Shelbyville Daily Union
---- — The goal of $1,800 for a tombstone marking the gravesite of the first white settler in the Effingham/Fayette County area has been achieved.
Griffin and Ruth Tipsword first settled on the land in the vicinity of the Tipsword Cemetery in 1824. A sandstone rock has marked the gravesite of Griffin and Ruth since their deaths in 1845. However, the rock is suffering from erosion and seems to be sinking into the ground. It has been a dream of many Tipsword descendants to place an inscribed granite tombstone alongside the sandstone rock.
Charla Fischbach was inspired by conversations she had with Judge Rolland Tipsword before he died to take up the task of raising funds for a tombstone for Griffin and Ruth Tipsword.
Recently, Jim Tipsword, unofficial patriarch of the Tipsword clan, and Charla Fischbach met at the First State Bank in Beecher City where donations have been accepted for the past year. They signed the check to Pyramid Monument for the completion of the tombstone.
The Tipsword Tombstone Dedication ceremony will be held Sunday, September 29, at 2 p.m. at the Tipsword Cemetery. Plans are just being formulated for the gala event which includes participation by American Revolutionary War Soldiers. Local VFWs and American Legions will be invited to participate. Griffin Tipsword was an American Revolutionary War soldier having served in the militia formed in Rowan County, North Carolina.
Following the ceremony, a reception will be held at the Kluthe Center in Beecher City for those attending and participating in the ceremony.