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A history of Tennessee and Tennesseans: the leaders and ..., Volume 8 By Will Thomas Hale, Dixon Lanier Merritt,+The+First+Five+American+Generations&source=bl&ots=FY_8G3lwNW&sig=arRtOuTOfj7jvgtkwYPJur7pgKg&hl=en&ei=MVfKTNaNGYX6swPdqfjxDg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=8&ved=0CC4Q6AEwBzgU#v=onepage&q=Tipton%2C%20The%20First%20Five%20American%20Generations&f=false



"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.".....

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 deputy 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 minister and Chaplain for the 5th Mounted Regiment in 1865."


Birth: Jun. 8, 1776

Death: Nov. 8, 1858

Jonathan served in his brother Jacob's company of militia in 1791 and was made a colonel of the Light Horse regiment in the Carter Co. Militia in 1822. He was elected as a member of the legislature from Carter and Washington Counties in 1807 and 1809. In 1810, he moved to Blount Co. and settled at Clover Hill. He represented Blount Co. in the state legislature from 1811 to 1821 and represented both Blount and Monroe Counties in 1825 and 1826. Jonathan moved to Monroe Co. around 1827 and settled at Eve's Mill. He represented Monroe Co. in the legislature during the years 1827 and 1829.

Family links: 
 Lavina Williams Tipton (1776 - 1836)* 
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Steekee Cemetery

Loudon County

Tennessee, USA

53. COLONEL JONATHAN4 TIPTON (JOHN3, JONATHAN2, JONATHAN1) was born 08 Jun 1776 in Shenandoah, VA, and died 08 Nov 1858 in Monroe County, Tennessee. He married (1) LAVINIA ADAMS WILLIAMS 15 Mar 1795 in Carter County, Tennessee, daughter of EDMUND WILLIAMS and LUCRETIA ADAMS. She was born 28 Jul 1776 in Carter County, Tennessee, and died 24 Sep 1836 in Monroe County, Tennessee. He married (2) MARGARET SINGLETON24 05 Oct 1837 in Blount County, TN. She was born 18 Feb 1786 in Tennessee, and died 30 Oct 1866 in Tennessee.


1850 Monroe Co., TN, Disk 3, Roll 891, page 32

10th day of September

Jonathan Tipton 77 Farmer VA

Margaret 64 TN

John Singleton 20 Farmer TN

The following abstract was taken from the book Tennessee Cousins, page 53:


     Agreement, September 13, 1802, between Lucretia Williams, of Carter County v. Jonathan Tipton: 
     The said LUCRETIA WILLIAMS does consent and agree with the said       Tipton to live with him her life time, for which support the said LUCRETIA WILLIAMS does give unto the said TIPTON for his proper use all of her worldly property and estate. Signed: 
                                   Lucretia x Williams 
                                   Jonathan Tipton 
     Witnessed by MATHEW KEEN and ABRAHAM TIPTON. Proved in open court. 
           GEO. WILLIAMS, Clerk Carter Co. 
     JONATHAN TIPTON married LAVINIA WILLIAMS the daughter of Edmund WILLIAMS and his wife LUCRETIA. He settled in Monroe County,Tennessee, where he left a will dated September 25, 1843, in which he       named his children and his wife MARGARET-he having married a second time, after the death of LAVINIA WILLIAMS, his first wife. 
     JONATHAN TIPTON and his first wife LAVINIA WILLIAMS had the following children: 
     1. Mary Ann Tipton m. Wear 
     2. John B. Tipton 
     3. Edmund W. Tipton (Surveyor) 
     4. Willie B. Tipton 
     5. Lucretia Tipton m. Bradford 
     6. Triphenia Tipton 
     7. Sarah Tipton m. Wilkerson 
     8. Lorenza Dow Tipton 
     9. Pleasant M. Tipton 
     10. Eldridge G. Tipton 
     11. Jonathan C. Tipton 
     12. Quincy Adams Tipton 
     13. Lavinia Tipton 
     Left to his wife MARGARET TIPTON the amount of estate and property he got with her in marriage. BURRELL, ROSE, and SOPHIA TIPTON, children by MARGARET and the three by her former marriage, whose names were MANERVY, SUSIE, and SIMON...? 


Tipton, Jonathan Col. Nov 26, 1858 Athens Post: aged 82, for last thirty odd years a citizen of Monroe County; died at his residence on Tenn. River Monday the 8th inst. His father emigrated to this country when he was quite young from Shenandoah Co., Va. member of the State legislature for 21 sessions. Leaves large family of children.

Loudon County, Tennessee, Cemetery Inscriptions

Steekee Cemetery, Loudon Tn. Pt2

Last Name: Tipton,

First Name: Jonathan

Other: s/o John & Mary Butler Tipton

Birth Date: Jun. 8, 1776,

Death Date: Nov. 8, 1858

Born and reared during times

that tried Men's souls,

Jonathan Tipton proved a worthy son of a noble sire,

so wise and just was he,

so true to every trust reposed in him,

Both Public and private,

that when a ripe old age,

He was gathered to his Fathers,

He left to his children,

and his children's children,

a name worthy to be honored and revered

to their latest generation.

Birth and death dates were found in the Tipton Family Bible


Burial: Nov 1858, Steekee Cemetery, Loudon Co., TN


There is speculation that Lavinia was the niece of President John Adams. She and Jonathan had 13 children.

Loudon County, Tennessee, Cemetery Inscriptions

Lavinia, Dau. Of Edward & Lugretia Adams William

Wife of Jonathan Tipton

July 28, 1776

Sept. 24, 1836


Burial: Sep 1836, Steekee Cemetery, Loudon Co., TN



204. i. MARYANNE W.5 TIPTON, b. 10 May 1796, Washington County, Tennessee; d. 21 Mar 1878, Cherokee Co., AL.

205. ii. JOHN BUTLER TIPTON, b. 16 Dec 1797, Washington County, Tennessee; d. 20 Nov 1873, Monroe County, Tennessee.

206. iii. BRIGADIERE GENERAL EDMUND WILLIAMS TIPTON, b. 17 Jun 1799, Washington Co.,Tennessee; d. 09 Oct 1865, Tennessee.

207. iv. WILLIAM BLOUNT TIPTON, SR., b. 21 Apr 1801, Washington County, Tennessee; d. 06 Oct 1880, Tennessee.

208. v. LUCRETIA ADAMS TIPTON, b. 24 Jan 1804, Washington County, Tennessee; d. Abt. 1885, Polk Co., Missouri.

209. vi. TRYPHONIA WHITSON TIPTON, b. 06 Feb 1806, Washington County, Tennessee; d. 01 Sep 1863, Lawrence Co., Missouri.

 vii.   SARAH HOSS TIPTON, b. 11 Oct 1808, Washington County, Tennessee; d. 13 Jul 1849; m. DR. JOHN WILKERSON, Abt. 1828, Tennessee; b. Abt. 1803; d. Unknown. 

Burial: Jul 1849

210. viii. REVERAND LORENZO DOW TIPTON, b. 08 Jun 1810, Loudon County, Tennessee; d. 12 Sep 1894, Barton Chapel, Texas.

211. ix. MAJOR PLEASANT MADISON TIPTON, b. 25 Feb 1812, Blount County, Tennessee; d. 04 Apr 1875, Dyer County, Tennessee.

 x.   ELDRIDGE GARY TIPTON, b. 15 Dec 1814, Blount County, Tennessee; d. 22 Feb 1845; m. MATILDA J. BLANKENSHIP, 20 Feb 1842, Blount County, Tennessee25; b. Abt. 1822; d. Unknown. 

Burial: Feb 1845

212. xi. GENERAL JONATHAN CASWELL TIPTON, b. 13 Dec 1816, Blount County, Tennessee; d. 15 Nov 1896, Tennessee.

213. xii. QUINCY ADAMS TIPTON, SR., b. 01 Jul 1819, Blount County, Tennessee; d. 15 Sep 1900, Loudon County, Tennessee.

214. xiii. RUTH LAVINIA TIPTON, b. 02 Jan 1821, Madison County, Tennessee; d. 11 Mar 1911, Cove Methodist, Kensington, Walker County, GA.


The Connection in East Tennessee By Izora Waters Frizzell, Olga Jones Edwards


1114 Col. John Tipton came to Tenn. in Oct. 1782. His early power struggle with John Sevier is mentioned in all the Tenn. histories. Col. Tipton was born in 1732 on the Shenandoah in Va. His parents were Jonathan Tipton (b. 3-25-1699 d. abt 1759) and Sarah Pierce. He married 1st in 1753 Mary Butler who died 6-8-1776. Her father was killed by the Indians. His 2nd wife was Martha Moore.

Children of Col. John Tipton

1. Col. Jonathan b. 6-8-1776 d. 11-8.1858 m. 1st Lavina Williams 2nd Marg. Singleton

2. Samuel became the representative from Carter Co.

3. Benjamin m. 1st Rebecca Ray 2nd Rebecca Cusick

4. Capt. Abraham killed by the Indians near the falls of the Ohio, at age 26

5. Col. William (Fighting Billy) m. Phoebe Moore

6. Isaac moved from Cater Co. to Blount Co.

7. Capt. Jacob killed by Indians

8. Thomas had a dau. Ruth who m. Joshua Jobe. Jacob son of Thomas was killed by the Indians

9. John was a representative from Sullivan Co.

10. Abraham, son of 2nd wife died at age 30


1115 (1114) Col. Jonathan Tipton b. 6-8-1776 Shenandoah, Va. d 10-8-1858 Monroe Co., Tenn. m 1st 3-5-1795 Lavina William b 7-28-1776 d 9-24-1836 p Edmund Williams and Lucretia Adams. Col. Jonathan Tipton m 2nd 10-5-1837 Margaret Singleton. All the children by his 1st wife.

Children of Col Jonathan Tipton

1. John Butler b 12-26-1797 d 11-20-1873 m 1824 Louisiana Wear p Capt. Robert Wear and Lucretia Thomas. They had 14 children.

2. Jonathan Caswell m. Elizabeth Sharon

3. Lorenzo Dow b. 1810 d 1894 m. Mary Ann Wilson

4. Edmund Williams married twice

5. Lucretia Adams m a Bradford

7. Tryphenia Whitson b 2-6-1806 d 9-1-1863 m 8-8-1826 Pleasant Miller Wear p Col. Samuel Wear and Mary Gilliland

8. Sarah Hoss m John Wilkinson

9. Pleasant Madison m Charity Allen

10. Lavinia m. Calvin Hale (Hall)

11. Elleridge Gary m Matilda Blankinship

12. Quincy Adams

13. Mary Ann b. 1796 d 1869 m Wm. Weir p James Weir and Margaret Sharp

Abstracted Will of Col. Jonathan Tipton

1116 Jonathan Tipton made his will on 9-23-1843 and it was probated in the Dec. term of Court in 1858. The will is not prcisely worded and probably for that reason it was contested "(1) to my wife Margaret the estate and property she brought into the marriage. (The slaves) Burrell, Rose, Sophy and her (Sophy's) three children, Manervy, Sary, Simon and all the other property I got with her in marriage. Also one half the land I live on containing 600 acres, also the buildings, also the note on John Stephens for $193, the note on Robert Porter for $488, and the note on Ruth and Lillard for $385. Also farming equipment and a years provisions.

"The balance to my children: (2) Mary Ann Weir $600 (3) John B. $600 (4) Edmund W. $600 (5) Willie B. $600 (6) Lucretia Bradford $600 (7) Tryphenia Wear $700 (8) Sarah Wilkinson $200 (9) Lorenzo D. $100 (10) Pleasant M. $600 (11) Ellridge G. (no amt. named) (12) Jonathan C. $600 (13) Quincy A. $600 (14) Lavina and Calvin Hall $700."

William Haskell and John B. Tipton were named executors and the will witnessed by John McClain and John Rider.

On 1-28-1853 Jonathan Tipton added a codicil to his will in which he staed that although his grandson George B. Tipton was made equal by law with on of his own children he thought it proper to make him equal with his granchildren who were the children of John and Sarah Wilkinson. John Rider and John McClain also witnessed the codicil.


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Jonathan IV Tipton, Col.'s Timeline

June 8, 1776
Shenandoah, Dunsmore County, Virginia
May 10, 1796
Age 19
Carter, TN, USA
December 16, 1797
Age 21
Carter County, Tennessee
June 17, 1799
Age 23
Washington County, Tennessee
April 21, 1801
Age 24
Washington Count, Tennessee
January 24, 1804
Age 27
Washington Count, Tennessee
October 11, 1804
Age 28
Washington Count, Tennessee
February 6, 1806
Age 29
Washington Count, Tennessee
June 8, 1810
Age 34
Clover Hill, TN, USA