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.