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, and in the Whipple Database at 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 (also at 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

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.) 

From Charles' email:
The William Fiske article (pg 203) lists Robert Whaple(s) as a possible grandson of Thomas Whipple (1475), Thomas Whipple (1510), Robert Whaple (d. 1631). Robert is ... in the database [at A note at the bottom of his page in the Whipple Genweb reads] "Robert Whaple, clothier of
Braintree, may fit into this kindred...."

In my books on the Whipples on page 2 it states, "It is assumed that John was born around the year 1617. Debrett uncovered the name of only one individual whose christening was close to that date. His name was John Whaple, baptized 13 December 1618..."

Debrett sent me that information in 1990 long before the Fiske article appeared.  Perhaps Fiske's guess was wrong, and the two families are not  related [based on Y-DNA differences?]. John Whaple could have spelled his name Whiple at one point in his life? [which might make him a relative of Robert Whaple, mentioned above?] As you are aware, even the educated spelled their names in a variety of ways. Or as was typical [later] at Ellis Island, the immigration authorities could have misspelled the name. Obviously mine is just as much of a guess as Fiske's. But I have wondered!!
So ... if John Whaple (baptized 13 December 1618) were to turn out to be the teenage John Whipple that settled in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1632 and moved to Providence in 1658, who would his father be? Charles' Captain John and Sarah Whipple (referenced earlier) tells us on page 2:
Only one individual whose christening was close to that date was discovered. His name was John Whaple, baptized 13 December 1618 at Great Waltham, Essex, [about 15 miles south of Bocking]  the son of John Whaple and Mary Collett. As yet, "no firm evidence has emerged which proves beyond doubt that the John baptized in 1618 was either the ancestor or related to the Bocking Whipple family."

Now What?

Let's ignore the few (inconclusive, perhaps, in my opinion) Y-DNA tests that appear to indicate that the Ipswich Whipples and the Rhode Island Whipples are biologically different. (See my "Recent Thoughts on DNA Testing" on the Whipple DNA Blog to see why I dare to even consider ignoring those results.)

We know:

1. Robert Whaple, d. after 12 March 1631/1632, of Braintree, Essex, England

A Robert Whaple was still living in Braintree, Essex, England on 12 March 1631/1632. (Note: The date 12 March 1631/1632 is an exact date. Read my "Making Sense of Dates in Colonial America [and England also]" to understand how that works.) William Wyman Fiske (p. 203) lists him as a possible brother of Matthew Whipple (father of the brothers Matthew and John who went to Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1638). If Fiske's guess is correct, Robert would be an uncle of the Ipswich, Massachusetts Matthew and John. From Fiske's article we read:
Robert Whaple, clothier of Braintree, ... was Churchwarden of Braintree in 1622. Thomas Trotter of London, in his will written 30 Nov. 1631, proved 12 March 1631[/2], names his cousin, Robert Whaple's wife, as well as a legacy to the poor of Bocking to be distributed under the supervision of Matthew Whipple, Lawrence Arthur (Matthew's son-in-law, see below), Isaac Ansell, and John Keightlye. This is presumably the same Robert Whaples of Braintree, clothier, who is named as joint executor in the 1627 will of William Barnard of Braintree, who held land in both Braintree and Bocking. The 1612 Essex Feet of Fines contains the "agreement made between Robert Whaples, plaintiff, and Robert Myerris and Barbara, his wife, deforciants, of one messuage in Braintree, in the county of Essex. The said Robert Myerris and Barbara have acknowledged the said messuage to be the right of the said Robert Whaples as those which he has by their gift and those which they had remised and quitclaimed from themselves and their heirs to the said Robert Whaples and his heirs for ever [in consideration of £41].
Of note:

  • The Whipples of Bocking (father Matthew and his sons Matthew and John) were clothiers there. The brothers were over forty years of age when they arrived in Ipswich, Massachusetts, in 1638.
  • Present-day Bocking is an area of Braintree, Essex, just north of central Braintree.

2. John Whaple, baptized 13 December 1618 at Great Waltham, Essex, England

From Google Maps and Charles M. Whipple's Captain John and Sarah Whipple, p. 2, we know that:
  • Present-day Great Waltham is about 10.5 miles SSW of Braintree on the A131 highway.
  • Assuming that John was baptized within a year of his birth, he could fit as a candidate for being the young John Whipple (later Captain John) who went to America in 1632 and is the ancestor of present-day Rhode Island Whipples
  • John Whaple's parents were John Whaple and Mary Collett.
John's father's name also being John eliminates the possibility of young John being a son of Robert Whaple above. (... but might Robert be young John's grandfather?)

3. John Whipple, b. before 24 November 1579, d. before 5 February 1624/1625, of Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England

I really don't have much to say about this John Whipple--a great grandson of Thomas Whipple, the earliest known Ipswich Whipple ancestor. He appears on pp. 205-207 of the Fiske article.
  • His father and grandfather were both named John.
  • He had a [younger?] brother named Samuel, who is buried in London, and who had a son named John (born before February 1605-1606 and died before 29 July 1626.
It is within the realm of possibility that this John could be the father of teen-age John (later Captain John of Providence). In fact, his nephew John (son of brother Samuel) might also be the father of teen-age John.

It is worth noting that the Rhode Island Captain John's first son was named John; his second son was named Samuel

What Does This Mean for the Whipple Genweb?

Well, nothing (for now).

However, Charles' suggestion that researchers might want to consider the Whaple spelling variant might prove fruitful in the not-too-distant future.

Please let me know if you make any breakthroughs!

Weldon Whipple, Webmaster

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 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:
This connection is well documented because William and his children, including Mary and Rebecca Connerly, were mentioned in various estate papers and family letters. (See, Descendants of Irish Immigrant John Wilkinson (1726-1806) William Amel Sausaman (1971), online at: <>)  In addition, John Wilkinson's other documented children, including sons Jehu and Samuel Wilkinson, remained in close connection to William Wilkinson's children in Mississippi and Louisiana.  In fact, Samuel's estate documents listed William's children by name.
She continues:

I think some researchers mistakenly assumed that William's father was also named William because William was referred to as William Wilkinson Jr. in a document or two, but Junior didn't mean "son of" in those days. It just meant that there was a younger and an older man by the same name in the area. Sometimes the men weren't related at all. In this case, there was an older William Wilkerson in Duplin Co., North Carolina, but he wasn't William's father. 

At some point an overly enthusiastic researcher mistakenly attached William Wilkinson Jr. to William Wilkinson and Huldah Godwin of Nansemond Co., Virginia, and then on to the Whipples of Rhode Island. One of the books containing this mistaken connection is Genealogy of Wilkinson and kindred families, M.M. Wilkinson 1949. The book is not well documented even though it includes some occasional documents. Mostly, it just lists lineages with no proof. 

You may also want to look a little more closely at William Wilkinson and Huldah Godwin. Although this William's parents are often listed as John Jr. Wilkinson and Rebecca Scott, there isn't any documentation for this link. In reality, his father was William Wilkinson (Sr.) of Isle of Wight Co., Virginia, whose will, dated March 6, 1740, listed sons William and Willis. (See, Chapman, Blanche Adams, Wills and Administrations of Isle of Wight County Virginia, Books 1-3; Heritage Books, Inc.; Westminster, Maryland 2006.) These two sons were on records in Nansemond County and son William Wilkinson of Nansemond Co. was married to Huldah Godwin. 

William Wilkinson (Sr.) of Isle of Wight was connected to the Godwin family well before his son's marriage. They sold him land in 1725: Isle of Wight Deeds, Wills - Vol. 2, 1715-1726.p.709. "28 Jun 1725.... William Godwin and His wife , Ann Godwin, of Nansemond County to William Wilkinson of Isle of Wight.... one grist mill and 1 acre of land in the lower parish on Chucatuck Creek (being land bought by Col. Thomas Godwin from Samuel Ferment). Wit: Joseph Godwin, James Godwin and Richard Rudyard. William Godwin, Ann (X) Godwin." (See, William Lindsey Hopkins Isle of Wight County Virginia Deeds 1720 - 1736 and Deeds 1741 - 1749, Athens, Ga.: Iberian Publishing Company, 1994, p. 21. ) 

According to his marriage records, William Wilkinson (Sr.) of Isle of Wight was the "son of Henry Wilkinson of Nansemond Co. , decd." He married Rebecca Powell , daughter of Wm. Powell , of Isle of Wight Co. 21 day 9 mo. 1725. Witnesses- Robt. Jordan, Jr., Robert Scott , Elizabeth Scott , Wm. Scott (See, Edward Pleasants Valentine Papers, Abstracts of Records in the Local and General Archives of Virginia - Records of the Society of Friends Lower Virginia Meeting, 1673-1727, The Valentine Museum Richmond, Virginia.) 

I suspect Henry Wilkinson was related to the many Wilkinsons who were in Virginia by the mid-17th century. For a list see: Early Virginia Immigrants, 1623-1666, George Cabell Greer, 1912 < > In other words, I don't think there is any direct connection between this branch of Virginia Wilkinsons and the Rhode Island Wilkinsons.

After considering  the evidence, I decided to prune William Wilkinson and Huldah Godwin, and their descendants from the Whipple Genweb (at both and

However, I didn't feel comfortable just deleting William and Huldah's descendants. I have therefore created a new "William Wilkinson" tree at for the 1273 descendants of William and Huldah. You can visit William at If you select the "Descendants" tab on the page, you can see his descendants according to M. M. Wilkinson.

If you feel that I have pruned William and Huldah in error, please let me know.

-- Weldon Whipple, Webmaster, Whipple Website

(P.S. William previously appeared in the Whipple Genweb as the son of John Wilkinson ( and his wife Rebecca Scott (

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 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 (

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

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

Search tweaks

I've received feedback that many prefer to, including the search capabilities. About two weeks ago I modified the search results list to include links to as well as

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, 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 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 That site says to purchase his titles from, which seems to have gone dark?  Some are available at 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, also at 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 and

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

Recently members of the Whipple Website Facebook group ( 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

(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

A week or two ago I upgraded the experimental 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, 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 ( 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 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.


I've always been a fan of TNG's reports. I occasionally receive email requests for pedigree, descent and family group charts. let's you print the reports yourself!

Example: Take Marmaduke Whipple. At the top of his page are tabs for "Individual," "Ancestors," "Descendants," "Relationship," "Timeline," and "Suggest."


Pedigrees and Descendancy Charts

Beneath most of the top tabs are several subtabs, including a PDF (Portable Document Format) tab. By clicking that link you can view an individual report, pedigree chart, or descendancy chart suitable for printing.

Family Group Sheets

Family group sheets aren't quite as obvious. In the case of Marmaduke, look for his parents, Ephraim and Priscilla. At the bottom of their section is a link that says "Group Sheet." Click on that link for a family group sheet with Ephraim and Priscilla as parents and Marmaduke as a child. (It has a PDF link similar to the individual, pedigree and descendancy charts above.)

For a family group with Marmaduke as father, click on the "Group Sheet" link beneath Wealthy's name.

(Note: Marmaduke and Wealthy both came from Whipple families: Marmaduke was a Rhode Island Whipple; Wealthy was an Ipswich Whipple.)


Relationship Calculator

The "Relationship" tab let's you compute the relationship(s) between two individuals. Many Whipples want to know their relationship to William Whipple, the signer of the Declaration of Independence from New Hampshire. The calculator will tell you how you are related--if you are related. (If it doesn't indicate that you're related, maybe a connection is missing somewhere?)



The "Timeline" tab is just that--a timeline of events in the family's life.

Other Features

At the bottom of the home page are links to other features, some of them not yet populated on


The Places link lists all places that appear in the database. You can click on them to display their location on Google Maps.

Dates and Anniversaries

For a given date, this page displays relatives that were born, christened, died, buried and married on a specified date. (If you don't specify the date, it defaults to today.)


The statistics page gives the number of individuals, males, females, ..., etc. of people in the database. It also lists the longest lived individuals. (Might some of their dates be wrong, I wonder?)

Not Yet Implemented/Populated Links

The following links remain to be meaningfully populated: What's New, Most Wanted, Notes, Photos, Histories, Documents, Videos, Recordings, All Media, Albums, Cemeteries, Headstones, Sources, Repositories.

Which should we work on next?

Do you have opinions on vs.

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:'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 (, 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 (, born 3 Feb 1783 in Beverly, Essex County, Massachusetts, died 19 Nov 1835 in nearby Ipswich, Essex County. She was married to Edward Whipple (
  • Clarissa Brimmer Whipple (, 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 (

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 ( and Persis Sheldon (

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 (

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 ( 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. ( ). 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:

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 (; 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.

I began collecting old published Whipple Genealogies. They had been published without the aid of computers or the Internet. They all seemed to be either about the Ipswich Whipples or the Rhode Island Whipples; books about one family rarely acknowledged the existence of the other.

As my Whipple book collection began to grow, I created a Books page on the Whipple Website. That page grew to multiple pages, and was soon occupying far too much of my time. I cut back in order to leave time for maintaining the Whipple Genweb.

Last year (2013) I realized that the Whipple Website had lost focus. It dawned on me that recent, well-documented genealogies by Blaine and Charles M. Whipple weren't being spotlighted sufficiently. As I visited some of the huge Internet databases, I saw that early Whipples were in a far worse state than they had been in 1997. I wondered what I could do about it.

Here is what I did:
  1. I reorganized the Whipple Website. The home page now begins with links that focus on the research of Blaine and Charles M. Whipple (with some "glue" pages to smooth things out). Anyone who reads those articles, then visits the large Internet genealogical databases, will immediately realize that those sites have serious problems.
  2. During the past 2-3 weeks I've been redoing the Books website ( to focus on what I feel are the most important books. They are probably the most accurate ones available on the Whipple Families in America. That site went live yesterday.

I hope that--as Whipple cousins build their own databases and contribute to existing databases--they will now have the resources to more nearly "get it right" as they enter early Whipples.

(If you miss the old books pages and look closely at, you will find links to the old books sites.)

In the meantime, the Whipple Genweb continues to grow. I appreciate the cousins who inundate me with (mostly well-documented) additions and corrections to the Whipple Genweb. Feel free to report typos, error and corrections to the Webmaster (me). I especially appreciate it when your emails offer solutions to the errors and inconsistencies that you report.

--Weldon Whipple 

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 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.
The information in this blog entry is based on an article by William Wyman Fiske entitled "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." It was published in The Genealogist, Vol. 20, No. 2 (Fall 2006), pp. 191-217. (The Genealogist is "Published for The American Society of Genealogists by Picton Press," PO Box 1347, Rockland, ME 04841. Its International Standard Serial Number [ISSN] is 0197-1468.)
In Fall 2006, William Wyman Fiske extended the ancestry of the Bocking England/Ipswich Massachusetts Whipples two generations. Previously the earliest known ancestor of the Ipswich Whipples was Matthew Whipple (b. about 1550, buried 16 Jan 1618/19 at St. Mary's Church Cemetery in Bocking). Matthew is at His two sons Matthew (b. about 1590 in Bocking, d. 28 Sep 1647 in Ipswich, MA, and John (b. 1596 in Bocking, d. 30 Jun 1669 in Ipswich, MA, both immigrated to Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1638.

Fiske's article identified Matthew's father as Thomas Whipple (, b. abt 1510). Thomas' father was also named Thomas (, b. abt 1475, a resident of Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England. (Bishop's Stortford (marked "B" below) is in extreme eastern Hertfordshire, bordering Essex, and not very far from Bocking, Essex (marked "A"). London is marked "C".)

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New Uncles and Cousins for the Ipswich Whipples

Thomas had the following male descendants that aren't direct ancestors of the Ipswich Whipples; bullet levels indicate successive generations:

With four descendants named John, two named Samuel, and one named William, surely one (or more) of them could be Captain John's ancestor?

After all, Captain John's oldest son was named John, his second son was named Samuel, and his third son was named William. Wouldn't those naming similarities lead us to conclude a connection?

Unfortunately not--especially when we consider that the Rhode Island patrilineal descendants's Y-DNA haplogroup is completely different from what we see in the Ipswich Whipples.

We are forced to conclude that:

  1. There is no conclusive evidence to support young John being a descendant of Thomas of Bishop's Stortford.
  2. Y-chromosome DNA evidence shows no links between the two families. (See DNA-related posts on this blog.)
  3. While there were other Whipples named John in Essex, Hertfordshire and London in the early 1600's, we can't identify any as ancestors of Captain John of Providence.

Related Links:

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 and, 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

Dr. John Concannon
Webmaster, and
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 One of my favorite biographies is by Sally D. Wilson.

The Commodore's descendants (some of them) are listed on this 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 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 Adeline is at

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

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

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Whipples from Angells

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

--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 (

Report of last year's 92nd Whipple Reunion

On page 3 of this year's announcement is a report of last year's 92nd Whipple Reunion:

The 92nd annual Whipple Reunion was recently celebrated at Midway State Park on the shores of Chautauqua Lake at Bemus Point. Hosts Debbie and Cory Stearns greeted the 41 members and guests. The weather was very hot with temperatures in the mid-80s. At 1 PM meal was served with Daniel Bromsted giving the blessing.
The business meeting was then called to order by Carlton Wagner, vice president. Minutes were read by secretary Joan Lisa. There were three births, a daughter Cora Joyce to Nathan Davis and twin boys to Stacie and Brett Simbeck. There were two marriages to record, James Jewell to Jennifer Ross and Molly Wagner to Neil Agrosta.
The family member traveling the farthest was Steven and Gloria Shuart from Texas. The oldest direct line descendant was again Zelda (Vogt) Kittell at 84 years old. The youngest was Dillon Williams at 3 years old. The family with the most members present was Ed and Donna Daugenbaugh with eight members present.
Forty-one family members and guests attended the (92) Whipple Reunion.
Officers for 2013 are President Jerry Stearns, Vice-President Carleton Wagner and Joan Lisa as secretary/treasurer, Hosts fo teh 2013 reunion will be Daniel and Bonnie Bromsted. It was voted that the 2013 reunion will again be held at Midway State Park, August 18, 2013. A Chinese Auction and Ken Vogt playing the harmonica concluded the afternoon festivities.
(This was from an article in the Dunkirk Observer.) Note: We are expecting Paula Vogt Skaggs and niece Margie from Nevada to our 2013 reunion. 

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.

Gate to St. Mary's, Bocking, Essex, England
Inside the gate to St.Mary's, Bocking, Essex, England
St. Mary's Church Hall and Parish Office
Bocking Hall
St. Mary's has been around for more than 1000 years.
Entrance to St. Mary's Church, Bocking
Gravestones at St. Mary's, Bocking, Essex
Another view of St.Mary's
Closeup of St. Mary's stonework

Another view of St. Mary's
Stained glass at St. Mary's
Another door to St. Mary's
We interrupted our visit to St. Mary's to look for a place to eat on the street that goes past the church.
Inside St. Mary's, looking northward
The organ at St. Mary's

Note:  On our way to Bocking, I noticed that we were at Bishop's Stortford--on the eastern edge of Hertfordshire County. I didn't think much about it at the time. It would be the following year that William Wyman Fiske published his article on the Whipple Family of Bishops Stortford, extending the the ancestry of Matthew Whipple of Bocking  two generations to Thomas Whipple of Bishops Stortford.

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

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 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

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 (

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

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 (, 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 (