Biographical Sketch On The Life Of J.I. Tipton
James Ireland grew up, married,
lived and died in this scenic section of
Tipton farmed and operated a
rolling mill where he manufactured nails and other iron products.1
It appears that Tipton came under
the influence of brother James Miller of the Boone's
Poor health ended Tipton's active
preaching career. But from his sick bed he delighted to tell his visitors
about the Cause he loved.5
Brother Tipton died
January 20, 1861,
in Elizabethton and was laid to rest in the Samuel Tipton Family Cemetery,
now called "
1 Mary H. McCown and Josephine C. Owen, History of the
First Christian Church, Johnson City, Tennessee, n.p., n.d., p. 97.
2 J. W. West, Sketches of Our Mountain Preachers, pp.
3 Mary H. McCown, "The History of the
4 H. C. Wagner, pp. 52-53.
5 McCowan, History of the First Christian Church,
-Churches Of Christ In East Tennessee, John Waddey, c.1988, J.C. Choate Publications, pages 197,198 And Updated Information
Directions To The Grave of James I. Tipton
James Ireland Tipton is buried in the city founded by his father, Elizabethton, Tennessee. Traveling east of Johnson City, Tennessee on I-26, go to Exit 31. [U.S. Hwy. 321 N (State Rt. 67)]. Coming into Elizabethton go past the Sycamore Shoals Hospital (The road at this point is called West Elk Ave.). You will pass the Walmart on the left with the old abandoned Bemberg Plant behind (as of 2003). Turn left past Walmart on West Mill St. There should be a Days Inn Motel on one corner. The road will curve to the right, but you should see Big John's Closeouts straight ahead. The cemetery is just to the right of the building in a field. The grave is about in the middle of the cemetery at the back from where you enter. The Green Hill Cemetery is also known as the Samuel Tipton Family Cemetery. Samuel was the founder of Elizabethton. Just behind Samuel's grave is that of James I. Tipton.