|Lovada "Lovey" Ray Bailey|
A few days ago I received an e-mail from a Kay Pendergrass. She had discovered this blog and was inquiring if we were cousins. Her great-grandmother was Rutha Mae Tipton who married Ansel Bailey.
|Photo taken by Chad Bailey 2009|
My answer to her was "Yes", we are cousins. Her great-grandmother Rutha Mae Tipton was the sister of my great-great grandfather John Tipton. My great-great grandfather John Tipton was married to Ansel Bailey's sister, Martha "Patty" Bailey. As I have so often discovered, the families were sometimes very close up there in those Appalachian hills of western North Carolina in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Pictured above is my great-great-great grandmother, Lovada "Lovey" Ray Bailey. "Lovey" was the mother of both Ansel Bailey and my great-great grandmother Martha "Patty" Bailey. Kay Pendergrass was kind enough to provide me with the long ago picture of my great-great-great grandmother.
I don't have a picture of my great-grandmother, Martha "Patty" Bailey but I do hear that one is in existence. Someday I hope to get a copy of that picture. There is no known picture of my great-grandfather John Tipton.
|Martha "Patty" Bailey Death Certificate|
Martha "Patty" Bailey was the wife of my great-great grandfather John Tipton who was killed in a Confederate ambush when he was recruiting for the Union Forces in the hills of western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee, near Johnson City, Tennessee.
One of John and Martha "Patty" Bailey Tipton's sons was my great grandfather, Hiram Tipton.
Myra Warrick 1855-1930)and Hiram Tipton 1852-1933)
One of Hiram and Myra Tipton's sons was my grandfather Fieldon Jacob Tipton, Sr.
|Fieldon Jacob Tipton (1884-1939) and Hester Lewis (1894-1944)|
One of Fieldon and Hester's eleven sons was my father, Isaac Walter Tipton, Sr.
|Betty Hadfield (1923-2010) and Isaac "Ike" Tipton, Sr. (1920-2000)|
1941 -(my mom is pregnant with me in this picture)