Joseph B. Tifftz
Dates of Service: 7/10/1812 - 6/29/1814
Birth Date: 10/9/1782
Tifftz was born in Poquonoc, Connecticut on October 9, 1782. He was the son of Solomon and Eunice Burrows Tifftz. Tifftz married Rebecca Braman of Groton, Connecticut. Together the couple had at least two children.
According to the ship’s muster roll, Tifftz joined Constitution ’s crew as a quartermaster on July 10, 1812. A letter addressed to the Secretary of the Navy in 1834, however, claimed Tifftz served as a quarter gunner. He was discharged at Boston on June 29, 1814.
Battles and Engagements
Tifftz participated in the defeats of HMS Guerriere on August 19, 1812 and HMS Java on December 29, 1812, receiving $42.62 ½ and $42.30 in prize money for the victories. During the second battle he served as captain of gun no. 10 on the gun deck.
Tifftz moved to Florida by 1836, where he may have joined his brother Amos (usually spelled Tift in Florida records) in business, and died there in 1878.