Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Benajah Whipple House, Glocester, RI

Oliver Winslow house built 1751. Home of Capt. Benajah Whipple, 1759–1786.
Recently Charlotte Gibbs Barsh posted two photos to the Whipple Website Facebook group. The photos were of a house in Glocester, Rhode Island. She also posted an email from Louis Doucett, the current owner of the house. Much of the remainder of this blog entry is quoted verbatim from Charlotte's Facebook post.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Commodore Whipple vs. the Ohio River

One of my relatives recently recommended a new book by David McCullough entitled The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal. (See the book at Amazon.com.)

On page 136 of the book, the author describes the difficulties of navigating the Ohio River from Pittsburgh to the Mississippi River. The "Falls" or "Rapids" at Louisville, Kentucky, were a dangerous two-mile stretch of whitewater rapids where the water level cascaded downward, ending up 26 feet lower. Experienced pilots were able to routinely guide smaller craft safely through the Falls.

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

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.)

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.)

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.)

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.

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.

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.)

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

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."

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.)

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:

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.

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?"

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).

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.)

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.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

What Kind of Cousin Are You?

6th cousin, 3x removed? ... or whatever? Here's how to figure it out:

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. 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."

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/).

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.

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.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

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

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

Wednesday, March 14, 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.

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.

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.)

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.  

Monday, February 21, 2011

Benjamin Whipple and His Role in the Dakota Conflict of 1862

Blaine Whipple recently noted a set of web pages that include one page devoted to Bishop Henry Benjamin Whipple--first bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church in Minnesota.  The Bishop's page is part of the Famous Trials web site by Douglas O. Linder (2011), University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Law.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Amiel Weeks Whipple, Transcontinental Railroads & Route 66

While checking Facebook on my iPhone, I ran across an article published as part of Arizona's celebration of its statehood centennial this year: Arizona Centennial: The Making of a State - Whipple blazed route for transcontinental railroad. (Recall that he was mortally wounded during the U.S. Civil War while defending Washington, D.C. If you've spent much time on the Whipple Website, you will also know that Fort Myer--now in Arlington Cemetery, Virginia--was named Fort Whipple from the 1860s until 1881, in his honor.)

Friday, December 3, 2010

Thoughts on the Origins of Captain John of Providence, d. 1685

Yesterday I received a CD from William Lyons in my mail box. The CD contained a PDF file of a yellowed typescript entitled Genealogical Notes of the Whipple Lineage of Stephen Bennett Whipple (1833-1915) of Cochran, Georgia, Descended from Massachusetts and Rhode Island Ancestry compiled by William Holliman Whipple of Macon, Ga. The first page of the second chapter has these familiar words:

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Lucian Whipple's World War II Experiences Flying over Germany

Bennett Whipple of Big Canoe, GA, forwarded me this account of his brother Lucian's "experiences flying over Germany during World War II as a waist gunner on a B-24 from the 448th Group Air Base at Seething, England." (The letter came to Bennett via email dated July 26, 2000.)

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Birthday Wishes to Lucian Adolphus Whipple Sr., 1878-1979

Today Lucian Adolphus Whipple Sr. would have been 132 years old, as I was reminded when I received a note this morning from his descendant, Bennett Whipple. Lucian lived to be nearly 101 years of age. He is in the Whipple Genweb at http://whipple.org/21479, where you can see a photo at age 100. This photo is of Lucian in his younger days.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Whipple Avenue

On a recent trip to California, I passed the Whipple Avenue exit several times when traveling between San Francisco and Silicon Valley on the U.S. 101 freeway. (Whipples are everywhere ...)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

New Book: Commodore Abraham Whipple of the Continental Navy

Earlier this year the University of Florida Press published a brand new biography of Commodore Abraham Whipple, by author Sheldon S. Cohen.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Which Sarah Whipple b. 1641?

Recent posts to Ancestry.com's Whipple Message Board show ongoing confusion about the two Whipple families of Ipswich, Massachusetts and nearby Dorchester (now a part of Boston). A recent thread began on 9 Feb 2005:

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

H. P. Lovecraft and His Legacy

I was just made aware of a blog dedicated to H. P. Lovecraft and his Legacy. H. P. Lovecraft "was an American author of horror, fantasy, and science fiction, especially the subgenre known as weird fiction." (See the article on Lovecraft in Wikipedia.)

Monday, March 15, 2010

A Whipple Vampire? (Revisited)

Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series has sparked considerable interest in vampires. (The interest promises to heighten further as Twilight the Movie appears in theaters on the 21st of this month [November 2008].)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Babette Samelson Whipple Dies at 91

The Harvard University Gazette reports that Babette (Samelson) Whipple, former psychology research at Massachusetts General Hospital and wife of the late Harvard astronomer Fred Lawrence Whipple, died on 18 Dec 2009, after a short illness. A resident of Belmont, Massachusetts, she was 91 years of age. (Her husband died in 2004.)

Sunday, December 13, 2009

The Whipples of Ipswich and Its Hamlet

The Whipples of Ipswich and Its Hamlet / as written and compiled by Raymond A. Whipple Jr. -- 2d ed. -- Beverly, MA : Minuteman Press, c2009. -- 72 p. : ill. (some col.), coats of arms, facsimiles, genealogical tables, maps ; 28 cm. -- ISBN 978-1-60402-000-7.

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.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Whipple Cave, Nevada

Blaine Whipple reports a blogger who has chronicled his experiences at Whipple Cave in the Egan Mountains of Nevada. I haven't had time to research the cave, but I can't help but wonder if the cave's name might have something to do with Amiel Weeks Whipple, the military engineer and explorer who (among other things) led an 1853 expedition in search for a railroad route near the 35th parallel of latitude to the Pacific Ocean.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Johnny Whipple Brick at the Utah Shakespearean Festival

Yesterday we saw Noel Coward's 1930 play entitled Private Lives at the Utah Shakespearean Festival in Cedar City. As we left the Randall L. Jones Theatre following the performance, I spied this brick in the pavement:

Monday, July 27, 2009

Whipple Street in Newport, Rhode Island

Jeff Congdon sent this photo "from his iPhone." This Whipple Street is in the Newport (RI) Naval Base. Jeff's brother, Steven Whipple Congdon (a retired Coast Guard Commander), provided access to the otherwise restricted naval base.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Whipple Road in Smithfield, RI: A Question

Last night I received the following query from a Whipple Website visitor:
Do you know of any tragedy to a child at any time on Whipple Road in Smithfield? We bought a house ... and my daughter is "seeing" things and hearing things. Something about a young boy maybe around age 8 with blonde hair and brown eyes.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Mona Leigh on Coast to Coast AM

I just received a note from Mona Leigh (a descendant of Captain John Whipple and his wife Sarah (of Providence, Rhode Island). Mona writes:

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Noah Bean, Actor

I received an email yesterday, telling me about Whipple cousin Noah Bean, who appears on the TV series Damages. (Hmmm... When was the last time I watched TV? I still have a television, don't I? Does it still work?) Our cousin who sent this information says that Noah is the son of Ruth Harriet Whipple (http://whipple.org/121022).

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Whippletree Farm Antiques, Wauconda, IL

Jeff Congdon submitted this photo today. It is the front of Whippletree Farm Antiques, located at 210 Main Street, Wauconda, Illinois. Jeff took the photo himself.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Captain Who?

I just received a note from a (likely) cousin who traces her ancestry to the seventh son of Captain John Whipple. In looking at my database, I realized that there are currently 11 entries for Whipples named John with title of Captain. Here they are:

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Seeking Michigan Whipples

I've received several reports this week about a new "one-stop shop for Michigan historical records," called Seeking Michigan (http://www.seekingmichigan.org). Seeking Michigan is a partnership between the Library of Michigan and the Archives of Michigan. It includes digitized state records.


Sunday, March 8, 2009

Land O' Lakes Florida

Jeffrey Congdon sent this photo of the "No Vacancy" sign at (apparently) Whipples Rustic Lodge in Florida.

First, just the sign:

Monday, February 9, 2009

Lambtown 1-Room Schoolhouse, circa 1943

Robin Gilebarto submitted this photograph of pupils at the school on Lambtown Rd. in Ledyard, Connecticut, complete with names of just about everyone in the photo. (Submitted 1/27/2009.) Can you substitute a name for the question mark below? Miss Arliss Sutherland was the teacher.

Friday, January 2, 2009

John Whipple, Housewright?

In July 1999, I attended a "Whipple Weekend" (family reunion) at the John Whipple House in Ipswich, Massachusetts. (The Whipple Website includes a few photos I took at that event—it was lots of fun!)

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Whipple's Penstemon

This is a photo of a Whipple's Penstemon that appeared on the front of a packet of seeds I purchased last year, hoping to grow some of these wild flowers. Unfortunately, our attempts to grow them were unsuccessful. They are a native wildflower of the southwestern United States.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Mary Whipple Leads Women Rowers to Gold in Beijing

I watched it yesterday on TV and have received numerous phone calls and emails reporting the event, so we probably ought to mention it on the Whipple Website's blog.

U.S. Women's eight rowing team received a gold medal yesterday at the Beijing 2008 Olympics. The team's coxswain was Mary Whipple of Orangevale, California.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The Family Tree

I think that I shall never see
The finish of a family tree.

As it forever seems to grow
From roots that started long ago
Way back in ancient history times,
In foreign land and distant climes.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

William Whipple's House

This is the house of William Whipple, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. (Read his Wikipedia entry.) Today his house, located in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is a National Historical Landmark open to the public. We salute William and the other founding fathers for their role in the birth of the United States!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Flag Day

When I realized that today is Flag Day (in the U.S.), I immediately thought of Wayne Whipple and his "Whipple Flag." Blaine Whipple wrote an article on the Whipple Flag some nine years ago. In 1912 (when the Whipple Flag was conceived), federal law allowed more flexibility in flag design. Those of us born after the Flag Code was passed by Congress in 1942 won't remember the Whipple Flag. (From 1942 until Alaska and Hawaii joined the union, the official arrangement of the 48 stars was a 6 x 8 grid.)

Friday, June 13, 2008

Clara Barton

Today Blaine Whipple (see blainewhipple.com) emailed about a web site devoted to Clara Barton's birthplace. You will recall that Clara Barton founded the Red Cross; did you know that she is also a Whipple?