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Elizabeth (May) Tipton Metzger


Elizabeth (May) Tipton Metzger was born on Aug. 25, 1829 in Somerset County, PA, the daughter of Leonard and Maria "Catherine" (Younkin) May.

She was joined in holy wedlock with Noah Tipton ( ? -1865). Her husband was the namesake of his ancestor Noah Tipton, who had come to America from England in 1760, arriving in Baltimore, MD. He is not to be confused with Thomas "Noah" Tipton, also of Allegheny Township, Somerset County, who was a Civil War deserter.

The couple's known children were samuel S. Tipton, Leonard Tipton, George Tipton, Ellen May, Emma Leach and one other son and daughter.

Circa 1862, when their son Leonard was born, they made their home in Bedford County, PA.

During the Civil War, Noah was drafted into the Union Army. On Sept. 26, 1864, he reported to his unit, the 61st Pennsylvania Infantry, Company G. He and the 61st Pennsylvania sreved in several campaigns in Virginia, and at one point he contracted malaria while in the southern part of the state. He mustered out of the army of June 20, 1865.

Within six months of arriving home, and still debilitated from the effects of malaria, Noah died at home in 1865. Burial was on the Grentz farm in Fairhope Township, Bedford County. Today, the site is owned by the Pittsburgh Zoo as a wildlife preserve for breeding elephants.

Elizabeth survived her husband by many years. In 1870, her 13-year-old son George lived with her aged parents in Juniata Township, Bedford County.

Elizabeth later wedded Daniel Metzger ( ? - ? ). They were the parents of Elizabeth S. Sheirer.

On July 14, 1883, Elizabeth passed away in Bedford County at the age of 53.

Daniel died sometime prior to 1886.

Noah is named in a roster of Civil War soldiers in the 1911 book, History, Sixty-First Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, authored by Abraham Titus Brewer.


~ Son Samuel S. Tipton ~

Son Samuel S. Tipton (1857- ? ) was born in about 1857. He was but a boy when his father died.

At about the age of 12 or 13, he went to live with his uncle and aunt, James and Mary Ann "Annie" (May) Kellerman, at their home two miles north of Buffalo Mills, Bedford County.

When the uncle and aunt moved to Maryland, Samuel stayed behind. Circa 1872, he earned a living in Bedford County.

Circa 1908, when interviewed by government investigators in the Civil War pension case of his uncle's second wife, Caroline (Riehl) Kellerman, he was living near Siebert, Allegany County, MD.


~ Son Leonard Tipton ~

Son Leonard Tipton (1862-1936) was born on July 1, 1862 in Bedford County.

He grew up in Elk Lick Township and Salisbury, Somerset County. Reported the Meyersdale Republican, "he was well liked and esteemed as an honest and industrious young man."

He married Alice McCloskey ( ? - ? ), a daughter of Jacob McCloskey. Her father operated a small farm and fulling mill on Tubmill Run, where in 1936 a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp was located during the Great Depression. They made their home in Lincoln Township, Somerset County.

They produced six children -- Nancy Brant, Mrs. John Hay and Mrs. Edward Fritz and two other sons.

Leonard died at home at the age of 74 on Oct. 1, 1936. A distant cousin, Rev. William Mullen Minerd, preached the funeral sermon in Grace United Evangelical Church in Somerset, followed by burial in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Salisbury. An obituary in the Republican noted that his survivors included 15 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Daughter Nancy M. Tipton (1887- ? ) was born in about 1887. On April 11, 1909, at the age 22, she was joined in holy wedlock with 23-year-old farmer Charles H. Brant ( ? - ? ), son of John Wesley and Annie Brant of Brothersvalley Township, Somerset County. The ceremony was held in Frintz Lutheran Church in Garrett, Somerset County, by the hand of Rev. W.H.B. Carney. They produced children, among them Florence Irene Rentzel and Charles Hermann Brant.


~ Son George Tipton ~

Son George Tipton (1857- ? ) was born in about 1857.

At the age of 13, in 1870, he lived with his grandfather and grandmother May in Juniata Township, Bedford County.

Then as an older adult, he resided in Cumberland, Allegany County, MD in 1936.


~ Daughter (?) (Tipton) Brant ~

Daughter (?) Tipton married Charles Brant ( ? - ? ).

Their home in the mid-1930s was in Boswell, Somerset County.


~ Daughter (?) (Tipton) Leach ~

Daughter (?) Tipton was wedded to (?) Leach.

She resided in Nemacolin, Greene County, PA circa 1936.


~ Daughter Elizabeth (Tipton) Shirey ~

Daughter Elizabeth S. Tipton (1869- ? ) was born in about 1869.

She was united in matrimony with George Washington "Wash" Shirey, also spelled "Sheirer" (July 24, 1862-1933). He was the son of George and Sarah (Trautman) Shirey of Bedford County. Their wedding nuptials were held at the home of her uncle Marcus May the day after Christmas 1886 by the hand of justice of the peace John W. Housel.

The Shireys relocated to Ohio and resided in Canton, Stark County. Their address in the early 1930s was on Warner Road Extension.

On July 31, 1933, suffering from acute bronchitis and chronic heart disease, George died in Canton one week after his 71st birthday. Burial was in Forest Hill Cemetery.

Elizabeth survived her husband by more than four decades. She joined him in eternity at the age of about 96 in 1967. [Find-a-Grave]


Copyright 2016-2018 Mark A. Miner

Research for this page graciously shared by John Brant, the late Olive (Rowan) Duff and the late Donna (Younkin) Logan.