Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Who Is John William Whipple, M.D., of Chile?

Twenty-two years ago in March 1997 (barely two months after the whipple.org domain was "purchased," and before the Whipple Website existed), I received an email from Oscar Eduardo Whipple Ascui of Chile, telling of his ancestor John William Whipple, who emigrated from the U.S. to Chile in "about 1850." I added John to my PAF database that I eventually used to create what is now the Whipple Genweb. A few years later he was among the initial Whipples to end up on the newly created Disconnected Whipples page. He has remained in the database unchanged since March 1997—until today.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Fort Whipple Museum, Prescott, Arizona

By Weldon Whipple

Last week we visited the Grand Canyon (south rim) and nearby Sedona, Arizona, primarily to hike. Noting that Prescott is fairly close to Sedona, two of us drove to Prescott in search of Fort Whipple, named for Amiel Weeks Whipple

The first mobile mapping app we used got us to Prescott, but in a part of town with significant road construction. When we asked a flagman about Fort Whipple, he directed us to drive to the "nearby" Veteran's Administration Hospital. It took us only 5–10 minutes to locate the hospital. We finally located the Fort Whipple Museum inside the VA Hospital grounds.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Our Visit to St. Mary's Church, Bocking, England

By Weldon Whipple

As I was going through some old photos yesterday, I found a few that I took while visiting my daughter in England in August 2005. At the time I had realized that I am not a descendant of the Bocking/Ipswich Whipples, so I wasn't particularly motivated to go see Bocking. Having a spare day, we decided to look for Bocking and St. Mary's Church. (I am the Whipple Website's Webmaster, after all, and I had already decided to accept all Whipples in the Whipple Genweb.)

Note: Back in 1997—when I started the Whipple Website—I thought I was related to both Whipple families through a Josiah Chamberlain (descended from the Ipswich Mary Whipple who married Simon Stone). An email from a Chamberlain, followed by my own research, convinced me that there were two Josiah Chamberlains living in close proximity in Massachusetts. I already had so many Ipswich Whipples in the database that I just decided to leave them and accept more.
Note 2: Since August 2005, my mother-in-law discovered that she is a descendant of the above-mentioned Mary Whipple of Ipswich, Massachusetts. ... So my wife is an Ipswich Whipple, and the daughter that I was visiting in England is a descendant of both Whipple families.

I'll cut to the chase and get going with the travelog.  Starting at the Royal Air Force base in Lakenheath (northeast of Cambridge), we headed south and got on the A11 expressway, which became the M11 expressway and continued to its intersection with the east-west A120 expressway. (Bishop's Stortford is on the west of that intersection; London's Stansted Airport is on the east.) We drove east on the A120 to Braintree, then to north to Bocking. We knew we had arrived when we saw this:

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Seeking the Origins of Captain John Whipple of Dorchester MA/Providence RI

SUMMARY: This post explores the possibility that young John Whipple of Dorchester, Massachusetts, and (later) Providence, Rhode Island, might be the same person as John Whaples, who was baptized on 13 Dec 1618 at St. Mary and St. Lawrence Church in Great Waltham, Essex, England. (Great Waltham is about 10 miles — a 21-minute drive by car — from Bocking, Essex, England.)

tl;dr (too long, don't read) version follows:

Descendants of Captain John Whipple have wondered in vain who the teenage John Whipple that arrived in Dorchester, Massachusetts, aboard the Lyon in 1632 might be.

Last week I received several emails from Dr. Al Church of Washington DC, regarding a baptismal entry for a John Whaples that he found while looking for records in the Essex (UK) Archive. The entry is for a John Whaples, baptized 13 December 1618 in the St. Mary & St. Lawrence Church in Great Waltham:

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Battery Amiel Whipple on Fort Standish, Lovell's Island, Plymouth County, Massachusetts

Recently Mark Whipple sent an email with two links to pages about locations in Boston Harbor. One of the links describes Battery Amiel Whipple, located on Lovell's Island. (See Amiel's page in the Whipple Website for more information about Major General Amiel Weeks Whipple. He died from wounds received May 4, 1873 at the Battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia.)

The first link traces the history of Battery Whipple from 1890 until 1947. The second link is to a Boston Globe Article about a quarantine station on Gallops Island in Boston Harbor. The article doesn't mention Amiel Weeks Whipple by name, and makes only a passing reference to cannons being mounted there.

Mark used Google Maps to determine that Battery Whipple on Lovell's Island and the quarantine station on Gallops Island are the same place geographically.

We can now add Battery Whipple to the list of places named after Amiel Weeks Whipple. (See his page on the Whipple Website for other locations.)

Amiel Weeks Whipple is in the Whipple Genweb.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Ryan Tedder, Lead Singer and Pianist of OneRepublic

An email I received last week informed me that Ryan Tedder--lead singer of the band OneRepublic--is my cousin, a descendant of Captain John Whipple of Providence, RI.

A visit to Ryan's page in Wikipedia confirmed that relationship.

Here are a few (of very many) notable facts I've learned:
  • His YouTube video "Counting Stars" has had two billion views!
  • He is the grandson of Cornelius Benjamin Watrous and Mary Esther Crandall. Both are "many times over" Whipple descendants.
  • Ryan has written and produced songs for the likes of Madonna, U2, Adele, BeyoncĂ©, and many more. (The Wikipedia article lists 19 well-known artists. Visit Wikipedia to see them for yourself.)
  • Because several of his songs have made it to the "list of best-selling singles of all time," Billboard magazine in 2014 named him "The Undercover King of Pop" and featured Ryan on its cover.
  • He has received Grammy Award for Album of the Year.
The list of Ryan's achievements goes on and on. 

Congratulations to Ryan Tedder. (Where have I been all these years, I wonder? I should have made the connection much sooner!)

Monday, October 31, 2016

Reflections of Northeast Georgia: A Pictorial Diary of Judge Ulysses V. Whipple, Sr

[S. Bennett Whipple submitted the following to the Whipple Website on September 29, 2016]

Dust jacket of Barbara's book.
Barbara J. Whipple became heir in the early 1990s to the papers and photographs of her great grandfather Ulysses Virgil Whipple, Sr. Possessing a box Kodak and a lawyer’s penchant for taking detailed notes, he traveled the country with his wife and family at the turn of the 20th Century.  One such trip was a four-month hiatus from his law practice to the Northeast Georgia Mountains to escape the heat of their South Georgia home in Cordele.

His photographs in and around their summer home in Clarkesville were so remarkable for their clarity and his diary so descriptive, that she got the idea of publishing a book about his family’s 1903 summer adventure. In preparation, she spent a couple of years on trips to the area, following in the footsteps of their travels around Northeast Georgia, photographing sites as it looks now to add to the book.

Picture postcard of "Uncle Uly's" early residence

The result, a hardback publication of 165 pages titled, “Reflections of Northeast Georgia,” with the subtitle, “A Pictorial Diary of Judge Ulysses V. Whipple, Sr.” The first printing was for a modest 500 copies in 1997. To date, after many printings in hard back and paper back, the book has sold 100,000 copies mainly to tourist visiting the North Georgia Mountains.  

Ulysses Virgil Whipple, Sr. is in the Whipple Genweb at http://whipple.org/22320, and in the Whipple Database at http://db.whipple.org/22320. S. Bennett Whipple has written a biography, which is posted on the Whipple Website.

Monday, July 4, 2016

The Whipple House in Cochran, Georgia

Bennett Whipple recently submitted these two photos of the former home of Dr. Robert Lafayette Whipple. The home is now the property of the First Baptist Church of Cochran. The church named it "The Whipple House" in his honor.
The Whipple House as it currently stands, stripped by a former owner of the early 20th century porches and portico.

Earlier photo, with porches and portico
Dr. Whipple is in the Whipple Genweb at http://whipple.org/24780 (also at http://db.whipple.org/24780 in the Whipple Database).

You can read a life sketch elsewhere in the Whipple Website.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Possible Leads on the Ancestry of Captain John Whipple of Rhode Island?

Two weeks ago I received an email from Dr. Charles M. Whipple, fellow descendant of Captain John Whipple. Charles has published a number of books on his Whipple ancestry, most recently A History of Captain John and Sarah Whipple of Dorchester, Massachusetts and Providence: Rhode Island: A Multigenerational Study of the First Whipple Family in America. (The book is mentioned at the Whipple Books website; it is still available for purchase at the publisher's web site. Charles has his own page on the Whipple Website, at whipple.org/charles.)

It was Charles' 1976 publication of Sons and Daughters of Jesse: A 360 Year History of the Whipple Family--which I stumbled across in the late 1970s or early 1980s--that first motivated my interest in Whipple genealogy. Later, his publications played a major part in the "eureka moment" I experienced in 1997, when I realized that my ancestor, Captain John, was not the same person as the John Whipple of Bocking, England that came to America in 1638--six years after the arrival of teenage John (the future Captain John of Rhode Island).

In his email, Charles stated that "It has puzzled me for sometime as to why the Ipswich family and the Rhode Island family are so dissimilar [speaking of Y-DNA haplogroups]." Charles continued by referencing the 2006 article by William Fisk that extended the Ipswich Whipple line two generations, to Thomas Whipple of Bishops Stortford, England. (See William Wyman Fisk, "The Whipple Family of Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire: Proposed Ancestral Origin of Matthew Whipple of Bocking, Essex ..." The Genealogist 20 (Fall 2006): 191-217.) 

Friday, July 31, 2015

John Whipple Agency, Pipestone, Minnesota

On June 8, 2015, Jeffrey Congdon sent me this photo of the John Whipple Agency in Pipestone, Minnesota. Here it is for your enjoyment:

Friday, May 15, 2015

Pruning of William Wilkinson and Huldah Godwin

(Note: This post discusses William Wilkinson, previously listed in the Whipple Genweb as a son of John Wilkinson and Rebecca Scott. John Wilkinson is a great grandson of Captain John Whipple, the earliest known "Rhode Island Whipple." Although just deleted from the Whipple Genweb, William Wilkinson's "pruned" descendancy tree can still be viewed in iWhipple.org by clicking "Advanced Search," selecting the "William Wilkinson" tree, and searching for Person ID 18348. That will take you to this page.)

Over ten years ago I encountered a book entitled Genealogy of Wilkinson and Kindred Families by M. M. Wilkinson (Shelby, Miss.: Shelby Book Store, 1949). I recall spending many days entering the Wilkinsons in that book into my database of Whipple descendants.

Many of the Wilkinsons in that book were in fact descendants of Captain John Whipple, who died in Providence, Rhode Island in 1685. However, during the past week I learned that William Wilkinson, Jr., who was believed to have been born in 1723 in Providence, RI, and died 1796 in Virginia, was actually the son of John Wilkinson born 1726. John Wilkinson came to Pennsylvania from Northern Ireland in 1733. 

In her email, Janice McAlpine noted the following:

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Dewey A. Whipple Reunion 2015 on new Whipple Reunions site

This past week I created a new Whipple Reunions site at reunions.whipple.org. It was just in time to announce the first known reunion of 2015--the Dewey A. Whipple reunion in June.

If you have a reunion to announce (and want it to appear on the Whipple Website), feel free to email the Webmaster (webmaster@whipple.org).

Let's keep our fingers crossed that the Whipple Reunions site is more successful than past sites!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Recent Changes to the Whipple Website

During the past month I've made at least three modifications to the Whipple Website that might warrant mentioning.

Gravestone database

During January and February I experienced a deluge of gravestone photos in my inbox--so many that I was unable to readily identify incoming email about new Whipples, connections, dates, places, connections, etc. I decided that it might be time for a change.

Noticing that iWhipple.org has sections for Cemeteries and Headstones, I began to explore the feasibility of moving the Gravestone Database previously at whipple.org/graves to iWhipple.org. Not only was it feasible, but is is now a "done deal." The former whipple.org/graves now redirects to the Cemeteries page at iWhipple.org.

Within the next month I might authorize select individuals to post gravestone photos at iWhipple.org. (On the other hand, maybe we shouldn't compete with Find a Grave?)

Search tweaks

I've received feedback that many prefer iWhipple.org to genweb.whipple.org, including the search capabilities. About two weeks ago I modified the http://genweb.whipple.org/search.html search results list to include links to iWhipple.org as well as genweb.whipple.org.

We'll see where this all leads.

Reunions site

During the past 16 years--ever since the 1999 Ipswich Whipple reunion--photos of reunions have appeared in a variety of places on the Whipple Website: first in the directories beneath http://whipple.org/reunions, later in the photo gallery, still later in the Whipple Blog. It has gotten to the point where I'm unsure what to do when someone asks me to advertise their reunion.

In an effort to unify the miscellaneous treatment, the Whipple Reunions site is now online at http://reunions.whipple.org. Maybe the new site can tame the reunions monster!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Blaine Whipple, 1930-2015, Genealogist Extraordinaire: R.I.P.

I just received word that Blaine Whipple, perhaps the most prolific author of genealogical books on the Whipple Family, passed away on January 3, 2015. I will miss him! (Blaine's wife Ines Mae [Peterson] Whipple passed away last year, on June 5, 2014.)

You can read Blaine's obituary (published by The Oregonian) online. Ines' obituary is also available online.

Blaine contributed numerous pages to the Whipple Website:

He also sent photos of two reunions:
Some of Blaine's books on the Ipswich (Massachusetts) Whipples are featured at books.whipple.org. That site says to purchase his titles from BlaineWhipple.com, which seems to have gone dark?  Some are available at Amazon.com. As I confirm places to purchase his books, I will update this site.

There are undoubtedly more pages by Blaine on the Whipple Website.

(Blaine is in the Whipple Genweb at whipple.org/17687, also at iWhipple.org/17687. Updated information from his and Ines' obituaries should appear online in the next 3-4 days.)

Rest in Peace, Blaine Whipple!

(Special thanks to Ray Whipple for informing me of Blaine's death. Ray is the author of the book The Whipples of Ipswich and its Hamlet, featured on the Whipple Blog in 2009. Ray is in the Whipple Genweb at whipple.org/49296 and iWhipple.org/49296.)

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.]

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Resurrection of Whpple DNA site at dna.whipple.org

Recently members of the Whipple Website Facebook group (http://facebook.whipple.org) have shown increased interest in the use of DNA in genealogical research.

Several years ago the Whipple Website maintained a separate blog on the topic of DNA research, but as interest appeared to wane, we merged that blog's posts in with this Whipple Blog.

This evening I decided to pull those original posts out of the Whipple Blog and reconstitute the Whipple DNA site.

Although that site still has quite a few "loose ends," it will hopefully answer some basic questions asked by members of our Facebook group.

Visit the Whipple DNA site at http://dna.whipple.org.

(Note: Because of name server caching on the Internet, it might take up to 48 hours from the time of this post for your browser to display the new site correctly.)

Monday, October 13, 2014

The New iWhipple.org

Note, October 24, 2018: The iWhipple.org web site is now the Whipple Database https://db.whipple.org

A week or two ago I upgraded the experimental iWhipple.org 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, iWhipple.org 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 (genweb.whipple.org). 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 iWhipple.org 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.

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:
Ancestry.com'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 (http://whipple.org/146152), 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 (http://whipple.org/49044), born 3 Feb 1783 in Beverly, Essex County, Massachusetts, died 19 Nov 1835 in nearby Ipswich, Essex County. She was married to Edward Whipple (http://whipple.org/49043).
  • Clarissa Brimmer Whipple (http://whipple.org/49230), 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 (http://facebook.whipple.org).

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 (http://whipple.org/11538) and Persis Sheldon (http://whipple.org/11539).

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, 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 (webmaster@whipple.org)

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 (penniewhip@gmail.com) 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. ( http://www.nhstateparks.com/otter.html ). 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: books.whipple.org

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 (http://genweb.whipple.org); 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.

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 http://whipple.org/366. 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.

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 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 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
Web: DrConcannon.com

Dr. John Concannon
Webmaster, Gaspee.org and Pawtuxet.com
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 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

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 raywhipple1@aol.com. 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 http://whipple.org/27148. Adeline is at http://whipple.org/37844.

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 http://www.whipple.org/photos/genchwhipple1881.html).

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 http://www.whipple.org/photos/genchwhipple1881.html.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Whipples from Angells

In my project to make the pages of the the whipple.org 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 http://whipple.org/16092) has no father listed. Another Abraham (Captain Abraham Angell http://whipple.org/16106) 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 http://whipple.org. 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 http://whipple.org home page, either post a comment to this blog entry, or mail the Webmaster at whipple.org.

--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 (kvvogt@earthlink.net).

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.

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.

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 webmaster@whipple.org.)

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 abc15.com 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 http://whipple.org/45501

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 (https://novascotiagenealogy.com/).

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 Northfield.org.

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 (facebook.whipple.org), 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.

View Larger Map 
[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 (kvvogt@earthlink.net).

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 http://www.facebook.com/messages/?action=read&tid=id.266680126746292 ... 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 http://www.facebook.com/pages/Whipple-Family-Reunion/138301806212240

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.

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!

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 (http://genweb.whipple.org/search.html). 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 http://whipple.org/106467. 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 (http://whipple.org/5929). I merged the disconnected Urias with the connected Urias at http://whipple.org/106467.

... 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!!)

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 http://whipple.org/13445.

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

Frank is in the Whipple Genweb at http://whipple.org/137583.

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:

facebook.whipple.org 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.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

91st Whipple Reunion, Sunday, August 21, 2011, Forestville, NY

I just received the annual mailing from Kenneth L. Vogt about the 91st Reunion of the Chautauqua Whipples. (I really need to crash that party sometime--maybe in years, when they have the 100th reunion!) The following is excerpted from the mailing:

This year James and Joan Lisa are hosting the reunion at their home at 2361 Straight Road, Forestville, New York. The reunion starts at noon on August 21.

From exit 59 of the New York State Thru-way:
  1. Left on Bennett Road (Route 60)
  2. Left on Route 20
  3. Right on County Road 81/South Roberts Road (for 3 miles)
  4. Right on Whitaker Road (is 0.4 miles past Epolito Road)
  5. Right on County Road 79/Center Road
  6. Take 1st left onto Straight Road
  7. Look for a sign in front of the residence.
Please bring a lawn chair.

"The Whipple Reunion will provide coffee and lemonade and we request that everyone bring a dish to pass along with table service, plates, cutlery, etc. For those coming long distances, and do not have access to kitchen facilities, we suggest a stop at the supermarket for convenience food, maybe a salad, cake, pie, chips."

We shall have a blessing and the start of the meal at 1:00 p.m. sharp.

"We will have a free will donation basket at the food serving table. Also don't forget the white elephant raffle. Bring in those knick knacks, plants, or most anything you would care to donate for the white elephant auction. There are expenses for our hosts and we should reimburse them."

Send comments or questions to Kenneth L. Vogt (kvvogt@earthlink.net).

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Dewey Whipple Reunion Photos

I received the following photos from the Dewey Whipple Reunion held June 3-4, 2011, Camp Atoka, Utah. The first photo shows four of Dewey's children (L-R): Dexter, Dewey Jr., Albert and Illa.

Next is a group photo of all in attendance. (Hmmm ... I wonder if the photographer is missing ...?)

Sunday, July 10, 2011

On the Death of Priam Parker Whipple

(Originally submitted by Susan Newell to the Whipple Website, May 30, 2011: "Transcribed from a fragile document, beautifully handwritten in fine, small, perfect script with quill pen and now faded ink, probably dating to the mid to late 1800s." At the time, Susan thought Priam might be a child of Eugene Whipple? On July 10, 2011, Susan submitted a correction, suggesting that Priam might more likely be a brother of Eugene. Within the next few days, Priam will appear in the Whipple Genweb as Eugene's brother.)

Here drooping by his lifeless side
        Pensive retired with grief oer' borne
Lovely in Death my darling pride
        He my long weeping Heart will Mourn.
Farewell then Dearest of my Heart,
        Whom neither tears nor prayer could save,
Tis Deaths redoubled pain to part,
        And leave such Beauty in the Grave.
Ah! He that once such Beauty graced.
        His winning smiles -- His angel form,
Corruptions greedy train shall waste.
        The Mouldering Dust -- the feasting Worm:
His tongue whose gentle prattlings blest,
        His hands whose tender touch could charm,
No more with Kisses shall be prest,
        No more his Mothers bosom warm.
Where His loved sight could once rejoice,
        Now forced his absence to sustain.
Mine ears wait listening for His Voice,
        I turn and seek His glimpses in vain.
By Night my Eyes the search repeat,
        Sad to the Glittering Skies they roll,
"Tell Me" I say The Happy Seat,
        Say where reside His blissful Soul:
Yet with bright hopes in distant View
        My faith instructed by the Sod,
Bids the false joys of Earth Adieu,
        And Bows before the Sovreign God.
Happy for Him so soon -- so well,
        To escape the woes which life annoy,
To part with few sad tales to tell,
        With me black grief to damp His joy:
Till the last hour of general Doom,
        Kind Angels guard his precious trust:
Lock the cold Chambers of the Tomb,
        Then wake my Priam's slumbering Dust.
That day shall bring Him to my Sight,
        His presence shall my joys restore,
Tell me thou thought with vast delight,
        When Death shall never part us more.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Thank You, William Whipple!

This is the weekend the United States celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Associated Press writer Kathy McCormack just posted an article entitled Never too late: Declaration signers being honored. It begins by mentioning William Whipple and cites Whipple genealogist Blaine Whipple.

As Americans celebrate Independence Day this year, we honor William Whipple and others who gave so much that the United States of America could be born and thrive for 235 years.

God bless America!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Georgia Whipple Reunion Reminder

Anne Murphey sends a reminder regarding the July 10th Whipple Reunion at Jekyll Island, Georgia (announced earlier on the Whipple Blog):
We're pleased over the interest shown by all you Whipples (by whatever name) in attending Fielding's July 10 birthday party at Jekyll Island and, yes, it's also a time for family reunion.
It's not too late for you to be there, too. There are a few rooms left at the Hampton Inn, so call Mimi by June 8 for the $159 group rate at (912) 635-3733 and make your reservation. Many of us are spending Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.
To make reservations for Sunday's birthday buffet luncheon at the Jekyll Island Club, mail your check by June 28 payable to "Anne Murphey" to Jonathan Alderman, PO Box 6497, Macon, GA 31208-6497. (For Adults - $20 and $10 for children ages 3 - 11.)
No gifts, of course, but you may send a birthday greeting to Amy Alderman at jonamya@gmail.com for his birthday scrapbook.
We're looking forward to seeing all of you at Jekyll.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Josephine G. Whipple

I realized today that I haven't posted here for over a month. It occurred to me that I might want to post (selected?) photos that are submitted to the Whipple Website. This is a photo of Miss Josephine G. Whipple (in the Whipple Genweb at http://whipple.org/120030). The photo will appear at the top of her page within the next week.

The 1900 census gives her birth in September 1836 in Massachusetts. She was living in Boston at the time of the 1920 census.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Dewey Whipple Reunion 2nd Reminder, Camp Atoka, Utah, June 3-4, 2011

I just received a second reminder about the Whipple Reunion at Camp Atoka, east of Ogden, Utah, on Friday and Saturday, June 3rd and 4th, 2011. Here is the PDF file I received.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Piggeries, Henneries, and J. R. Whipple's Boston Hotels

Seven or more years ago, Joanne Lahr-Kreischer introduced me to J. Reed Whipple (full name: Joseph Reed Whipple) when she submitted "J. Reed Whipple and Boston Hotels" to the Whipple Website. Born in New Boston, New Hampshire, Reed remained connected with his roots, even after becoming a noted Boston hotelier.  

The New Boston Historical Society's web site tells about Whipple's New Boston farm that supplied food to his Boston hotels. Worth noting:
  • J.R. (Reed) Whipple supplied food to the Parker House, Young's Hotel and Hotel Touraine from his 2500-acre Valley View Farm in New Boston, NH
  • In 1893 he build a railroad line between New Boston and Boston's Parker Station to facilitate food shipments.
  • The farm's "piggery," "hennery," and creamery employed 90 workers. Food was shipped to Boston daily. Leftover food was sent back to New Boston to feed the pigs and chickens.
To read more about Valley View Farm, visit the New Boston Historical Society's web site, then click "Town History," then "New Boston's Farms."

(Note: The New Boston Historical Society is located in the former Whipple Free Library, which recently moved into its new building.)

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Charles T. Whipple: Helping Japan's Tsunami Victims

As I've watched in disbelief the videos of the recent tsunami in Japan, I have wondered what I can do to help. Cars, boats, homes--all the worldly possessions of thousands of residents of the Tohoku region--seemed like toys in a bathtub or wading pool ... except that they were real.

Charles T. Whipple (a resident of Japan) contacted me this morning, offering to contribute the proceeds of his book A Matter of Tea to the tsunami victims. Please visit his blog and participate if you are able.

We extend our hopes and best wishes to the tsunami victims, and pray for their quick recovery.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Whipple Family Reunion at Camp Atoka, UT, June 3-4, 2011

I received the following from Susan Freeze:

Whipple Family Reunion
June 3rd and 4th, 2011
Friday and Saturday
Camp Atoka
Just 4.3 miles East of Huntsville, UT
on the
South Fork of the Ogden River

Get ready for the Old Style Reunion. There will be camping, fishing, games, geocaching, letterboxing, visiting and an old fashioned campfire with campfire stories and songs. Also the drawing for the Famous Reunion Quilt that Deborah, Susan and Mom (Illa) have been working on since last year's reunion.

Planned Events
  • Friday start at 1:00 p.m. available for camp setup
  • Friday 5 pm gather at bowery
  • Friday 6 pm dinner (drink furnished)
  • Saturday 8am to 9 am breakfast for the overnight campers (furnished)
  • General camp activities
  • Cleanup and depart by noon
What to Bring
  • Craft to donate for the raffle
  • Friday night dinner
  • Camp chairs
  • Camp gear (if camping)
  • Fishing gear (if fishing)
  • Camping games
  • Warm clothing (gets cool at night)
  • GPS (if you are going to Geocache)
  • Money for the raffle and dues ($5.00 per family)
  • Family photos
  • Camera
Important Information
  • What: Whipple Family Reunion
  • Where: Camp Atoka (a church campground located 4.3 miles east of Huntsville, UT. Less than an hour's drive from downtown Salt Lake City)
  • When: June 3rd and 4th 2011
  • Why: Help you know who you are, and where you came from so you can determine where you would like to go.
  • How: OK, too many questions. Just pack up and head to the reunion
Contact Information
  • Susan Freeze (reallycold11@gmail.com) phone: 801-467-4446
  • Bob Harvey (kabob97@aol.com) phone: 801-628-7211
  • Deborah Goates (sevengoates@yahoo.com) phone: 702-283-6095
  • Steve Harvey (harvsters7@msn.com phone) 801-825-1770

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Whipple Reunion at Jekyll Island, Georgia, July 10, 2011

I received the following notice this week from Bennett Whipple of Georgia. He asked me to post it on the Whipple Blog. It also indicated that Whipples that aren't "immediately related" are also welcome to attend. Bennett's sister Anne drafted the invitation:

Our brother Fielding Dillard Whipple turns 89 on July 10, 2011.  Nona and Bennett, Anne, and Harriett plan to celebrate with Fielding at Jekyll Island that weekend. The actual birthday party will be Sunday, July 10, at eleven a.m. at the old Jekyll Island Hotel.  We want all of you there. We hope this will be a Whipple reunion.  Some of us plan to spend Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights at the Hampton Inn, on the site of the demolished Holiday Inn.  MAKE YOUR OWN RESERVATION.  They have given us a group rate.

The Hampton Inn
200 South Beachview Drive
Jekyll Island, GA  31527
Phone 912-635-3733
Fax 912-635-3738
Mimi is contact person.
Group rate:
  1. Standard: 2 Q beds, 159.00 + 12% tax
  1. Suite:  2 Q or 1 K bed, 179.00 + 12% tax (with 1 Q sofa bed and balcony) 

No additional per person charge. All rooms have microwave, fridge and coffee service. Hotel has complimentary hot breakfast (6 a.m. to 10 a.m.) and coffee service 24-7, and shuttle service available from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. at no charge to anyplace  on island.

Birthday Lunch:

The Jekyll Island Club
Birthday Luncheon
Sunday, July 10, 2011 gather at 11 a.m.
Bring photographs, scrapbooks, genealogy notes, and musical instruments.
Adult buffet - $20.00
Child age 3-11 - $10.00
Reservation by check by July 1 made to Anne Murphey and sent to Jonathan Alderman:
                  PO Box 6497
                  Macon, GA  31208-6497

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