac Gilbert BOREN [and Jacob] (mother - Mary "Polly" BOREN), five days after he married Mary BOREN. They had two more children: Jacob Jackson and Leona. After Abraham II died his widow Polly TIPTON married Mark MORGAN. They moved to Monroe Co., TN.

Abraham was born shortly after the death of his half brother by the same name. Col. John Tipton, Martha Denton Tipton and their son, Abraham are buried at Tipton-Haynes Farm, Erwin Highway (just outside of Johnson City,TN). Their home is now an historical landmark.

  xi.   MINERVA TIPTON, b. 1782; d. Unknown.
died young

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