Surprise! General John Tipton Makes an Entrance.

While trying to read up on the Indian Removal Act in hopes of finding more information on our Missouri relatives and their supposed Native ancestry, I stumbled upon General John Tipton. This would be Grandpa Wayne’s 2nd cousin 4x removed, according to Ancestory.com. John was Indian agent to the Potawatomi tribe and in charge of moving the faction in Indiana to Kansas. This was an awkward realization considering my intentions for this research, but not surprising. John’s father was killed by Natives (which ones, I don’t know) and so was the father of his second wife. He probably wasn’t too fond of them, nor they he. He had another relative that was killed by Natives: “1781 on Beargrass Creek at the Falls of the Ohio by Natives.  At the time, he was serving as a Captain in the brigade of Colonel Joseph Crockett.” This trip was documented by Catholic priest Benjamin Petit, and became known as the Potawatomi Trail of Death.  It began after a treaty (one of many) that was supposedly containing forged signatures, and signatures of people not in a position of power, was made and the inhabitants of the reservation refused to move and chiefs wrote several petitions against it. Tipton was ordered to round up the militia and forcibly move the Natives out. During their journey they lost 42  of roughly 800 to dysentery, etc. and a few more than that to sickness (they left the sick). The priest died on his return journey due to fever. The…

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A whole bunch of pictures coming!

A few weeks ago Ryan and I went to Sanger, CA to see some of my family and I of course thought this was the perfect time to spend hours and hours going over old pictures with my grandma and dad. I’ll get them all loaded up soon but I wanted to summarize my discoveries. First, I have to share a picture of my Grandma Betty because she looks great at every age, but I like the crazy hair in this one:   Walker I’ll need to add this to the list of categories. This is my grandma’s mother’s maiden name and I do believe there are photos to be had in that category. AND something about a violent family feud that could get interesting to research. Fry Oh the Frys, so many of them! One of the best parts about this trip was seeing the home videos of my grandparents’ trip to Ava Missouri, formerly “Frytown”. They met some relatives, toured the town, church, old homesteads, etc., and shared stories. I can’t view the videos on my Mac so at some point I’ll commandeer a PC long enough to get them in a format every computer can open (or on the web, let’s try that too!). I will make a script of sorts when I get to hear the entirety as well. Loder Dad and I were not able to get far on the Native American roots that continually side-step me. Apparently nobody in Missouri wanted to talk about…

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The Knighting of Sir Anthony De Tipton

Tipton Crest

An excerpt from We Tipton and Our Kin By the Rev. Ervin Charles Tipton of San Rafael, California 1975 For further details, please also see this forum thread. For more details mentioning this legend and it’s credibility* (plus more Tipton research) see this site. During the year 1282, one Anthony Tipton was a member of the English army. The Welsh were in rebellion against the English rule. Prince Llewellyn was the backbone of the Welsh resistance. King Edward of England decided to send an army into Wales to crush the rebellion. The big showdown came at the Battle of Snowdon Mountain where the Welsh were completely annihilated. Anthony Tipton acquitted [?] himself so heroically that he was knighted by Edward I the following day, which came about in the following manner: At the defeat of the Welsh army, Price Llewellyn escaped on a horse, crossing the bridge of Bulith, closely pursued by Anthony Tipton. Both were clad in a coat of armor and mounted on a horse equipped with shield, hand sword and lance. The Prince entered a wooded country and suddenly turned to give battle to his pursuer, and the duel was on! As they charge towards each other, Tipton maneuvering for the strike with his long lance, suddenly thrust it forward and paired the armor of the Prince, who fell to the ground mortally wounded. Anthony dismounted to search his victim for valuable papers, and discovered the had slain the Prince of Wales, the man most wanted by King Edward…

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