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.
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From the Maryville Enterprise – December 3, 1942
- Mary Blount Chapter of the Eastern Star will entertain Dorothy H. Connor, Grand Worthy Matron of Tennessee, with a pot luck supper at the Masonic Temple on July 17th at 6:30 pm. The supper will be followed by initiation work at 8pm. All chapters are invited.
- Mr. and Mrs. Olin Dodson of Stillwater, Okla., announce the birth of a son on July 8. Mrs. Dodson was the former Barbara Tot Goddard.
- Mrs. W.W. Elmore is in Doctors Hospital where she underwent a serious operation.
- Mrs. Hubert Cowden of Pruden, Tennessee, has been visiting her sister, Mrs. R.O. Smith.
- Mrs. Ralph Piper is confined to her home with illness.
- Mr. and Mrs. L.A. Black are visiting Mrs. Black’s mother, Mrs. Green in <…>, and Mrs. Black’s daughter, Mr. John C. Carr and family.
- Miss June Akers is visiting in Pittsburgh, New York, and Washington D.C.
- Mr. and Mrs. Robert Byrne of Louisville, Ky. spent the weekend with relatives here.
- Mr. and Mrs. L.T. Letsinger and two sons are spending their vacation in Norfolk, Va.
- Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Baker and daughter, Patsey of Damarest, New Jersey, are the guests of Mr. and Mrs. H.L. Miller and Mr. and Mrs. <…>
- Mrs. Vernon Lloyd and little daughter, Gayle, of New Haven, Conn., are the guests of Dr. and Mrs. R.W. Lloyd.
- Mr. Dan Mays of California, Mr. and Mrs. John Mays of Toledo have been visiting their brother, Sheriff and Mrs. Ben Mays. John Mays and Dan Mays hadn’t seen each other in twenty-five years.
- Mrs. Justin Smelcer is very ill at her home on Ellis Ave.
- Dr. and Mrs. Lloyd Taylor of Los Angeles, Calif., are visiting Dr. Taylor’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Taylor.
- Mr. and Mrs. Hobart Goddard celebrated their birthdays on July 3rd. They were born on the same day, and are the same age.
- Miss Marinell Ross went by plane to Whitesville, N. Car. for a visit with Miss Katherine Powell.
- Mr. A.N. Jackson of California is visiting relatives and friends here.
- Mr. and Mrs. E.C. Crow spent the weekend with relatives in Alabama
- Mr. and Mrs. Edward Pearson returned last week from a trip in Myrtle Beach.
- Miss June Lane had as her weekend guests, Miss Mary Dillon and Miss Dorothy Hedge of Murfreesboro, Tenn.
- Mr. and Mrs. Harry McDaniels are spending their vacation at Myrtle Beach.
- Mr. and Mrs. W.F. Register had as their weekend guests, Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Register, Mrs. A.J. Grant and children of Nashville
- Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Lewis (Miss Jackie Odell) are the parents of a little daughter born at Doctors’ Hospital, July 5. The baby has been named Cecilia Carolyn. This is the first grandchild of Mr. and Mrs. R.B. Odell.
- Mr. and Mrs. Robert Rule and two children Jean and Robert Jr., Mr. and Mrs. James Rule and family of Nashville, are the guests of Mr. and Mrs. R.B. Rule.
- Mrs. L.M. Ross and Miss Marie Griffits are in Cincinnatti this week attending the convention of <…> Educational Association <…>.
- Mr. and Mrs. Claude W. Best have returned from their wedding trip, and are at home on Highland Avenue, in the apartment occupied by Mrs. Mary Ellen Boyatt
- Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Maloney of Telford, spent the weekend with Mrs. Maloney’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.G. Smith.
- Mr. and Mrs. Clifton Overton spent the weekend in Newport.
- Dr. Sam Crawford is visiting his parents, Dr. and Mrs. S.E. Crawford. He plans to leave soon for Japan.
- Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Riddle and daughter, Miss Lorene Riddle have returned from a vacation in Baltimore, Maryland.
- Mrs. Victor Reneau is visiting her husband, who has been transferred to Davenport, Iowa.
- Mr. and Mrs. Kirk Young, Miss Delores Young, and Kenneth Young are on a trip to Illinois, Michigan, Indiana and Canada.
- Mr. and Mrs. James Heiskell and children, have returned to their home in Indianapolis, Ind. after a visit with Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Waggoner, parents of Mrs. Heiskell.
- Mr. and Mrs. John D. Harper and children, and Mr. and Mrs. Towle of Knoxville are spending two weeks at Caroline Beach.
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From the Feburary 10, 1895 issue of the Daily Journal & Journal Tribune of Knoxville, TN
Funeral of the late Alex Kennedy, Sr, of Blount County, Yesterday — The remains of Mr. Alex Kennedy, who was one of the oldest and most respected farmers in East Tennessee, were laid to rest in the family burying ground in Blount county, near Maryville, yesterday afternoon at one o’clock. He died last Wednesday.
Deceased was a remarkable man. He was the father of twenty-six children, fourteen of whom are living and eleven of whom attended his funeral. He had eighty grandchildren and two hundred great grand children. Three of his sons had thirty children. The father of the deceased lived to be 84 years old and his mother 85.
Services were held at 11 o’clock in the church which deceased out of his own means and at a cost of $3,000 had built. He was an earnest Christian, having been a member of the Methodist church for half a century. Rev. G.W. Jackson preached the sermon which was highly eulogistic. The funeral was largely attended. Several relatives from Knoxville were present, amont them being Constable James Kennedy. The remains were interred with Masonic honors.
Deceased died in the home he was born in and raised in. It was built 125 years ago by his father who immegrated from Ireland and settled in what is now Blount county and entered a large fertile tract of land. Kennedy was a vibrant captain in the war of 1812. Although frequently tendered it he never accepted public office. He was however, a river commissioner under Governor Brownlow, and under supervision Little River was made navigatable.
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