|Dan Tipton - 1844 -1898|
Member of Wyatt Earp's "Vendetta" posse
A change of pace folks. Instead of hearing about me and my health and personal issues, here is a fascinating slice of my family history. My family connection to Arizona. As regular followers of this blog may know, I am my family historian. I do the family research on my Tipton ancestry. I do have a Tipton first cousin living in Arizona now. Shirley Tipton Patterson.
Shirley and I were born the same year (1941). I haven't seen her for year but I hope to some day. Her father Rich Tipton and my father Ike Tipton were brothers. We Tiptons are pretty much spread across the country now.
|Cousin Shirley Tipton Patterson today with her husband Bob Patterson - fully "Arizonized"|
I am a ninth generation Tipton. My first Tipton ancestor to arrive on these shores was Jonathan Tipton (1657-1757). He was born in Kingston, Jamaica and left after a hurricane destroyed his barrel stave (for storing rum) business in Port Royale, Jamaica. He arrived in Baltimore, Anne Arundel County, Maryland around 1697. He was my 6th great grandfather.
I do have a lot of "Tipton" information to write about. However, let me start with Dan Tipton, one of the few Tiptons that I cannot tie into my family tree.
Dan Tipton was a very interesting man as all Tiptons are. We all have our story. Dan's story caught my eye because for a time he was in the famous American western lawman Wyatt Earp's
posse. Here is Dan Tipton's story that I took from Wikipedia:
|Ike Clanton - member of the Cowboys outlaw gang|
Life in Arizona:
|Warren Baxter Earp|
|Texas Jack Vermillion|
|Curly Bill Brocius|
|Boot Hill, Tombstone, Arizona|
In 1897, Tipton ran afoul of the law. Customs agents arrested him for smuggling forged Chinese immigrant labor certificates. He was convicted in October and sentenced to 20 months in the Ohio Federal Penitentiary.
The 53-year old inmate lasted just four months behind bars before dying of Bright's Disease on February 25, 1898. He left no known kin. His body was buried in an unmarked grave at the Green Lawn Cemetery in Columbus, Ohio.
|Ron Tipton - Faux Cowboy (although I do think I lived in an earlier time - I just so fit in the costume)|
By the way, do you think any of those guys back then were gay? Oh I'm sure one of two of them were. Talk about being in the closet. Now those days were tough.
|Unknown couple - 1880's|
Probably not a part of Wyatt Earp's Vendetta posse - just guessing