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Updated August 8, 2014

Bobby Spright Tippett
7416 Battle Bridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27610-6226
United States

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The Tippetts and many of their allied families were among those who arrived early in this country. My paternal great-grandmother, Cassandra Mayson Wilder Tippett, was a direct descendant of Edward Wilder (1614-1687). He and his wife, Ann, were the first of that family name to appear in the Colonial records of Virginia. Edward was probably the great-grandson of Nicholas Wylder who came to England from Normandy during the Norman Invasion in 1485. My paternal great-great-grandmother, Eliza Ann Hinton Tippett, was a descendant of the Hyntons of Berkshire, England. This family can be traced back as early as 1086 and the reign of William the Conqueror.

It appears that the Tippetts of North Carolina descend from four family lines, perhaps all related:

(1) JOHN TIPPETT was a resident of Granville Co., NC when the first State Census was taken in 1785 and when the first Federal Census was taken in 1790. He moved his family to Rowan Co., NC before 1795, and died there in 1796. John's grandson, WILLIAM T. TIPPETT, JR. moved his family to Hopkins Co., Kentucky in the fall or winter of 1857. He, his wife, and 14 of their children arrived in two covered wagons pulled by oxen. The trip had taken nearly 6 weeks, coming through the Cumberland Gap, and traveling no more than 20 miles a day. John's three grandsons, EZEKIEL, JOHN, and JAMES C. TIPPETT moved to Tennessee. Their descendants spell their name, TIPPITT, TIPPIT, and TIPPETT, respectively.

(2) JONATHAN TIPPETT of Granville Co., NC. A marriage bond was issued on October 13, 1798 for his marriage to Mary Wade. His first appearance in North Carolina as head of household was in 1800. He died intestate, but the final settlement of his estate was in August 1841,

(3) JOHN TIPPETT was a resident of Craven Co., NC in 1740 (a part of which became Jones Co. in 1779), and

(4) PHILIP TIPPETT whose will was probated in May 1772 and registered in Halifax Co., NC. He was the grandson of Philip Tippett of St. Mary's Co., Maryland, who arrived in the Colony on April 28, 1681 and died there in 1706. Many of his descendants moved to Tennessee, Texas and other states across the country. In some cases the name became TIPPIT.

In addition to HINTON and WILDER, some of the other allied families being researched are PERRY, GAY, CAUDLE, CARPENTER, and CORBETT.

I am indebited to many people for the information and pictures that will appear here. Foremost are family members who have contributed many pictures and a storehouse of information. Some of them are no longer with us, but their loving memories remain in our hearts and minds.

I also thank Daphine Tippett Hare of Oxford, NC; Harold Milford of San Antonio, TX; Aubrey W. Tippitt of Memphis, TN; Bonnie Ligon of Layton, UT; Charles Hinton of Satellite Beach, FL; Ruby Tippit Peacher of Indian Mound, TN; Bobbi Tibbett Lionetti of Orlando, FL; Gary Corbett of Dallas, TX; Trish Gorman of Concord, NC; Lynne Brown of Elko, NV; Natalie Mercer of Madisonville, KY, Pam Graham of Waterford, MI., and Linda Parrish Glasgow of Vienna, VA. Your generous contributions, and the contributions of others not mentioned, are deeply appreciated.

I would be pleased to hear from you with any corrections, suggestions and/or additional information that will improve this site for the benefit of other Tippett family researchers.

Family Photos

  • Elsie (daughter of W. K.) and her family (50 KB)
    Elsie Lorine Tippett (1931) and Ainsworth Privette (1926) and their children, Lori (1962) and Dale (1966).
  • Mayson Wilder and her mother Elizabeth Strickland (80 KB)
    Left to right: Seth Tippett (1897-1937), his mother, Cassandra Mayson Wilder (1866-1917) wife of Charles F. Tippett, Elizabeth (Polly) Strickland (born in 1834) Mayson's mother and wife of Kearney Wilder, and Mayson's daughter Synchonia Tippett (1885-1919). The picture was made about 1911.
  • Danny (son of Luther W. Tippett) Family (49 KB)
    My brother, Danny Ray Tippett (1947) and Linda Susan Riley (1953) and their sons, Christopher Ryan (1973) and Patrick Bryan (1976).
  • Luther William Tippett and Mary Jane Caudle (55 KB)
    My parents, Luther Tippett (1918- ) and Mary Caudle (1920-1961), and their children, from left to right Bobby Spright (1939), Billy Wayne (1942), and Danny Ray (1947).
  • Roberta (daughter of Robert Lee) Tibbett Family (255 KB)
    Back Row, left to right: Michael Barton (Laura's husband), Laura Lionetti Barton, Donald M. Lionetti, Jr., Christopher L. Lionetti. Middle: Julie Becker Lionetti (Don Jr's. wife). Front Row, left to right: Donald M. Lionetti, Sr., Roberta (Bobbi)Tibbett Lionetti, Roxanne Lionetti (daughter of Chris and Betsy), Betsy Wilhelm Lionetti (Chris' wife). Descent: Robert L. Tibbett, Charles F. Tippett, William D., William T., Jr., William T., Sr., John.
  • W. K. Tippett and his siblings in 1950 (48 KB)
    Left to right: W. K. (Ernie) Tippett, Ruth Earl (Ruthie) Tippett, John Carson (Carsey)Tippett, Elura Tippett Mitchell, and Lutrell Tippett. The picture was made Sunday, April 30, 1950.
  • Billy Wayne (son of Luther W. Tippett) Family (53 KB)
    My brother, Billy Wayne Tippett (1942) and Glenda Jean McKenna (1947) and their children, Wayne (1973), Donald Gene (1977) and Carol Lynn (1979).
  • William Kearney Tippett and Hattie Mae Perry (31 KB)
    My paternal grandparents, William K. Tippett (1888-1953) and Hattie Mae Perry (1891-1980). This picture was made circa 1911/1912.
  • Ronald Griffin and Vicky Green Family (73 KB)
    Ronald Kelton Griffin, Jr. (1952), Vicky Lou Green (1956). They were married May 31, 1975. Children: left to right, Janet Lynn (1979), Elizabeth Diane (1980) and Hannah Marie (1995).
  • Luther W. Tippett and Janice Kelley family (55 KB)
    My dad, Luther William Tippett (1918) and step-mother, Janice Kelley (1928), and their son, Michael Kelley Tippett (1965).
  • Annie Belle, daughter of W. K. and Hattie Tippett (71 KB)
    My aunt, Annie Belle Tippett (1913-1998). Descent: William K., Charles Franklin, William D., William T. Jr., William T. Sr., John
  • The author of this page, Bob Tippett (1939) (101 KB)
    I have been researching the TIPPETT family for more than 20 years. Descent: Luther W., William K., Charles F., William D., Willian T., William T., John.
  • William Kearney Tippett (46 KB)
    My grandfather, W. K. Tippett, and his bicycle. The picture was made before 1911.
  • Charles Franklin Tippett & Cassandra Mayson Wilder (18 KB)
    My paternal great-grandparents, Charles Franklin Tippett (1863-1926) and Cassandra Mayson Wilder (1866-1917). Descent: William D., William T. Jr., William T. Sr., John
  • Luna Mae, daughter of W. K. and Hattie Tippett (56 KB)
    My aunt, Luna Mae Tippett (1922-1955). Descent: William K., Charles F., William D., William T. Jr., William T. Sr., John
  • Elsie Lorine, daughter of W. K. and Hattie Tippett (91 KB)
    My aunt, Elsie Lorine Tippett (1931). Descent: William K., Charles F., Willian D., William T. Jr., William T. Sr., John
  • William D. Tippett and Eliza Ann Hinton Family (76 KB)
    The children of my great-great-grandparents, William D. Tippett (1833-1868) and Eliza Ann Hinton (1839-1910): Benjamin W. Tippett (1856-1922), Joseph William Tippett (1859-1919), Charles Franklin Tippett (1863-1926) and Elizabeth (Bessie) Tippett (1866-1943). Descent: William D., William T. Jr., William T. Sr., John
  • Lucy Lee, daughter of W. K. and Hattie Tippett (56 KB)
    My aunt, Lucy Lee Tippett (1925-1991). Descent: William K., Charles F., William D., William T. Jr., William T. Sr., John
  • Robert Lee Tibbett Family (82 KB)
    Robert Lee Tibbett (1909-2000) and Patricia Kuchinsky (1919-1994) with their daughter, Roberta (Bobbi) Ann Tibbett (1939). Descent: Charles F. Tippett, William D., William T. Jr., William T. Sr., John.
  • Five of William D. Tippett's sisters (37 KB)
    Back row, center, Lucinda Christina Tippett (1850-1926), front row, right, Elnora Tippett (1842-1911). The other 3 have not been identified.
  • Jack Maryland, son of W. K. and Hattie Tippett (61 KB)
    My uncle, Jack Maryland Tippett (1928). Descent: William K., Charles F., William D., William T. Jr., William T. Sr., John
  • Tombstones of William T. Tippett and Arena Adcock (72 KB)
    My great-great-great-grandparents, William T. Tippett, Jr. (July 17, 1805 - April 30, 1861) and Arena Adcock (February 9, 1817 - August 3, 1875) are buried in Olive Branch Missionary Baptist Church cemetery, Hanson, Hopkins Co., KY.
  • Children of Lucy Tippett and Allen Green (83 KB)
    Top row, left to right, Richard Allen Green (1950), Margie Lee Green (1952), Donna Faye Green (1953); Middle row, left to right, William Howard Green (1953), Betty Mae Green (1955) and Vicky Lou Green (1956). Bottom row, Lucy Lee Tippett (1925-1991) and Allen Harper Green (1918).
  • Jack Tippett (son of W. K.) Family (68 KB)
    Top row: Betty Jean Phillips (1933) and Jack Maryland Tippett (1928), Second row: their son, Timothy Phillip Tippett (1960), Third row: Tim Tippett and his wife, Martha Ann Eatmon (1961), Fourth row: their son, Timothy Phillip Tippett (1991)
  • Lionetti Weddings (97 KB)
    Top row, left to right: Laura Ann Lionetti, her husband, Michael Barton, and their daughter, Kelsey Ann; Chris Lionetti, wife, Betsy Wilhelm, and their daughter Roxanne; Bottom, left to right: Don Lionetti, Jr. and his wife, Julie Becker, Bobbi Tibbett and husband, Don Lionetti (wedding and Don's retirement September 1994).

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