October 2016 Newsletter #27

The Tipton Family Association of America October 8th, 2016 Meeting

Enthusiastic group of Tiptons and Tipton descendants

Enthusiastic group of Tiptons and Tipton descendants at Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site

Pictured is the enthusiastic group of Tiptons and Tipton descendants from 14 states and Washington DC gathered to enjoy the day of programs and information about TFAA events and projects. The days programs included a visit from Colonel John Tipton (1730-1813), pictured on the far right, and a presentation The History of the Battle of the Lost State of Franklin by Judge David Tipton from Piney Flats, Tennessee.

In addition, the group introduced themselves and their Tipton line of descent so they could identify others in their line, become better acquainted and share mutual family history.

The meeting was held in Johnson City, Tennessee at the Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site, home of Colonel John Tipton from 1784 until his death in 1813. Following the Colonel’s death, his son John lived on the farm until 1831. In 1837, the Tipton family sold the property.

On Friday night before the meeting, a social dinner was held at the Carnegie Hotel in Johnson City. Well attended and enjoyed by all!

This year’s attendees came from Arizona, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington State and Washington, DC.

With the completion of the TFAA project to put the book We Tipton and Our Kin by Ervin Charles Tipton on CD, the Association adopted as its next project placing a Tipton Family Historic Marker on the grounds of the Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area in Elizabethton, Tennessee.

The Family was one of the earliest and largest families to settle in the Watauga Settlements arriving from about 1773 onward. This frontier in East Tennessee was part of colonial North Carolina at that time.

At present, the TFAA has approval from the Historic Area to place the sign but has not applied to the Tennessee Historical Commission to be granted an official marker. It is likely that application will be filed in February, 2017. As the project goes forward, more information will be furnished the membership including the wording of the marker.

Cost of the project is estimated to be $ 2,000.00. Donations to the project have been received so far in the amount of $ 750.00. If you wish to donate to this project, please do so ASAP allowing the TFAA to proceed on solid financial footing.

The membership decided the 2017 meeting of the Tipton Family Association of America will take place in Covington, county seat of Tipton County, Tennessee. The meeting will be on Saturday, October 7th.

Tipton County is on the Mississippi River in West Tennessee. The county was named for Captain Jacob Tipton (1765-1791) who was killed in conflict with American Indians at the historic battle known as St. Clair’s Defeat. The battle took place on November 4th, 1791 in the Northwest Territory of the United States in present-day Ohio along the Wabash River.

Meeting in Tipton County will give Tiptons and Tipton descendants in areas in the middle of the United States close proximity to the meeting location and, if flying in, access to utilize the major airport in Memphis, Tennessee. Covington and Memphis are 39 miles apart.

Start Making Your Plans Now!


Black Country Flag

Black Country Flag

Pictured above is the English Black Country flag which represents the coal mining area of The English Midlands in which our ancestral home of Tipton is located. The flag with the name Tipton and the Borough of Tipton crest added is the flag of Tipton. The Borough flag is held by TFAA members in the group picture above. That flag was presented to the Tipton Family Association of America by the Borough of Tipton and the Tipton Library.

If by chance, you’re reading this and thinking “wouldn’t it be wonderful to visit the Tiptons’ ancestral home in the Midlands of England and see this beautiful flag flying on the streets!”

Well, the TFAA may have just the answer for you.

The membership assembled, instructed the President to inquire into organizing a Tipton Family Association of America Tour to Tipton. No more details are available at this moment but I will be consulting travel professionals and getting the information.

Just imagine how grand for our group to travel together to Tipton, England!

Speaking of Tipton, England.
The Tipton Library is creating an exhibit to open for Valentine’s Day, 2017 including
Tipton Brides of the United States.

We Tipton and Our Kin
have been invited to be part of the exhibit. Please share photographs of your Tipton family brides (Tipton by name or a descendant; grooms can be included) for this exhibit. Send the picture you wish displayed along with the names of those pictured, the date of the nuptials and the location of the ceremony.

This is a fun and exciting project. Two Tipton bride’s pictures have already been sent.
So very nice for us to be included.

Without delay, send your pictures and information to the TFAA via email at parrish968@aol.com or by snail mail to the TFAA at Post Office Box 1128, Milligan College, Tennessee 37682.
If you have questions or need further information, just ask.

Do understand, the photos cannot be returned so send copies or ones you can spare.

Serious Questions Have Arisen About the actions and governance of the Board of Trustees of the Tipton-Haynes Historical Association, Inc., which operates the Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site in Johnson City, Tennessee.

Of most importance to Tiptons is the fact that our cousin and TFAA member; Karen Tancill of Racine, Wisconsin, bequeathed the Association approximately $ 107,000.00 in her will and at her death about three years ago the funds began to be available to THHA, Inc. Through her last will and testament, Karen stated very simply and straightforwardly that the funds were to be used for capital improvements.

During a period of time encompassing 2014 and 2015, after receipt of Karen’s monetary gift, the Board of Trustees operated Tipton-Haynes at a financial loss. Over those two years, there is indication the Board of Trustees used Karen’s monetary gift to cover operating losses of the Site in contradiction to Karen’s restriction that the money be used for capital improvements. In simple words, the Board of Trustees was unable to provide the Site adequate funding and so, in this case, would have been using Karen’s bequest contrary to her express wishes.

Also, in 2015, the Board of Trustees did not give notice and hold an annual meeting of the membership of the Tipton-Haynes Historical Association, Inc. as required by the Association’s ByLaws. To date, no annual meeting of the membership has been called for 2016. One function of the membership in annual meeting is to elect Trustees to the Board; the membership solely has this power but it cannot be exercised if the Board of Trustees does not call the annual meeting.

It also appears that in both 2014 and 2015, numerous Trustees resigned from the Board. In June/July, 2016; five Trustees resigned and among their number were the President, 1st Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. The resignations could be an indication of dissent among the Trustees and certainly do not indicate stability.

One thing that could concern everyone is the fact that two current Trustees that were on the Board of Trustees in part or all of 2014 and 2015 are still serving as Trustees. One is current Board President Cheryl Smith and the other is Tony Galloway, President for some portion of 2015. So, these two Trustees who may have been involved in the actions and governance described above are still in a position to make decisions and act in the present.

It is understood that the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is auditing operations of Tipton-Haynes Historical Association, Inc. and Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site.

Obviously, the above circumstances and actions present the question “What should I think of this and/or what should I do?”

As president of the TFAA, I will make no comment; it was simply felt this information should be conveyed.

As an individual, in a certified letter dated July 25, 2016, I requested documents and answers from the Board of Trustees of the Tipton-Haynes Historical Association, Inc. The requested documents and answers have not been forthcoming.

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation audit results will be public information and I intend to obtain a copy of that report and can make the report public.
Personally, I do not believe persons involved in any past questionable decisions and actions that continue on The Board of Trustees should remain on the Board and in a position to guide the Association.

Tipton descendant Cynthia Putnam requests information about Temperance “Tempie” Ann Tipton (1856-1899). Temperance was born and deceased in North Carolina. Her father may have been one of the John or Joseph Tiptons. She married Lewis A. Butner (1857-1930). They are buried in Burnsville, North Carolina.

If you have any information about Temperance, please contact Cynthia at
Cmputnam55@gmail.com or (843) 873-6519.

Cynthia planned to attend the 8th October meeting but was kept at home by
Hurricane Matthew.


William “Fightin’ Billy” Tipton

William “Fightin’ Billy” Tipton

Pictured above is the gravestone of William “Fightin’ Billy” Tipton born in 1761 and deceased in 1849. William lived most of his life in what is now Blount County, Tennessee. He is considered the first grant holder in the Cades Cove area of the Great Smoky Mountains. Today, Cades Cove is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Park Headquarter’s address is 107 Park Headquarters Road, Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738.

TFAA member Helen Abbott of Maryville, Tennessee is a descendant of William. She informs us that William’s grave is on private property in Blount County. To view the gravesite, a person must have permission from the property owner. The property address is 4610 Airport Highway, Louisville, Tennessee 37777. The property owner is Wanda Epps. It is not known with certainty if Ms. Epps lives on the property.

Make your membership donation to The Tipton Family Association of America and mail it to the TFAA at Post Office Box 1128, Milligan College, Tennessee 37682. Or, if you prefer, you can make the membership donation by PayPal on the Association website:

Many ask what the amount of TFAA ‘dues’ are?

While never set in specific dollars by the membership, $ 25.00 is the suggested amount; however, many donate more and some donate less. TFAA’s largest expense year in and year out is the reproduction and mailing of newsletters. In some years, the expense of the annual meeting is more due to the location of the meeting.

In addition, the accomplishment of Association goals such as establishing a website, honoring William Tipton in Savannah and, recently, producing We Tipton and Our Kin on CD have been achieved with Tipton Family Association of America funding by membership donations. TFAA money is well-spent promoting our family history and genealogy.

Our cousin Kay passes along this link
regarding Abraham Hiter Tipton (1808-1885)
if you are seeking information on this line.

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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