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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 ( ? - ? ), who is thought to also have been known as “Thomas N. Tipton.” Her husband was the namesake of his ancestor Noah Tipton, who had come to America from England in 1760, arriving in Baltimore, MD.

The couple's known children were Leonard Tipton, George Tipton, Ellen May, Emma Leach, Elizabeth Shirey and two other brothers and one sister.

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

During the Civil War, Noah enlisted in the Union Army on Aug. 29, 1862 and was assigned to the 138th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, Company F. At some point he may have left his regiment without permission, as he was listed as a “deserter” in the History of Bedford, Somerset, and Fulton Counties, Pennsylvania. He mustered out of the 138th Pennsylvania on March 18, 1863. He went on to serve in the 11th Minnesota Infantry, Company C. We are researching whether he was drafted into the 61st Pennsylvania Infantry, Company G, on Sept. 26, 1864, with a muster-out date of June 20, 1865.

In 1870, her 13-year-old son George lived with her aged parents in Juniata Township, Bedford County.

While in Illinois in 1890, Noah filed for a military pension [Invalid App. #952.750].

Elizabeth later is believed to have married Daniel Metzger ( ? - ? ).

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 -- Mrs. Charles 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.

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

Daughter (?) Tipton married Charles Brant ( ? - ? ). Their home in the mid-1930s was in Boswell, Somerset County.

Daughter (?) Tipton was wedded to (?) Leach. She resided in Nemacolin, Greene County, PA circa 1936.

Daughter (?) Tipton was united in matrimony with (?) Shir4ey ( ? - ? ). She dwelled in Ohio in 1936.


Copyright 2016-2017 Mark A. Miner

Research for this page graciously shared by the late Olive (Rowan) Duff and the late Donna (Younkin) Logan. May brothers image courtesy Suzanne (Smith) Chutis.