Jonathan Tipton I was the first TIPTON emigrant to America, and that by way of Jamaica.
He was in Ann Arundel, Port Royal,
after the earthquake of 1692.
There was a Maryland Gazette article dated January 27, 1757 that
indicates he lived to be 118 years old. That is remarkable within itself.
Colonel John Tipton, son of Jonathan
Tipton II was perhaps the most famous of the Tiptons. He is best known, perhaps, for
“whupping” Gov. John Sevier in Knoxville
with his fists then besting Sevier’s troops with his own at his home
in Washington County, Tennessee when Sevier came to arrest
him. John Sevier and Col. John
Tipton are the two men most closely associated with the formation and
dissolution of the State of Franklin. Sevier fought for it and Tipton
fought against it. Col. John is
well established in Tennessee and Virginia history as assisting, militarily and
politically, in gaining America’s
independence and making it a nation.
“Fightin’ Billy” Tipton, son of Col John
Tipton is another of the Tiptons made famous by his military exploits
and by the fact that he was rumored to “just loved to
fight”. He fought in the
Revolutionary War and was wounded three times at Savannah, Georgia. He was also the first Tipton to own
land in Cades Cove although he never lived there. He is buried in Lakemont near the
Knox County/Blount County line.
This area is named Tipton Station, having been named after him.
Jacob Tipton, son of Col. John Tipton, enlisted in the
military 19 Mar 1791. He was an
impatient man and wanted to get on with the fighting, for his company was
slow in getting to the front, so he left his company and joined the Militia
stating, "I came here to fight and I will do it". He fell in
battle, mortally wounded and his last words were "My brave fellows, I
am a dead man, fight on bravely, do all you can for your country."
This battle is known in history as "St. Claire's Defeat". Tipton
County, Tennessee was named for him.
Jacob Tipton, son of Capt. Jacob Tipton, enlisted in War
of 1812 from Greene Co. 1st Rifle Regt. of U.S. Army 12-31-1812; Promoted
to 3rd Lt. 3-12-1813 and to 2nd Lt. 1-1-1814. Made 1st Lt. 11-7-1814 and
honorably discharged 6-15-1815. He reinstated 5-17-1816 as 2nd Lt. of 7th
U.S. Inf. made 1st Lt. 7-5-1816 promoted to Capt. 6-1-1817 and later Gen.
and Brig. Gen. of State Militia.
Johnathan Tipton III, another son of Jonathan
Tipton II, was a Major in the Revoluntary war and fought in 13 battles
under George Washington. He was
wounded in the Battle of
Kings Mountain where he was 2nd in command of Sevier’s
regiment and then served on Arthur Campbell's campaign, leading a
detachment against the Cherokee at Tallassee and Chilhowee. He was also with George Washington
at Valley Forge.
Tipton, son of Joshua
Tipton and one of Sevier County's most illustrious sons, was one of the
early leaders in the State of Indiana.
He was the founder of several towns including Indianapolis,
the state capital, Fort Wayne, Logansport, and Columbus,
which was originally named Tiptonia.
John Tipton, first child of Joshua and Janet Shields Tipton, was
born 14 August 1786 at the Shields fort, Middle Creek Area in Sevier County, Tennessee. He fought in the War of 1812. His father, Joshua, a Revolutionary
War soldier, was killed by Indians on the east fork of the Little Pigeon
River in Sevier
Below are some
families that have a TIPTON lineage: