Late Summer 2014 Newsletter #17

Bristol Public Library

Bristol Public Library

2014 Tipton Family Association Meeting in Bristol, Virginia
Columbus Day Weekend

Schedule of Events
Friday Night Dinner @ 6:30pm at the Athena Steak House
105 Goodson Street, Bristol, Virginia

Welcome all in town for the TFAA Meeting.
Everyone is Invited! Dutch Treat.

Saturday, October 11th
9 am

Registration in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room of the Bristol Public Library, 701 Goode Street. Library information @ (276) 645-8781
Coffee and Conversation in the Meeting Room


President’s Message & Reports on TFAA Projects and Treasury
Update on Website
Committee Report on Meeting in Georgia on Columbus Day Weekend 2015


Portrayal of Colonel John Tipton (1730-1813) by Tom Turner, Historical Interpreter<br
Biography of John Tipton, Jr. (1767-1831) presented by Judge David Tipton.
(John, Jr.’s house 12 miles away in Blountville is pictured in Newsletter # 11)


Participants will be asked to introduce themselves, their ancestor’s line and present any special interests or questions they may have. Please limit yourself to two minutes.

The purpose of the introductions is to identify others with the same ancestral lineage and/or similar interests and questions.

Lunch Break

All are invited to Dutch treat lunch together at the State Street Grill, 644 State Line Street.

The restaurant is within easy walking distance of the Bristol Public Library. Restaurant information at (423) 652-0792


Presentation by John Parrish of Research in England
Tiptons in Tipton, England
Sir Anthony de Tipton and Prince Llewellyn

Film: Voices of Cades Cove: Part 1; A Sense of Place
Kate Marshall Graphics, Inc. is producing a series of videos on Cades Cove and this is the first in the series.

Break Out Sessions


Contact John Parrish at for further information


The library has ample parking. The building is located at the corner of Goode Street and Piedmont. Goode being the side street. Best parking is the library’s lot entered at the back of the building on Goode Street. At the far end of this lot is an entrance to the library’s meeting room area and the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.


For information about accommodations in Bristol, contact the Bristol Tennessee/Virginia Visitors Bureau at (423) 989-4850 or online at

Since 2010, the TFAA has published 16 newsletters and this past Summer, President John Parrish sent three messages about Tiptons in England during his trip to England. Each publication has stories and history about our Tipton family along with general information about TFAA meetings and events. The first ten newsletters are archived on the TFAA website: under the Newsletter section. If you would like copies of newsletters and publications, please let me know at

Great News for Genealogical Help!

For genealogical help with Tipton ancestry in America, Phyllis McLaughlin, genealogist, is offering her services. Contact Phyllis at

For help with genealogy of ancestors in England, Ann Keeling of Tipton, England is offering her services. Contact Joan at

Note: be sure you use the correct email for Joan Keeling because in the US, we are mostly addressed at .com while in the United Kingdom, the addresses are

Keith Hodgkins and John Parrish

Keith Hodgkins and John Parrish

Pictured are author Keith Hodgkins and John Parrish in the Tipton Library, Tipton, The Midlands, England

Keith is the author of many books and articles on the Borough of Tipton’s history, culture and people. His most recent book, Tipton Through Time, can be purchased through Amberly Press, The Hill Stroud, Gloucestershire, England GL5 4EP or online at

This book is an excellent introduction to and history of our ancestral English home with numerous pictures and illustrations.


Thanks to TFAA member Donna Conn who has passed along the following link to a book written by Tipton descendent Dr. Abraham Jobe titled A Mountaineer in Motion: The Memoir of Dr. Abraham Jobe, 1817-1906. The memoir has interesting stories of our Tipton ancestors.


Research resources which will be available at the meeting:
Dale Reed’s book John Tipton, John Sevier, and The State of Franklin $ 17.00
John Parrish’s book The Life of Colonel John Tipton $ 11.00
Copy of Spoden Map, Courtesy Sycamore Shoals State Park $ 1.00
Copy of Keesee Map $ 2.00
Copy of C.B. Heinemann’s article The Tipton Family Tree $ 1.00

Embroidered Tipton Family T-Shirt with the family crest

Embroidered Tipton Family T-Shirt with the family crest

The embroidered Tipton family crest shown in the pictures above and modeled by John Parrish is available to all if you wish to have something embroidered. The set up fee has been paid so your cost is only 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 or call (423) 542-4616


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Please share this newsletter with everyone you know that could be interested in our family’s history and association. If you are receiving this newsletter by snail mail, please let me know your email address so you can get the newsletter electronically and in color.  My email is

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:

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. Let’s move forward! Tipton Teamwork