More about the General's county
- - him. . Among .Tipton's superior officers In the battle of Tippecanoe M as LieutenantLieutenant - Colonel (afterward general) Joseph Bartholomew. Ilo commanded a battalion of. Indiana 'mlllta In tbe battle and was seriously wounded. For bis wotind be received a life pension. After the troaty of Qreenvllle he settled as a' farmer' lit Clark county, - Indiana Territory, where he lived many years. Thence he removed to McLean county. Illinois, where he died In 1840. In Jamtaryy - 1881, - the legislatures pasxed an act forming a hew county out of Delaware,! and on motion of Bartuel MerrllLi seconded by doners! Tipton. It wSv: named Bartholomew. Tipton assisted In conferring this honor on his, former comrade la arms, but In later yeara he became more closely Indentlfied with the affairs ol the county triad tno man wnose name it bore. After the county was or ganised the commissioners at their first meeting in February, 1821, contracted for the purchase, of sixty sores of land for a co.:nty - seat. Of this land thirty acres was owned by one l4ike Itonesteel and thirty acres by General Tipton, who .was then living in Har rison count lloncsteel received 2,000 for the thirty acres and Tipton maJo a girt uf his. The commis sioners accepted the gift, located the county - seat and named It Tipton, In honor of General Tipton. This was not a bad name, but after a short time the commissioners changed It to Columbus. No reason was assigned for this ungracious act, but tradition says It wns duo to political reasons. Party spirit ran blgh In those days, and General Tipton liad Jils political enemies as well .as Intends. Possi bly, the new town nught be handicapped by tho name at a living politi cian, Columbus was asafe name since, as known, the discoverer of America had no politics. General Tipton got his reward when tho county of Tipton and Its ' coL - ntyoat' were named for h'm - ' '.'..... .