THE SOWARD AND TIPSWORD FAMILIES:
REBELS, NATIVES, PIONEERS, AND EXPLORERS

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GENERAL DESCRIPTION

The book covers the Soward and Tipsword families from the ancestor who first arrived in America and the ancestors who were here to greet them to about the mid to late 1900's.

For the Soward family, the first member that John H. Doty lists is Isaac Soward, Sr. of Greenbrier County, Virginia. John believed that he was born in Scotland and a supporter of Edward Stuart, grandson of King James II and the "Young Pretender" to the throne of England. When the Stuart side lost at Culloden Moor, they left or were expelled from England. At that time, Isaac Soward, Sr. came to the United States aboard one of the British man-of-wars in 1747.

The problem he encountered was that the information could not be officially verified and at least two other family stories existed for the circumstances that brought Isaac Soward, Sr. to Virginia.

The Tipsword name and history started with Griffin Soward. He changed his name because he wanted to obscure his identity.

Thomas Soward (son of Isaac, Sr.) married Esther, daughter of Chief Cornstalk and niece of Tecumseh of the Shawnee nation, in 1768. It is believed that this connection to the Greater Huron Nations and the Algonquin Indian tribes saved the family and enabled them to return to the area of Turkey Cove, Virginia during the 1775 to 1777 time frame. While both immediate families knew of this information, the relationship was hidden to members outside of the family for generations due to the prejudices that were held towards those who had Native American ancestors and towards those who were of "mixed" Native American and white ancestory.

John Hubert Doty published the original book in 1992. In 1997, he printed an updated version for immediate family members only. He did not publish this edition. Both editions were entitled Sowards and Tipsword Families in America.

The following is a list of families that this book covers.The family names are given on most of the individuals. The first names (or given or "Christian" names) for the major families are listed. The spelling variations for the major families are listed.

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FAMILIES COVERED

Barr family


Cannull family


Carlyle (Carlisle) family

Esther
George W.
Griffin
Isaac
John
Marie (Maria)
Robert (Robin)
Thomas

Chambers family


Chief Cornstalk


Doty (Dowty, Doute) family

Amanda Jane (1844-1911)
Andrew P.
Bertha Agnes (1878-1949)
Daniel (1779-1819)
David (1805-1835)
David (1810-1897)
David (1840-1917)
Eleanor (Ella) Sowards Stowe
Hiram
Isaih (Isaiah)
John B.
John Hubert
John W.
Joseph Picket (1812-90)
Moses (1816-1892)
Moses Jasper (1848-1929)
Nancy
Picket
Rosa
Rosannah Sowards (1786-1831)
Rosannah (1839-1875)
Saint
Saphronia Margaret (Phronia) (1876-1956)
Sarah Doughty (1807-1859) married Abraham Force
Thomas
Thomas (1808-1890)
Thomas (1824-1846)
Wm. Joseph (1844-1923)
Wm. Wilson

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Massey family

Henry
Jacob
Jeptha
Sarah
W. J.

Owens family

Rizzo family

John Michael
MaryAnn Doty
Michael
Peter Vincent

Seward (Seaward) family

Isaac (1720-?)
Miliston Vanderford

Smith family

Sarah Tipsword (1829-1928)

Soward (Sowards) family

Ann (1735-?)
Carlin
Charles
Diannah (Ann) (1786-1805)
Dresha (Desha) (1807-1827)
Elizabeth ( - ) married Isaac Jr.
Elizabeth (1811-?)
Esther (1751-1820/21)
Esther (1801-1850?)
George
George (1715-?)
George (1792-?)
Griffin (old) (1755-?)
Griffin (“young”) (1773/4-?) became Griffin Tipsword
Griffin (1800-84)
Isaac (1768-?)
Isaac (1805-1863)
Isaac, Jr.
Isaac, Sr. (1719/20-1803)
Jacob (1783-?)
Jerusha (Dresha) (1838/9-?)
John (1724-?)
John (1784-?)
John (son of Griffin) (1803-1870s)
John (1815-?)
John (1836-1863)
John (1861-?)
John W. F. (1893-?)
Leticia, wife of Robert (1787-?)
Leticia, wife of Thomas
George (1782-1876)
Lewis (1813-?)
Lucinda, daughter of Thomas (1808-94)
Lucinda, wife of Issac (1810-1863)
Mahala
Mary Hester, daughter of Griffin (1857-?)
Miliston, daughter of Isaac (1754?-?)
Miliston Tipsword
Miliston Vanderford (alternative)
Moses
Nelly (1760-?)
Rebecca (1758-?)
Rebecca, daughter of Griffin (1809-1830)
Rebecca, daughter of Isaac (1845-?)
Rebecca, daughter of Robert (1831/3-?)
Rebecca, daughter of Thomas, married Picket Doty (1790-1856)
Rebecca, daughter of Thomas, married J. W. Lancester (1864-1942)
Rebecca, married John Lewis (1775/80-1830s)
Robert (1781-1871)
Rosannah, daughter of Thomas, married Thomas Doty
Rosannah Spears, wife of Thomas
Ruth (1749/53-?)
Ruth, daughter of Isaac (1831-?)
Ruth, wife of Griffin (1780/90-1845)
Solomon, son of Isaac Jr.
Sophia
Susanna
Thomas (general)
Thomas George
Thomas, son of Griffin (1811-57)
Thomas, son of Isaac Jr. (1833-?)
Thomas, son of Isaac Sr. (1746/52-1815)
Thomas, son of Thomas (1775-?)

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Tipsword, Isaac (1805-63) family

Tipsword, John (1803-70s) family

Tipsword, Thomas (1811-57) family

Tipswords (Tipsword)

Andrew Jackson (Anus)
Ann (1811-1857) married Thomas
Ann Wallers (1814-1898) married Thomas
Anna
Ashby, son of Isaac (1827-1877)
Ashby, son of Thomas (1862-1959)
Dresha (1807-1827)
Elizabeth (1834- ) married Griffin
Elizabeth (1837- ) married John
Fannie
Gertrude (?-1933)
George A. (1891-?)
George Benjamin (1874-1956)
George C. (1887-1987)
George L. T. (1878-?)
George W. (1849-1925)
Griffin (“young”) (1773/4-?) was Griffin Sowards
Griffin (Young) (1828-1900+)
Ida, wife of Wm. (1846-1892)
Ida E., daughter of David (1892-?)
Ida E., granddaughter of Alexander (1880-?)
Ida May (Frances), daughter of
Isaac (Squire) (1868-?)
Ida May, daughter of John (1897-1969)
Isaac (1805-1863)
Isaac (1841-1900)
Isaac G. (1865-?)
Isaac (Squire) (1835-1915)
Isaac Wm. (1871/2-1946)
Isaac V. (1867-1937)
James B., son of Thomas Picket (1893-1895)
James M., son of Lewis (1837-?)
James M. (The Preacher), son of John (1835-?)
James Meridith, son of Young Griffin (1859-?)
James, son of Harvey (1900-?)
James, son of James Meridith (1896-?)
Jerusha (Dresha), daughter of Thomas (1838-?)
John (1803-1870s)
John (1836-1863)
John (1861-?)
John Brickenridge (1858-1900)
John Guy (1899-1849)
John H. W. (son of Jonathan) (1875-?)
John H. (1888-1965)
John Vincent (1873-1963)
John W. F. (1893-?)
Jonathan (1833-?
Leo (1900-1975)
Leonard
Lewis
Lucinda, wife of Isaac, (1810-1863)
Lucinda, daughter of Thomas (1850-?)
Marion (1837-1926), also known as
Frances Marion
Martha, daughter of Harvey (1892-1962)
Martha, daughter of Isaac (1834-1863)
Martha E.
Martha Jane, daughter of Ashby (1856-1916)
Martha, wife of Harley (1893-1983)
Mary (1843-?)
Mary A. (1882-?)
Mary Alice (1858-1907)
Mary Alwava (1894-1967)
Mary Ann, daughter of Isaac (1863-1957)
Mary C. (1879-1958?)
Mary, daughter of Thomas
Mary E. (1868-?)
Mary Hester
Mary J. (1897-?)
Mary Jane (1878-1878)
Mary Jane (1881-?)
Moses (1868-1904)
Moses (1884-?)
Moses (1907-1955)
Moses (1912-1972)
Pashinsh, wife of Leonard
Ralph (1893-1973)
Rebecca
Rebecca, daughter of Griffin (1809-1830)
Ress (1902-1967)
Robert (1849- before 1860)
Robert, son of Thomas (1867-1941)
Rosannah Dowty (1839-1875) wife of Thomas
Ruth, daughter of Isaac (1831-?)
Ruth Bird (1902-?)
Ruth Maud (Molly) (1899-1978)
Ruth, wife of Griffin (1780/90-1845)
Sarah A. E, daughter of Isaac (1864-?)
Sarah Ann (Dell), daughter of Frances Marion (1866-1949)
Sarah Ann, daughter of Young Griffin (1863-1949)
Sarah J., daughter of Harvey (1885-1959)
Sarah Jane (Jennie), daughter of George (1878-1978)
Sarah Jane (Sallie), daughter of Isaac (1829-1928)
Sarah M., daughter of David Monroe (1896-?)
Sarah, wife of Ashby (1828-1912)
Sarah, wife of James (1844/5-?)
Thomas, son of Dean
Thomas, son of Frances Marion (1864-?)
Thomas, son of Griffin (1811-57)
Thomas, son of Isaac (1833-1930)
Thomas, son of Jesse
Thomas, son of John (1837-?)
Thomas A., son of John Wm. (1882-?)
Thomas W., son of Ashby (1852-76)
William Robert (1871-?)

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DESCRIPTION OF LATEST BOOK

The latest edition of this book is entitled The Soward and Tipsword Families: Rebels, Natives, Hunters, and Settlers, 2nd edition. MaryAnn Doty Rizzo, John's daughter, (that's me) revised and edited the materials left by her father after his death. I re-titled the book to reflect the fact that the families come from a variety of backgrounds.

The revised text contains 281 total pages of text, this includes 233 pages of main text, 24 pages of introduction material, 23 pages of Appendix material. All of the family members have been numbered and referenced to each other and to the Doty connections. It is available as a paperback book from https://www.createspace.com/3717033. It is available for $20 and is printed and shipped from them.

This book contains some family stories and lore and some historical information. Included are the stories of why Griffin Sowards changed his last name to Tipsword; how the Sowards helped Daniel Boone escape the hanging party; why Isaac Sowards moved so suddenly; and Chief Cornstalk's connection to the family.

The book is printed in black and white to save the cost of reproduction. The colorized maps are available here for your printout and so you can add them as individual pages to your copy of the book. Go to the following connection for these images. Colorized images from The Soward and Tipsword Families in America.

 

 

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