Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Query about Bishop Whipple's Long Case Clock

I just received an email from Wendy Evans, Director of the Ipswich (Massachusetts) Historical Society & Museums, asking about a clock once owned by Bishop Henry Benjamin Whipple of Minnesota. (He was elected the first Episcopal Bishop of Minnesota in 1859.)

Here is the text of her email:
An art researcher named Gloria Gray Witt called on Thursday seeking information on a 1770 long-case clock once owned by Henry Benjamin Whipple. In 1859 the clock went to Minnesota and it was sold with the estate.

She described it as 84 inches tall, 17 inches wide, with a beautifully carved image of the old man of the sea. She is seeking information about the clock for a woman in Texas.

Gloria's contact info: 951-929-2343. Long distance, so you can telephone her and she will call you back.

Address: 25878 Columbia Street, Hemet, California 92544.
You can also contact Wendy Evans directly:
Wendy Evans
Ipswich Historical Society & Museums
54 South Main Street
Ipswich, MA 01938

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.
Yesterday I received my copy of a brand new Whipple Genealogy about the Whipples of Ipswich, Massachusetts. This isn't just any book on the Ipswich Whipples. I can think of at least two things that set it apart from other Whipple genealogies:
  1. The book focuses entirely on Whipples who have been born and died in Ipswich and the town of Hamilton (incorporated from Ipswich hamlet in 1793). (Exceptions are made for the English ancestors of Matthew and John, the earliest known Whipples with "connections" to U.S. Whipples. Additionally, two descendancy charts--on a single short page--show the Ipswich Whipple ancestry of two U.S. presidents, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and John Calvin Coolidge.)
  2. The book's author, 72-year-old Raymond "Ray" Whipple, is the youngest of the three remaining male Whipples still living in Ipswich. (The others are Alvin Whipple--Ray's 79-year-old brother--and David Whipple--Ray's 73-year-0ld cousin.) In an email Ray sent me earlier, he noted that the 2001 birth of his grandson in Montana marked the first time in 363 years that a child in his line had been born more than ten miles from where the [Ipswich] Whipples first settled in 1638! Eleven generations of Ray's Whipple ancestors lived in Ipswich (including Hamilton), starting with Matthew Whipple, who settled in Ipswich in 1638!
The table of contents gives a flavor of the book:
  1. The Author's Lineage
  2. The Grant
  3. The Early Years (1475-1638)
  4. The First Three Generations (1638-1750)
  5. The Next One-Hundred & Fifty Years (1750-1900)
  6. The Twentieth Century (1900-2000)
  7. The Church
  8. The Schools
  9. The Military
  10. Community Service
  11. The Presidential Connection
  12. Whipple Marrying Whipple
  13. The Family Clock
  14. The Land
  15. The Cemetery
  16. Bibliography
You can purchase your own copy of the book from the author for $26.00 ($23.00 + $3.00 shipping). Mail your request to:
Raymond Whipple
49 Mill Street
South Hamilton, MA 01982
As I have time to go through the book more, I will post additional observations. Thank you Ray, and congratulations on your new book!!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Amiel Weeks Whipple

I just received a note from Blaine Whipple, noting that Fort Whipple in Prescott, Arizona, was named after General Amiel Weeks Whipple. Blaine's note cites an article in The Daily Courier entitled Days Past: The First Christmas in Prescott - Part I.

This is a good excuse to say a few other things about General Amiel. He was born 21 Oct 1817 in Greenwich, Hampshire County, Massachusetts. He died on 7 May 1863 in Washington, D.C. from wounds received while defending Washington at the battle of Chancellorsville during the U.S. Civil War.

During the decade preceding his death, Amiel was a first lieutenant in the Army Corps of Topographical Engineers. He led a government expedition in 1854 to determine the most practical route for the Pacific Railroad. (Note: This was more than 10 years before the first Pacific Railroad--the Union Pacific Railroad--was completed further north in the United States.) Instructed to follow the 35th Parallel of north latitude, Whipple traveled east to west. In western Arizona, he drifted south of the 35th Parallel because of the scarcity of water between today's Kingman and the Colorado River. He then went upstream to present-day Needles and continued along the 35th Parallel to Cajon Pass and the Los Angeles basin.

Amiel has left his mark numerous places in the U.S. Here are a few:
  • Fort Whipple, Prescott, Arizona. Fort Whipple, established to protect Prescott, Arizona's first territorial capital, is now the site of a Veterans Administration Hospital. See also the North American Forts web site.
  • Whipple Mountains and Whipple Bay, California. The Havasu Magazine mentions both. It also mentions the plant Yucca Whipplei (also known as Our Lord's Candle), named after Whipple.
  • Fort Myer, Virginia, was originally named Fort Whipple. The fourth paragraph of the Fort Myer page of the Arlington National Cemetery web site begins a discussion of that Fort Whipple.
I'm still trying to verify whether the flower Whipple's Penstemon (Penstemon whippleanus) is named after Amiel Whipple. It is found in Arizona and many places in the western United States.

For a deeper look into the life of Amiel Weeks Whipple, you might start with these:
  • Shelburne, John P., and Gordon, Mary McDougall. Through Indian Country to California : John P. Sherburne's Diary of the Whipple Expedition, 1853-1854. -- Stanford : Stanford University Press, 1988. ISBN: 0804714479
  • Furgurson, Ernest B. Chancellorsville 1863 : The Souls of the Brave. -- Vintage Books, 1993. ISBN: 0679728317
Amiel Weeks Whipple appears in the Whipple Genweb.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Nate Whipple

A letter to the editor in a recent issue of The Valley Breeze suggested that sidewalks be added along the entire length of Rhode Island's Nate Whipple Highway.

The letter reminded me of my own visit to the Nate Whipple Highway in 1999. Here's the photo I took in July 1999:

We saw several other locations named after Nate. Here is what the Nate Whipple Medical Center (on Nate Whipple Highway, of course) looked like that same day:

We also visited Whipple Station--part of the North Cumberland (R.I.) Fire Department:

Nate Whipple served as fire chief from 1925 to 1963. You can see Nate's ancestry in the Whipple Genweb.

What do you know about Nate Whipple? Was his middle name William or Winthrop?

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Fred Whipple Dreamed of Space Travel

Childhood polio ended Fred's dream of playing tennis, according to the Web site www.amazing-space.stsci.edu, but a high school astronomy course ignited an even more passionate interest.

"My interest in space travel began in my teens," Dr. Fred Whipple wrote in the preface to "The Collected Contributions of Fred L. Whipple, Vol. II" (Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory/1972).

Born Nov. 5, 1906, in Iowa, www.amazing-space.stsci.edu said the boy could "add up customer's (sic) purchases in his head" at the grocery store where he worked. Over his 97 years, Whipple discovered five comets and an asteroid named Whipple, his International Space Hall of Fame biography stated. He was one of the first to discern that stars other than our sun emit radio waves.

So begins an article entitled "Space History: Whipple dreamed of space travel," published November 1 in the Alamogordo (New Mexico) Daily News. (Click here to read the entire article.)

Fred is in the Whipple Genweb at http://whipple.org/32739.

(Special thanks to Blaine Whipple for submitting this article.)

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.

It was the young John Whipple who later became known as Captain John Whipple and died in Providence, Rhode Island. It was not the John who came to New England with his brother Matthew six years later in 1638.

Whipple genealogical researcher and publisher Blaine Whipple recently responded to that question as follows:

There are records supporting my position that brothers Matthew and John Whipple settled in Ipswich, Mass. in 1638 and were not passengers on the Lyon's 1632 voyage to Boston.

Matthew's son Lt. John Whipple was born in Bocking, Essex Co., England 6 Sept. 1632. The Lyon docked in Boston Harbor 16 Sept. 1632 after a journey of 12 weeks.
Matthew's son Matthew was born in Bocking ca 1635.

John's daughter Anna was born in Bocking 2 June 1633.
His daughter Mary was born there 20 Feb. 1634.
His daughter Judith was born there in August 1636.
His son Matthew was born there 17 February and died 30 March 1638. His death date also gives credence to the parent's land grants in Ipswich 1 Sept. 1638.

The source of this information is from the Parish Records of Bocking's St. Mary's Church available from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, film 1471886 Items 12 and 13.

I have presented this information to a number of Whipple researchers who after confirming the information agreed that, despite various sources to the contrary, the Whipple brothers were not passengers on the Lyon.
There, now you have it!

As soon as I have time (and decide what to do with the old material on the web site--possibly deleting it altogether) I will modify Frequently Asked Question 2.8 - Which John Whipple came to America on the ship Lyon?, as well as clarify the introductory paragraphs of the page entitled Passenger Lists for the Lyon, 1632.

Hopefully this will put to rest the confusion about which John sailed on the Lyon. (It will also re-emphasize the fact that there were two major Whipple "groups" that arrived in New England in the 1630's.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Frank Whipple: A hands-on dad at 101

That's the title of an article in the UK's Guardian. (See http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2009/oct/24/frank-whipple-millwall-single-dad.)

The article begins:

Frank Whipple is 101. He saw action in the 1926 General Strike, he fought the fascists in Cable Street in the 1930s, and for more than 30 years he has cared single-handedly for his beloved daughter Peggy, who has special needs.

Frank Whipple and his daughter Peggy sit side by side at the kitchen table at their home in the East End of London. Peggy should be at the day centre but she has invented a collection of symptoms so she can stay at home with her dad. "Headache, back ache, leg ache, she's got them all until it's too late to go," Frank says good humouredly. "Then, she suddenly gets better."

Peggy strokes her father's hand and smiles happily. "I love you, Dad," she says. "I look after you, don't I?"

Click here to see Frank's photo and read the rest of the article.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

2010 USS Whipple Reunion?

I received the following from a shipmate of the USS Whipple, asking about a reunion in 2010. Not knowing exactly what to do with it, I will post it here. (You might want to visit the Whipple Website's "sub" website http://uss.whipple.org.)

Hello Shipmates,
Here is an easy opportunity to hold a reunion by piggybacking on the U.S. Navy Frigates (FF & FFG) Association - Gathering at Sea Reunion on April 26th, 2010. Please read the information below. If there is an interest, then we can contact the association and arrange for dinner tables. To tell you all the truth, we have plans to be on another RV trip in the fall of 2010, not to mention many more trips in 2010. Unless somebody else can step up to the plate, putting another reunion together by a committee of one (me) is not going to happen. This event seems like a great opportunity. I will need to know fairly soon to make the arrangements

Dan Garcia

Ahoy All U.S Navy Frigate Sailors, Families, Friends and Survivors,

We are extending an invitation to all U.S. Navy Veterans who have served aboard the U.S. Navy's Frigate Class of vessels, (the FF's and FFG's), including those who served aboard the USS Whipple (FF-1062), as well as their friends, families and survivors. You will muster aboard Royal Caribbean's four-star, 73,941 ton super liner, Monarch of the Seas on April 26th, 2010, for a four night Gathering at Sea Reunion. Monarch will be sailing round-trip from Port Canaveral, Florida and her actual cruise itinerary will be as follows:

Day Date Port Arv Dep

Mon 04/26 Port Canaveral, Florida 05:00 PM
Tue 04/27 CocoCay, Bahamas 08:00 AM 05:00 PM
Wed 04/28 Nassau, Bahamas 07:00 AM 11:59 PM
Thu 04/29 At Sea
Fri 04/30 Port Canaveral, Florida 06:30 AM

As is always the case with our gatherings, we have a friends and family policy. All survivors, families and friends (military and civilian) of those shipmates who have passed on are invited to sail with us. Members of our brother military branches of service are also encouraged to participate.

All onboard meals, accomodations and entertainment as well as room service (24/7) will be provided. All guests from the same units as well as those traveling with friends and families, will be seated together at the same table in the dining room each night. The entire reunion party will also have tables grouped together in our own section of the dining room. We would be delighted to provide cakes for birthdays and anniversaries, at no charge, as long as you let us know of the occasion at least a month before sailing.

Your cruise fare, (double occupancy) all port charges and all taxes are included in the price. Accomodations, all onboard meals, all onboard entertainment and 24/7 room service is included as well. There are no additional costs other than optional and personal items such as gratuities, optional shore excursions, alcoholic beverages, soft drinks and if you choose, your casino contributions! Trip cancellation, interruption and medical insurance is also optional, inexpensive and available to U.S. citizens.

Unlike cruises advertised at most internet sites, which normally are "entry level" cabins and don't include all taxes and fees, the prices below are TOTAL prices, including ALL TAXES AND FEES, for two people (not per person) sharing a stateroom. None of our cabins are "entry level". ALL are upgraded categories and none of the balcony or oceanview cabins have obstructed views. Also, none of the oceanview cabins have portholes. All of them have picture windows. We are only allocated a very limited number of upgraded cabins at this price, so when they are gone, they're gone. Prices are as follows:

Cat JS - Balcony Suites: $1239.80 TOTAL for TWO people

Cat F2 - Oceanview Stateroom: $ 713.68 TOTAL for TWO people

Cat M - Inside Stateroom: $ 623.80 TOTAL for TWO people

If you would like to add a passenger to the above double staterooms making them into a triple or quad, we would be happy to contact the cruiseline for a quote for the additional person/s.

There is a completely refundable $200.00 per cabin deposit due at the time of booking which is applied directly to your total in order to lock in the above rates. You will immediately receive an e-mail, or snail-mail confirmation if you don't have a computer. Your stateroom number will normally be assigned at that time as well. The earlier you book, of course, the better your choice of cabin locations.

Final payment will be due on February 5th, 2010. You may make payments a little at a time, as you desire, as long as your booking is paid in full by that date. Your deposit can be made on any type of debit or credit card. Also, so that you won't have to worry about marking your calendar, we will send out e-mail reminders and invoices periodically to keep you advised of the date and balance due.

Also, this is VERY IMPORTANT! In the event that you must cancel, all deposits will be refunded directly back to the credit card that was used for payment, 100 percent, with absolutely no penalty and no questions asked, as long as you do so before midnight on February 5th, 2010, the final payment date.

For your convenience and peace of mind, we have provided the following references:

CDR George Zanic, USNR (Ret) - cretebabe@aol.com
John Mcguire, New Jersey Police Officer - john0608@gmail.com
RM2 Charles Metz, Former USN - rbmetz@cox.net
CAPT Kerry Magee, USN (Ret) - usnr06ret@brazoriainet.com
FT2 Byron Lott, Former USN - lott15@comcast.net
SK2 Walter Blair - Former USN - wdblair@comcast.net

If you are interested in sailing with us on this unique adventure, please call Robbie or Barb toll free at (866) 965-6730 or (912) 756-5764 for bookings and other information.

Fair Winds and Following Seas,

RMC & Mrs. Robbie Robinson, USN/USCG (Ret) 1964-1986
Toll free: (866) 965-6730
Local: (912) 756-5764

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Whipples and Football

My brother just reported watching a football game between Miami and Oklahoma. He mentioned that he saw a Whipple who was the offensive coordinator. Google found that he is Mark Whipple of Tarrytown, NY, a graduate of Brown University in Providence. Here is his page at miami.rivals.com.

(Hmmm ..., any blog entry about football has to mention Steve Young, the quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers. See his Wikipedia article. Steve is in the Whipple Genweb at http://whipple.org/16631)

Monday, September 28, 2009

Dorothy Whipple, the "Jane Austen of the 20th Century"

That is how J.B. Priestly once described British author Dorothy Whipple (1893-1966, born and died in Blackburn, Lancashire). The blog Lakeside Musing has written a review of Dorothy's novel Someone at a Distance, first published 1953 and republished last year. Rather than repeat what the muser by the side of the lake had to say, I'll let that review speak for itself.

Dorothy is mentioned on the Whipple Website's Fiction by Whipples page. You can also read about her in Wikipedia.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Whipple Genweb Maps Now Zoom and Pan

Last night I programmed late, converting the static Google maps (added earlier this week) to dynamic maps. You can now zoom in and out and pan in all directions.

Try President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's page for example.

I still have plans to improve performance, etc. (All I need is time! :-)

(If you notice bugs, please comment!)

Later ...


More Whipples on the Web

Blaine Whipple has been actively searching for Whipples on the Web. Here are two of his latest:

In York, England (photo included), students can refuse vaccinations:
Deborah Whipple and her daughter, Kate, review a letter sent to parents of Grade 7 students in the York Region District School Board about hepatitis B and meningitis vaccinations, stating children have the choice to receive or refuse the vaccine, regardless of age or parental wishes.
Improvement in Devices to Aid in Ironing Clothes:

In 1872, Waterford, CT, resident Charles S. Whipple patented a device to aid in ironing clothes. (Photo included). (Note: The Whipple Genweb has five Charles S. Whipples, any of whom might have been the Charles mentioned here. Does anyone have an idea of who this Charles is?)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Eva Dalton Whipple, Sister to the Dalton Gang

Nick Russell is the author of a September 21, 2009 post to the RV.net website about the Dalton Gang Hideout in the "friendly little town of Meade, Kansas." The beginning of the fifth paragraph begins with Eva Dalton Whipple, "sister to the infamous Dalton Gang." It's an interesting read!

Eva (at http://whipple.org/93710) was the wife of John N. Whipple, born in April 1841 in Connecticut (according to the 1900 census). I still don't know who his parents were (but will likely begin looking as soon as I finish this post :-).

Many thanks to Blaine Whipple for informing me about the link!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Google Maps on Individual Whipple Genweb Pages

This weekend I found a few hours to cobble together an initial--pre-beta--proof-of-concept implementation of static Google Maps on the individual pages of the Whipple Genweb.

If the Genweb page-generation script detects an individual's place(s) of birth, christening, marriage, death or burial, it attempts to create a Google Map in the upper right-hand corner of her/his page. With 130,000+ separate pages in the Whipple Genweb, there are bound to be errors caused by typos in places and other unforeseen conditions.

If you find errors, feel free to comment on this blog.

Next step: Add controls to zoom in/out and pan the maps (as soon as I find the spare time.)

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Henry Whipple School, Nottingham, England

Blaine Whipple just sent me a news item about the Henry Whipple School in Nottingham, which is set to be redeveloped. Who is this Henry Whipple?

I entered his name in the Whipple Genweb search page at http://genweb.whipple.org/search.html. Realizing in advance that I wanted to search only Henry Whipple's in England, I entered "England" in the "All Placed (combined)" field. The result was six Whipples named Henry (there was a seventh, but Henry was his middle name):
  1. Henry H. Whipple (ABT 1822 - ____) (http://whipple.org/117635)
  2. Henry Whipple (ABT 1510 - 31 Mar 1585) (http://whipple.org/117882)
  3. Henry Whipple (CHR 8 Apr 1576 - 9 Jul 1576) (http://whipple.org/117865)
  4. Henry Whipple (CHR 21 Jul 1580 - ____) (http://whipple.org/117866)
  5. Henry Whipple (ABT 1838 - ____) (http://whipple.org/117627)
  6. Henry Whipple (ABT 1910 - ABT 1985) (http://whipple.org/23454)
Yes, the Whipple Genweb does have some British Whipples. If you scroll to the bottom of each individual's page, you can see the information sources--some of them better than others.

Feel free to e-mail the Webmaster (that would be me) if you have any insight into Whipples in England--or any place, for that matter.

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.

If you know more about the cave and the origins of its name, feel free to comment!

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:
I also noticed the bio and photo of another Whipple--Jennifer--in a this year's commemorative book. (Was that Jennifer Whipple who identified herself as "Jennifer" in the green show before the evening performance of Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors?)

I haven't yet managed to identify any of the Whipples there. Maybe they are related to the Whipples in nearby Las Vegas?

(P.S. Both Private Lives and Comedy of Errors were fantastic!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Photo of Ida Whipple, 1885, Albion, NY

Yesterday I received the following photo (front and back) from a librarian in Monroe, Louisiana. The back of the photo idetifies her as Ida Whipple. It was taken in Albion New York in 1885. Albion is about 37 miles west of Rochester, NY, in Orleans County (adjacent to Rochester's Monroe County).The Whipple Genweb has about 45 Whipples named Ida. Of those known to have a New York Connection, three might be the Ida in the photograph. (The others shouldn't all be eliminated, however.) Here are three possibilities:
  1. Ida I. Whipple (http://whipple.org/52488), b. 1868, possibly Mansfield, Cattaraugus, New York, d. 1937 and buried in Maple Hill Cemetery, East Randolph, Cattaraugus, New York. She would have been about 17 years old in the photo. (East Randolph is about 114 miles SSW of Albion. It is nearly due south of Buffalo. Cattaraugus County borders Pennsylvania, which lies to its south. Cattaraugus County is adjacent to Chautauqua County (New York's western-most county).
  2. Ida May Whipple (http://whipple.org/44827), b. 1869, probably in Cambridge, Washington, New York. She would have been 16 years old in 1885. (Cambridge is about 300 miles east of Albion. It is also about 38 miles northeast of Albany, the state capital. Washington County is in eastern New York, where it borders Vermont.
  3. Ida Whipple (http://whipple.org/104364), b. 1857, in New York. She would have been 28 years old in 1885.
Two additional possible candidates became Ida Whipple when they married:
  1. Ida B. Howe (http://whipple.org/97113), b. 26 Apr 1853 in New York, married Guilford L. Whipple. She would have been about 32 in 1885.
  2. Ida S. Wells (http://whipple.org/113396), b. 27 Sep 1857 in Eagle, Wyoming County, New York, married William E. Whipple 26 Sep 1878 in Pike, Wyoming County, New York. She died sometime after the 1920 census of Perry, Wyoming County, New York. She would have been about 28 years old in 1885. (Wyoming County is two counties south of Albion. Genesee County separates Wyoming County from Orleans County. Albion and Pike are about 50 miles apart.)
To search for Ida yourself, visit http://genweb.whipple.org/search.html and type "Ida Whipple" in the field labeled "Person to search for." To limit the search to individuals known to have lived in New York, type "New York" in the field labeled "All places (combined)." (Note, that by typing the place, you will miss anyone named Ida Whipple whose place of birth, death (etc.) is unknown.)

To search for Ida who married a Whipple, type "Ida" in the "Person to search for" field. Type "Whipple" in the "Spouse(s)'s name(s)" field.

(Hint: Ida is sometimes spelled Idah. You might want to try clicking the "Calculate Soundex for person" checkbox beneath the "Person to search for" field. Alternately, try separate searches using the spelling "Idah".)

Please comment if you can identify Ida!

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.

Thanks for the photo, Jeff!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

August 2009 WhippleFest in Oregon

I received a note from Blaine Whipple, mentioning a WhippleFest in Oregon in August. (You can see a photo of Blaine's 2007 WhippleFest held in Rochester and Stewartville, Minnesota at http://www.whipple.org/reunions/stewartville2007.html)

In his note, Blaine indicates that he won't be attending this year. However, if you would like a WhippleFest T-shirt, you can order one for $15. Send check payable to Blaine Whipple to 1834 SW 58th Ave., Ste. 105, Portland, OR 97221. Be sure to include size(s). Color is white only. No orders accepted after Saturday July 25.

Blaine's web site is at http://www.blainewhipple.com/ You can contact him at blaine.whipple@yahoo.com.

89th Annual Whipple Reunion August 16, 2009

For Whipple relatives living near Chautauqua County, New York (Chautauqua is the western-most county in New York State):

The 89th Annual Whipple Reunion will meet at the Lake Chautauqua [New York] Lutheran Center on Sunday, August 16 at 12 noon.

The directions to the Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Camp from the Dunkirk-Fredonia Thruway Exit:
  1. Left on Bennett road (Bennett Road also Route 60) South to Cassadaga.
  2. In Cassadaga take a right on Maple Ave., and remain on this for 10 miles.
  3. Turn right on Centralia-Hartfield Road for 0.1 mile.
  4. Left on Elwood Road for 0.2 mile.
  5. Turn left on Route 430 for 9 miles (also called East Lake Road) and follow to Camp.
A special thank you to Rich and Deb Stearns, who will host this year's event. The Whipple Reunion will provide coffee and lemonade, and we request that everyone please bring a dish to pass along with table service items, plates, cutlery, etc.

For those comping from long distances and do not have access to kitchen facilities, we suggest a stop by the super market for convenience food: cake, pie cookies, chips. We shall have the blessing and start the meal by 1:00 p.m. sharp.

There will never be a fee for the Whipple Reunion. However, this year the rental for the Lutheran Camp went up from $50.00 to $75.00, and other expenses have come into play since last year. In the past, we have raised money for the Whipple Reunion through the White Elephant sales and passed the hat for postal expenses on the flyer.

This year proceeds from a free-will offering basket at the buffet table will in part determine what the Whipple Reunion President and Secretary can provide for next year's reunion.

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

Annual Whipple Reunion, Bountiful, UT, August 8, 2009

I received the following announcement for a northern Utah Whipple reunion.

Date:Saturday, August 8, 2009
Time:4:00 p.m. Socializing

6:00 p.m. Family Dinner

7:00 p.m. Quilt & Raffle Drawing
Place:720 East 550 North, Bountiful, UT (LDS chapel Bowery)
  • Bring your picnic
  • Bring your favorite dessert to share
  • Bring your blanket and chairs
  • Drinks will be provided
  • Games

Dues:$5 per family (includes one ticket for quilt drawing)
Raffle Tickets:$1 each

7 for $5

14 for $10

25 for $20

Hold Whipple memories close: Bring a raffle prize to share.
Questions? Call
  • Dewey/Marilyn 801-255-1879
  • Brenda 801-750-5581

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.
If you have insight, please comment.



Friday, July 3, 2009

Twitter Update

After a week or so of using using my own name as the Twitter name for the Whipple Website, I noticed that many other sites use the name of their web site. I began to ask myself what would be wrong with using the Whipple Website as my Twitter name.

Unable to find anything wrong, I changed the address to:


Sorry for the confusion!

(Note that there is no space between "Whipple" and "Website"; also that Twitter is case insensitive: you can also use http://twitter.com/whipplewebsite.)

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Tweets about the Whipple Website

When I signed up for Twitter several months ago, I was clueless about what I could ever do with it. (Hmmm... maybe I'm clueless now as well.)

Then I heard on the radio that Iranian dissidents were using it to communicate among themselves. This evening my son mentioned that he has to send a "Tweet" to his flight instructor every time he returns from a solo airplane flight.

Suddenly I had an idea about using Twitter for the Whipple Website. The Whipple Website has a "Recent Changes of Note" page that I update occasionally (interpretation: hardly ever)--far less frequently than I actually make changes to the Whipple Website. It's just too time-consuming to update that page. (Well, I will probably continue to post very major changes there.)

Here is the idea: I will post Tweets whenever I regenerate the WhippleGenWeb or make some other notable modification to the database. We'll see how it goes. If you want to follow me on Twitter, visit http://twitter.com/WeldonWhipple. [Note: on July 3 it changed to http://twitter.com/WhippleWebsite.] Sign up for Twitter if you haven't already, then start following me.

We'll see how it goes. By the way, there are many guides to Twitter on the Internet. One that might be helpful is this "Newbie's Guide to Twitter."

I just sent me first tweet about the WhippleGenWeb, announcing that I just started a job to regenerate the WhippleGenWeb, and that it should be finished by tomorrow. If I remember, I will Tweet as soon as it comes online.


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:

Last night on Coast To Coast AM radio program they played a song off of my album, "Comes The Light" in their "Emerging Artist" segment.

I'm wondering if you would be so kind as to go to the site at http://www.CoasttoCoastAM.com and then click on the link to my web site?

I'm hoping that people showing interest might persuade them to play another of my tunes at some point, and since they have 10 million listeners every night, it could be good for CD sales. Much appreciated if you have the time. I'm not sure how much longer the link will remain on their web page and probably should have thought of this earlier in the day.

Thanks mucho

Mona Leigh

If you can't find the link, you can go directly to Mona's website. Some of you might have heard of Mona's father, the actor Joel McCrea.

(By the way, I just visited the iTunes store and searched for Mona Leigh. I found two albums: "One Night in the City" and "Comes the Light." I already have a copy of "One Night in the City," so I purchased "Comes the Light.")

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).

Noah appears in the Internet Movie Database, in Wikipedia, and elsewhere on the 'net. Good luck in your career, Noah!

(By the way, when I first visited Ruth's page, I immediately noticed a privacy bug in the program that generates the Whipple Genweb. I had to fix it last night, before posting this blog entry ... :-)

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.

Thanks, Jeff!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Whipple, Naperville Central beat Huskies

I just received a note about Alex Whipple of Naperville, Illinois. It appears that he is the star player on Naperville Central High School's volleyball team. You can read about in the Daily Herald (published in suburban Chicago).

Way to go, Alex!!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Whipple Website Facebook Group

Well, I finally did it: I created a Whipple Website group on Facebook. Several relatives have suggested that I do it in the past, but I've been somewhat skeptical until now. (I'm still not quite certain where it will lead, to tell the truth.)

Anyway, feel free to visit the group on Facebook and join if you want to. Your suggestions and encouragement are welcome!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Happy Birthday to the USS Whipple DD-217

That is the subject of an e-mail I just received from Harvey Westfall, who served on the Whipple. It serves as a reminder that April 23rd is the 89th anniversary of the commissioning of the USS Whipple DD-217 in Philadelphia. The second of three USS Whipple's commissioned in the 20th century, it was one of the "four piper" destroyers. The ship was decommissioned at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard on November 9, 1945.

The oft-overlooked uss.whipple.org web site has photos, a history page, and links to other sites/pages about the USS Whipple. Harvey's e-mail notes the following:
Happy Birthday, USS Whipple! (... And thanks to all who served on her!)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Small Search Enhancements

You might not notice it, but last week I enhanced the Whipple Genweb search results page very slightly. Now, when you search for a common name (like "John Whipple" or "Sarah"), the search results are sorted by name. Prior to last week, the "hits" were displayed in a more or less random order. I hope you like the enhancement.

If a search produces no hits, the search results give a few pointers for improving your search.

You can try out the search at http://genweb.whipple.org/search.html.

Let me know if you think of other enhancements. (I can't promise that I will respond in a timely manner. ... But if you ask, I will try to think of a way to implement the enhancements.)

Monday, April 6, 2009

New genweb.whipple.org Server

I just brought the new genweb.whipple.org server online. This server change (like most in the past) will likely cause broken links and other errors.

Please notify the Webmaster (webmaster@whipple.org) if you find errors.


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:
  1. Captain John Whipple, b. abt 1617 in England, d. 16 Jan 1685 in Providence, RI; m. Sarah in 1638.
  2. Captain John Whipple, b. 21 Dec 1625 in Bocking, Essex Co., England; d. 10 Aug 1683 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA; m. (1) Martha Reyner, (2) Elizabeth Cogswell. (This Captain John built the original John Whipple house in Ipswich. (See its page on the Ipswich Museum web site.)
  3. Captain John Whipple, b. 30 Mar 1660 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA; d. 11 Jun 1722 in Ipswich; m. (1) Hannah Rolfe, (2) Joanna Tuttle.
  4. Captain John Whipple, b. 18 May 1685 in Providence, RI; d. 18 May 1769 in Providence; m. Abigail Brown.
  5. Captain John Whipple, b. 22 Jul 1689 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA; d. 9 Feb 1781 in Ipswich; m. his 3rd cousin Hannah Whipple 7 Jun 1714.
  6. Captain John Whipple, b. 6 Dec 1695 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA; d. 16 Jan 1769 in Ipswich; m. Martha Baker 14 May 1735 in Ipswich.
  7. Captain John Whipple, b. 25 Jun 1717 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA; d. 27 Dec 1794 in Ipswich; m. Dorothy Moulton.
  8. Captain John Whipple of Providence, RI, married in RI to Anne or Anna Whipple in 1757.
  9. Captain John Whipple, b. 1776 in Danvers, Essex Co., MA; d. 1857 in Philadelphia, PA.
  10. Captain John Whipple, b. 1 Apr 1828 in Adams, Jefferson Co., NY; d. 21 Mar 1879 in Fordham, NY.
  11. Captain John Nicholas Whipple, b. 20th century.
(Let me know if any of the links are broken, or if you find typos in the dates.)

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.

I have already added a number of new Whipples, as well as more information about already known Whipples from Michigan. Check out their web site!

Speaking of Michigan Whipples, here are a few notable ones:
Do you know of others?

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:
Then his original photo:

Whipples are everywhere!!

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 1/27/1009.) Can you substitute a name for the question mark below? Miss Arliss Sutherland was the teacher.

Of particular interest in a blog about Whipples is that most everyone in the photo is a related to Noah Whipple and the Rogerene Whipples in some way.

Their names (left to right):

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Commodore Abraham Whipple's Ghost in Marietta, Ohio?

Probably not .... But that is what you might wonder if you participate in one of the theatrical/musical/dramatic presentations by Abraham's 5th great-grandson, David Paige, in Marietta, Ohio (where the Commodore is buried). David, wearing authentic clothes ("with drum and armaments"), plays the part of the Revolutionary War naval leader in reasonably priced "kid friendly" performances.

Learn more by visiting the Marietta, Ohio, website, where you can read about "Whipple's Way."

For more information about Commodore Whipple, visit his page on the Whipple Website.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

and the Wilderness Shall Blossom: New Title about Bishop Henry Benjamin Whipple

We just received a notice of a newly published book about Henry Benjamin Whipple (1822-1901), the first Episcopal Bishop of Minnesota. By Anne Beiser Allen, the book is entitled And the Wilderness Shall Blossom: Henry Benjamin Whipple, Churchman, Educator, Advocate for the Indians, with a forward by James L. Jelinek, VIII Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota. (Click here to visit the publisher's website and order your own copy.)

To learn more about Bishop Whipple, visit his page on the Whipple Website.

(I can hardly wait for my copy to arrive!)

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.
Note: The Whipple Website includes a few photos I took at that event--it was lots of fun! Although I am a direct descendant of the Rhode Island Whipples, I was quite certain I had a connection to the Ipswich Whipples through a 3rd great grandmother. (That connection has since then been disproved [sigh].)
I expected the reunion to focus mainly on the Ipswich Whipples, but was pleasantly surprised to find presentations about both major American Whipple families. It was at that time that I first heard that my 8th great grandfather--the John Whipple who later moved to Providence and eventually received the title "Captain"--was a housewright in Dorchester (part of present-day Boston).

The presenter at that session mentioned two houses that John had helped build: the Robert Pierce home and the Capen House, both in Dorchester. When I returned from the reunion, I added a "frequently asked question" (FAQ) about those houses. (See item 3 under FAQ 2.6, which has been revised several times.)

I located a copy of Ellery Bicknell Crane's book entitled Historic Homes and Institutions and Genealogical and Personal Memoris of Worcester County, Massachusetts: With a History of Worcester Society of Antiquity (Lewis Pub. Co., 1907). An entry about Horace P. Whipple beginning on page 64 tells about Horace's ancestor, John Whipple, born in England in 1617. It refers to him as a housewright employed by Mr. Stoughton in Dorchester.
Note: Unfortunately, the book contains numerous inaccuracies, including statements that this John removed to Ipswich in 1638 and became a proprietor with his brother Matthew in 1638--known today to be entirely false. Many writings dating from that period have similar misstatements about early Whipples in America.
During the 8+ years since 1999, I have had to revise FAQ 2.6 several times. First, I had to report that research of the Robert Pierce home has placed its construction in about 1683--twenty-five years after young John moved from Dorchester to Providence.

Then--within the past week--I received e-mail from Mark Whipple of Milton, Massachusetts, reporting that the Capen House (which was moved to Milton in 1909, then recently dissembled and placed in storage in the hopes that a buyer will purchase it and rebuild it elsewhere) was likely built in about 1675 instead of 1638. (See a Boston Globe article about the house).

The question now is this: Was young John Whipple actually a housewright in Dorchester? My guess is "yes"--he probably was. In spite of confusion about who John was, there apparently was someone named John Whipple who built houses in Dorchester during that period. That person had to be John (the person who later moved to Providence and became Captain John). The other John ("Elder" John) and his brother Matthew came from Bocking, England, to Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1838. They sailed directly to Ipswich--without coming through Boston. (Records show them still in Bocking until 1638, at which time Ipswich documents began mentioning both of them.)

If you are aware of other information regarding John as a housewright, please reply!