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- Birth Date: 1659
- Place of Birth: Jamaica , , 
- Note: 1657 given on another merged profile.
- Best guess for date of birth is 1659 based on the following rationale:
- Notes on the birth date:
- The following obituary appeared in the January 27, 1757 issue of the Maryland Gazette:
- "We are informed that at the beginning of this month, died in Baltimore County, Mr. Jonathan Tipton, aged 118 years. He was born at Kingston on Jamaica, which place he left while young, and lived almost ever since in this province, and had his perfect senses to the last, especially a remarkable strength of memory. His youngest sons are reckoned among the oldest men in Baltimore County."
- Charles D Tipton, in his book "TIPTON The First Five American Generations", discusses several of the problems with this short obituary. One of the most telling is the fact that Jamaica was under Spanish control until it was conquered by Venable in 1655. It is unlikely that an English child was born in Jamaica prior to that time. Tipton says that 1659 is a much more likely date of birth:
- Fortunately, new evidence regarding Jonathan's date of birth has surfaced in the past few years that brings Jonathan's lifespan into harmony with history and makes his level of activity more in keeping with his age. Taking all things into consideration, the year 1659 would seem, to this student of the Tipton family, to be the most likely for the date of birth of Jonathan Tipton for the following reasons. 
- Notes on Birth Place
- Another element in Jonathan's obituary that seems to be in error is the statement that he was born in Kingston on Jamaica. The conflict here is that Kingston, Jamaica, was not built until after the destruction of Port Royal by an earthquake in 1692, several years after Jonathan's arrival in America
- A 1966 letter from the librarian for the Institute of Jamaica to the writer contains the following statement:
"The English conquered Jamaica from Spain in 1655, and before that time the English settlers were not allowed in the Island, so Jonathan Tipton could not have been born in Kingston in 1639."
- Jonathan Tipton's birthplace was almost certainly Jamaica, not only because it was so reported in a contemporary article in the Maryland Gazette, but also because of Jonathan's strong sense of identity with the island as demonstrated by his naming one of his farms "Poor Jamaica Man's Plague," and another "Port Royal."
- Notes from Tipton-423 Bob Tipton:
- Several genealogists have come to the conclusion that Edward and Amy (Phillips) Tipton were the parents of Jonathan. This Edward was born about 1617 in Pontesbury, Shropshire, England. This might fit if we assume that Jonathan was born in 1639. However, there is no indication that this Edward and Amy ever came to America. However, their son, also named Edward, did come to America. This son was born 7 Nov 1650, and was 18 when he arrived in Maryland on the ship Friendship. He returned to England in 1700. There is no indication that Edward, Jr, went to Jamaica. While it might be possible that Jonathan was a brother to Edward, Jr, it is highly unlikely that he would be his son.
- I am a co-administrator of the Tipton Family DNA Project. We currently have about 60 male members who have taken Y-DNA tests. Almost all of them have closely matching STRs and are members of the I1 haplogroup. Those that have done SNP testing are confirmed I-L813. So far, we do not have any tested members from England, so have not been able to prove or disprove a connection to either Edward.
- The Tipton surname is location-based, so it would not be unusual to find several different DNA signatures, but so far almost everybody seems to be a close match to Jonathan (or a close ancestor of his). 
- We have no inkling as to the identity of the parents of Jonathan Tipton, and we can only speculate about how they arrived on the island of Jamaica. Jonathan's father could well have been one of the men in Penn and Venable's Haitian expedition force that conquered Jamaica in the campaign that extended from 1650 to 1655. A scenario (totally speculative) that appeals to this writer is one wherein Jonathan's father was one of the 4,200 to 5,200 men that Penn and Venable recruited in the Windward and Leeward Islands prior to the assault of Jamaica who survived the campaign, saw an opportunity to improve his lot in this new British possession, and settled on the island. Once hostilities ceased he could have either returned to his home island for his wife or sweetheart or bought her passage from there to Jamaica. No English were on Jamaica prior to 1650. The fact that no Spanish given names are found in any of Jonathan's descendants leads one to conclude that his mother was of English descent, probably from one of the nearby Lesser Antilles or some other British West Indies possession. 
- Immigration to United States if America: (1671 1676).
- Note: That bracket (1671-16760 puts the age of Jonathan Tipton at the time he entered this country at somewhere between 12 and 17 years. The writer is inclined toward the latter end of this bound for several reasons. First, it is more believable that a 16 or 17 year old young man would want or need to leave his homeland than it is for a stripling of 12 or 13 years. Second, somewhere along the way, Jonathan learned the art of barrel making, for we find him described as a "cooper" in many of the early Maryland records; and, in 1830, he gave bond that he would have William and Richard Cross taught to read and learn the trade of cooper. How did he learn this trade? We can only speculate, but it seems more likely to this student of the family that he learned from his father or had nearly completed his apprenticeship at age 16 or 17 when he departed the Jamaican shores than it is that a 12 or 13 year old friendless youth could manage to get taken on as an apprentice in this country. 
- Date: 1757
- Place: Baltimore County, Maryland 
- 1. Source: S32 Tipton : the first five American generations : a short history of the Tipton family. Charles D. Tipton. Baltimore, MD : Gateway Press, c1998.
- 2. Tipton-423 Bob Tipton,co-administrator of the Tipton Family DNA Project
- 3. Chronicles of a Nation: Founding Fathers, Families, and Patriots
- July 11, 2015 by Joan Wheeler LaGrone (Author)
- Publisher: WIN Publishers of Colorado
- ISBN: 0967923026
- WAPI (Tower ID): 136603289
- Release Date: July 11, 2015
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