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Colonel John Tipton

Birth13 AUG 1730
NC Militia / Colonel
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Death9 AUG 1813
Aged: 83 years
John's second wife was a Denton. From the Tennessee Valley Historical Review: "The Dentons were American patriots during the French and 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. 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. Indian 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.
ChildrenFirst NameBirth DtDeath DtBirth PlaceSpouses


7 JUN 175221 JUL 1853  VA, Shenandoah Co Susannah Reno, Jemima Little 


1755FEB 1807  VA, Shenandoah Co  


17581781  VA, Shenandoah Co  

William "Fighting Billy" 

13 FEB 17613 NOV 1849  VA, Shenandoah Co Phoebe Moore 


17636 JAN 1827  VA, Shenandoah Co  


17654 NOV 1791  VA, Shenandoah Co Mary Bradford 


21 APR 17678 OCT 1831  VA, Shenandoah Co Elizabeth Snapp 


27 AUG 1771  VA, Shenandoah Co  


8 JUN 17768 NOV 1858  VA, Shenandoah Co Lavina Adams Williams 
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