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Jonathan Tipton, III

Also Known As: "Jonathan 'Major Continental Army' Tipton", "Major"
Birthdate: (82)
Birthplace: Frederick County, Virginia, United States
Death: January 18, 1833 (82)
Overton County, Tennessee, United States
Place of Burial: TN, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Jonathan Tipton and Juliatha Tipton
Husband of Keziah Sevier; Frances Perlina Tipton and Lavinia Tipton
Father of Jacob Tipton; David Tipton; Jonathan Tipton; Joseph Tipton; John J. Tipton and 12 others
Brother of Joseph Tipton
Half brother of Thomas Charles Deadman; Joseph Tipton; Edward Tipton, II; Col. John Tipton; Sarah Tipton and 10 others

Occupation: Father of 1 child
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About Maj. Jonathan Tipton

A Patriot of the American Revolution for NORTH CAROLINA with the rank of MAJOR.

DAR Ancestor # A115933


"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 Jonathan, 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."......

"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."


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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.

Major Jonathan Tipton III fought in 13 battles during the Revolutionary War.


  1. 12 in "The Tipton Family History," W. Hord Tipton (notation by Edward John Tipton, 6/11/18)
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Maj. Jonathan Tipton's Timeline

October 23, 1750
Frederick County, Virginia, United States
Age 20
Washington, Rappahannock County, Virginia, United States
Age 21
Frederick County, Virginia, United States
Age 22
Washington County, TN
Age 23
Washington County, TN
Age 24
Washington County, TN
June 6, 1776
Age 25
Rowan County, Province of North Carolina
Age 25
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