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About Title Guaranty & Abstract Company

Title Guaranty & Abstract Company provides the finest, most complete title and closing services available in Tipton County. Even though we provide the benefits of a large national underwriter, we have always maintained the personalized; customer focused service that our office is known for. In addition, Title Guaranty & Abstract Company has an experienced and competent closing staff for handling escrow services.

Whether you are constructing, buying, leasing, refinancing, selling or investing in real estate, Title Guaranty & Abstract Company has the experience,and expertise you can depend on to provide comprehensive title insurance, closing, and real estate information services for your transaction. Whether you are a first time homebuyer or a sophisticated investor, we are dedicated to your transaction.

Tipton County CourthouseThe Company Story

Tipton County was created by an Act of the Indiana Legislature of 1844. The name of the county seat of Tipton County was then Canton. The abstract/title company has been in business under one name or another since that date. Back then, of course, there was no product known as "title insurance". Abstracts of county records served as proof of merchantable title.

C. A. “Peck” Taylor registered the name of the business as Title Guaranty and Abstract Company prior to 1930. Upon his retirement, Taylor sold the business to a local attorney, Horace C. “Bud” Holmes, who owned and operated it for only a few years. In 1957, Holmes sold the business to an attorney who, having been honored the Purple Heart and Silver Star several times during World War II, had graduated under the G. I. Bill from Indiana University Law School only 2 years previously. L. Joe Heaton had been raised in Sharpsville, Indiana only a few miles north of the county seat then renamed the City of Tipton. He determined to bring his family back to his home county to reside. The business remains in the Heaton family to this date.

The Building’s Story

The first years of Heaton's ownership of the company were spent in an office suite above what was then Citizens National Bank (now PNC Bank). In 1968, Joe and Joan Heaton, via Mr. Heaton's friend and former I.U. Law Professor John S. Grimes, bought the building at 120 West Washington Street as Joe's law office and the Tipton County Prosecuting Attorney's Office while Mr. Heaton held the position. Built between 1883 and 1886 and restored by Phillip M. Martin, son of the President of Citizens National Bank, the building became the office /residence of Joan S. Heaton upon Mr. Heaton's passing in 1977.

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