William “Fightin’ Billy” Tipton was one of the sons of Col. John Tipton. I’ve done a few posts on the Tipton family before and while at the Tennessee State Archives recently, I noticed an article in the Blount Journal about Fightin’ Billy. The article appeared in the Fall 2005 issue and is very interesting.
In the article appears William’s obituary as published in the Knxoville Register on November 17, 1849.
“Died in Blount County, Tennessee, November 3rd, Mr. William Tipton. Mr. Tipton was born in Shenandoah County, Virginia, Feburary 13, 1761. He entered the service a mere boy, under Capt. Langdon, 1776, was at the siege and storming of Savannah, where he was severley wounded and left on the field all night, as dead. He is a brother to Capt. Abraham Tipton, who was under Col. Joseph Crockett, and who fell at Briargrass Creek, September 20, 1781, and also to Capt. Jacob Tipton, who raised a company of men in Green County, this state, and fell at St. Clair’s Defeat. Fought under his gallant father at the battle of Franklin, was in the Creek War under General Jackson, fought bravely atPensacola, Talladega, Chicchopco, Enumclaw and Tohopeka, or Horse Shoe.”
This article is a must have for any Tipton family researchers. For other posts on the Tipton family, click here.