Monday, October 13, 2014

The New

A week or two ago I upgraded the experimental web site (note the leading "i" in the domain name). It is powered by version 10.0.2 of The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding (TNG). Before the upgrade, ran on version 8.

I'm feeling much more positive about TNG 10.0.2 that I did about version 8. Here are some of the changes--some of them provided by TNG itself, and others the result of custom configurations.

Home Page

I was never much of a fan of the old light blue theme. This version provides 14 templates to choose among. (The current template is number 14.) I included a photo of the interior of St. Mary's Church in Bocking, England, where brothers Matthew and John were baptized in the 1590s; they arrived in Ipswich, Massahusetts in 1638.


I never allowed myself the time to sufficiently tweak the maps on the Whipple Genweb ( Specifically, I never completed adjusting the zoom level to show all the locations of an individual's event places if they were far separated. On the site, when (for example) a person's birth and death places are on different sides of an ocean, the map zooms out to display both places.


I've always been a fan of TNG's reports. I occasionally receive email requests for pedigree, descent and family group charts. let's you print the reports yourself!

Example: Take Marmaduke Whipple. At the top of his page are tabs for "Individual," "Ancestors," "Descendants," "Relationship," "Timeline," and "Suggest."


Pedigrees and Descendancy Charts

Beneath most of the top tabs are several subtabs, including a PDF (Portable Document Format) tab. By clicking that link you can view an individual report, pedigree chart, or descendancy chart suitable for printing.

Family Group Sheets

Family group sheets aren't quite as obvious. In the case of Marmaduke, look for his parents, Ephraim and Priscilla. At the bottom of their section is a link that says "Group Sheet." Click on that link for a family group sheet with Ephraim and Priscilla as parents and Marmaduke as a child. (It has a PDF link similar to the individual, pedigree and descendancy charts above.)

For a family group with Marmaduke as father, click on the "Group Sheet" link beneath Wealthy's name.

(Note: Marmaduke and Wealthy both came from Whipple families: Marmaduke was a Rhode Island Whipple; Wealthy was an Ipswich Whipple.)


Relationship Calculator

The "Relationship" tab let's you compute the relationship(s) between two individuals. Many Whipples want to know their relationship to William Whipple, the signer of the Declaration of Independence from New Hampshire. The calculator will tell you how you are related--if you are related. (If it doesn't indicate that you're related, maybe a connection is missing somewhere?)



The "Timeline" tab is just that--a timeline of events in the family's life.

Other Features

At the bottom of the home page are links to other features, some of them not yet populated on


The Places link lists all places that appear in the database. You can click on them to display their location on Google Maps.

Dates and Anniversaries

For a given date, this page displays relatives that were born, christened, died, buried and married on a specified date. (If you don't specify the date, it defaults to today.)


The statistics page gives the number of individuals, males, females, ..., etc. of people in the database. It also lists the longest lived individuals. (Might some of their dates be wrong, I wonder?)

Not Yet Implemented/Populated Links

The following links remain to be meaningfully populated: What's New, Most Wanted, Notes, Photos, Histories, Documents, Videos, Recordings, All Media, Albums, Cemeteries, Headstones, Sources, Repositories.

Which should we work on next?

Do you have opinions on vs.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Update on Clara Whipple, Silent Film Actress

We have more clues about Clara Whipple, the silent film actress blogged about on June 29 (see that entry). The following might help identify her:'s Motion Picture Studios Directory has two entries about the career of Clara Brimmer Whipple, born in Missouri, who attended school in a convent in Germany and finished her education in Switzerland.
Consider the following individuals in the Whipple Genweb:
  • Clarissa Brimmer "Clara" Whipple (, born about 1851 in Kentucky, living in Worthville, Carroll County Kentucky for the 1870 U.S. Census. The similarities between her name and the silent film actress born about 1893 are too close to ignore.
  • Clarissa Brimmer (, born 3 Feb 1783 in Beverly, Essex County, Massachusetts, died 19 Nov 1835 in nearby Ipswich, Essex County. She was married to Edward Whipple (
  • Clarissa Brimmer Whipple (, daughter of Edward and Clarissa above. She was born 1804 in Hamilton, Essex County, Massachusetts and died 2 Jan 1832 in Hamilton.
If you come up with additional clues, feel free to comment here or post on the Whipple Website Facebook page (

Sunday, July 27, 2014

94th Chatauqua Whipple Reunion Sunday, August 17th, 2014

The 100th Reunion of the Chautauqua Whipples is only six years away (2020?).

I recently received the annual mailing from Kenneth Vogt, announcing this year's Whipple Reunion at Midway State Park, on the shores of Lake Chautauqua in western New York state.
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The Chautauqua Whipples are primarily the descendants of Deacon James Whipple ( and Persis Sheldon (

Midway Park Shelter #5 is reserved from 9AM to 6PM. The reunion officially starts at 12 noon. Blessing on the food is at 1:00 p.m. Bring a lawn chair to ensure that you have a seat.

Food: The Whipple Reunion will provide coffee and lemonade. Bring your own dish to pass along and your own table service. Those coming long distances can stop at the supermarket for convenience food, possibly a salad, cake, chips, fried chicken, pizza, etc.

Expenses: There will be a free will offering at the food serving table. Don't forget the Chinese auction. Bring your knick-knacks and fascinating items for the auction. (The hosts have expenses; we should reimburse them for reservations and advertising.)

For more additional information, contact Kenneth L. Vogtt.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Another Whipple in DNA Haplogroup T

This past week I received another email from a patrilineal Whipple descendant whose Y chromosome DNA shows him in the T haplogroup.

Thus far, all but one patrilineal descendant of the Ipswich/Bocking/Bishop's Stortford have reported being members of the T haplogroup. (Descendants of the Rhode Island Whipples have been members of the R1b or R1b1b2 haplogroup).

If you are stuck trying to decide between two candidate Whipple ancestors living in the same geographical area--one an Ipswich Whipple descendant and the other a Rhode Island Whipple descendant--a Y DNA test might help you choose between the two candidates.

If you are a male with surname Whipple and your Whipple ancestry follows the fathers' lines back to the most distant known Whipple, a Y DNA test might prove to be a tie breaker in choosing between two possible ancestors.

If you are a female Whipple and have a brother or Whipple cousin, try to encourage them to have a Y DNA test. (All it takes is four swabs from inside the mouth, submitted to a lab for testing.)

The price of tests continues to drop. For the purposes described above, a minimal number of markers (a 12-marker test, for example) should be sufficient. Some labs offer a 12-marker Y DNA test for $49.00. Periodic "specials" by competing labs cost even less.

If you are a patrilineal Whipple descendants and your haplogroup begins "R1b," you are likely a Rhode Island Whipple. If The haplogroup name begins "T," you are probably an Ipswich Whipple. (Note: One Ipswich Whipple descendant has reported being in haplogroup I2b1. If you are in that haplogroup, then you are likely his cousin.)

Good luck in your research!

See last year's post for a Whipple DNA Summary and Overview.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Clara Whipple, Silent Film Actress

I received a note this week, asking about information on Clara Whipple, a silent film actress. I found Clara in Wikipedia, where it indicates that Clara is from Missouri and that she appeared in at least six movies in 1916 and 1919. It also cites her marriage to James Young in 1919 and subsequent divorce two years later.

Clara appears in the 1920 U.S. Federal Census of Los Angeles Assembly District 64, Los Angeles, California, where she is listed as Clara W. Young, age 27, born [about 1893] in Missouri of parents who were born in Massachusetts and Alabama. At the time of the census she lived with her husband James at 1127 Orange Street.

I'm looking for more genealogical information on Clara. (I really ought to add her as a disconnected Whipple, but thought I would hold out for a week or so ... or until I find more information about Clara.)

Do you know more about Clara? Feel free to share!

-- Weldon Whipple, Webmaster (

Monday, May 5, 2014

Two Summer 2014 Reunions, in New Hampshire and Utah

My inbox has two announcements (so far) of Whipple Reunions this summer. Here they are, in chronological order:

Dewey Whipple Descendants, June 6-7, 2014, Heber Valley Camp, Utah

Pennie Whipple ( announced the June reunion on March 28 via email.

The reunion begins at approximately 2:30 p.m. on Friday through 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. Email Pennie for the latest information about the reunion to be held at Heber Valley Camp.

John and Adeline Whipple Descendants, August 10, 2014, Otter Brook State Park, New Hampshire

Raymond Whipple announced this reunion on the Whipple Website Facebook page on April 21:

Mark your calendar! Whipple family reunion August 10, 2014 at Otter Brook State Park. ( ). People will start arriving at 10am. If you plan on attending please bring a dish to share. We also have a raffle table with items donated by those attending. There are grills for your grilling pleasure. This in the past has been for the descendants of John and Adeline Whipple but we wanted to meet more relatives so any descendant of Captain John and Sarah are welcome! The more the better! Any questions feel free to contact me.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

New Whipple Books Website:

The Whipple Website was officially born on January 7, 1997. It wasn't much. In the summer of 1997, I learned how to generate web pages from my Personal Ancestral File database and published the forerunner of today's Whipple Genweb (; it had pages for fewer than 3000 Whipples. (Today's database has over 147,000 Whipple relatives.)

A complete novice, I owned few books of Whipple genealogy--just copies of my parent's personal genealogies (many of them handwritten), plus a thin book about the ancestors of Dr. Charles M. Whipple (Sons and Daughters of Jesse), which I had purchased from him in the late 1970s.

From my inherited genealogies I learned that my 8th great grandfather was a Captain John Whipple of Rhode Island. I also (incorrectly) thought that his father was named Matthew Whipple of Bocking, England.

One day (in 1998 or 1999?) I was copying another relative's personal genealogy and ended up at Mary Whipple, who married Simon Stone; Mary was the daughter of John Whipple of Ipswich, Massachusetts, and Bocking, England, according to that genealogy. That John was a son of Matthew Whipple of Bocking, England. Mary's father (John) was born some 20 years before my 8th grandfather John.

That was my first Eureka moment--when I realized that something (I wasn't quite sure what) was amiss in the Whipple Genweb.

I began collecting old published Whipple Genealogies. They had been published without the aid of computers or the Internet. They all seemed to be either about the Ipswich Whipples or the Rhode Island Whipples; books about one family rarely acknowledged the existence of the other.

As my Whipple book collection began to grow, I created a Books page on the Whipple Website. That page grew to multiple pages, and was soon occupying far too much of my time. I cut back in order to leave time for maintaining the Whipple Genweb.

Last year (2013) I realized that the Whipple Website had lost focus. It dawned on me that recent, well-documented genealogies by Blaine and Charles M. Whipple weren't being spotlighted sufficiently. As I visited some of the huge Internet databases, I saw that early Whipples were in a far worse state than they had been in 1997. I wondered what I could do about it.

Here is what I did:
  1. I reorganized the Whipple Website. The home page now begins with links that focus on the research of Blaine and Charles M. Whipple (with some "glue" pages to smooth things out). Anyone who reads those articles, then visits the large Internet genealogical databases, will immediately realize that those sites have serious problems.
  2. During the past 2-3 weeks I've been redoing the Books website ( to focus on what I feel are the most important books. They are probably the most accurate ones available on the Whipple Families in America. That site went live yesterday.

I hope that--as Whipple cousins build their own databases and contribute to existing databases--they will now have the resources to more nearly "get it right" as they enter early Whipples.

(If you miss the old books pages and look closely at, you will find links to the old books sites.)

In the meantime, the Whipple Genweb continues to grow. I appreciate the cousins who inundate me with (mostly well-documented) additions and corrections to the Whipple Genweb. Feel free to report typos, error and corrections to the Webmaster (me). I especially appreciate it when your emails offer solutions to the errors and inconsistencies that you report.

--Weldon Whipple 

Monday, December 30, 2013

More Background on Captain John?

On December 14, 2013, Raymond Whipple asked the following on the Whipple Website Facebook page:

"Has there been any progress in finding any more background on Captain John?"

In a word, the answer is: No.

Rather than stop there, I'll mention a few other Whipples who lived in England in the days before 15-year-old John arrived aboard the Lyon.

Specifically, this post will consider some recently identified uncles and cousins of the Ipswich Whipples to see if any of them might be ancestors of Captain John Whipple of Providence, Rhode Island.

(The 15-year-old "not-yet-Captain" John I'm writing about is the person at He came from England to Dorchester--part of present-day Boston--in 1632. He married, had eight children, then moved to Providence in about 1658, and had three additional children.)

SPOILER ALERT: This post will fail to make a connection between Captain John of Providence, Rhode Island and the Whipples of Bocking, England/Ipswich, Massachusetts. If you're still interested, read on.
The information in this blog entry is based on an article by William Wyman Fiske entitled "The Whipple Family of Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire: Proposed Ancestral Origin of Matthew Whipple of Bocking, Essex, and a Whipple Ancestral Line for Arthur Gary of Roxbury, Massachusetts." It was published in The Genealogist, Vol. 20, No. 2 (Fall 2006), pp. 191-217. (The Genealogist is "Published for The American Society of Genealogists by Picton Press," PO Box 1347, Rockland, ME 04841. Its International Standard Serial Number [ISSN] is 0197-1468.)
In Fall 2006, William Wyman Fiske extended the ancestry of the Bocking England/Ipswich Massachusetts Whipples two generations. Previously the earliest known ancestor of the Ipswich Whipples was Matthew Whipple (b. about 1550, buried 16 Jan 1618/19 at St. Mary's Church Cemetery in Bocking). Matthew is at His two sons Matthew (b. about 1590 in Bocking, d. 28 Sep 1647 in Ipswich, MA, and John (b. 1596 in Bocking, d. 30 Jun 1669 in Ipswich, MA, both immigrated to Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1638.

Fiske's article identified Matthew's father as Thomas Whipple (, b. abt 1510). Thomas' father was also named Thomas (, b. abt 1475, a resident of Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England. (Bishop's Stortford (marked "B" below) is in extreme eastern Hertfordshire, bordering Essex, and not very far from Bocking, Essex (marked "A"). London is marked "C".)

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New Uncles and Cousins for the Ipswich Whipples

Thomas had the following male descendants that aren't direct ancestors of the Ipswich Whipples; bullet levels indicate successive generations:

With four descendants named John, two named Samuel, and one named William, surely one (or more) of them could be Captain John's ancestor?

After all, Captain John's oldest son was named John, his second son was named Samuel, and his third son was named William. Wouldn't those naming similarities lead us to conclude a connection?

Unfortunately not--especially when we consider that the Rhode Island patrilineal descendants's Y-DNA haplogroup is completely different from what we see in the Ipswich Whipples.

We are forced to conclude that:

  1. There is no conclusive evidence to support young John being a descendant of Thomas of Bishop's Stortford.
  2. Y-chromosome DNA evidence shows no links between the two families. (See DNA-related posts on this blog.)
  3. While there were other Whipples named John in Essex, Hertfordshire and London in the early 1600's, we can't identify any as ancestors of Captain John of Providence.

Related Links:

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Gaspee Days 2015: Seeking Descendants of Commodore Abraham Whipple

Each June the Gaspee Days Parade takes place in Pawtuxet Village, Rhode Island. June 2014 will be no exception.

However, this post is about the 2015 Gaspee Days Parade. Dr. John E. Concannon, Webmaster of and, recently sent this email, with the subject: Descendants of Commodore Abraham Whipple.

The Gaspee Days Committee is a civic-minded, nonprofit organization that operates many community events in and around Pawtuxet  Village, including the famous Gaspee Days Parade each June. These events are all designed to commemorate the 1772 burning of the hated British revenue schooner, HMS Gaspee, by Rhode Island patriots as America's First Blow for Freedom

The Gaspee Days Committee will be having our 50th Gaspee Days Parade on June 13, 2015 and we are already in the planning stages of operating this big event.  One idea is to ask for return visits during our parade of those units than marched in the original 1966 Parade.  The Parade Grand Marshal of that Parade was Walter Whipple and his family.  My understanding is that he was very old in 1966, so I doubt he's available.  We are interested in a few direct descendants of Commodore Abraham Whipple to represent him in this historic recognition.  Please let us know your thoughts.

John Concannon, DO, FAAP
Drs. Concannon & Vitale, LLC
Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine
1145 Reservoir Avenue, Suite 124
Cranston, RI  02920-6055
Phone: 401-943-7337   Fax: 401.942.1509

Dr. John Concannon
Webmaster, and
If you are a direct descendant of Commodore Abraham Whipple (or know someone who is), you might want to make them aware of the 2015 commemoration.

You can read about Abraham Whipple on the The Commodore's Page at One of my favorite biographies is by Sally D. Wilson.

The Commodore's descendants (some of them) are listed on this page.

Author H.P. Lovecraft (a Rhode Island Whipple descendant) wrote about the Commodore in his book entitled The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. Read my review of that book on the Whipple Website

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Report: 72nd Whipple Reunion of Descendants of John and Adeline Whipple and 2014 Invitation

Today I received a report of the 72nd Whipple Reunion at Otter Brook State Park in Keene, N.H. According to Raymond A. Whipple (who sent the email):

The reunion is the 2nd Sunday in August starting at around 10am with business meeting around noon before lunch. It is at Otter Brook State Park in Keene N.H.  For those that wish to attend next year and would like some information, feel free to email me at We hope to see many more relatives attend next year. We are hoping to meet new Whipple's and see ones that have not attended in some time once again.
Here are the minutes of the reunion:

72nd Whipple Reunion

45 descendants of John and Adeline Whipple attended the 72nd Whipple reunion at Otter Brook State Park in Keene N.H. Guest in attendance came from New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania.

Recognition were as follows:
  • Oldest in attendance: John Whipple Sr.
  • Youngest in attendance: Shea Brett
  • Married the longest: Don & Betty Whipple
  • Married the shortest: Armand & Robin Comtois
  • Travelled the farthest: Donna Comtois
Thank you to Carole DeWolf for doing the gifts! Hello's and well wishes from those that could not attend. Jim and Len wanted to be remembered as well as Jean Whipple Thomas who recently had surgery.

There were no reported births or reported marriages.  Wes Martin sent a letter to tell us that his wife Betty had passed away. Cards will be sent from all of us.

A vote was take and passed to have the reunion at the same location next year but a little closer to the rest rooms. A vote was also taken for the officers which are, John Whipple Jr. as President, Raymond A. Whipple as Vice President, and Karen Hall as secretary/treasurer. Both Karen Hall and Raymond Whipple will continue as historians.

Everyone shared dishes at the center table and are encouraged to do so again next year. The grill as well was used by many. The raffle was once again manned by Herve and Janice Bosse. The cake was donated by Rod & Helen Whipple. A collection was taken and the raffle was a huge success and will help to continue to fund the reunion.

Respectfully submitted,
Karen Hall

Note: John Whipple is in the Whipple Genweb at Adeline is at

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Charles Whipple, Montana Bank Hero

During the rewrite of the Whipple Website over the past few months, I've rediscovered (and learned for the first time!) many fascinating factoids about Whipples. Here is one such example, submitted by Carla Armstrong in 1999. (See her original submission at

Bishop Henry B. Whipple (first Episcopal Bishop of Minnesota) had a son named Charles Henry Whipple. At the age of 23, Charles became cashier at the Citizens' National Bank of Faribault, Minnesota. (The diocese of Minnesota is centered in Faribault.)

While carrying a $30,000 payroll to an army encampment in Montana, bandits held up the stage coach. "The guard was killed, the stage driver was wounded, but Whipple took to the underbrush with the money and escaped."

After ten years as a bank employee, Charles joined the army. He retired from the army on February 15, 1912, after having been appointed brigadier general and paymaster general.

Read the full story at

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Whipples from Angells

In my project to make the pages of the the sites more friendly to mobile devices (such as iPhones and Android phones), I revisited a page first posted in 1998--nearly 15 years ago!

It tells of Alice Whipple, the underage daughter of Job and Silence (Pray) Whipple of Rhode Island. (Click here to see the page on the Whipple Website.)

Apparently Alice had a son fathered by Abraham Angell, out of wedlock. Alice's father, Job, tried to make Abraham marry his daughter, but he refused. Father Job then sued Abraham and lost.

It makes for interesting reading (especially when compared to similar events in today's world.)

I notice that Abraham Angell (at has no father listed. Another Abraham (Captain Abraham Angell has an estimated birth date within two years of the first-mentioned Abraham's estimated birth date. One Abraham died before 1750, the other on 13 Jan 1739.

Are the two Abrahams the same person? I think they might be. What do you think?

Saturday, August 17, 2013

New Project: Make Whipple Website Friendly to Mobile Devices

Over the past several years I've noticed a trend in the way I access the World Wide Web: I increasingly use my iPhone to access web sites, and have become uncomfortable with the way many of the pages of the Whipple Website appear on mobile devices.

Several months ago I decided that it was time to modify the Whipple Website to display better on mobile devices--at the same time preserving (as much as possible) its "classic" look on desktop computers.

Today I rolled out a brand new home page at It has required lots of testing to get to this point.

Some of the links from the home page lead to pages that are already mobile-device friendly. I hope convert the rest by Thanksgiving. (We'll see! I'm still trying to imagine how to deal with the 144,000+ pages of the Whipple Genweb!)

I've tested the new home page on Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and even on Internet Explorer. (Internet Explorer has been lagging behind the other browsers lately; it was a challenge to make it work!)

If you have problems with your particular browser when viewing the home page, either post a comment to this blog entry, or mail the Webmaster at

--Weldon Whipple
(P.S. I added a "slider" to the home page, which shows several photos from the photo gallery. I hope it works on your browser!)

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

93rd Whipple Reunion, Sunday August 18, 2013, Midway State Park, NY

A few days ago Kenneth L. Vogt sent an announcement of the 93rd Chautauqua (NY) Whipple Reunion to be held (again) at Midway State Park on Chautauqua Lake. (Click here for a Wikipedia article about Midway State Park.) Here are excerpts:
Jerry and Pam Stearns have reserved Midway Park Shelter #8 that will be available to the "Whipple Reunion" from 9 a.m. till 6 p.m. So please feel free to come early and stay late. Officially our reunion will start at 12 noon.

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[The above map shows Midway State Park. You will probably want to click the "View Larger Map" link in the lower left-hand corner of the map. You can zoom in and out, pan in your choice of directions, and even print travel directions.] 
Please bring a lawn chair to ensure you will have a seat. 
Food: The Whipple Reunion will provide coffee and lemonade and we request that you bring a dish to pass along with table service, plates, cutlery, etc. For those coming long distances, we suggest a stop at the supermarket for convenience food, possibly a salad, potato salad, cake, chips, etc. 
We shall have a blessing and start the meal at 1:00 p.m. sharp. 
Expenses: We will have a free will offering at the food serving table and don't forget the elephant raffle. Bring your knickknacks and fascinating items for the auction. There are expenses for our hosts and we should reimburse them ...
Send comments or questions to Kenneth L. Vogt (

Report of last year's 92nd Whipple Reunion

On page 3 of this year's announcement is a report of last year's 92nd Whipple Reunion:

The 92nd annual Whipple Reunion was recently celebrated at Midway State Park on the shores of Chautauqua Lake at Bemus Point. Hosts Debbie and Cory Stearns greeted the 41 members and guests. The weather was very hot with temperatures in the mid-80s. At 1 PM meal was served with Daniel Bromsted giving the blessing.
The business meeting was then called to order by Carlton Wagner, vice president. Minutes were read by secretary Joan Lisa. There were three births, a daughter Cora Joyce to Nathan Davis and twin boys to Stacie and Brett Simbeck. There were two marriages to record, James Jewell to Jennifer Ross and Molly Wagner to Neil Agrosta.
The family member traveling the farthest was Steven and Gloria Shuart from Texas. The oldest direct line descendant was again Zelda (Vogt) Kittell at 84 years old. The youngest was Dillon Williams at 3 years old. The family with the most members present was Ed and Donna Daugenbaugh with eight members present.
Forty-one family members and guests attended the (92) Whipple Reunion.
Officers for 2013 are President Jerry Stearns, Vice-President Carleton Wagner and Joan Lisa as secretary/treasurer, Hosts fo teh 2013 reunion will be Daniel and Bonnie Bromsted. It was voted that the 2013 reunion will again be held at Midway State Park, August 18, 2013. A Chinese Auction and Ken Vogt playing the harmonica concluded the afternoon festivities.
(This was from an article in the Dunkirk Observer.) Note: We are expecting Paula Vogt Skaggs and niece Margie from Nevada to our 2013 reunion. 

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Photos from Weldon Whipple's 2005 Bocking Visit

During an August 2005 visit our daughter at RAF Lakenheath in the U.K., we found time for a day trip to Bocking, Essex.

Bocking, Monday, August 15, 2005

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The above map shows our path (via car) from RAF Lakenheath to Bocking. We drove south on the A1065 south to the A11, then merged onto the larger M11, headed toward London.

As we passed the Stansted Airport on our left (with Bishops Stortford on the right), we entered a roundabout and headed eastward on the A120 toward Braintree. Bocking is on the northern edge of Braintree.

Gate to St. Mary's, Bocking, Essex, England
Inside the gate to St.Mary's, Bocking, Essex, England
St. Mary's Church Hall and Parish Office
Bocking Hall
St. Mary's has been around for more than 1000 years.
Entrance to St. Mary's Church, Bocking
Gravestones at St. Mary's, Bocking, Essex
Another view of St.Mary's
Closeup of St. Mary's stonework

Another view of St. Mary's
Stained glass at St. Mary's
Another door to St. Mary's
We interrupted our visit to St. Mary's to look for a place to eat on the street that goes past the church.
Inside St. Mary's, looking northward
The organ at St. Mary's

Note:  On our way to Bocking, I noticed that we were at Bishop's Stortford--on the eastern edge of Hertfordshire County. I didn't think much about it at the time. It would be the following year that William Wyman Fiske published his article on the Whipple Family of Bishops Stortford, extending the the ancestry of Matthew Whipple of Bocking  two generations to Thomas Whipple of Bishops Stortford.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Fort Whipple, Arizona, and Fort Whipple, Virginia.

Brevet Major General Amiel Weeks Whipple
Memorial Day (celebrated this weekend in the United States to remember the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. armed forces) is probably an appropriate time to mention Amiel Weeks Whipple, one of the many Whipples who served in the armed forces of the United States. May 7 of this year (2013) was the 150th anniversary of his death. Amiel died at the Battle of Chancellorsville while defending Washington, D.C. during the American Civil War (1861-1865).

At least two military forts have borne his name. A recent article was published by The Daily Courier (Prescott, Arizona), discussing the Fort Whipple in that vicinity: "Bullets, bayonets and beyond: Fort Whipple takes a trip back in time for Armed Forces Day." (The 150th anniversary of the founding of Arizona's Fort Whipple will be on May 13, 2014.)

Present-day Fort Myer, Virginia, was originally known as Fort Whipple until its name change in 1881.

We express our appreciation to the numerous soldiers who have sacrificed their time, health, and lives in the defense of country. THANK YOU!

To view all the Whipple Blog posts (including this one) about Amiel Weeks Whipple, visit this link.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Whipple DNA Summary and Overview

Y-DNA testing can help identify your Whipple ancestry and verify your Whipple lineage. If you are a male with surname Whipple (or have a brother, uncle, father, or male cousin with surname Whipple), a Y Chromosome DNA test can help you connect to your ancestors.

A "12-marker" test ought to be sufficient to connect you to the Rhode Island or the Ipswich/Bocking Whipples--or to confirm that you are from some other line, or perhaps from an adopted line? (Family Tree DNA currently offers a 12-marker test for $49.00. You might be able to find a "better deal" somewhere else.) More expensive tests such as 37- and 67-marker tests are probably overkill--at least initially--in identifying Whipple ancestry. (You can generally upgrade the 12-marker test later if you want more markers for your personal research goals.) After you receive your results, the Webmaster of the Whipple Website ( is interested in your results--especially if they point to haplogroups other than R1b, or R1b1b2. (We'll be careful not to identify any submitter by name on this site!)

Sorting Out the American Whipple Families
  1. Rhode Island Whipples (R1b, R1b1b2, ...). Captain John Whipple (, born between 1615 and 1617 somewhere in England, migrated to New England as a teenager in 1632. He settled first in Dorchester, Massachusetts, then moved to Providence, Rhode Island in 1658 when just over 40 years of age. He died 16 May 1685 in Providence. We know virtually nothing of his ancestry.  Tests so far point the R1b, R1b1b2, and similar haplogroups (for John and his male patrilineal descendants.
  2. Bishop's Stortford/Bocking/Ipswich Whipples (T, T1, I2b1, ...). Thomas Whipple (http://whipple.org106442) of Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England, was born about 1475. His son Thomas ( and grandson Matthew ( moved east, settling in Bocking, Essex, England. A small number of tests seem to point to haplogroup T for this Whipple branch. Thomas' two great grandsons migrated from Bocking, England to Ipswich, Massachusetts, in 1638:
    • Matthew Whipple (d. 28 Sep 1647 in Ipswich, MA) His descendants have reported haplogroups T, T1, and I2b1. (T seems to be "winning"?)
    • John Whipple (d. 30 Jun 1669 in Ipswich, MA) (We have no test results from descendants of this John Whipple. Logic would indicate a haplogroup of T or T1?)
  3. Other families. If you're a male patrilineal descendant of the Baden-Baden/Louisiana Whipples, (see, we're interested in your haplogroup. We're similarly interested in the Y-DNA test results of British Whipples and other Whipple subgroups. (Perhaps some British Whipples could offer clues to ancestry of the Rhode Island Whipples?)
Disconnected Whipples

Male patrilineal descendants of disconnected Whipples (see the Disconnected Whipples page) can be tested to see how their haplotrees compare with the haplotrees identified above. If you're stuck in identifying an ancestral connection, a Y-DNA test can help you choose between a Rhode Island and an Ipswich ancestor.


(The following are definitions I've encountered while reading Trace Your Roots with DNA: Using Genetic Tests to Explore Your Family Tree by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak and Ann Turner [Rodale, 2004; ISBN 1-59486-006-8]. These appear in blog posts--often without further explanation. Let me know if you need more definitions.)
"One of the alternative versions of a gene or genetic marker that can exist in a particular location on a chromosome." -- Trace Your Roots with DNA, p. 249.
An individual collection of "short tandem repeat" (STR) mutations within a DNA segment. Individuals with matching (or nearly matching) haplotypes belong to the same haplogroup. They likely share the same MRCA.
"A distinctive landmark that occurs in an otherwise featureless stretch of DNA; a DNA sequence with known genetic characteristics that can be tested for purposes of comparison." -- Trace Your Roots with DNA, p. 253.
Most Recent Common Ancestor. The nearest common (male--in the case of a Y chromosome test) ancestor shared by two related individuals (cousins/siblings/etc.).
Patrilineal ancestry
A person's ancestral line consisting exclusively of fathers: me, my father, his father, his father, ... etc. (patri = "father's"; lineal = "line")
Y Chromosome DNA test. A popular genealogical DNA test for matches (or near matches) of "markers" that appear on the Y chromosome. Because only males have a Y chromosome, the test determines if two living males--generally with the same surname--share the same MRCA (i.e. whether they have common patrilineal ancestry).

Friday, April 12, 2013

Dewey A. Whipple Family Reunion, July 13, 2013

I received notice of this year's annual Dewey A. Whipple Family Reunion.

Date: Saturday, July 13, 2013
Canyon Rim East Pavilion
3100 Grace Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84109

Proposed schedule:

8:30AMArrival and set up--committee
9:00Juice, fruit, donuts, served--available throughout morning
Family group photos
9:30ishFamily Games
Horseshoe tournament
Raffle ticket sales
12PMFamily Meeting: business, Dewey A. Whipple video, raffle
1:00Taco salad lunch; pot luck dessert
2:00Co-ed softball game--depending on interest

9:15"Music and the Spoken Word" broadcast
10:50Sacrament service, JSMB, 15 East S. Temple

More information will appear on Shutterfly.
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(If you would like your Whipple reunion to appear here, send information to

Reunions prior to 2008 are listed on the main Whipple Website.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

What Kind of Cousin Are You?

6th cousin, 3x removed? ... or whatever? Here's how to figure it out:
  1. Identify common ancestor
  2. Start counting generations from common ancestor until either one runs out of generations
    • 1 generation: Brother/sister
    • 2 generations: 1st cousin
    • 3 generations: 2nd cousin
    • 4 generations: 3rd cousin
    • ...
  3. If both of you are the same number of generations from the common ancestor, you're done--and zero times removed
  4. If one of you still has more generations to count, start counting those generations:
    • 1 generation: once removed
    • 2 generations: twice removed
    • 3 generations: thrice (3 times) removed
    • 4 generations: 4 times removed
    • ...
  5. You're done

Monday, April 8, 2013

Chef Lance Whipple on Creating Award-Winning Cake at Home

When baking a cake, the first and most important aspect of its success is the ingredients.

That is what Chef Lance Whipple says to Sonoran Living on ABC-15 in Phoenix, Arizona.

If you've always wanted to make an award-winning cake, be sure to check out the the video and article of the interview. (The occasion of the interview at KNVX-TV is the upcoming 35th Annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival that starts Tuesday, April 9, and continues for six days.)

Click here to read and watch the full report at the web site. (Chocolate lovers are sure to like his Midnight Chocolate Cake recipe.)

Lance is Executive Pastry Chef at Four Seasons. He will be a judge at the "Take the Cake" competition. (Is that the same as the Culinary Festival, I wonder?)

(Thanks to Blaine Whipple for submitting this story!)

Thursday, March 21, 2013

A.B.C. Whipple, 1918-2013

Addison Beecher Colvin "Cal" Whipple, war correspondent who became a Washington reporter for Life magazine in 1943, died on St. Patrick's Day. His obituary appears in the Greenwich (CT) Post, and in new services around the world. Cal was responsible for publishing a controversial "Picture of the Week" in Life in 1943, next to an editorial about the reality of World War II. "War Bond sales skyrocketed; and the [government's] censorship rule was abolished."

His name appeared as A.B.C. Whipple on many Time-Life Books, where he served as executive editor. Some of his titles (listed in Wikipedia) include:
  • Yankee Whalers in the South Seas (1954)
  • Pirate: Rascals of the Spanish Main (1957)
  • Tall Ships and Great Captains; a Narrative of Famous Sailing Ships Through the Ages and the Courageous Men Who Sailed, Fought, or Raced Them Across the Seas (1960)
  • Hero of Trafalgar: The Story of Lord Nelson (1963)
  • The Fatal Gift of Beauty; the Final Years of Byron and Shelley (1964)
  • All About Nelson (1966)
  • The Mysterious Voyage of Captain Kidd (1970)
  • Fighting Sail (The Seafarers Series - Time Life Books)(1978)
  • Vintage Nantucket (1978)
  • The Whalers (The Seafarers Series - Time Life Books) (1978)
  • The Whalers (1979)
  • The Racing Yachts (The Seafarers Series - Time Life Books) (1980)
  • The Clipper Ships (1980)
  • The Mediterranean (1981)
  • Storm (Planet Earth Series - Time Life Books) (1982)
  • World War II in the Mediterranean - (Time Life Books) (1982)
  • Restless Ocean (Planet Earth Series - Time Life Books) (1983)
  • The Challenge (1987)
  • To the Shores of Tripoli: The Birth of the U.S. Navy and Marines (1991)
  • Critters: Adventures in Wildest Suburbia (1994)
  • Storm (1982)
Thanks for your contributions in journalism, history, and a variety of publications! May you rest in peace. We'll miss you!

A.B.C. Whipple is in the Whipple Genweb at

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Nova Scotia Birth, Marriage and Death Records Online

It's been over a month since Blaine Whipple informed me that Nova Scotia has put their birth, marriage and death (BMD) records online. Many Whipples migrated to the Maritime Provinces during America's colonial period. If your relatives lived in Nova Scotia, check out Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics (

As of July 2012, the following are available online:

  • Births (270,982 records): 
    • 1864-1877, 1908-1911 
    • (delayed registrations 1830-1911)
  • Marriages (227,272 records): 
    • Bonds 1763-1864
    • Registrations 1864-1936
  • Deaths (435,143 records)
    • 1865-1877, 1908-1961
    • City of Halifax, 1890-1908
More recent records than the above (births 1912-present, marriages 1937-present, deaths 1962-present) must be requested directly from Vital Statistics, Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Bishop Henry Benjamin Whipple's Role in the 1862 U.S.-Dakota War

On Thursday, February 21, 2013, The Venerable Canon Benjamin Scott will talk about Bishop Henry Benjamin Whipple's role in the 1862 Dakota uprising. Sponsored by the Northfield Historical Society, it will take place in Northfield, Minnesota. Read the announcement at

Bishop Whipple was the first Episcopal Bishop of Minnesota. He is featured on the Whipple Website. You can read more about him here.

(Special thanks to Blaine Whipple for this notification!)

Monday, January 28, 2013


I realized this past week that it's been nearly six months since the last Whipple Blog post. (My, how time flies!). Please accept my apologies!

It isn't that nothing has happened during the past six months. The problem is that all the posts have been to the Whipple Website Facebook group (, with periodic @WhippleWebsite tweets on Twitter.

Going forth, I promise to be less neglectful of the Whipple Blog. Don't give up on us. (Most of my future tweets and Facebook posts will include a post to the Whipple Blog.)

Thanks for your interest!

W. Whipple

(P.S. The Whipple Genweb continues to grow. It now has more than 143,000 Whipple relatives!)

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

92nd Whipple Reunion, Sunday August 26, 2012, Midway State Park, NY

Kenneth L. Vogt recently sent a mailing announcing the 92nd Chautauqua (NY) Whipple Reunion to be held at Midway State Park on Chautauqua Lake. Here are excerpts:
Jerry and Pam Stearns have reserved Midway Park Shelter #5 that will be available to the "Whipple Reunion" from 9 a.m. till 6 p.m. So please feel free to come early and stay late. Officially our reunion will start at 12 noon.

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[The above map shows Midway State Park. You will probably want to click the "View Larger Map" link in the lower left-hand corner of the map. You can zoom in and out, pan in your choice of directions, and even print travel directions.] 
Please bring a lawn chair to ensure you will have a seat. 
Food: The Whipple Reunion will provide coffee and lemonade and we request that you bring a dish to pass along with table service, plates, cutlery, etc. For those coming long distances, we suggest a stop at the supermarket for convenience food, possibly a salad, potato salad, cake, chips, etc. 
We shall have a blessing and start the meal at 1:00 p.m. sharp. 
Expenses: We will have a free will offering at the food serving table and don't forget the elephant raffle. Bring your knickknacks and fascinating items for the auction. There are expenses for our hosts and we should reimburse them ...
Send comments or questions to Kenneth L. Vogt (

In honor of the people

Bishop Henry Benjamin Whipple's collections are the subject of a new web site, In honor of the People: Exploring American Indian culture in the Bishop Whipple collections.

Major sections of the site include
  • People
  • Places
  • Voices
  • Material culture
Bishop Whipple (1822-1901), the first Episcopal Bishop of Minnesota, was an ardent friend and supporter of American Indians.

Pages about the Bishop's second wife, Evangeline (Marrs) Whipple (1862-1930), are particularly noteworthy.

We hope you enjoy your visits to the site!

A section of the Whipple Website focuses on Bishop Whipple.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Locating Captain John and Sarah's gravestones in Providence's North Burial Ground

Two or three weeks ago my brother phoned me from the North Burial Ground in Providence, Rhode Island. He was visiting family members nearby and wanted to visit the gravestones of our 8th great grandparents, Captain John and Sarah Whipple. I was driving when he phoned, so I pulled over and tried to help him.

The office couldn't recall where the Dahlia Path sign was located (see its photo on the Whipple Website.) The map below show how they eventually located the gravestones:
Drive northward on Eastern Ave., passing Front Ave. Continue on Eastern Ave, passing Pine and Summit Avenues on your left. As you approach Sedge Avenue on the right, you will see the Dahlia Path sign on your left. The asterisk (*)  marks the spot of the gravestones of John and Sarah.

Walk west past 3-4 (or 7 or 8?) rows of headstones. Look back towards the east until you see a scene something like the above.
The Dahlia Path pole is about 1/3 of the way from the left in this photo. The Captain's and Sarah's gravestones are labeled in this photo.
I'll verify these instructions next time I visit Providence. If you have better instructions, please comment!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Who are "Judge Whipple and Wife"?

I received the above photos recently from a Whipple Website submitter, asking,
Can anyone identify this couple?  These were sent to me and they were called "Judge Whipple and wife.  They were said to live in the NE United States.
If you know more about them, please let us know!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Gertrude May (Kimball) Whipple, the Whipple Flag's "Betsy Ross"

Yesterday Dave Martucci of the North American Vexillological Association sent the above newspaper clipping of Mrs. Wayne Whipple, who apparently sewed Wayne Whipple's flag of 1912. Dave gave permission to post the clipping.

Wayne Whipple's flag appears on the first page of the Whipple Blog (at the present time, at least). Blaine Whipple's article on The Whipple Flag appears on the Whipple Website. It will probably tell you things you didn't know before. More information appears in this blog on Flag Day 2008.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Whipple Family Reunion, July 20-22, 2012, DC Area

Just received a message on Facebook about a Whipple Family Reunion to be held in the Washington DC area July 20-22, 2012. (See ... you might need to logon to read it?. Let me know if you can't find it.)

The reunion has its own Facebook page at

Visit their wall on Facebook! It's interesting!

Raffle Info for the Dewey Whipple Reunion

Janele Whipple sent additional information about the June 9th Dewey Whipple Family Reunion (mentioned in a previous blog post). Specifically, she encourages attendees to participate in the raffle:
I was reminded that I overlooked telling all of you about our raffle for this year.  We must raise $300 for next year's reunion and a raffle is a fun way to do it, share our talents and have fun getting handmade items made by those we love.

We have a quilt coming in from Linda Drake (Dick's daughter) and some paintings and pottery coming from Karen Suisse (Dick's daughter).   I am still using the hand made cards I got a few years back at a Whipple Reunion.  Thank you to whoever brought those, I love them!  I encourage all of you to bring something for our raffle at the Whipple Family Reunion, June 9, 2012.

John Adams Whipple, Photographic Pioneer

Blaine Whipple recently submitted a link to a biography of John Adams Whipple (1822-1891), the first manufacturer of chemicals required for daguerreotype--the first commercially successful photographic process. His photographic studio became the most successful in Boston.

Read Historic Camera's biography of John Adams Whipple.

John has a page in the Whipple Genweb.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Ipswich Whipple Y-DNA ... So Far

This past weekend I received a report from yet another patrilineal descendant of Matthew Whipple (b. 1590). He reported his haplogroup as T1. Previous Ipswich Whipples had reported haplogroups T (without the 1) and I2b1. One disconnected Whipple also reported a haplogroup of T.

At this point I'm guessing that T and T1 are close matches. (Slight mutations can occur as generations pass. Might T1 be a mutation of T, I wonder?)

Here is what we have so far. (Each indention level represents one generation):

Last week we reported that a descendant of Joseph Marks Whipple (b. 24 Aug 1752 Greenwich, MA, d. 10 Jun 1843 Johnston, OH) is in haplogroup T. (We don't know Joseph's connection yet. We're guessing he is a descendant of Matthew (b. 1590) or Matthew's brother John (b. 1596 Bocking, Eng., d. 30 Jun 1669 in Ipswich, MA).

A significant number of the descendants of (another) John Whipple (b. abt 1617 somewhere in England; d. 16 May 1685 Providence, RI) are members of haplogroup R1b1b2.

To summarize: Of the small sampling of Y DNA from Ipswich Whipple descendants, most of them seem to be of haplogroup T (or a related haplogroup).

If you are a male named Whipple and are a direct patrilineal descendant of either of the two Ipswich Whipples (Matthew or his brother John), please consider having a Y DNA test and submitting your haplogroup to the Whipple Website.

Feel free to correct or comment on any assumptions made in this post!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Dewey Whipple Reunion June 9, 2012

Janele Whipple just announced the date of the annual Dewey A. Whipple reunion. (See the flyer below.)

Help Janele with the slide show by sending her your favorite photos by Tuesday, May 1, 2012. Send the photos to the email address shown at the bottom of the flyer, with the subject line "Whipple Reunion Slideshow Photos".

Correction: The address is 963 W. Folsom Avenue (not Flosom).

Mark your calendars now! It's going to be fun!

Saturday, February 25, 2012


During the past 2-3 years (or more?), patrilineal descendants of the Rhode Island and Ipswich MA Whipples have been submitting DNA for testing. During that time, known Rhode Island descendants (descendants of Captain John Whipple at have belonged to haplogroup:
  • R1b1b2
During that same time, two descendants of Matthew of Ipswich ( have submitted DNA tests, with TWO different results:
  • T
  • I2b1
The Ipswich tests have been inconclusive ...


This evening I received an email from a male patrilineal descendant of "disconnected" Jonathan Whipple (, who married Anne (maiden name unknown) and had a son named Joseph Marks Whipple ( (Jonathan and Anne apparently died when Joseph was two years old. That was when he was adopted by John Marks ( and his wife Mary.)

The result:

Haplogroup T

We can now fairly confidently conclude that Jonathan Whipple ( is a direct descendant of Matthew Whipple ( or his brother John (

As we search for parents of Jonathan Whipple (, we can now eliminate Whipples that are descendants of Captain John Whipple ( of Rhode Island!

(Note: Don't be confused by the similar names of John of Ipswich and John of Providence. See Two Immigrants Named John. Also visit the two John's pages at and Scroll to the bottom of their pages and read the notes ...)

Monday, January 23, 2012

Marriage Date and Place Added to Search Page

This morning I added fields for marriage year and place to the Whipple Genweb search form ( I'm not entirely sure why I omitted those fields more than 10 years ago, when I first created that search page.

When entering dates and places I try to be consistent in the way I enter U.S. place names. However, I'm much less consistent when it comes to place names in other countries.

Last week (when I was out of town for a few days), I received an email that noted that I sometimes use Hertfordshire for the county north of London (the one that has Bishop's Stortford); other times I use Hertford (without the "shire"). My first inclination was to ignore the note. Then I started searching Personal Ancestral File (the free software I use to maintain the database). When I searched for places containing "Hertford", I noticed that Urias Whipple was married in Bishops Stortford; Urias was on the Disconnected Whipples page.

I decided that it might be useful to be able to search by marriage place. This evening, as I completed the implementation, I noticed another Urias Whipple, married in Bishops Stortford at Both had the same marriage date and were married to the same person. The "connected" Urias is a descendant of Thomas Whipple of Bishops Stortford and a first cousin of Matthew Whipple of Bocking ( I merged the disconnected Urias with the connected Urias at

... So the new field helped identify a disconnected Whipple who turned out to be a duplicate of a connected Whipple already in the database. I hope you find the new search field helpful in your research.

One feature of the search page is that only ONE search field is necessary. You can, for example, enter "Bishops Stortford" as the marriage place (leaving all other fields blank), and find all marriages that took place in Bishops Stortford. To find all individuals with ANY event that took place in Bishops Stortford, enter "Bishops Stortford" in the "All places (combined)" field (and leave all other fields blank).

Try experimenting by putting information in other single fields in the search form. Some will display nonsensical results--more results than you can handle. Other times, however, it will help you find something you would have missed otherwise.

Happy searching!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Michelle Whipple: Miss Guatemala 2012

Blaine Whipple just sent a link to a YouTube video of Michelle Whipple, Miss Guatemala 2012. Congratulations, Michelle! (It isn't clear if she is one of many contestants, or the winner ... Congratulations anyway!!)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

DNA Test Results ... So Far

The very small sample of Y Chromosome DNA test results submitted so far seems to indicate that the Ipswich (Massachusetts) Whipples and the Providence (Rhode Island) Whipples don't share a "recent" common ancestor.
Rhode Island (Samuel, Eleazer), 3+ test results:
Haplogroup R1b1b2 (R-M269)
Ipswich (Matthew), 2 different test results:
Haplogroup T (T-M70)
Haplogroup I2b1
If you are a patrilineal male descendant Matthew or John of Ipswich, or of John of Providence, we welcome results of your yDNA tests.

The Whipple DNA Blog Is Joining the Whipple Blog

Lately I've felt stretched a bit too far, maintaining two Whipple blogs in my spare time. In an effort to save my time (and make DNA-related posts more accessible to followers) I have copied all the posts from the former Whipple DNA Blog to this blog and tagged the posts with the DNA tag. (Click on the tag to see all the DNA Blog posts.)

Last year I became a "convert" to genealogical DNA research (after years of disinterest). I wanted to know for sure if the Rhode Island Whipples and the Ipswich Whipples are related. Judging from Y DNA test results of the past year, I'm satisfied that the two families aren't related biologically.

While the majority of patrilineal descendants of Captain John Whipple of Providence share common Y chromosome DNA, I have yet to find two patrilineal descendants of Matthew Whipple of Bocking that belong to the same Y DNA haplogroup!

Why don't Bocking/Ipswich Whipple descendants belong to the same haplogroup? Can we be sure that Captain John of Providence isn't related to the Bocking Whipples?

It is my opinion that Captain John likely came from the vicinity of Essex County, England in 1632. (That might include Hertfordshire to the west, London to the south, or one of the neighboring counties. Many of the passengers aboard the Lyon in 1632 were from Essex and neighboring counties. John was an indentured servant of a man from the Essex area.) That's about as much as I can surmise about young John.

I'm still puzzled that so far there are no matches among patrilineal descendants of the Bocking/Ipswich Whipples. I encourage patrilineal descendants of John and Matthew of Ipswich to have a Y DNA test--even a basic 12-Marker test!

In the meantime, the former Whipple DNA blog is merging back into the Whipple Blog.

Hopefully I can find sufficient time to focus on a single blog! Thanks for your interest and encouragement!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Another Match!

Four days ago I received another email with the subject: "Family Tree DNA Y-DNA12 Test Match 12 for 12," indicating that yet another Whipple is a descendant of Captain John Whipple of Providence, Rhode Island. Because Family Tree DNA has a strict privacy policy, I'm not certain who that person is. (I do see, however, that there are five Whipples listed whose Y-DNA 12 Test matches mine.)

If you also received notification about four days ago--and you just recently had your DNA tested, feel free to email the webmaster-- especially if you are uncertain of your Rhode Island connection!


Saturday, August 27, 2011

Frank Whipple: Modern British Hero

Frank Whipple, East [London] End legend, passed away on Wednesday, August 24, 2011, at the age of 103. He died at the Royal London hospital. He was known in East London as a "campaigner, football fanatic and devoted family man." He was admired as the the U.K.'s oldest carer [caregiver] because of his dedication in taking care of his daughter Peggy, "born with severe special needs." Read the entire article in the East London Advertiser.

Frank was born in southern Ireland in about 1908, then moved with his family to east London in 1916. He is listed on the Whipple Website's "Disconnected Whipples" page. His son Harry is 72 years old. If any of you know how to contact him, it would be genealogically interesting to ask him to participate in a Y-Chromosome DNA test (in the unlikely event that he belongs to the haplogroup as any of the American Whipples. See the Whipple DNA blog). I wonder if he is related to Robert Eugene Whipple, in the Whipple Genweb at

We offer our condolences to Frank's children Harry and Peggy.

Frank is in the Whipple Genweb at

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Where is the Whipple Website Facebook Page?

Tired of trying to remember the URL of the Whipple Website Facebook page? Now it's easy: will redirect you there, as of this evening.

Good luck!

(Let the Webmaster know if you ever notice the redirection break ...)

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Photos from the July 10, 2011, Reunion at Jekyll Island, Georgia

Judging from the photos received from Bennett Whipple, it looks like the Georgia Whipples had a fun time at last month's reunion! (It was announced in this blog here and here.) Thank you, Bennett, for sharing! ( ... and for making us all wish that we could have been there ...)

Friday arrivals greet each other on the piazza at the Hampton Inn's pool: (l-r) Field Whipple, Milledgeville; Steve Whipple, Atlanta; Jean Michel and Laura (Whipple) Troussé, Canton, Ga.; Elli Frost and her grandmother, Jennifer (Whipple) Whiddon, Dublin, Ga.; Nona and Bennett Whipple, Big Canoe, Ga., and in the far background, Anne (Whipple) Alderman Murphey of Macon, the reunion organizer.

The photogenic Whipple girls from Milledgeville, daughters of Rhonda and Miles Dillard Whipple of Milledgeville, (l-r) Kellie, 8th grade, and Kaitlin, 12th grade, Georgia Military College Prep School, and Kristen, in her senior year at the University of Georgia.

The pool's the place to be for these Whipple cousins: (l-r) Nicholas Troussé, Mary Lynn Whipple, Madeleine Troussé, Penelope Abellera and Eli Abellera, having a camera-shy moment.

Saturday on the Beach (l-r) Cheryl Whipple, Katie Whipple, Nona Whipple, Fielding Alderman and Jean-Michel Troussé.

 The "Whipple Five" entertained Saturday night in the Hampton Lounge, with Guy Ingram on the trash can bongo, Steve Whipple, Colton Alderman, and Field Whipple on guitars, and Fielding Alderman on the Harmonica, one of twelve in his collection.

 Faithfully wearing his Bulldog cap, Ken Whidden, UGA defensive lineman on the 1966 Cotton Bowl team, with his wife Jennifer and their grandson Levi Scott Whiddon.

 Harriett Whipple visits with her daughter, Ann (Whipple) Taylor, and grandchildren, Josie (5) and Jackson (8) of Gray, Ga.

 The historic Jekyll Island Club Hotel, scene of the Sunday luncheon.

 Laura (Ingram) Lashley and Mark Lashley of Atlanta ran the registration table for the luncheon, assisting Jonathan Alderman, Macon, who helped with the arrangements.

The family gathered in the hotel's ballroom for the Sunday luncheon to celebrate Fielding's 89th birthday. From the left, Harriet and Fielding Whipple, Mel Gates Whipple of Vidalia, Ga., who celebrates her 100th birthday in September; Anne (Whipple) Murphey, Macon; and Nona and Bennett Whipple, Big Canoe, Ga.

The honoree, Fielding Dillard Whipple, Sr. stands with his son, Field, and wife Harriett seated at the table.

After the luncheon, most of the crowd squeezed onto the hotel's portico steps for the family's keepsake reunion picture. (Photo by Katie Whipple)