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 (, 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 (, 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 (, 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 (, b. 26 Apr 1853 in New York, married Guilford L. Whipple. She would have been about 32 in 1885.
  2. Ida S. Wells (, 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 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!


Jaquline said...

I love your blog.Its very interesting.

A mom from the bizymoms Monroe community

WW said...

Thanks for the feedback, Jaquline! It's good to know that someone is actually reading it.

Good luck!


J. Connors said...

I recently purchased a house in Albion NY where the original owner's name was Whipple (prior 1925). I have not yet fond out any more info. There is a cemetery down the road (Pinneville)that could have Whipple's buried there.

e-mail me at if I can be of any assistance to you

WW said...

I'm interested in transcriptions or photos of any (and all) Whipples that might be buried in your nearby cemetery. That might help identify Ida. Thank you so much for your comment!

Friends of Old City Cemetery said...

Just picked up Ida's photo again and did some research. Still no luck. Still waiting for a relative to come forward! The Burnette, Albion, N.Y. is the photographer.