Colonel John Tipton


Book Reviewed

The concise biography The Life of Colonel John Tipton by John Parrish received a very nice book review from Fran Allison Young in the Tennessee Ancestors publication of The East Tennessee Historical Society, Volume 26, No. 1, April 2010, page 55. I am proud of this recognition.

Tipton Family Association of America

9 Oct 2010, the Tipton Family Association of America met at the Carter County Library in Elizabethton, Tennessee.  The latest research on the life of Colonel John Tipton was presented along with general information about the Tiptons.  Anyone interested in TFAA activities can contact the Association thru this website.

Colonel John Tipton in the NC Legislature

Yesterday, I walked in the footsteps of the Colonel in Hillsboro, North Carolina, periodic seat of that state’s government.  It was here in 1788 at St. Matthews Church that North Carolina legislators met to consider ratification of the US constitution.  With the majority, Tipton voted not to ratify because the constitution did not include a Bill of Rights.  As in Virginia, Tipton was dedicated to the rights of the citizens and represenative government.  He was now serving in the legislature of a second state.

Williamsburg & The House of Delegates

Last week, I was in Williamsburg, Virginia.  This historic site is marvelous!

It was amazing to stand in the Virginia House of Delegates.  In that Hall, 15 May 1776, John Tipton Esquire, voted with 111 other men, to instruct the Virginia Delegation to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia to declare independence from British rule.  Virginia was the first colony to do so.  In the following weeks these Delegates, Tipton among them, dratfted and adopted a Declaration of Rights of every citizen.  The largest, richest and most populous colony in North America had moved decisively for what would become Democracy.

Tipton stood early for the rights of the colonists.  16 Jun 1774, he signed the Woodstock Resolutions in defiance of tyrannical English rule.

Note the Woodstock Resolutions follow the bio of Colonel John and there are links to Virginia Gazette articles regarding the Resolutions and John Tipton’s election.

Updates and Additions, New Links!

In the Sons pages, I added Benjamin, Colonel John’s second son, and updated information for John Tipton (Jr.).  I have added links for Colonel John’s friend, French botanist Andre Michaux, and the Harpers Magazine article about the Tipton House.  Look in the Appendix for other new info.

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Researching in Tipton County, Tennessee

I made a trip to West Tennessee to research the life of General Jacob Tipton (1790-1839), son of Captain Jacob Tipton (1765-1791), the namesake of the County.  General Jacob was the grandson of Colonel John Tipton.  He organized Shelby County in 1819 and Tipton County in 1823, was the Surveyor General of the 11th District of Western Tennessee and Brigadier-General of the 14th Brigade of the State Militia.  In 1818, he married Lorina Taylor, daughter of General Nathaniel Taylor, prominent early settler in Carter County, Tennessee.  See links at bottom right for more information

Encouraging Words

Last month, I visited with Carroll Van West, PhD., Director of the Tennessee Center for Historic Preservation in Murfreesboro. Dr. West encourages new research and writing about Tennessee history and particularly believes the early settlers and legislators’ lives and times deserve to be more fully researched and the findings published. He encouraged me to continue my research on Colonel John Tipton and to publish the results as soon as possible.

Exciting Research

Jonathan Tipton (1639-1727), grandfather of Colonel John Tipton, immigrated to Maryland about 1670.  He settled in Anne Arundel County.  Records indicate he owned a plantation called “Paschal’s Chance” in Herring Creek Hundred.  Exciting archaeological research is taking place in the vacinity of Jonathan’s land by the Anne Arundel County Lost Towns Project.  For more information on the research go to and see some of the results of their research at

Added Links and Appendix Section

Recently, I added new links and an Appendix Section which has a variety of stories and entrys of note.  For more interesting information, be sure and visit the comments of the site visitors.