Fall 2011 Newsletter # 4

TFAA Meeting in Piney Flats on 8 Oct 2011

In the picture on the left, Robert Tipton Nave is speaking with a break-out group.  On the right is the group that took the tour of Rocky Mount Living Museum; posing with us is our historical interpreter.  Thanks to Allan Higgins of Hixson, Tennessee for taking these pictures.

Rocky Mount Museum was an excellent venue for our meeting.  Thanks to David Tipton who made arrangements for the meeting to be held there and Gary Walrath, Director, and his staff for being such accommodating hosts.  A highlight of the meeting was the tour of Rocky Mount Living History Museum – a must-see experience!
The first event of the meeting was a showing of the documentary film The Mysterious Lost State of Franklin.  It was enjoyed by all.
Following the film, the business meeting made several decisions.
First, it was voted to have next year’s meeting in Maryville, Blount County, Tennessee.  A committee to plan the meeting was formed of Helen Abbott from Maryville, Donna Gregory who lives in nearby Walland and John Parrish.
Next, David Tipton presented a resolution thanking the Sons of Confederate Veterans for holding a ceremony in Greenhill Cemetery (formerly the Tipton Family Cemetery) to honor our Tipton ancestor Lt. Robert Tipton.  The resolution passed.

One point of interest for the Tipton Family was discussed concerning an historic sign located in Johnson City for many decades.  The sign notes Joseph Tipton and his place in the founding of Johnson City.  After noticing the sign was gone, John Parrish talked to Phil Pindzola with the City of Johnson City; he was most informative and helpful.  The sign was removed as the city renovated the park in which it was located.  It has been refurbished and is ready to be re-installed.  He suggests the sign be temporarily installed in the city parking lot on Tipton Street and later re-installed in the new, larger park the city is building at the corner of State of Franklin and Buffalo Streets.  John suggested the membership endorse Mr. Pindzola’s recommendation and that the President forward the TFAA’s endorsement to Mr. Pindzola.  The membership voted for this to be done.
Lastly, John Parrish was re-elected President of the TFAA for the coming year.

President’s Comments
I reported that I had, after a year’s search, found a webmaster that can launch the TFAA website and help with its maintenance.  So, work will begin on the website soon.
I also reported that we had an adequate number of membership donations in the past year to sustain the Association but memberships submitted were just at that sustaining level.  It is important that the TFAA be self-sustaining financially.  The suggested membership donation is
$ 25.00; this is the amount most donate however some give more which is appreciated.  The TFAA is pleased to have member participation at any donation level.

Please forward your membership donation for the 2011/2012 year to John Parrish, President, TFAA, 314 Oak Place, Asheville, North Carolina 28803-1930.

Some of our funds have and will be used for public service activities.  We did a public showing of The Mysterious Lost State of Franklin film at the Johnson City Public Library on October 6th that was appreciated by all the people who viewed it.  We will be showing the film on December 9th to a group at the Johnson City Senior Citizens Center.

The TFAA newsletter is going out by email to about 250 addresses.  Additionally, it is being snail mailed to 36 addresses.
Please share your newsletter with others and let them know they can be added to the list and receive a copy.
If you missed previous newsletters, email me at parrish968@aol.com and I will forward the one(s) you missed.

The Tipton Family and its descendants are not just about history and the past.  Currently, Congressman Scott Tipton of Colorado is serving his state.  To visit Scott, go to

The Tipton Crest coffee mug is available for purchase for $ 5.00 plus packaging and postage of $ 5.00.  To order, send $ 10.00 to TFAA, 314 Oak Place, Asheville, North Carolina, 28803-1930
The embroidered Tipton family crest shown in the picture above is available to all if you wish to have something embroidered.  The set up fee has been paid so your cost would be the article you have embroidered and the charges from:
Doe Valley Printing, 1282 Riverview Drive, Elizabethton, Tennessee 37643.  You can place orders by mail or contact Anita Remme at doevalley@comcast.net.  or call (423) 542-4616


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Previous newsletters are archived on the TFAA website.

The TFAA and President thank the many TFAA members and friends who support our Association financially.  That support makes our family’s association prosper and achieve its goal to preserve Tipton family history in the present!

Please support the Tipton Family Association by making your membership donation to the Tipton Family Association of America on the TFAA website: www.tiptonfamilyassociationofamerica.com

Many Thanks to All Who Make Their Membership Donations to
The Tipton Family Association of America

Tipton Family Membership donations make the TFAA able to accomplish the goals of the membership. In recent years, the TFAA has re-established meetings and newsletters, made the book We Tipton and Our Kin available on CD, provided a plaque in honor of William “Fightin’ Billy” Tipton in Savannah, assisted research in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia on the farmland of Colonel John Tipton and the successful quest to find the burial place of Major Jonathan Tipton. With your financial support, we can continue to succeed and do more!

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About TFAA President

John Parrish served as president for many years and stepped down at the October 2018 meeting. We thank John for the fine work he has done and thank you all for the opportunity to serve as your TFAA president. I’m Kathryn (Kathy) Hoffmann, I was born in Savannah Ga and raised by my Tipton grandparents in North Florida and around my teenage years I moved to Naples and Fort Myers Florida where I raised my family and worked for the State of Florida Division of Forestry as their public information and education specialist until budget cuts and I was laid off, but God blessed me with a career at Fort Myers Police Department where I became a Crime Prevention Practitioner thru the Florida Attorney General’s office. During my career I’ve served on many boards: President of Southwest Florida fire prevention association, Fire Marshals association, Regional Director of Fire Prevention, SW Florida Crime Prevention Association, Crime Stoppers board member, State of Florida Crime Prevention Regional Director. I am looking forward to serving as your TFAA president/coordinator. Please feel free to call, text or email me. peachyrose56@gmail.com Let’s move forward! Tipton Teamwork