Winter 2015 Newsletter #19

In Memory of the late Robert Tipton Nave

Note the change of address for the TFAA:

The Tipton Family Association of America
Post Office Box 1128
Milligan College, Tennessee 37682-1128

Milligan College is located about halfway between Johnson City and Elizabethton in Carter County.

Great news for the TFAA and the Tipton family. The Association has accomplished another of its goals!

Several years ago, the membership established a fund in the TFAA to receive donations for a memorial stone at Battlefield Memorial Park in Savannah, Georgia. Battlefield Memorial Park commemorates the Siege of Savannah which took place on 9th October 1779 during the Revolutionary War. At the time, the British occupied Savannah and the Colonial Army attacked the British to regain control of the town and port of Savannah. The siege failed with heavy loss to the Continentals.

William “Fightin’ Billy” Tipton (1761-1849) fought at the Siege with the Virginia Continental Line and was wounded in the battle. William was hampered by this wound for the rest of his life. He is remembered by the Tipton family for his Revolutionary War record, his being the first grant holder in Cades Cove, Tennessee and as a prosperous citizen of Blount County, Tennessee.

Over these years, donations to the fund to memorialize William “Fightin’ Billy” Tipton at Savannah have been made by numerous people. Now, with a pledge from Sue Head of Florida, the necessary amount of $ 1,779.00 has been raised. Sue and her family are direct descendants of William. Sue is making the pledge in memory of her father; Kara Gregory, Sr. who was born and raised in Cades Cove then lived his adult life in Maryville, Tennessee.

President Parrish has notified the Battlefield Memorial Park organization of The Tipton Family Association of America’s pledge for the memorial. William’s stone will be place in the park on 9th October 2015, the 236th anniversary of the Battle.

Our many and clamorous thanks to the TFAA donors who made donations. We can all be very proud of the achievements of our Association.

The Siege of Savannah Battle Field as is appears today

The Siege of Savannah Battle Field as is appears today

TFAA Member Diane Tipton writes the following to the Membership:
Friends and relatives! Like so many of you, I am caretaker for letters, photos and ephemera passed down from my Tipton ancestors who were in Virginia and Mount Sterling, Kentucky as far back as the 1850’s and 1860’s.

I am hoping to locate distant relatives also holding Tipton family letters and journals, some perhaps written in response to letters I hold. I have my great grandfathers correspondence from his journey to the California gold fields, the names of all their plantation “darkies,” his journal as a muleskinner in Northern California, letters from family remaining in Mount Sterling…even a letter written by my great grandfather’s father instructing him on how to conduct himself on his first big journey away from home.

My dream is to reunite with and thru digital scanning be able to share at least some of the most significant correspondence that we jointly hold and to eventually find a suitable institution to digitally archive and preserve our amazing family history found in these letters. If you have documents to share and would be interested in participating in such a project, please contact me at 406-457-8474.

TFAA President John Parrish has been invited to Tipton, England to make the presentation
The Tiptons In America. The presentation is schedule for May 14th, 2015 in the Tipton Library.

Mount Tipton in the Mount Tipton Wilderness of Arizona

Mount Tipton in the Mount Tipton Wilderness of Arizona

In 1990, the United States Congress designated 30,760 acres in Arizona as the Mount Tipton Wilderness.

This extremely rugged area is noted for its wild horses and stand of Ponderosa pine trees on 7,153 foot high Mount Tipton. Mount Tipton is the tallest mountain in the twenty-three mile Cerbat Mountain Range which trends slightly northwest from Kingman, Arizona. Kingman is on Interstate 40 and iconic US Route 66.

Access to the Wilderness on the west is from the town of Dolan Springs, home of the Mount Tipton School Panthers. The Wilderness is not too distant from Lake Mead to the north.

View up the Summit of Mount Tipton

View up the Summit of Mount Tipton

Mount Tipton was named for Lt. John Tipton of the 3rd Artillery, United States Army.

In 1858, Lt. Tipton was stationed at Fort Yuma, California on the Colorado River. He was detailed to lead a company of twenty-five soldiers that would provide a mounted escort for US Topographical Engineer Joseph Christmas Ives’ expedition up the Colorado River to ascertain how far upstream a steamboat could navigate the river. The expedition route led into what is now the Mount Tipton Wilderness.

Lt. Tipton was born in Indiana and died 17th May 1861 at Bernicia Barracks in California.

Article Sources: Bureau of Land Management; Librarian Jackie Snyder of the Mohave Museum, Kingman, Arizona; Wikipedia; US Army Records; Steamboat Up the Colorado by Alexander L. Crosby


Butch and the Wild Bunch Strike Tipton!

On Aug. 29, 1900, Cassidy again struck a Union Pacific train in Wyoming near Tipton.

Again, using too much dynamite, the bandits blew up the safe in the express car, gathered the money and valuables and rode southward towards Brown’s Park.


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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:

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