|Dan Tipton (1844-1898)|
Member of Wyatt Earp's Vendetta Posse
Good morning folks. Here I go again with my vow to make more frequent and regular postings to this Tipton family history blog. I have another personal blog which I update almost daily. Plus, since I've retired I've been busier than ever. I'm sure you've heard retirees make this statement after they retired: "I don't know how I had time to do everything when I worked because now that I'm retired I'm busier than ever!" That's me folks, so much to do and so little time. Especially now that when I woke up this morning I realized I was an old man at 71 years of age and time seems to be flying by.
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
Dan Tipton (1844-February 25, 1896) was a sailor minor, gambler, and member of a federal posse led by American Old West lawman Wyatt Earp. He participated in Earp's
|Ike Clanton - member of the outlaw gang the Cowboys|
Life in Arizona:
Tipton served aboard the USS Malvern during the American Civil War and drifted west afterward. He showed up in Tombstone in March 1881. When Morgan Earp was assassinated on March 19. 1881, Tipton was present in the billiard parlor where Morgan was killed. Tipton joined Earp's posses after it returned from Prescott. While escorting Virgil Earp and his wife Allie to the train bound for California, Wyatt killed Frank Stilwell
Tipton rode with Wyatt, Warren Earp,
|Warren Baxter Earp|
|Texas Jack Vermillion|
While in jail he missed the shootout at Iron Springs on March 24 during which Wyatt Earp killed Curly Bill Brocius
|Curly Bill Brocius|
After Tipton was released on March 25, he brought $1,000 donated by E.B. Gage, who was part owner of the Tombstone-based Grand Central Mining Company
|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.
|Ohio Penitentiary where Dan Tipton died|
I have a current Tipton connection to Arizona. My first cousin Shirley Tipton Patterson lives in Arizona. Shirley's dad Rich Tipton was the brother of my dad Isaac Tipton. The last time I saw Shirley was when the photo below was taken in 1951 during a Tipton Gathering at Uncle Ed and Aunt Mabel Tiptons' house in the country for a Sunday dinner.
Shirley now lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband Bob Patterson. They are pictured below.
|Bob Patterson and Shirley Tipton Patterson|
|Ron Tipton - Faux Cowboy 2012|