Tuesday, October 27, 2009

John Whipple Sailed the Lyon to America

Which John?

I see there is still some doubt among Whipple researchers about exactly which John Whipple it was that sailed from England to New England in 1632. Since I am probably at least responsible for the continuing confusion, I should also help set the record straight.

It was the young John Whipple who later became known as Captain John Whipple and died in Providence, Rhode Island. It was not the John who came to New England with his brother Matthew six years later in 1638.

Whipple genealogical researcher and publisher Blaine Whipple recently responded to that question as follows:

There are records supporting my position that brothers Matthew and John Whipple settled in Ipswich, Mass. in 1638 and were not passengers on the Lyon's 1632 voyage to Boston.

Matthew's son Lt. John Whipple was born in Bocking, Essex Co., England 6 Sept. 1632. The Lyon docked in Boston Harbor 16 Sept. 1632 after a journey of 12 weeks.
Matthew's son Matthew was born in Bocking ca 1635.

John's daughter Anna was born in Bocking 2 June 1633.
His daughter Mary was born there 20 Feb. 1634.
His daughter Judith was born there in August 1636.
His son Matthew was born there 17 February and died 30 March 1638. His death date also gives credence to the parent's land grants in Ipswich 1 Sept. 1638.

The source of this information is from the Parish Records of Bocking's St. Mary's Church available from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, film 1471886 Items 12 and 13.

I have presented this information to a number of Whipple researchers who after confirming the information agreed that, despite various sources to the contrary, the Whipple brothers were not passengers on the Lyon.
There, now you have it!

As soon as I have time (and decide what to do with the old material on the web site--possibly deleting it altogether) I will modify Frequently Asked Question 2.8 - Which John Whipple came to America on the ship Lyon?, as well as clarify the introductory paragraphs of the page entitled Passenger Lists for the Lyon, 1632.

Hopefully this will put to rest the confusion about which John sailed on the Lyon. (It will also re-emphasize the fact that there were two major Whipple "groups" that arrived in New England in the 1630's.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Frank Whipple: A hands-on dad at 101

That's the title of an article in the UK's Guardian. (See http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2009/oct/24/frank-whipple-millwall-single-dad.)

The article begins:

Frank Whipple is 101. He saw action in the 1926 General Strike, he fought the fascists in Cable Street in the 1930s, and for more than 30 years he has cared single-handedly for his beloved daughter Peggy, who has special needs.

Frank Whipple and his daughter Peggy sit side by side at the kitchen table at their home in the East End of London. Peggy should be at the day centre but she has invented a collection of symptoms so she can stay at home with her dad. "Headache, back ache, leg ache, she's got them all until it's too late to go," Frank says good humouredly. "Then, she suddenly gets better."

Peggy strokes her father's hand and smiles happily. "I love you, Dad," she says. "I look after you, don't I?"


Click here to see Frank's photo and read the rest of the article.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

2010 USS Whipple Reunion?

I received the following from a shipmate of the USS Whipple, asking about a reunion in 2010. Not knowing exactly what to do with it, I will post it here. (You might want to visit the Whipple Website's "sub" website http://uss.whipple.org.)

Hello Shipmates,
Here is an easy opportunity to hold a reunion by piggybacking on the U.S. Navy Frigates (FF & FFG) Association - Gathering at Sea Reunion on April 26th, 2010. Please read the information below. If there is an interest, then we can contact the association and arrange for dinner tables. To tell you all the truth, we have plans to be on another RV trip in the fall of 2010, not to mention many more trips in 2010. Unless somebody else can step up to the plate, putting another reunion together by a committee of one (me) is not going to happen. This event seems like a great opportunity. I will need to know fairly soon to make the arrangements

Dan Garcia

Ahoy All U.S Navy Frigate Sailors, Families, Friends and Survivors,

We are extending an invitation to all U.S. Navy Veterans who have served aboard the U.S. Navy's Frigate Class of vessels, (the FF's and FFG's), including those who served aboard the USS Whipple (FF-1062), as well as their friends, families and survivors. You will muster aboard Royal Caribbean's four-star, 73,941 ton super liner, Monarch of the Seas on April 26th, 2010, for a four night Gathering at Sea Reunion. Monarch will be sailing round-trip from Port Canaveral, Florida and her actual cruise itinerary will be as follows:

Day Date Port Arv Dep

Mon 04/26 Port Canaveral, Florida 05:00 PM
Tue 04/27 CocoCay, Bahamas 08:00 AM 05:00 PM
Wed 04/28 Nassau, Bahamas 07:00 AM 11:59 PM
Thu 04/29 At Sea
Fri 04/30 Port Canaveral, Florida 06:30 AM

As is always the case with our gatherings, we have a friends and family policy. All survivors, families and friends (military and civilian) of those shipmates who have passed on are invited to sail with us. Members of our brother military branches of service are also encouraged to participate.

All onboard meals, accomodations and entertainment as well as room service (24/7) will be provided. All guests from the same units as well as those traveling with friends and families, will be seated together at the same table in the dining room each night. The entire reunion party will also have tables grouped together in our own section of the dining room. We would be delighted to provide cakes for birthdays and anniversaries, at no charge, as long as you let us know of the occasion at least a month before sailing.

Your cruise fare, (double occupancy) all port charges and all taxes are included in the price. Accomodations, all onboard meals, all onboard entertainment and 24/7 room service is included as well. There are no additional costs other than optional and personal items such as gratuities, optional shore excursions, alcoholic beverages, soft drinks and if you choose, your casino contributions! Trip cancellation, interruption and medical insurance is also optional, inexpensive and available to U.S. citizens.

Unlike cruises advertised at most internet sites, which normally are "entry level" cabins and don't include all taxes and fees, the prices below are TOTAL prices, including ALL TAXES AND FEES, for two people (not per person) sharing a stateroom. None of our cabins are "entry level". ALL are upgraded categories and none of the balcony or oceanview cabins have obstructed views. Also, none of the oceanview cabins have portholes. All of them have picture windows. We are only allocated a very limited number of upgraded cabins at this price, so when they are gone, they're gone. Prices are as follows:

Cat JS - Balcony Suites: $1239.80 TOTAL for TWO people

Cat F2 - Oceanview Stateroom: $ 713.68 TOTAL for TWO people

Cat M - Inside Stateroom: $ 623.80 TOTAL for TWO people

If you would like to add a passenger to the above double staterooms making them into a triple or quad, we would be happy to contact the cruiseline for a quote for the additional person/s.

There is a completely refundable $200.00 per cabin deposit due at the time of booking which is applied directly to your total in order to lock in the above rates. You will immediately receive an e-mail, or snail-mail confirmation if you don't have a computer. Your stateroom number will normally be assigned at that time as well. The earlier you book, of course, the better your choice of cabin locations.

Final payment will be due on February 5th, 2010. You may make payments a little at a time, as you desire, as long as your booking is paid in full by that date. Your deposit can be made on any type of debit or credit card. Also, so that you won't have to worry about marking your calendar, we will send out e-mail reminders and invoices periodically to keep you advised of the date and balance due.

Also, this is VERY IMPORTANT! In the event that you must cancel, all deposits will be refunded directly back to the credit card that was used for payment, 100 percent, with absolutely no penalty and no questions asked, as long as you do so before midnight on February 5th, 2010, the final payment date.

For your convenience and peace of mind, we have provided the following references:

CDR George Zanic, USNR (Ret) - cretebabe@aol.com
John Mcguire, New Jersey Police Officer - john0608@gmail.com
RM2 Charles Metz, Former USN - rbmetz@cox.net
CAPT Kerry Magee, USN (Ret) - usnr06ret@brazoriainet.com
FT2 Byron Lott, Former USN - lott15@comcast.net
SK2 Walter Blair - Former USN - wdblair@comcast.net

If you are interested in sailing with us on this unique adventure, please call Robbie or Barb toll free at (866) 965-6730 or (912) 756-5764 for bookings and other information.

Fair Winds and Following Seas,

RMC & Mrs. Robbie Robinson, USN/USCG (Ret) 1964-1986
www.cruisesinc.com/brobinson
Toll free: (866) 965-6730
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Saturday, October 3, 2009

Whipples and Football

My brother just reported watching a football game between Miami and Oklahoma. He mentioned that he saw a Whipple who was the offensive coordinator. Google found that he is Mark Whipple of Tarrytown, NY, a graduate of Brown University in Providence. Here is his page at miami.rivals.com.

(Hmmm ..., any blog entry about football has to mention Steve Young, the quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers. See his Wikipedia article. Steve is in the Whipple Genweb at http://whipple.org/16631)