Winter 2016 Newsletter #23

Wishing you the Best for 2016!

Wishing you the Best for 2016!

Wishing you the Best for 2016!

But, before we leave 2015 entirely, let’s take note of some developments since our October meeting in Savannah.

1st: A donor wishing to remain anonymous has funded the project to place an historic marker honoring the Tipton Family on the grounds of the Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park in Elizabethton in the area of existing historic markers noting other early settler families on the Watauga River. The fund has begun with a contribution of $ 250.00!

2nd: TFAA member Frank Steinle, who was in Savannah, made a recent trip to California and obtained the probate records of the Reverend Ervin Charles Tipton and his wife. Reverend Tipton was deceased in 1977 and his wife, Darlene, passed away in 1996. No mention is made of the copyright for We Tipton and Our Kin. So, thanks to Frank, we have factual information to pursue this TFAA goal to re-publish the book on CD. A prestigious copyright law firm in Nashville has been recommended so President Parrish will be contacting them in the new year.

We are making significant progress on two TFAA Goals. More to come.

3rd: TFAA member Andrew Tipton has launched the Association into the social media age by designing and creating a Facebook page for us. The page is titled The Tipton Family Association of America and you can visit it Now! Hope you enjoy.

Thanks to the Anonymous Donor, Frank Steinle, and Andrew Tipton.

4th: Our meeting in Savannah was so fun and successful but its impact extended beyond October. The event created more buzz for the TFAA than most things. We got many, many contacts and lots of interest as a result of the significance of the event and its publicity.

Now we can truly state that The Tipton Family Association of America is starting 2016 on a very high note!

If you live in the United States, you might live on Tipton Drive in Saint Louis, Missouri or Tipton Drive in Shirley, New York or Tipton Drive in San Antonio, Texas, or perhaps Tipton Street in Brighton, Tennessee or Tipton Street in San Diego, California or Tipton Street in High Point, North Carolina or you could live on Tipton Hiway in Tipton, Michigan.

Tipton, Michigan is in the Irish Hills of Southeast Michigan at the junction of Tipton Hiway and Michigan State Hiway 50. The community was founded by Henry Tipton in 1831 and the Post Office was established 6 June 1834.

Tipton’s Hidden Lake

Tipton’s Hidden Lake

Tipton is located in an area once occupied by the ancient Moundbuilders who were American Indian ancestors of the historic tribes we know today. Earthworks left by these ancients are found nearby. Historically, the area was home to the Pottawattamie Indians. Settlement by Americans began about 1824 with most settlers coming from New York and New England.

Hidden Lake Gardens, 6214 Monroe Road, Tipton is operated by Michigan State University. The Gardens feature a picturesque driving route, hiking trails and a conservatory with 8,000 square feet of botany on display. MSU is located in Lansing seventy miles northwest of Tipton.

Thirteen miles north of Tipton is the Michigan International Speedway which is a 2 mile NASCAR track with a stadium seating 72,000 fans.

Life would be great if you did live on Tipton Hiway in Tipton, Michigan!

Thomas Weston Tipton

Thomas Weston Tipton

Nebraska Senator Thomas Weston Tipton (1817-1899)

Thomas Tipton was born 4 March in Cadiz, Ohio. He attended Pennsylvania’s Allegheny College and subsequently graduated from Madison College, Uniontown. He then studied law and was admitted to the practice in Pennsylvania. In 1845, Thomas was in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

In the 1850’s, he moved to his birth state, practiced law and in 1856 became an ordained minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church. By 1859, he had moved to Brownville, Nebraska Territory.

During the Civil War, Tipton was appointed chaplain of the First Regiment, Nebraska Volunteer Infantry. He served Nebraska during the territorial years and early statehood in various capacities and was elected to the United States Senate when Nebraska was admitted to the Union as a state. He served in the US Senate from 4 March 1867 to 4 March 1875.

During his years in the Senate, he was described by a Washington correspondent as “ Radical all over, but doesn’t always act it ….. There is not another man in the Senate whose appearance goes so far to make up the beau ideal of unpolished earnestness. Full six feet in height, straight as an arrow, with long brown hair combed back from his forehead till it touches his coat collar, a pair of eyes that never look, but always glare or stare, and seem ready to jump from their sockets through the gold-rimmed spectacles in front of them, when their owner gets excited, which occurs every time he speaks in debate; a low forehead, a sharp nose and a mouth and chin which tell of bull-dog courage and determination……”

Thomas Weston Tipton died in Washington, DC on 26 November 1899 at age 82. He displayed the well noted Tipton trait of longevity.

Thomas Nast

Thomas Nast

Thomas Nast political cartoon featuring Tipton; he is the ‘knight’ pictured on the left


You can order embroidered Tipton family crest items from Doe Valley Printing. The company will work with you to place the crest on shirts of all types (tee, polo, collared), blankets, items for framing or sweatshirts and jackets. Or, almost anything you can imagine. The set up fee has been paid so your cost is for the article you have embroidered plus shipping charges and the workplace fees 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

Get The TFAA off to a great start for 2016

Make your membership donation to The Tipton Family Association of America by mail to Post Office Box 1128, Milligan College, Tennessee, 37682-1128 or using PayPal on the TFAA website:

Pictures from The Tipton Family Association of America Photo Album

TFAA President John Parrish portraying Colonel John Tipton during the 2015 Sorghum Festival at Tipton –Haynes Historic Site in Johnson City, Tennessee

TFAA President John Parrish portraying Colonel John Tipton during the 2015 Sorghum Festival at Tipton –Haynes Historic Site in Johnson City, Tennessee

Tipton Childrens Home in Tipton, Oklahoma

Tipton Childrens Home in Tipton, Oklahoma

Tipton St. John Village in the Otter River Valley of Devonshire, EnglandTipton St. John Village in the Otter River Valley of Devonshire, England 

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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