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John Harvey Tippets

Birthdate: (79)
Birthplace: Wilton, Hillsborough County, NH, USA
Death: February 14, 1890 (79)
Farmington, Davis County, UT, USA
Place of Burial: Farmington, Davis, UT, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of John Tippets and Abigail Tippets
Husband of Aby Jane Smith Tippets; Caroline Fidelia Tippets (Calkins) and Eleanor Wise Tippets
Father of John Austin Tippets; Moses Tippets; John Harvey Tippets; Caroline Priscinda Tippets; Abby June Tippets and 6 others
Brother of Jerusha Tippets; William Plummer Tippets; Abigail Tippets; Mariah (Mariah) Tippets; Harriet Rachel Tippets and 2 others

Occupation: Mormon Pioneer scout, farmer
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About John Harvey Tippets

Mormon Pioneer

"...Tippets, John Harvey – (11th Ten) Born Sept. 5, 1810, at Wittingham, Rockingham Co., N.H., to John and Abigail Pierce Tippets. In March of 1832, he heard of the Book of Mormon and walked 15 miles to read it. He was baptized in the fall of 1832. He remained with the Saints through the trials of Ohio, Missouri and Illinois. When the call came for volunteers to serve in the Mormon Battalion, he accepted and marched with them. He accompanied a sick detachment to Pueblo, now Colo., where the Mississippi Saints had laid over for the winter. From there he carried wages, mail and dispatches back to Winter Quarters, Neb. The 52-day trip was one of great suffering and danger. He and his companion were taken prisoner by Pawnee Indians and nearly burned at the stake. Later friendly Omaha Indians guided them to Winter Quarters. In the spring he joined the first pioneer company. When the company reached Ft. Laramie, he was sent with Apostle Amasa Lyman to go to Pueblo and bring those who had wintered there to Salt Lake. He did so and arrived in the valley on July 29. He returned to Winter Quarters that fall and brought his family west the following spring. They lived in Salt Lake City until 1856 when he was called on a mission to England. After he arrived in England, he received word that all missionaries were recalled because of Johnston's army, and he returned to find his family settled in Springville. He later moved them to Farmington, Davis Co., Utah. In 1878 he was ordained a patriarch. He suffered greatly from illness the last years of his life and died in Farmington of dropsy [edema] on Feb. 14, 1890, at age 79..."



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  1. (Abigail) Jane Smith
  2. Caroline Fidelia Calkins (Pew)
  3. Nancy Calkins
  4. Abigail Sprague
  5. Eleanor Wise

SOURCE: Larsen, Carl V. (editor);An Identification of the Original Members of the Mormon Battalion.

Biographical Summary:

"...John Harvey Tippetts was born September 2, 1810, at Wittingham, Rockingham county, New Hampshire, the son of John Tippetts and Abigail Pierce. He was baptized into the Latter-day Saint Church in the fall of 1832 and shared with its members, the trials and vicissitudes that attended the Saints in Missouri and Illinois. When the call came for the Mormon Battalion, John Harvey enlisted in Company D., leaving his wife and children in straightened circumstances. He accompanied the sick detachment to Pueblo, Colorado and, in midwinter, he and a companion started with four days' provisions and two mules to carry money, mail and messages to the families and friends of the Battalion who were still in Winter Quarters. The journey occupied fifty-two days and was attended with much suffering. The last three days they were without food and after reaching their destination they went immediately to the home of Brigham Young where they were given a hearty meal. Mr. Tippetts soon located his family and there was much rejoicing.

In the spring of 1847 John Harvey was chosen as one of the men to accompany the pioneer band to the Rocky Mountains. They traveled some five hundred miles without incident when he, with five others, was sent ahead to find a trail. They were gone several days before returning to their company. At Fort Laramie Mr. Tippetts was one of the men sent to Pueblo to meet the detachment of the Mormon Battalion and the Mississippi Saints; therefore, his arrival in the valley was delayed until July 29th.

He journeyed to Winter Quarters that same year for his family and returned with them the following spring. Living was hard that first winter as he now had a wife and four children to care for. In the spring of this same year he built a small house on his inheritance in Zion where he lived until 1856, when he was called on a mission to England. He left in September and arrived in Liverpool the 1st of January, 1857. Later that year President Young sent word for all the Latter-day Saint missionaries to return to Utah. Upon his return to Salt Lake City he found his family had moved to Springville. When peace was restored he moved to Farmington, Davis county where he took up a tract of land for farming. In 1878 he was ordained a Patriarch. During the last years of his life he suffered intensely, passing away February 14, 1890. During his life Patriarch Tippetts married three wives by whom he became the father of ten children. His wives were Jane Abigail Smith, Caroline Hawkins and Eleanor Wise.

SOURCE: Larson, Eleanor H. ; Our Pioneer Heritage, Vol. 2, p. 606


Farmington City Cemetery, Farmington, Davis, Utah, USA. Plot: D-13-3

SOURCE: Find A Grave Memorial# 2577225.


  1. John Harvey Tippetts Notebook
  2. A Sketch of the year 1845 by John H. Tippets.
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John Harvey Tippets's Timeline

September 5, 1810
Wilton, Hillsborough County, NH, USA
July 1832
Age 21
July 1832
Age 21
December 11, 1836
Age 26
Clay, MO
March 8, 1840
Age 29
Caldwell, Missouri
June 1, 1840
Age 29
Hancock, Illinois, USA
May 22, 1844
Age 33
Nauvoo, Hancock, Ilinois, United States
January 1, 1846
Age 35