Saturday, November 1, 2008

New Server for

Today I moved the [www.] web site (the main Whipple Website) to a different server. The space on the new server costs considerably less than it did on the former server. (The Whipple Genweb--[www.] unchanged; it hasn't moved.)

There was a slight glitch for about 30 minutes. Fortunately a Whipple cousin noticed it almost immediately and notified the webmaster. (Thank you very much.) The short time between the time of the glitch and the receipt of the email witnesses that there really are people who follow the Whipple Website!

Thank you for your interest and contributions!

Weldon Whipple, Webmaster

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.

Although I'm not certain of the origin of their name, they are probably named after Major General Amiel Weeks Whipple. In 1853-54, Amiel led an expedition in search of a railroad route near the 35th parallel to the Pacific Ocean. (The 35th parallel passes through Albuquerque, NM and continues westward through Arizona to California.) The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (often abbreviated to Sante Fe) appears to have later followed that approximate route across New Mexico, Arizona and California.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Another Episode in the Sad Saga of Diane Whipple

Seven years ago Diane Whipple, an athlete and LaCrosse player living in San Francisco, died when mauled by dogs owned by neighbors. On Monday (following a series of legal proceedings), the dogs' owner was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison. 

Diane was born 21 Jan 1968 in Princeton, NJ.  She died 26 Jan 2001 in San Francisco.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Approximate Dates in the Whipple Genweb

I sometimes read email from Whipple relatives who might not realize the idiosyncrasies of how approximate dates appear in the Whipple Genweb. I offer this post to (hopefully) clarify approximate dates that appear there.


Abbreviation for about. When "Abt" precedes a date, it generally means that the event likely occurred within a year or two of that date.

This is common when censuses give an age but no birth year--I just subtract the age from the census year and use "Abt [year]" as the birth date. When I find actual vital records, I generally update the dates to be more exact.


Abbreviation for after. It can sometimes mean "a long time after."

It probably appears most often when I don't know a death date, but found the individual listed in a census. I will often use "Aft [year]", where "[year]" is the year of the census that lists the individual.

To illustrate: I might find a person mentioned in a 1910 census, but don't have time to do additional research (at that moment). I might, then, record the death date as "Aft 1910" (even though the person might have actually lived until, for example, 1950 or 1960).

This also occurs when an obituary lists survivors: I will use the death date of the person who died (preceded by "Aft") for the survivors.

"Bef" and "Bet"

Abbreviations for "Before" and "Between". These (like "Aft") can be very inexact. (See above)


In just about every case, "Abt" dates are the closest to the actual date. Other dates can be far from the actual dates.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Whipple Research Society?

Nearly four years ago, I (the Webmaster of the Whipple Website) posted this on my own blog:
Since the Whipple Website came online in 1997, we have watched that site grow from a few pages to over 100,000 pages [currently over 125,000] , with individual pages (in the Whipple Genweb) for over 95,000 [now 122,000+] Whipple relatives.

What is to become of the Whipple Website if the webmaster dies or becomes incapacitated? Will someone just pull the plug? ... or should we create a non-profit organization of some sort to ensure that the site continues in perpetuity? (If we do establish such a corporation, will it guarantee that the Whipple Website will continue?)

Several years ago someone created a 501(c)(3) corporation, hoping to provide some sort of ongoing existence for the web site, but the IRS denied tax-exempt status, so it was dissolved.

Should we try again? How about naming it the Whipple Research Society? Whipples can be a cantankerous lot. Do you think enough of us could get together to organize such a society? Is it worthwhile?

Well, last week Blaine Whipple (undoubtedly the most prolific writer of Whipple genealogies) found the above post. (See his web site at He responded with this comment:
If you are successful in organizing a Whipple Research Society, I would be happy to join and suggest the first project be a DNA study with the goal of determining if there is a relationship between Capt. John of Dorchester-Providence and the Ipswich brothers.
I responded by telling Blaine that I would post the original post on the Whipple Website's blog. What is your response? (Although I'm aware that DNA testing has become a hot topic in genealogical research, I'm not quite "up to speed" on it. The thought of using DNA to determine the common ancestry of the two main U.S. Whipple lines is intriguing.)

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.

28 years old, Mary is a graduate of Casa Roble High School.

Among her accomplishments:
  • Gold medal, women's eight, 2007 FISA world championships
  • Gold medal, women's eight, 2007 FISA World Cup
  • Gold medal, women's eight, 2006 FISA world championships
  • Silver medal, women's eight, 2006 FISA World Cup
  • Gold medal, women's eight, 2006 Henley Royal Regatta Remenham Cup
  • Bronze medal, women's eight, 2005 FISA World Cup
  • Silver medal, women's eight, 2004 Athens Games
  • First place, women's eight, 2002 NCAA championships
Congratulations, Mary!
See an article about the event on

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.

From them grew trunk and branching limb,
That dated back to time so dim
One seldom knows exactly when
The parents met and married then.

Nor when the twigs began to grow
With odd named children row on row
Though verse liked this is made by me,
The end's in sight as you can see.

'Tis not the same with family trees
that grow and grow through centuries.

(Author unknown)

From e-mail received from Blaine Whipple, July 16, 2008.
(By the way, Blaine is having a summer sale on his fascinating Whipple genealogies--published recently. Go to for more information!).

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

USS WHIPPLE DE/FF-1062 Reunion, San Diego, California, October 16-19, 2008

The King’s Inn Hotel will host the 2008 USS Whipple/USS Langley reunion. The hotel features a variety of guest accommodations that include free parking, lounge, two restaurants and a bar with live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights. We will have a hospitality room that will be stocked with snacks and drinks. The cost of the rooms will be $90 per night including tax. This rate is good for 3 days before and after the reunion dates. Please call as soon as possible to reserve your room at 800-785-4647. Be sure to mention the USS Whipple reunion and use the reservation code of E60000. The web site for the hotel is The cutoff date is October 1, 2008.

Tours are being planned and more information will follow, I am not using a reunion planner so we are free to do just about anything and I am seeking suggestions. There are many things to see and do in San Diego, including the world famous zoo, SeaWorld, Hotel Del, harbor cruises with or without dinners and my favorite the USS Midway Museum. We could plan a day trip to Viejas Casino and Outlet Center. Free transportation if we meet certain conditions: Minimum of 35 guests with 80% getting a V-Club member card and using them to gamble. I have been to the outlet many times; it is a very enjoyable center. I will have a limited number of USS Midway Museum guest passes; the Midway museum is a very unique experience. Tickets for the Midway are $15 (adult), $10 (62+ or Military ID, active or retired) and youth $8.

Watch the association’s site for the most current information. The address is:

Thank you for your support and we hope to see everyone at the reunion. If anyone has any questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact me at, or by phone at (619) 448-4380.

Sincerely yours, Daniel M. Garcia

Dewey A. Whipple Family Reunion, August 22, 2008

Come join us for the Whipple Family Reunion Friday, August 22, 2008 at Cherry Hill Resort

For three years running we have held the Whipple Family Reunion at Cherry Hill in Kaysville (Utah). This year will be no different.

We have reserved the Applewood Pavilion (next to the Pie Pantry) from 4:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. on Friday, August 22.

Schedule of Events

All Day
Cherry Hill Activities
4:30 p.m.
Socializing at Applewood
6:00 p.m.
Family Dinner. Bring your own picnic
  • Drinks will be available
  • Alcohol is not permitted
7:00 p.m.
Quilt and Prize Raffle (amazing quilt made by Aunt Illa, so buy plenty of raffle tickets.)
9:00 p.m.
Cherry Hill has a FREE Concert at Grant's Gulch. Local Utah Talent under the stars. Bring a blanket or a few chairs are available. Seating begins at 8:30 p.m.
All Evening

Any Questions Call:
Gary & Cindy Whipple 298-7073
Mark & Joni Whipple 295-5432
Kent & Janele Whipple 298-1344

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!

William has his own web site at

Sunday, June 29, 2008

John Whipple House Activities

We periodically receive announcements from the Ipswich (Massachusetts) Historical Society, informing us of their activities. (The John Whipple House in Ipswich is one of their main attractions.)

The Ipswich Historical Society web site is at Email them at or phone them at 978-356-2811.

John Whipple has a page in the Whipple Genweb. (Note: This John Whipple is one of dozens or hundreds in the Whipple Genweb. This is not the same person as Captain John Whipple of Providence, Rhode Island.)

The Whipple Website has a page about the two immigrants named John Whipple: Two Immigrants Named John.

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.)

Happy Flag Day, everyone!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Clara Barton

Today Blaine Whipple (see 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? Ten years ago, Blaine wrote an article about her for the Whipple Website. You can trace her Whipple ancestry by visiting her page in the Whipple Genweb, scrolling down to her pedigree chart, then clicking on her ancestors.

Anyone for a Blog?

Well, everyone else is creating blogs. We might as well try having one--at least for awhile. The Whipple Website has become so big that parts of it tend to be neglected. Additionally, we sometimes receive photos or information of interest that is one of a kind--and doesn't warrant having a brand new section of the web site.

Perhaps this is a good place to post such information. (Let's go for it!)