My family line is said to be from Mitchell County, NC. The very small town they lived in is called Tipton Hill, NC. My grandfather's grandfather (M.C.Tipton), was said to have walked down off the mountain when he was 12. They moved to Erwin, TN. There is also supposed to be some connection to the Tipton-Haynes farm in Johnson City, TN. (I am originally from Kingsport, TN.)
My family line is:
Joseph Marion Tipton
(My grandfather called him Mac, but I don't know is this was his real name.) He is buried in either People's Cemetary or Okalona Cemetary - this is near Buffalo Mountain between Johnson City, TN and Erwin, TN. He was said to have been a very big, strong man who once lifted a loom in Jonesborough., TN.
I could not go back beyond M.C. I do have data starting at Jonathon Tipton of Ann Arundel MD and his descendents. I also can trace his ancestry back to Richard Tipton - born approximately 1550 in England. I'll be happy to share this information with you and anyone else who might want it.
I hope some of this helps.