September 2012 Newsletter # 8

The following is the Agenda for the 2012 TFAA Meeting
Events take place at the Talley Ho Inn, Townsend, Tennessee located at 8314 State Hiway 73; telephone number (800) 448-2465.
9am: Registration in the lobby of the Talley Ho Inn
9:30: Gather for coffee and conversation in the TFAA event room at the motel
10am: President’s Message; TFAA Business
Nomination for President to serve the ensuing year

Website update
Update on Joseph Tipton’s historical marker in Johnson City, Tn.
Next meeting proposed for 12th October 2013 in Burnsville, North Carolina which has 98 Tiptons in the telephone book
10:30: Presentation by Lendel Abbott “How the Tiptons Played a Part in the Early Mountain Life of Cades Cove”
11:15: Questions, Answers & Discussion
Noon Approximate: Break for Lunch; TFAA participants will meet at The Carriage House Restaurant adjacent to the Talley Ho Motel.
Famous for its Buffet
Reconvene in the TFAA event room at the motel
1:30: Each participant will be asked to introduce themselves, their ancestor’s line, any special interests or questions (please limit to three minutes or so)
2pm: Ramblin’ with Robert Tipton Nave. Robert will answer any questions mentioned if he can and touch on subjects of interest about our Tipton family. Robert is a retired teacher, archivist and genealogist. He is an expert on the Tipton family.
3pm: Roundtable discussions; participants will have the opportunity to break into interest groups and discuss Tipton family or pursue questions with other participants. Robert Tipton Nave will be available during this time.

The Tipton Family crest coffee mug, assorted books and maps related to the Tipton family’s history and early Tennessee history will be for sale during the meeting.

To have any article of apparel or specialty item such as a blanket embroidered with the Tipton Family Crest, contact Doe Valley Printing, 1282 Riverview Drive in Elizabethton, Tennessee, 37643 or at or by phone at (423) 542-4616. Set up charges have been paid by the TFAA.

I wish to thank our Meeting Committee, Helen Abbott and Donna Gregory, for all their excellent work making the arrangements for this meeting.
For the descendants of Benjamin Tipton (1755-1807), Helen has provided the following directions to Benjamin’s grave:
Directions to Benjamin Tiptons grave at Ellejoy Baptist Church.
Coming from Townsend on HWY 321, pass Heritage High & Middle Schools, turn Right on to Tuckaleechee Pike.
Coming from Maryville on HWY 321, pass where you turn to Lambert Acres Golf course, turn left on Tuckaleechee Pike at the car wash.
Tuckaleechee Pike will go passed Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, continue on. You will pass the back side of Heritage Schools. Soon you will pass over Burnette Bridge, bear to the left. Cross over next bridge, bear right and this becomes Ellejoy Road. Continue on soon you will pass Oak View Baptist Church, next you will pass Ellejoy Market.
Continue on for about 1 ½ miles and Ellejoy Road turns to the Right.
You will pass Cedar Valley Farms next you will pass a sign Camp Chilhowee on the right. Continue on, soon you will cross over a narrow bridge. Then you will pass Willow Place Pond on the right. Keep on and it will seem like miles but soon you will come to a stop sign right below the Ellejoy Church. Go left to the front of the church. Park in the church lot.
Enter gates to cemetery across from the church, go to the left and you will see a large Cusick stone. Benjamin’s grave is approximately 2 rows behind the large stone.

Biography of William “Fightin’ Billy” Tipton (1761-1849)
William was the fourth son of Colonel John Tipton and Mary Butler born 13 Feb 1761 in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
He was a veteran of the Revolutionary War enlisting in early 1778 in the Continental line serving under Colonel Richard Parker in the First Virginia Regiment. In 1779, he was severely wounded during the siege of Savannah following which he was mustered out after just under two year’s service. In 1834, William applied for a pension and stated that he had been on the Invalid Pension Roll since about 1782 and he was forever unfit for duty following the wounds received.
After returning to the Shenandoah Valley, William and his step-sister, Phoebe Moore, became attracted to each other and married about 1781. William and Phoebe moved about 1783 to Greene County in western North Carolina (later Tennessee) residing there until 1785 when they moved to the area that would become Knox County, Tennessee for the next 24 years or so before locating in Blount County, Tennessee about 1819. Blount County is adjacent to Knox.
William and Phoebe had ten children according to researcher Charles D. Tipton; six boys and four girls. In order of birth, they were Reuben, Abraham Butler, Mary (Polly), Martha, Isaac, Jacob, Jonathan, David, Lavinia and Ann. Some sources list several more.
William was an early grant holder in the Cades Cove area of the Smoky Mountains amassing hundreds of acres. He sold some land to relatives and others but in his will he bequeaths 1765 acres named as Cades Cove property so at his death he was a large landowner.
William never lived in Cades Cove himself. “His farm was near Tipton’s Station, near the dividing line of Knox and Blount Counties” according to researcher Ervin Charles Tipton.
Due to William and Phoebe’s large family and his wealth of land in and in the area of Cades Cove, they left many descendants in Blount County, Tennessee.
William was a very colorful man known in legend as “Fighting Billy”. Stories abound about a relationship with Andrew Jackson and his trick to beat Jackson in a horse race; considering himself the lord of all he surveyed in Cades Cove; riding his horse into the stores of Maryville; and, while not considered a religious man, chiding a congregation over its feuding ways. E.C. Tipton, a descendant, described him as a large man with red hair and very handsome.
Phoebe passed away between 1840 and 1846. William died 3 Nov 1849 according to his obituary from the Knoxville Register of 17 Nov 1849. His grave is on private property.


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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