Saturday, January 24, 2015

Thomas Whipple of Bishops Stortford Mentioned by Blaine Whipple

Today as I was trying to answer an email question, I stumbled (again) across Appendix One (pp. 958-1015) in the first volume of Blaine Whipple's monumental 4-volume work entitled 15 Generations of Whipples: Descendants of Matthew Whipple of Ipswich, Massachusetts, Abt 1590-1647 (Baltimore, MD: Gateway Press, 2007, ISBN 978-0-9801022-0-8 [volume 1 only]; ISBN 978-09801022-4-6 [4-volume set]).  While thumbing through its pages, page 969 caught my eye:
Thomas Whepill of Stortford, Hertford County, was involved in land transactions with Sir William Capell, knight, as early as 1515. Many Whipple families lived in Suffolk and Norfolk counties but apparently none of these ancient families migrated to the American colonies. Consequently, minimal research has been done on these other Whipple-Whapples families and a dedicated researcher might dfind a link to young John and Matthew, Sr.
This Thomas is the same person that physician William Wyman Fiske identified as the grandfather of Matthew, Sr.  Fiske's article, "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," published in The Genealogist, vol. 20, no. 2 (Fall 2006), pp. 191-217.
When I first read Dr. Fiske's article in 2006, it was compelling enough to cause me to add Thomas and his son Thomas as ancestors of Matthew Whipple, Sr., of Bocking, Essex, England.

Anyone interested in pursuing further research of Whipple lines might want to read Blaine's Appendix One. It lists many (disconnected) Whipples! The information from Blaine's appendix, combined with the additional descendants identified in Dr. Fiske's article, might offer clues to create additional connections to early Whipples of England.

(See the Whipple Books website for more information about Blaine's book.)

[Note to self: Add Whipples in Appendix One to Disconnected Whipples page.]

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