Two of Colonel John Tipton’s brothers were influential men in East Tennessee:
Joseph (1738-1842) was a Revolutionary War soldier serving in the North Carolina Line. He moved to the Watauga Settlements by 1778 where he took up 1,300 acres of land. He was an early member of the Sinking Creek Baptist Church. He was at the Jonesboro Convention of 1784 where he voted against the formation of the State of Franklin. He represented Washington County, with his brother the Colonel, at the 1788 North Carolina Constitutional Convention. He was an anti-federalist and voted against ratification of the proposed US constitution.
Jonathan (1750-1833) moved to the Watauga Settlements by 1776. It is always reported that Jonathan brought his father to the west. He participated in numerous battles with the Overmountain men against both English forces, mostly Tories, and Indians. He was a major at the Battle of Kings Mountain in October, 1780. This famous battle turned the tide of the war in the south against Cornwallis and the British. He then served with Colonels Isaac Shelby and John Sevier in General Nathaniel Greene’s Army. He died in Overton County, Tennessee.