In an earlier post this month, Polly inquired about George Washington Tipton, whom she believes may be a son of Lt. Benjamin William Tipton & Rebecca Cusick. George Washington Tipton died in Blount County in 1807 and is buried in Ellejoy Cemetery.
It looks like this Tipton line is of interst to many; Lt. Benjamin Tipton was a member of a very military active family, one of several sons of Col. John Tipton. You can read about this family in the book A History of Tennessee and Tennesseans by Hale & Merritt online at Google Books (start on page 2597). Col. John Tipton had at least 10 sons, and several daughters. According to the book, there are sixteen counties, towns, and railroad stations named for the family across the United States. I used to live near one of them, Tipton County, TN. When I saw Polly’s query, I was naturally curious, and found this out rather quickly.
John’s son were (the first six fought in the Revolutionary War):
- Samuel died in 1833 in Carter County, TN
- Benjamin died in 1807 in Blount County as stated above
- Abraham died in 1782 at 26 years old near the Falls of Ohio
- William, known as “Fighting Billy” also died in Blount County, in 1842. There is a picture of his residence in Cades Cove on the Smoky Mountains National Park website.
- Isaac died in 1827 near Elizabethtown
- Jacob died in 1791 and is the one that Tipton County is named after
- Thomas lived in Blount County for a while, but moved to Riggengold, Georgia where died
- John died in my stomping grounds, here in Nashville, TN in 1831 and is buried in the Nashville City Cemetery
- Jonathan – whose first wife was President John Adams’ sister. From 1811-1821 Jonathan represented Blount County in the senate. He died in 1858 in Monroe County.
- Abraham (son by his father’s second wife) – not much info about him
- Joseph – died in Warren county Tennessee before 1842
The Tipton’s have a long history in East Tennesse and there seems to be a lot of information out there about them.