Colonel John Tipton

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The photo above is of Colonel John Tipton’s house just south of Johnson City, Tennessee in Washington County.  The house sits at the foot of Buffalo Mountain and near the road to Jonesboro to the west and Elizabethton to the east.  Today, the house is located on the Tipton-Haynes Tennesee State Historic Site, Tennessee’s oldest historic site.  I have provided a link to the Historic Site’s web address below and to the right.
Tipton-Haynes House from article in Harpers Magazine

Tipton-Haynes House from article in Harpers Magazine

The above drawing appeared in Harper’s New Monthly Magazine in an article titled Winter in the South (pp. 721-740) reporting on a visit to the Tipton-Haynes Plantation.  The article appeared in the November issue of 1857, Volume 0015, Issue 90.  I have provided a link below and to the right.

TIPTON FAMILY LEGEND    

Anthony Tipton was born in 1260, the son of Anthony Tipton, in Tipton, West Moreland, Staffordshire, England.  He died in 1350/51 in York, England.    

During the period preceeding 1282, the Welsh people were subject to English rule but chaffed under it.  The English were powerful enough to conquer the Welsh but soon after the English army would leave Wales, another rebellion would be in the making.  Prince Llewellyn was the backbone of the resistence.    

Finally, King Edward I of England decided to send an army into Wales that would be large enough and strong enough to completely destroy the Welsh army.  Anthony Tipton was a member of King Edward’s army.  His position is unknown but he was mounted, clad in a coat of mail and equiped with a sword and long spear.    

The English army entered Wales and met the Welsh army at the foot of Snowden Mountain on December 10th, 1282.  The Welsh army was annihilated but Prince Llewellyn escaped on horseback.    

The Prince crossed the Bridge of Bulith closely pursued by Anthony Tipton.  If he could shake Tipton, he would escape.  The Prince turned into wooded country and stopped to give battle.  Both warriors were clad in coats of mail.  There was a clash of swords and the duel was on.  With great effort, Tipton managed to thrust his spear through the armor of the Prince and Llewellyn fell from his horse, mortally wounded.     As was custom in those times, the victor searched the body of the fallen warrior for valuables and important documents.  When Tipton removed his foe’s armor, he was amazed to find he had slain the Prince of Wales, the man much sought by King Edward.  Tipton stood guard over his vanquished foe’s body until the King was notified    

The next day, December 11th, 1282; Anthony Tipton was knighted for his bravery and valor on the field of battle by King Edward I as Sir Anthony de Tipton.  He was given a coat of arms on which was inscribed the motto Causam Dedicit and at the top of the coat of arms was an upright hand holding a sword.  The motto translates from latin as “the sword in this hand caused the decision that ended the war”. 

Below is the Coat of Arms

This story is legend and has circulated widely among Tipton decendants but it is unproven.  Nevertheless, it is interesting and exciting to any member of the Tipton lineage.

The Reverend Ervin Charles Tipton in his book We Tipton and Our Kin published at San Rafael, California in 1975, discusses the history at length on pages 13 through 24.  He presents this coat of arms on page one and in larger version on page 4.  Reverend Tipton cites as his sources the historian Fordun and The Tipton Family by Whitney Hord Tipton, Sr.  He cites sources that credit others with slaying of Prince Llewellyn.

Sinking Creek Baptist Church

Joseph Tipton, brother of Colonel John Tipton, and Samuel Tipton, son of Colonel John Tipton, were early and active members of this church.  Samuel, with his family, were the more active.  This is the oldest church in the State of Tennessee founded in 1783 and the photo above is of the original log building in use until 1924.  The church is located west of Elizabethton, Tennessee.

Soldiers of the US Regiment of Riflemen, War of 1812

Riflemen

Jacob Tipton (1790-1839), son of Captain Jacob Tipton (1765-1791) and grandson of Colonel John Tipton, enlisted in the US Regiment of Riflemen 12 Dec 1812 after war was declared on England.  He was an officer receiving recognition for distingushed service in action at the Battle of Conjockta Creek near Buffalo, New York on 3 Aug 1812.  This battle was part of the Niagara Campaigns to invade Canada.  The Riflemen were the elite troops of the United States Army of 1812. 

In 1824, Jacob became Brigadier General of the 14th Brigade of Tennessee State Militia.