However, this post is about the 2015 Gaspee Days Parade. Dr. John E. Concannon, Webmaster of Gaspee.org and Pawtuxet.com, 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 FreedomIf 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.
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, Gaspee.org and Pawtuxet.com
You can read about Abraham Whipple on the The Commodore's Page at Whipple.org. One of my favorite biographies is by Sally D. Wilson.
The Commodore's descendants (some of them) are listed on this iWhipple.org 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