There are no short legs in the Tipton men of my family. We have average to long legs, no shorties.
I'm 6'4" (or was before I shrunk). My younger brothers are taller than I am at 6'5" and 6'6". All of my Tipton uncles were all over 6 feet.
|My father Isaac was the tallest Tipton brother at 6"5" (he is in the back row on the right)|
I remember asking my Mother "why am I so tall?" She told me "You inherited that gene from your grandmother." The grandmother she was referring to was my father's mother, Hester Lewis.
|My paternal grandmother Hester Lewis Tipton with 10 of her 11 sons - May 1939|
|Hester Lewis Tipton on her wedding day July 18, 1908|
When I discovered Ancestry.com I began my search for that Indian in her ancestry. I found the Indian. Her name was "Indian P. Keziah" and she was my 5th great grandmother and Hester's 3rd great grandmother.
Thus, I was able to bring fact to a family legend. Yes, we have an Indian ancestor but very distant. "Indian Keziah" was born in 1770 and was married to my 5th great grandfather John Hughes.
Last night, while I was updating my family tree I had a pleasant surprise. One of my fellow genealogy chroniclers had posted a photo of my 2nd great grandfather, Sidney Erwin Hughes.
Guess what? I found the source of the Tipton men's long legs!
|Sidney Erwin Hughes with his wife Nancy Miller circa 1880 North Carolina|
My hubby Bill told me that one of the first things that attracted him to me was my long legs.
|Me, August 1986|
|Here I am on on of those mountain tops in North Carolina researching my family roots - 1994|
|Me with a typical short legged hillbilly during our 2010 trip south to research my family roots.|
|Phelps on the right|