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John Tipton

Also Known As: "Colonel"
Birthdate: (82)
Birthplace: Baltimore,,Maryland,USA
Death: August 9, 1813 (82)
Johnson City, Washington, Tennessee, United States
Place of Burial: On his farm in Tennessee on Buffalo Mountain.
Immediate Family:

Son of Jonathan Tipton and Elizabeth Tipton
Husband of Mary Tipton and Martha Mary Tipton
Father of Samuel Tipton, Tennessee House of Representatives; Lt Benjamin Tipton, Lt.; Abraham B Tipton, Capt.; Isaac Perry Tipton; Capt. Jacob Tipton and 7 others
Brother of Edward Tipton, II; Sarah Tipton and William Tipton
Half brother of Thomas Charles Deadman; Joseph Tipton; Mordecai Tipton; Josehua Tipton; Benjamin Tipton and 7 others

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About Col. John Tipton

A Patriot of the American Revolution for Virginia with the rank of COLONEL. DAR Ancestor # A115932

John Tipton was a captain in Lord Dunmore's war, but he more generally was known as Col. John Tipton.

Col. John Tipton

Born on August 15, 1730, Col. John Tipton resided in Baltimore County until 1747 when his family moved to the Shenandoah Valley near Winchester, Virginia. While there he married his first wife, Mary Butler and had his first nine children. In Virginia, he held many political and military appointments. During the Revolutionary War, Col. Tipton aided the colonies as a recruiting officer. At the death of Mary (1776) he married Martha Denton Moore. He moved his family to Washington Co. (TN) in 1783, which was then part of North Carolina. Col. Tipton served in the North Carolina legislature and led the opposition to the State of Franklin. A significant battle between John Sevier and Col. Tipton was fought in 1788 on his farm. He served as a member of the Territorial Assembly, U.S. Territory South of the Ohio River, and represented Washington Co. in the 1st General Assembly of Tennessee. Col. Tipton died in August of 1813 and is buried in the cemetery located on the site.

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14. JOHN4 TIPTON (JONATHAN3, JONATHAN2, EDWARD1) was born August 15, 1730 in Baltimore County Maryland, and died 1813 in Johnson County Tennessee. He married (1) MARY BUTLER 1751 in Shenandoah County Virginia, daughter of THOMAS BUTLER. She was born 1732, and died June 08, 1776 in Shenandoah County Virginia. He married (2) MARTHA DENTON July 22, 1777 in Shenandoah County Virginia. She died 1794 in Shenandoah Virginia.

Notes for JOHN TIPTON:

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, TN after 6-1-1796) 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.


Marriage: 1751, Shenandoah County Virginia


Marriage: July 22, 1777, Shenandoah County Virginia


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The Tipton's had more to do with the early history of Tenn. than any others. Strong consideration was given to naming the state "Tipton" in their honor. Col. John Tipton was born in Baltimore, MD. In the Rev. War he was a Colonel, commanding a regiment. He was a member of the virginia House of Burgesses. His home in Tenn is now a historic monument. He had 7 son's by Mary Butter and Martha Denton. Five of them fought in the Revolutionary war. One of his son's was on Andrew jackson's staff during the battle of New Orleans.

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  • 'Founders and Patriots of America Index By National Society of Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America
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  • Edward (1618/20-....) m. .... (1) Elizabeth ......; ....(2) Margaret Downing MD XXXII, 171
  • Jabez Murray (Nov.17, 1754-Dec. 25, 1818) m. Mary 8, 1788 Elizabeth Mitchell XXXII, 244
  • John (July 6, 1726-Nov. 18, 1808) m. Feb. 8, 1747 Martha Murray XXXII, 244
  • ' John (Aug. 15, 1730-Aug. 1813) m. 1751 Mary Butler XXXII, 170, 171
  • Jonathan (1639-Jan. 21, 1757) (age 118 Years) m. ... Sarah Pierce MD XXXII, 244
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  • 'Lord Dunmore's little war of 1774: his captains and their men who opened up ... By Warren Skidmore, Donna Kaminsky
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  • 'Captain Tipton was born on 15 August 1730 in St. Paul's Parish at Baltimore, a son of Jonathan & Elizabeth (Edwards) Tipton. He married firstly Mary Murray about 1747 at Baltimore, then Mary, a daughter of Thomas Butler in 1753 at Cedar Creek in Shenandoah County, Virginia, and lastly Martha, a daughter of Abraham Denton II (and the widow of James Moore) on 22 July 1777 in the same county. He was a Gentleman Justice and Vestryman for Beckford Parish, served on the Resolution Committee in June 1774, and the Virginia Contitutional Convention of 1776 for what is now Shenandoah County. He was also the Sheriff and County-Lieutenant, and represented it in the House of Delegates (when Dunmore) in 1776-7, and as Shenandoah in 1778-81. He went soon after to Washington County, Tennessee (then North Carolina) which he represented in the Jonesboro and Franklin Conventions in 1784 and 1785. He also served in the North Carolina Senate, and represented the county in the 1796 Tennessee Constitutional Convention. Colonel Tipton died on 9 August 1813 at his homestead on Sinking Creek in Washington County, Tennessee but was buried at Elizabethton, Carter County, Tennessee.
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  • 'A history of Tennessee and Tennesseans: the leaders and ..., Volume 8 By Will Thomas Hale, Dixon Lanier Merritt
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  • At the home of her parents at Elizabethton, Tennessee, on July 16, 1867, Captain Jones was married to Miss Martha Jane Tipton, daughter of Albert Jackson Tipton and Catherine Wright, his wife, granddaughter of James Ireland Tipton and his first wife Nancy Patterson, and through her great-grandfather Samuel Tipton and his wife Susannah Reneau descended in the fifth generation from 'Colonel John Tipton--Tennessee pioneer, soldier and statesman, who though, with five of his sons, an active participant in the Revolutionary war as colonel of the militia of Shenandoah county, Virginia, captain at the Battle of Point Pleasant, member of the Virginia Convention of 1776, for twenty-seven years member of the legislative bodies of Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee, is best known to the readers of Tennessee history as the bitter political opponent of John Sevier in the stormy life and fall of the State of Franklin.
  • 'Col. John Tipton was born in Baltimore county, Maryland, about 1732, came to Frederick county, Virginia, between 1745-1750, about the time of his marriage to Mary Butler, daughter of Thomas Butler of Cedar Creek. She died June, 1776, and Col. John Tipton did not remove to Tennessee until after 1782--some years after his second marriage to the widow, Mrs. Martha Denton Moore, July 22, 1777, though two brothers, Jonathan and Joseph had preceded him to Watauga by several years. Colonel Tipton is said to have died August, 1813, at his home on Sinking Creek, Washington county, Tennessee, three miles from Johnson City, and he and his second wife lie buried on the hill above the old house which stands unchanged, though built more than a hundred years ago. For the life of Col. John Tipton and the conspicuous part Tipton family have played in the political and military history of the State of Tennessee, see sketch following on the Tipton family and articles in the Knoxville Sentinel of the following dates: March 28th, April 4th, April 11th, April 18th, April 25th and May 2nd, 1908.
  • Martha Jane (Tipton) Jones, born August 31 1846, and whose death occurred July 28, 1913, was a woman of the rarest intellectual attainments, one whose education was not closed with the completion of the curriculum offered by her home town schools at Elizabethton or that of the Synodical College at Rogersville, which she attended until the war broke out;--truly, the World was her school, Travel her teacher, Nature her book, and God her Friend. Born with a rare susceptibility to receive impressions from God's Works in their correct proportions and correlations, endowed with an alert and sagacious mind, a gigantic and unassailable memory, her aggressive thirst for knowledge sought alike the fields of nature, science, history and art, and though the mother of thirteen children, nine of whom she reared to maturity, she was ever abreast of the times, genuinely conversant upon government and political conditions at home and abroad, and more than superficially informed of the great advances in science, manufacture and art--a strong-minded woman indeed but she herself never suspected how much.
  • Thirteen children were born to John M. Jones and his wife, Martha Tipton, nine of whom are living to bless and honor the memory of their parents. They are as follows: Cora Lee, who died in infancy; Mollie Tipton, who died in infancy; William Albert, general manager of the Park Woolen Mills at Chattanooga; Samuel Tipton, president of the Bank of Sweetwater; John McClurg, Jr., who is mayor and a manufacturer of Sweetwater; Anna Belle, wife of Fred A. Carter, of Sweetwater; Ben Dickinson, president of the Eagle Flouring Mills; Kate Lenoir, who died in infancy; Oliver King, who is a member of the Guthrie-Bradley & Jones Mercantile Firm at Sweetwater; Nancy Elizabeth, at home; Mamie Rachel, wife of W. D. Gilman, Jr., of Chattanooga; Myrtle, who died at the age of six years; and Sue Coffin, at home.
  • ' "Colonel John Tipton was born 1732-5 in Baltimore county, Maryland, of honored lineage', his ancestors having settled in that province before 1700, and from which province as a nucleus all branches of the Tipton family in United States today appear to have radiated. All the early records show conclusively that the Tiptons were English, eminently so; tradition says three brothers came to Maryland; some say by way of Scotland, others by way of Ireland but ultimately from the city of Tipton, Staffordshire, England, centuries old and whose parish records date from 1513. The Land Office at Annapolis records the arrival of Edward Tipton as 1668 on the ship "Friendship" of London, while the Annapolis Gazette of January 27, 1757, recites the death of Jonathan Tipton in Baltimore county, early in that month at the age of one hundred eighteen years. It further states that he was "born in Kingston on Jamaica which place he left while young and has lived almost ever since in this Province"--his youngest sons being reckoned among the oldest men of Baltimore county. Here the land and church records for one hundred and fifty years attest convincingly the prominence and loyalty of this family.
  • The entry of the Tipton Family in Tennessee history dates back to the year 1775, when the name of Jonathan Tipton appears among the first patentees in the Watauga Settlement under the authority of Charles Robertson's purchases from the Indian. (Ramsey, page 129.) The same of following year Jonathan Tipton is one of the signers petitioning North Carolina to annex the Watauga Settlement. As early as 1784 three Tipton brothers--'Colonel John', Joseph and Major Jonathan are settled in the district of Washington and identified actively as leaders in its military and political life. 'Colonel John Tipton, the eldest, was born in Baltimore county, Maryland, 1732-5, from which Province he removed with his father about 1750 to Frederick county, Virginia, and settled on Cear Creek five and one-half miles southeast of Woodstock'. Here his brother Jonatha, was born, 1750. So far as the writer can learn there were four sons, 'Colonel John', Joseph, Mordecai and Major Jonathan, though the father was married twice, and there were doubtless other children (Joshua Tipton who was in Tennessee as early as 1786, and who was killed on the Little Pigeon River by the Indians, April 18, 1793, was another brother or the son of Mordecai, since his son Senator John Tipton of Indiana stated that 'Colonel John was his Uncle'). While some authorities claim that the father died in Frederick county, Virginia, Mr. Nelson is of the opinion that the Jonathan Tipton the first to come to Tennessee was the father and not son, Major Jonathan. Be this as it may Major Jonathan and his brother Joseph were in the Watauga Settlement previous to 1777, 'but it was not until 1783 that Colonel John removed from Virginia."...... '
  • ' "Colonel John Tipton was married 1750-1 to Mary Butler, daughter of Thomas Bulter, who was killed by the Indians on his farm on Cedar Creek, Shenandoah county, Va., at the beginning of the Revolutionary War. She bore him nine sons, to-wit; Samuel, Benjamin, Abraham, William, Isaac, Jacob, John, Thomas, Jonathan. Mary (Butler) Tipton died in Shenandoah coutny, June 8, 1776. July 22, 1777, Colonel Tipton was married to Marth (Denton) Moore, widow of Dr. James Moore, Shenandoah county. By her he had one son, who was killed in Clark's Expediton against the Indians 1782. Colonel Tipton is said to have had several daughters; whether by the first or second marriage is unknown, as are their names also. Col. John Tipton died, it is said, August, 1813, and, with his wife Martha, is buried on his farm on Sinking Creek, on the hill above the historic old house that still stands pratically unchanged since its erection before 1800. Here after 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 became the home of Tennessee's silver-tongued orator, Landon C. Haynes.".....
  • "Samuel Tipton was born June 7, 1572, and died July 21, 1833, Carter county, Tennessee, nine children surviving him--Mary (Tipton) Boyd, Catharine (Tipton) Dunlap, James Ireland Tipton, Abraham, John B., Isaac, Samuel, Elizabeth (Tipton) Lacy and Margaret (Tipton) Kuhn. He was probably married twice, first to the widow Jemima Little, June 1776, Shenandoah county, and before 1792 to Susannah Reneau who died February 10, 1853, at the age of eighty-five years, three months, twenty-six days. Samuel Tipton owned the land where Elizabethton now stands, up and down the Watauga and Doe Rivers for seven miles." "Abraham Tipton, son of Samuel, was a soldier in the War of 1812, in Cole's Company and wounded at Selma, Alabama." "Albert Jackson Tipton, a grandson of the Samuel above (and a son of James Ireland Tipton and Nancy (Patterson) Tipton), was sheriff ".... "The late Albert H. Tipton of Elizabethton, who was fire marshal and assistant commissioner of agraculture, was a grandson of this Albert Jackson Tipton. Another grandson of Samuel Tipton, Sr. --Samuel Patterson Tipton-- has a brilliant military record in three wars:"...."his son James I. Tipton serving in the latter company as 1st lieutenant. Another Samuel Tipton descendant of Samuel Sr. served in the 13th Tennessee Cavalry, while a grandson, James I. R. Boyd, Captain of Company B, Fourth Tennessee, and two of his sons served with distinction--all in the Federal army."
  • Benjamin Tipton, 'son of Colonel John', was also in the revolution, having in 1778 served as ensign and later Lieutenant of the Militia of Shenandoah. Benjamin Tipton appears to have settled early in Blount county, Tennessee.
  • Capt. Abraham Tipton, 'third son of Col. John and Mary (Butler) Tipton', was commissioned 2d lieutenant of 12th Virginia Regiment in 1777, and six months later made 1st lieutenant. Subsequently served as captain of the Virginia State Regiment in Clark's Expedition against the Indians in the northwest and was killed near the Falls of the Ohio, September 2, 1782, being only about twenty-six years of age, and unmarried.
  • William Tipton, 'fourth son of Col. John Tipton', born December 13, 1761, Shenandoah county, was a soldier in the Continental Service from Virginia during the Revolution and in Captain Wall's Company, Col. Richard Parker's Regiment, and is familiarly known as "Fighting or Revolutionary Billy Tipton." At Savannah, October 9, 1779, he received three wounds, one a ball through the right shoulder, another through the right hip and another which broke two of his left ribs. His pension declaration gives details of this unique character. He married Phoebe Moore and early removed from Greene to Blount county, where he died subsequent to November 1842. His descendants are found fighting in every war since the Revolution. ...."Three grandsons fought in the Mexican war--William Tipton (regiment unknown), Corporal Hampton Tipton and Joel Tipton of Co. K, 1st Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry. In the Civil war five grandsons fought--Jacob Tipton (son of Isaac, son of Jacob) in Company A, 6th Tennessee Infantry Federal army, while C. Tipton, son of Billy, had four sons in the Confederate service, two in 63d Tennessee Infantry, Blair's Regiment, and John C. and W. H. were of Company K, 2d Tennessee Cavalry.
  • Isaac Tipton, 'fifth son of Colonel John', died January 6, 1827, and is buried at Green Hill cemetery, near Elizabethton, where he owned very extensive rich farming land." ...."Isaac P. Tipton, clerk of the circuit court of Carter county, 1846-54, and a son of Isaac Sr., had four sons-in-law in the Federal army and three sons in the Confederate service--Elbert, a mere lad, Winfield Scott, and Robert, who enlisted in the 19th Tennesse Infantry Regiment, and was killed during the war."
  • Ramsey related the touching story of the 'sixth son of Colonel John'--the brave Captain Jacob Tipton, who, when peace was restored to his own frontier, raised a company and marched from Elizabethton and fell at St. Clair's Defeat, November 4, 1791, about the age of 16 years. Tipton county, Tennessee, was thus named in 1821 by the Tennessee Legislature in honor of the patriotic young captain. Capt. Jacob Tipton married in 1788, Mary Bradford, and left two children, a daughter and a son--Gen. Jacob Tipton, who for many years was register of the Land Office of East Tennessee.... "Through the marriage of Gen. Jacob Tipton and Lorina Taylor, aunt of Gen. Robert L. Taylor, is descended John A. Tipton of Covington, Tennessee,"
  • Thomas Tipton, the 'seventh son of Col. John', was too young to fight in the Revolution. He married --- Broyles and had two children, a son Jacob, a mere youth who followed the soldiers and was killed by the Indians. The daughter Ruth, born in 1791, married --- Jobe, and their descendants reside largely in Elizabethton, Tennessee. Thomas Tipton and his wife removed to Blount county, and later to Ringgold, Georgia, where they died.
  • John Tipton, the 'seventh son of Col. John' and desgnated hereafter as John Tipton of Sullivan county, was married in Shenandoah county, Virginia, October 28, 1791, to Elizabeth Snapp and did not remove to Tennessee until 1797 and settled in Sullivan county,....."After the death of Col. John Tipton, his son removed to his father's home in Washington county, ..." "He died in Nashville, Tennessee, October 8, 1831, and inscribed on his monument is "Hero, Patriot, Statesman.""Incorruptible Patriot." John Tipton had eleven children--one of whom Abram Butler Tipton served with his father in the War of 1812. His son, William Rutledge, served in the Indian War,...."William Rutledge Tipton had two sons, George A. Tipton and John A. Tipton, both of Company G, 19th Tennessee; the latter brother died at Murfreesboro. Through the marriage of a daughter of John Tipton, of Sullivan, to E. L. Baumgartner,....."
  • Jonathan Tipton, Jr., the 'youngest son of Colonel John Tipton and his wife Mary (Butler) Tipton', was born June 8, 1776, at which time his mother died. Jonathan Tipton Jr. was married twice; first to Lavina Williams, daughter of Lucretia (Adams) Williams, sister of President John Adams. Lavina died September 24, 1836, and Jonathan married a second time, his widow, Margaret, surviving him." "Of his thirteen children, his oldest son John Butler Tipton was the first clerk of Monroe county,...." " his young brother Jonathan Caswell duputy to the general surveyor." "His son, William Sharon Tipton, late of Cleveland, Tennessee, was in 1891 United States Marshal. Rev. Lorenzo Dowe Tipton, fifth son of Jonathan Tipton Jr., was a Baptist mnister and Chaplain for the 5th Mounted Regiment in 1865."
  • Abraham Tipton, 'son of Colonel John Tipton, by his second wife, Martha (Denton) Moore Tipton', was named for his half-brother, Capt. Abraham Tipton, who was killed 1782. Abraham Tipton, the younger, died about the age of thirty.
  • Joseph Tipton, one of the pioneer brothers of that name is believed to have come to the Watauga settlement with his brother, Jonathan, about 1775. At any rate as early as September and December, 1774, Joseph and his wife, Elizabeth, had signed the lease and released deeds respectively of their lands in Shenandoah county. "About 1809, he sold his three large tracts of land, grants from North Carolina, subsequently went to Warren county, Tennessee, where he died, prior to 1842."
  • The third of the pioneer brothers was Major Jonathan Tipton, soldier in the Revolutionary War, and second in command under General Sevier at King's Mountain. He was born in Frederick county, Virginia, 1750, but was early a member of the Watauga settlement." "His pension declaration further states that he lived in Washington county, in North Carolina, until seventeen years after the war, then moved to Buncombe county, North Carolina, and lived there about twenty-seven years, then moved to Overton county, Tennessee, where he lived at the time of his death, January 18, 1833. Major Jonathan was married in April, 1810, in Buncombe county, North Carolina, to Levina Stephens who in 1853 was in White county, Tennessee, aged sixty-seven years and was drawing a widow's pension. In Jonathan's declaration he mentions two sons of a former marriage--Samuel and John (who is said to have been the Tipton who married the widow of Robert Sevier)--and in 1832 he had a son, name not given, living in Buncombe county, North Carolina, Major Jonathan's first wife is said to have been a Robertson. How many children Major Jonathan had is not known; they are variously given as Samuel, John, Jonathan, Wiley, David, Jacob, Joseph, Betsy, Kennedy, William and Esau."...."Two grandsons, Jacob Tipton and a brother living 1908 in Mitchell, North Carolina county, were in the Mexican war; two grandsons, Jackson Tipton and Joe Tipton, four great-grandsons, Sid, David, of 3d North Carolina, Captain John D. in Geo. Kirk's Tennessee Regiment and Lafayette Tipton of Company D, 8th Tennessee Cavalry, and later Leieutenant of Company A, 3d North Carolina Mounted Infantry, all in the Federal army."
  • Joshua Tipton, father of Untited States Senator John Tipton, Indiana's hero, soldier and statesman, was born in Maryland and came to Tennessee before 1786, settled in Sevier county, where his son John was born August 14, 1786. Joshua Tipton was killed by the Indians April 18, 1893, on Little Pigeon river; in 1807 John Tipton with his mother and two sisters and a half-brother removed to Indiana Territory, where among the pioneers of Indiana few did a greater work than John Tipton--a great man in council and in field. ..."to the time of his death, 1839, he was Senator in the United States Congress from Indiana.
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Col. John Tipton's Timeline

August 15, 1730
June 7, 1752
Age 21
Cedar Creek, Shenandoah , Virginia, United States
Age 24
Frederick County, Virginia, United States
Age 27
Shenandoah, Va.
February 13, 1761
Age 30
Shenandoah county, North carolina, United States
Age 32
Cedar Creek, VA, USA
Age 33
Shenandoah Valley, Augusta Co., VA
Age 34
April 29, 1769
Age 38
Washington, Tennessee, United States