Monday, December 27, 2010

Whipple Museum at the University of Cambridge

Whipple aficionados will want to read a recent post about the Whipple Museum of the History of Science at the University of Cambridge in the U.K., on Blaine Whipple's blog. The museum was established in 1944, when Robert Stewart Whipple presented his collection of scientific instruments and books to the university.

Mr. Whipple is in the Whipple Genweb at The Whipple Website's photo gallery has a photograph of a plaque at the entrance to the museum. Here are a few other photos from the Webmaster's 2005 visit to Cambridge:

As Whipple DNA tests progress (after the DNA signatures of U.S. Whipples have been established), it might be interesting to see if any present-day Whipples in England have ancestors in common with U.S. Whipples.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Amiel Weeks Whipple, Transcontinental Railroads & Route 66

While checking Facebook on my iPhone, I ran across an article published as part of Arizona's celebration of its statehood centennial this year: Arizona Centennial: The Making of a State - Whipple blazed route for transcontinental railroad. (Recall that he was mortally wounded during the U.S. Civil War while defending Washington, D.C. If you've spent much time on the Whipple Website, you will also know that Fort Myer--now in Arlington Cemetery, Virginia--was named Fort Whipple from the 1860s until 1881, in his honor.)

The purpose of Major General Whipple's expedition through Arizona to California was to find a route for a railroad to the Pacific along the 35th parallel. His expedition explored from Little Rock, Arkansas, through present-day Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arizona, then through the Mojave Desert to Los Angeles. The western segment of historic Route 66 followed the route he identified from Oklahoma City to Los Angeles. It might be interesting to compare Google Maps' modern-day driving directions from Little Rock to Los Angeles with the path of the original (famous) Route 66. First, Google Maps:

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Then a map of Route 66:

Finally, if you look closely at this map of U.S. Railroads in 1918, you might be able to imagine the path charted by Amiel's survey:

Apparently the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad (which operated from 1867 to 1897) never actually connected with the west coast. Two segments connected Missouri to Oklahoma, and New Mexico to California. The connection was made by that railroad's successors. See the Wikipedia article on the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad.

Amiel is in the Whipple Genweb at

Friday, December 3, 2010

Thoughts on the Origins of Captain John of Providence, d. 1685

Yesterday I received a CD from William Lyons in my mail box. The CD contained a PDF file of a yellowed typescript entitled Genealogical Notes of the Whipple Lineage of Stephen Bennett Whipple (1833-1915) of Cochran, Georgia, Descended from Massachusetts and Rhode Island Ancestry compiled by William Holliman Whipple of Macon, Ga. The first page of the second chapter has these familiar words:
History states that in 1630 about 1500 persons landed in Boston from England. On "Oct. 3, 1632, [John Whipple] was ordered to pay 3s. 4d. [3 shillings, 4 pence] to his master, Israel Stoughton, for wasteful expenditure of powder and shot." As he was apprenticed to Stoughton, it is only fair to suppose that he came to this country with him.
Israel Stoughton's Voyage to America

As I have many times in the past, I opened my copy of The Planters of the Commonwealth by Charles Edward Banks (Boston, 1930; reprint ed. Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1997). Pages 65-85 list the passengers of the Winthrop Fleet of 1630:
"Eleven vessels [that] brought 'the Great Emigration' of this year, viz:
  1. Arbella the flagship
  2. Ambrose
  3. Talbot
  4. Jewel
  5. Charles
  6. Mayflower
  7. William and Francis
  8. Hopewell
  9. Whale
  10. Success
  11. Trial
"The first five ships sailed April 8 from Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, and arrived at Salem June 13 and following days. The other half of the fleet sailed in May and arrived in July at various dates. Altogether they brought about seven hundred passengers of whom the following are presumed to have been on these ships."
Israel Stoughton appears in the Winthrop Fleet passenger list on page 82. He and his wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Stoughton, of Coggeshall, Essex, settled in Dorchester--part of present-day Boston. On the list, Israel and Elizabeth are followed by Thomas Stoughton and Mrs. ...... Stoughton, also of Coggeshall, Essex and bound for Dorchester. John Whipple doesn't appear on the passenger list.

John Whipple's Voyage to America

John traveled to America two years later aboard the Lyon, which sailed from London June 22, 1632, and arrived in Boston September 16. (That passenger list appears on pages 99-102 of Planters; 123 passengers were aboard.) Page 102 lists John Whipple "of Bocking, Essex," bound for Dorchester.
(Many have noted that this John Whipple couldn't have been the same person as the John Whipple who came with his brother Matthew from Bocking in 1638 to settle in nearby Ipswich, Massachusetts. Those two brothers continue to appear in Bocking records until 1638, and appear in Ipswich records thereafter--at the same time as the John who arrived in 1632 continues to appear in Dorchester records until 1658, at which time he appears in Providence records. Since Bocking records make no mention of other Johns living there during the period 1615-1632, most have concluded that Banks' indication of John's being "of Bocking, Essex" must be wrong. I can't dispute that conclusion.)
Banks indicates that John arrived two years later than Stoughton. (Only two weeks and three days separated John's arrival on Sunday, September 16, 1632, and Wednesday, October 3, when he was fined  for wasting ammunition. It sounds like something a teenager might do ...)

Where is Coggeshall, Essex?

Coggeshall is about 6.3 miles from Bocking, a present-day trip of about 14 minutes on the A120 expressway:

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Note: If you drive west from Coggeshall on the A120 for 40 minutes (about 25.1 miles), bypassing Bocking, you'll arrive in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, residence of Thomas Whipple--great grandfather of the brothers Matthew and John that settled in Ipswich in 1638:

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I still don't know where Capt. John of Rhode Island originated. ... But I wouldn't be surprised if he didn't live far from Essex County.

More Ramblings (added 12 hours later)

This still doesn't prove anything, but I'll mention it anyway:

Thomas Whipple (the great grandfather of John Whipple of Ipswich--mentioned above) had at least one other son (not a direct ancestor of the Ipswich Whipples, but a great uncle the Ipswich brothers John and Matthew) named John (1), a resident of Bishop's Stortford, born before 1505 and died before 7 Mar 1572/73. (This can't be be our John of Providence; he can't even be the father of John of Providence).

This John of Bishop's Stortford (son of Thomas) had 8 known children--two of them sons who might have passed on the Whipple name. Those two sons (grandchildren of Thomas and first cousins once removed of the Ipswich brothers John and Matthew) are:

  • John (2) Whipple, born about 1535, of Bishop's Stortford
  • William Whipple, born before 20 May 1561, of Bishop's Stortford, died before 1594, of St. Alphage, London, England.
The brothers John and William could have conceivably been ancestors of John of Providence. Available primary records (cited at the bottom of each of their pages in the Whipple Genweb), record only a daughter named Elizabeth, born to William. Our (pure) speculation must therefore end there.

John (2), on the other hand, had two known sons (second cousins of the Ipswich brothers Matthew and John):
  • John (3) Whipple, born before 24 Nov 1579 [and apparently before Samuel, below?], died before 5 Feb 1624/25, when a resident of Bishop's Stortford.
  • Samuel Whipple, born about 1565, buried 20 Feb 1605/6 at St. Katherine Coleman, London, England.
Samuel was buried about a decade before John of Providence would have been born. There is a (purely speculative) possibility that he might be the grandfather of John of Providence. (If this were the case, it would make John of Providence a second cousin twice removed of the Ipswich brothers Matthew and John.)

It is biologically possible that John (3) could (WARNING: pure speculation!!) have fathered John of Providence (making John of Providence a second cousin once removed of the Ipswich brothers Matthew and John). If John (3) were the grandfather of John of Providence, then John of Providence would be a second cousin twice removed of the Ipswich brothers Matthew and John.)

IMPORTANT WARNING AND CAUTION!!: Please don't assume that any of the speculations of the above section are true! There is absolutely no documentation for any of them!!

Further Wild Speculations

If this offends anyone, please stop reading ... but my stream-of-consciousness just won't stop!

Note that John of Providence named his oldest son John, his second son Samuel, and his fourth son William. (I know, that is likely pure coincidence. After all those are all fairly common "standard" boys' names--but they are present in the British descendants of Thomas Whipple of Bishop's Stortford ...)

One final wild speculation:

John of Providence's second daughter Mary married Epenetus Olney, who was born in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England--about 29 miles from and in the same county as Bishop's Stortford:

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This has all gotten out of hand, so I'll stop ... NOW!

I hope a sufficiently large pool of patrilineal descendants of Ipswich Whipples participate in the Whipple DNA project (see to enable us to say, with reasonable certainty, either:

  1. Captain John of Providence and the Ipswich brothers John and Matthew do have a common ancestor, OR
  2. Captain John of Providence and the Ipswich brothers John and Matthew don't have a common ancestor.
That would put this rampant speculation to rest (or possibly fuel it ... :-)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Connecting Another John Whipple

This weekend I was visiting some of the Whipple Website's Disconnected Whipples. (Occasionally I'll notice some clues that I might have overlooked previously, and find an obvious connection.) I considered a John Whipple, born 19 Feb 1791 in Schenectady county, New York.

I read what the original submitter of John's information indicated in 1999: "I believe he is the son of David and Johanna (Jones) Whipple but have nothing more than strong circumstantial evidence at this point."

A GEDCOM file submitted two years later showed John's father as David Whipple and John's brother as Joseph Whipple (born 27 Dec 1787 and married to Betsey Finch).

Then I noticed that volume 2 of Blaine Whipple's 15 Generations of Whipples, page G 234 (published 2007), confirms that David and Jo[h]anna Whipple had a son named Joseph who married Betsey Finch.

I looked for other supporting indicators:
  • John's second child (second daughter) was named Joanna, which would make her named after her grandmother.
  • John's oldest child was named Samuel, which would match Samuel's great and great-great grandfathers.
  • John's tenth child was named David, the same as John's father (is we accept this relationship.
Then I found a negative: John's birth date (19 Feb 1791) was only five months after Hiram's. It was, however, three years before his younger sibling Cyrus.

What to do? For now (at least), I decided to make the connection. I'm hoping that the birth year might have been remembered or computed incorrectly at the time of death, burial, or a census.

Feel free to offer your opinions about whether this was a good--or bad--idea. (Because the Whipple Genweb is an online database--not published in book form--I can correct it anytime in the future.) Am I being irresponsible? (Please be merciless!!)

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Lucian Whipple's World War II Experiences Flying over Germany

Bennett Whipple of Big Canoe, GA, forwarded me this account of his brother Lucian's "experiences flying over Germany during World War II as a waist gunner on a B-24 from the 448th Group Air Base at Seething, England." (The letter came to Bennett via email dated July 26, 2000.)
Bennett, I did receive both messages that you sent yesterday. Yes, I have had letters disappear. One in particular to you about hairy experiences. I really got into a bombing mission story when we made the bomb run with one engine out and the other three running overheated while staying in formation for the drop.
Our co-pilot (went) berserk over wanting to get back to his wife and baby while we were boxed in by exploding antiaircraft shells. (We saw) the B-24 next to us on the left wing get a direct hit and dropping to the ground. Our two lead B-24s (received) a direct hit from a German pilot flying his fighter into the Lead’s cockpit and bouncing off onto the Deputy Lead sending them down.
Flying through the black oily smoke and debris, (we saw) six parachutes opening with men jumping from the Deputy Lead B-24 as the pilot made a 180-degree turn while going down.
Our nose gunner (began) screaming that he had been hit. It was debris knocking out the Plexiglas. Then our falling out of formation and deciding whether to jump or try to go to Sweden. Our three engines cooled down so we decided to return to our base in England and called for fighter escort. Immediately three P-51s appeared and stayed with us until we were back in safe territory.
This all happened when we blew up a German dynamite warehouse on the Elbe River somewhere between Berlin and Hamburg. The explosion was tremendous. I thought I had accidentally fired my 50-caliber machine gun which I was leaning against while watching. The smoke from the explosion came up to at least a mile high.
On returning to our 448th Group Air Base at Seething, we saw fire trucks and ambulances waiting for us to land. After landing, our ground crewmen came checking the damage, counting 70 empty 50-caliber rounds under my gun. Really, I don’t know why I went back again.
Maybe my story will get through this time.

Lucian's B-24 Crew - He is second from the left on the front row.

(Note: Bennett writes that Lucian "learned to fly at a young age and flew for the Army Artillery at Ft. Sill, Okla., as a spotter for a while during the early days before the war until they disbanded the unit. Since he had a lot of free time up there, he would fly around the area, spot a farm house and a likely pasture where he would set the plane down. The farm family of course would flock around and usually invite him in for a meal." Lucian is in the Whipple Genweb at

Origin of Bocking, the Whipples' English Home Town (at

I just received a tip from Blaine Whipple that he has posted a new article on the origin of Bocking, England--the hometown of the Whipples who settled in Ipswich, Massachusetts, in 1638. Visit his article at (Those two Whipple brothers are Matthew (b. about 1590, d. 28 Sep 1647) and John (b. 6 Sep 1632, d. 22 Jun 1669.)

(Note: The John mentioned above is not the same person as the John Whipple born later than either of the two brothers, and who arrived in Dorchester, Massachusetts in about 1632, migrating later to Providence, Rhode Island.)

Thank you, Blaine, for another interesting article on your ancestors!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

1638 Sea Voyage to New England

Blaine Whipple's blog has an article about what it was like sailing to America in 1638. Brothers Matthew and John Whipple sailed from England to Ipswich, Massachusetts in that year. (Another Whipple--teenager John Whipple--had sailed to Dorchester, Massachusetts about six years earlier--during the same era.)

If you're interested in the colonization of New England in the 1630's, you'll probably want to read Blaine's article.

(Thanks, Blaine, for pointing it out ...)

Birthday Wishes to Lucian Adolphus Whipple Sr., 1878-1979

Today Lucian Adolphus Whipple Sr. would have been 132 years old, as I was reminded when I received a note this morning from his descendant, Bennett Whipple. Lucian lived to be nearly 101 years of age. He is in the Whipple Genweb at, where you can see a photo at age 100. This photo is of Lucian in his younger days.

Happy Birthday, Lucian!!

Happy 100th Birthday, Elaine! Photos from WhippleFest 2010

The following was submitted by Blaine Whipple. (Thanks, Blaine!!)

Approximately 300 people from 15 states -- Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Texas, Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Massachusetts -- and the Dominican Republic attended WhippleFest August 7 at the Palisades State Park in Mount Vernon, Iowa. It was the largest gathering we've ever had and the attendees spilled into the outdoors. The pictures show a wide age range.

The first picture was taken in the Park's lodge, a CCC project in the mid 1930s:

The second picture is from one of three lineage charts I prepared and displayed. This picture includes 9 generations. The first three generations were also on the chart but not included in this section.

Pictures 3 and 4 are general pictures of attendees:

Picture 5 shows the special T-shirt many of us wore:

Picture 6 is three generations of Whipples ranging in age from 100 (my sister) Elaine (Whipple) West and 6 (my grandson) Turner Whipple. L to R: Blaine Scott Whipple, Elaine Whipple West, Blaine Whipple, Spencer Blaine Whipple, Turner Collins Whipple.

A followup email reports that Congressman Loebsack "had a flag flown over the [U.S.] Capitol on August 6th in honor of Elaine’s 100th birthday."

Again, "Happy Birthday, Elaine!!"

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Whipple Avenue

On a recent trip to California, I passed the Whipple Avenue exit several times when traveling between San Francisco and Silicon Valley on the U.S. 101 freeway. (Whipples are everywhere ...)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

New Book: Commodore Abraham Whipple of the Continental Navy

Earlier this year the University of Florida Press published a brand new biography of Commodore Abraham Whipple, by author Sheldon S. Cohen.
Commodore Abraham Whipple of the Continental Navy: Privateer, Patriot, Pioneer / by Sheldon S. Cohen (University of Florida Press, 2010). New Perspectives on Maritime History and Nautical Archaeology.
ISBN-10: 0813034337.
ISBN-13: 978-0813034331
If you're interested in history of the American colonies, Rhode Island, the navy, Whipples (in general) or Commodore Abraham Whipple, this is the book for you. (Thank you, Blaine, for bringing it to our attention!)

You can find about Abraham at The Commodore's Page on the Whipple Website. His genealogy is at

Happy reading! (The book is available at

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Photos of Elizabeth Harriet (Whipple) Kerr

I recently received an email from a researcher in Wisconsin, who has two photographs of Elizabeth Harriet Whipple:
  1. Aged 4 mos., 7 days, June 1898, taken in Saginaw, Michigan
  2. Age 11 1/2 years, Aug 1909, taken in Marinette, Wisconsin
Here are excerpts from that email:
Recently I was given two photos and asked to see if I could find out if any of this person's descendants are living or anyone who would be interested in having these pictures. They are originals not prints.

From my research, I have confirmed that this individual is Elizabeth Harriet Whipple, daughter of Harry A. Whipple and Adelaide McMann, born 21 Feb 1898 in Saginaw, Michigan. She married David Clinton Kerr on 28 June 1924. She died suddenly in Marinette, Wisconsin on 24 Sept 1975.

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She continues by stating that the email address at the bottom of Elizabeth's page in the Whipple Genweb ( is no longer active, then asks:
Do you know of any other descendants from this family line who might be interested in these photos? If they can explain their connection to Elizabeth, I will gladly send them the photos by snail mail.

Just out of curiosity; did Elizabeth have relatives in Marinette From some of the clues, it seemed like she died unexpectedly while in Marinette, possibly while visiting. Also the fact that one of the childhood photos was taken in Marinette. ...

Any help would be appreciated. The woman who gave me the photos owns an auction business and said that normally they would sell them at auctions, but because the two were of the same person, she was hoping I could find the family they belong to.
If you are Elizabeth's descendant (or know of  one of her descendants), please contact:
Debra A. Batt
PO Box 250
Kewaskum, WI 53040

Saturday, July 10, 2010

S. Lawrence Whipple, Lexington Town Historian, Dies at 88

I can't believe I'm writing a third post today! Ray Whipple reports that "Larry" Whipple, longtime Town Historian for Lexington, Massachusetts, passed away recently at the age of 88. While I haven't made a habit of posting obituaries on the Whipple Blog, I will post this one. (Indeed, some newspapers frown on having current obituaries copied verbatim and posted elsewhere, so the Whipple Website has abandoned that practice.)

Here is a link to the article/obituary. I found it interesting; perhaps you will, too!

S. Lawrence Whipple appears in the Whipple Genweb at (I'll add dates and places to his entry forthwith.)

90th Annual Whipple Reunion, August 15, 2010, Lake Chautauqua, NY

August must be Whipple Reunion Month! This announcement is for a second August 2010 Whipple Reunion. (Click here for the WhippleFest in Mount Vernon, Iowa, on the previous weekend.)

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

The 90th Annual Whipple Reunion will meet at the Lake Chautauqua [New York] Lutheran Center on Sunday, August 15 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.

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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 coming 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. The rental for the Lutheran Camp is $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.

Send comments or questions to Kenneth L. Vogt (

Aug. 7 2010 WhippleFest, Mount Vernon, Iowa (2nd post)

I received the following (second) announcement of the August 7th WhippleFest in Mount Vernon, Iowa. (If you are uncertain about whether or not to attend, contact Blaine Whipple by visiting and clicking the "Contact" link near the top of the page. This is a followup to an earlier pre-announcement on this blog.)
WhippleFest will be held Saturday August 7 in conjunction with Elaine Whipple West's 100th birthday celebration. (Photo below is Elaine and her mother, 1910.) Everyone receiving this message is invited to attend.

Place: The Lodge at Palisades State Park, 700 Kepler Dr., Mount Vernon, Iowa. Mount Vernon, home of one of Iowa's oldest 4-year colleges, is about 20 miles from the Cedar Rapids airport. It is also about 20 miles from Iowa City, home of the University of Iowa; 30 miles from West Branch, birthplace of President Herbert Hoover and home of his Presidential Library and Museum; and approximately 30 miles from the Amana Colonies, a favorite tourist spot of travelers nationwide.

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Time: Festivities begin in the afternoon

Motel: Sleep Inn & Suites in Mount Vernon, 319-895-0055. E-mail: If you stay there, ask for the group rate under Whipple Fest. There are many motels in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City.

Bring your family memorabilia to share. We will display family charts beginning with Matthew and Whipple of Ipswich.

Visit and send birthday greetings to Elaine in the Guest Book.

It will help in planning if you e-mail me if you plan to attend. Include the number in your party.

The attachment is a picture of Elaine and her mom taken in 1910.

I look forward to seeing many of you August 7.
Blaine Whipple
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Friday, July 9, 2010

Whipple Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delight

I just returned from an evening watching (from the second row) Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka: A scrumptious musical theatre treat. My next-door neighbors Ryan (Grandpa George), Zak (Oompa Loompa who rode a unicycle) and Maddie (another Oompa Loompa), as well as my niece Hannah (ensemble dancer), were all actors.

I was reminded again that Whipples figured prominently in the play--in the form of their namesake Wonka Whipple Scrumptious Fudgemallo Delight chocolate bar. (Yum, yum!)

... So I blogged about it. (You can see the original submission of this photo in the Whipple Website photo gallery at

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy Independence Day 2010!

Today we celebrate the 234th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America. General William Whipple of New Hampshire was one of the 56 patriots who signed the document. (You can read more about him on the Whipple Website.)

Stephen Hopkins of Rhode Island--also a Whipple descendant (of the Rhode Island Whipple line)--also signed. (Am I missing any other Whipple signers?)

Here is the Declaration William and Stephen signed:
When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. –Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his assent to laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of representation in the legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved representative houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the legislative powers, incapable of annihilation, have returned to the people at large for their exercise; the state remaining in the meantime exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavored to prevent the population of these states; for that purpose obstructing the laws for naturalization of foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migration hither, and raising the conditions of new appropriations of lands.
He has obstructed the administration of justice, by refusing his assent to laws for establishing judiciary powers.
He has made judges dependent on his will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies without the consent of our legislature.
He has affected to render the military independent of and superior to civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation:
For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by mock trial, from punishment for any murders which they should commit on the inhabitants of these states:
For cutting off our trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing taxes on us without our consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of trial by jury:
For transporting us beyond seas to be tried for pretended offenses:
For abolishing the free system of English laws in a neighboring province, establishing therein an arbitrary government, and enlarging its boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule in these colonies:
For taking away our charters, abolishing our most valuable laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our governments:
For suspending our own legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated government here, by declaring us out of his protection and waging war against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burned our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow citizens taken captive on the high seas to bear arms against their country, to become the executioners of their friends and brethren, or to fall themselves by their hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare, is undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms: our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have we been wanting in attention to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, enemies in war, in peace friends.
We, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name, and by the authority of the good people of these colonies, solemnly publish and declare, that these united colonies are, and of right ought to be free and independent states; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as free and independent states, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do. And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.
New Hampshire: Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton
Massachusetts: John Hancock, Samual Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island: Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery
Connecticut: Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott
New York: William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris
New Jersey: Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark
Pennsylvania: Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross
Delaware: Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean
Maryland: Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton
Virginia: George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton
North Carolina: William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn
South Carolina: Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton
Georgia: Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton
Source: The Pennsylvania Packet, July 8, 1776

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Aug. 7, 2010 WhippleFest at Palisades State Park in Mount Vernon, Iowa

I received the following from Blaine Whipple six days ago. (He gave permission to post it. Visit Blaine at
We are in the final stages of planning for WhippleFest this year and hope to be able to provide full details in early July.
This year's WhippleFest coincides with my sister Elaine Whipple West's 100th birthday and will be held Aug. 7 at Palisades State Park in Mount Vernon, Iowa where she lives. Her birthday is Aug. 6.
We will be selling T-shirts and the attachment includes three possible designs.  I would appreciate your vote on which design you prefer -- regardless of your intention to buy one.
Once the design is determined I will order the shirts and for those interested in acquiring one, advise me of your size(s).  Mens, Womens, and Kids all come in Small, Medium, and Large.  The cost is yet to be determined because it is based on the size of the order  The shirts will be sold at cost.  Individuals not attending but interested in acquiring a shirt are welcome to place orders.
It would be greatly appreciated if you would respond to this request before July 4.  Thank you for your help.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Photos from Dewey Whipple Reunion, June 12, 2010

It was a very rainy day in Salt Lake City on June 12, 2010, when about 30 descendants of Dewey A. Whipple met for their family reunion. (See the announcement earlier in this blog.) Here are some photos submitted by Ken Goates.

Here is a view of Salt Lake Valley from the Atkins Home. (Edson Whipple was among those present when Brigham Young said "This is the right place" in July 1847. Click on the photos for an enlarged view.)

Group photos of those in attendance, standing on the front step of the Atkins House:

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Server Consolidation

The Whipple Website ( servers were consolidated with the Whipple Genweb ( server a few minutes ago. (This also includes the gravestone database at

Let me know (either by posting a comment or mailing the Webmaster) if you discover errors or omissions.

Thanks for your interest!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Farewell, Mr. Christmas!

Mervin Ray Whipple, known as "Mr. Christmas," died Saturday night, April 17, 2010 in Putnam, Connecticut. I first heard about Mr. Christmas when a cousin submitted a 1999 article from The Day, of New London, Connecticut. (You can read that article on the Whipple Website.)

The Norwich (CT) Bulletin--and several other newpapers and news wires--have printed obituaries.

We'll miss you Mr. Christmas! Thank you for the good cheer you spread!

(Mervin appears in the Whipple Genweb at

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

New Whipple Genweb Server

Overnight the Whipple Genweb ( changed servers. As you encounter the inevitable configuration errors, please let us know--either by commenting at the bottom of this post or by sending email to

Thanks for your interest and support!


Saturday, April 10, 2010

Auction of Christopher Whipple-related Earthenware Jug, April 20, 2010

Collectors of Whipple memorabilia might be interested in an auction of an earthenware jug at Freeman's of Philadelphia on April 20, 2010. Here is the notice we received:
I would like to bring to your attention Lot 162 in Freeman's of Philadelphia upcoming April 20, 2010 Americana sale in which you or a member of your extended family may be interested. Lot 162 is an earthenware jug associated with the Brig Sukey and its captain, Christopher Whipple, Jr. The Brig Sukey was captured from the British by American privateers on January 15,1776, and brought to Newburyport, Ma. It was the ship on which news of the battle of Lexington and Concord had been carried to England in 1775. In 1804, it was captured from Americans by French privateers. Thus, the ship is connected to two military events in American history.

What may be of special interest to you is the fact that the master of the ship in 1804 was Lt. Christopher Whipple, Jr. I believe he was the son of the Christopher Whipple who, himself, was a renowned Rhode Island sea captain. I believe Christopher Whipple, Jr. died in 1807, as reported by the New York Post.

As to the earthenware jug, itself, it is decorated with a transfer print of a ship highlighted in polychrome and labeled "Brig Sukey" on one side; a transfer print of the American eagle and labeled "e pluribus unum" on the other side; and, "Christopher Whipple Junr." printed in a wreath under the spout. Lot 162 can be viewed at Freeman's auction site here.

If you have further interest, you can get more information about the auction at or you may contact Lynda Cain at 494-414-1237. I hope this has been of interest, if not helpful, in helping you and the Whipple family preserve Whipple family history.
Who is Christopher Whipple mentioned on the jug? He is mentioned in the book The French Assault on American Shipping, 1793-1813: A History and Comprehensive Record of Merchant Marine Losses (McFarland, 2009), on page 332. (You can read that page on Google Books.)

Christopher might be in the Whipple Genweb at, although our information is insufficient to identify him positively. (His father was named Christopher.) If this is the Christopher, he would have been about 31 years old in 1804, when the French recaptured the Sukey.

Christopher might also be the Captain Christopher Whipple listed at the top of Unidentified Whipple Deaths from the New York Post, 1801-1890, on the Whipple Website. According to that entry, he died 19 Sept 1807, at the age of 38, a native of Rhode Island.

If you can positively identify Christopher, please comment on this blog entry or email the webmaster.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Historic Home Museum Status for the Whipple-Cullen Farmstead?

Charles M. Whipple, Jr. contacted the Whipple Website recently concerning the Job Whipple house in Lime Rock, Rhode Island. (The house appears in Charles' 2007 book entitled Captain John and Sarah Whipple: A Multigenerational Study of the First Whipple Family in America [Victoria, BC: Trafford], on page 137. The photograph above was submitted by Charles as part of a pre-publication draft of the book.)

[Note added September 6, 2010: You can purchase Charles' publication online from Trafford Publishing!]

The present owner, John Cullen, is a member of the historic preservation society known as Historic New England, which owns and preserves historic home museums. He writes:
I asked [the society] if they would consider accepting as a gift the Historic Whipple-Cullen Farmstead to add to their 40 some historic home museums. They indicated yes but would require a large (DOWRY) endowment to accept the gift.
I would like this very special property which is on the National Register of Historic Places to tell the Whipple/Cullen story FOREVER as a museum.
If you are interested in discussing how the extended Whipple Family and the Cullens can accomplish my DREAM, please e-mail me or call me on my cell 401-528-9157.
If any readers of this blog are interested in helping preserve the Whipple-Cullen Farmstead, please contact John Cullen directly.

The label marked "A" on the map below shows the location of the Whipple-Cullen House and Barn (GPS coordinates 41.930278, -71.441944). Click "View Larger Map" below for different views and for driving directions. (The house is across the street from the Lincoln Police Department.)

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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Which Sarah Whipple b. 1641?

Recent posts to's Whipple Message Board show ongoing confusion about the two Whipple families of Ipswich, Massachusetts and nearby Dorchester (now a part of Boston). A recent thread began on 9 Feb 2005:
Looking for the ancestral line for Sarah Whipple, born 28 Feb. 1641/2 - Pawtucket, Providence, Rhode Island; died 23 July 1681- Dorchester, Suffolk, Mass. She married Joseph Goodhue 13 July 1661. Joseph was born 1639 - Ipswich, Essex, Mass; died 21 Sept. 1697 - Ipswich, Essex, Mass. Thank you.
A response was posted yesterday (five years after the first query):
I have a source for ancestors of Sarah Whipple. Would like to know if you are still persuing such a treasure. Please let me know.
The following is offered in response to both posts:

There are actually two Sarah Whipples born in 1641, three months apart, 35 miles apart, in Ipswich, Massachusetts (point A on the map below) and Dorchester Massachusetts (point B on the same map). You can drive from Ipswich to Dorchester in 47 minutes on a good day:

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(You may need to click on the map and "drag" it--or zoom out--to see both points A and B at the same time.)
  1. The first Sarah was born 3 Nov 1641 in Ipswich, Massachusetts. She married Joseph Goodhue. You can find her in the Whipple Genweb at Before her death on 23 Jul 1681 in Ipswich, she wrote a "valedictory" to her husband. You can read that valedictory on the Whipple Website. (Scroll to the bottom of both pages cited in this paragragh for sources of information.)
  2. The second Sarah Whipple was born the same year, 35 miles to the SSW in nearby Dorchester. Her baptism (christening) date was 6 Feb 1641/2. (I'll briefly mention the slash in that date later in this post. It is not an indication of uncertainty.) She married John Smith in Providence, Rhode Island in 1659. (She had moved with her family from Dorchester to Providence the year before.) I don't know Sarah's date of death, but she was still alive in Providence on 12 May 1710. Sarah number 2 is in the Whipple Genweb at
Note that both Sarah's are daughters of fathers named John. Most (?) online databases (including those at incorrectly "merge" those John's into a composite. (For what it's worth, I--the writer--am a descendant of the Dorchester/Providence John; my wife is a descendant of the Ipswich John. See Two Immigrants Named John on the Whipple Website.)

Slashes in Colonial Dates:

The slashed year 1641/2 is not an indication of uncertainty, but is an exact year. In those days, the new year started on March 25, not on January 1. 6 February 1641/2 was actually three months (and 3 days) after 3 Nov 1641. Both Sarahs (and public records of the day) referred to 6 Feb 1641/2 as 6 Feb 1641 (without the slash), and knew that it was after 3 Nov 1641, because in those days the new year started on March 25. (The day following 24 Mar 1641 was 25 Mar 1642.)

England changed from the Julian Calendar to the Gregorian calendar in September 1752, by declaring that 2 September 1742 would be followed by 14 September 1752. Also, for the first time, the day following 31 December 1742 would mark the beginning of the next year--1 January 1743. (See my article "Making Sense of Dates in Colonial America" on the Whipple Website.)

To summarize: When we see a date that looks like 6 Feb 1641/1642, we should realize that
  1. New (and old) Englanders of that period referred to the date as 6 Feb 1641 (in their public records), and knew that it was after 3 Nov 1641.
  2. The "/1642" was added for the benefit of people of our day, to remind us that in 1641, February followed November.
Unfortunately, most people don't realize what the slash is for (so the use of slashed dates fails miserably [sigh] ... :)

(One more note: When you see slashed years in dates between 25 March and 31 December before 1752, you should investigate them further--they are probably in error.)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

H. P. Lovecraft and His Legacy

I was just made aware of a blog dedicated to H. P. Lovecraft and his Legacy. H. P. Lovecraft "was an American author of horror, fantasy, and science fiction, especially the subgenre known as weird fiction." (See the article on Lovecraft in Wikipedia.)

Lovecraft is also a Whipple: H. P. Lovecraft(1), Sarah Susan Phillips(2), Whipple Van Buren Phillips(3), Jeremiah Phillips(4), Esther Whipple(5), Benedict(6), Benjamin(7), Benjamin(8), John(9). (See Lovecraft's page in the Whipple Genweb.)

One of Lovecraft's books, The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, is reviewed on the Whipple Website. Among its characters is Captain Abraham Whipple (generally known as Commodore Whipple to this generation). A link to the review appears at the bottom of The Commodore's Page.

This post was motivated by emails from Blaine Whipple, referencing posts mentioning Whipple Van Buren Phillips on the H. P. Lovecraft blog. As you can see by scrolling down on H.P. Lovecraft's page in the Whipple Genweb, Whipple V. Phillips was Lovecraft's maternal grandfather. (Whipple V. Phillips is at in the Whipple Genweb.)

If you're interested in Whipples, the history of Rhode Island and Massachusetts, and the Salem witch trials, you might want to try reading The Case of Charles Dexter Ward.


Monday, March 15, 2010

A Whipple Vampire? (Revisited)

(Note: The following was originally posted November 1, 2008. The embedded YouTube video was removed due to a copyright claim by A&E Television Networks. It has also been modified to include a link to Simon's new page in the Whipple Genweb.)

Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series has sparked considerable interest in vampires. (The interest promises to heighten further as Twilight the Movie appears in theaters on the 21st of this month [November 2008].)

The History Channel recently aired a series on Vampires in America. The second episode of the series mentioned a Simon Whipple Aldrich, who was thought to have been a vampire. [YouTube video appeared here in original blog entry.] Simon's headstone in Union Cemetery Annex, Great Road, North Smithfield, Rhode Island, bears this inscription:

In memory of
Simon Whipple,
Youngest son of
Col. Dexter Aldrich
& Margery his wife,
who died May 6,
aged 26 years.
Although consumption's vampire grasp
had seized thy mortal frame

FamilySearch lists a Simon W. Aldrich born 13 Apr 1814 in Smithfield, RI, the son of Dexter and Margery Aldrich. We probably ought to add Simon to the Whipple Genweb? [Thanks to one of the Whipple Genweb's major genealogical contributors, Simon Whipple Aldrich now appears in the Whipple Genweb. Simon's sister, Hannah Aldrich, married John Dexter, a direct descendant of Captain John Whipple, of Providence, R.I., who immigrated to New England in 1632.]

By the way: I'm planning on going to see Twilight the Movie when it appears later this month. Are you? (No, it doesn't mention anyone named Whipple ...)

[P.S. Did anyone go see New Moon--the sequel to Twilight?]

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Sarah Whipple (b. 1701)

This morning I received the following email from Dave Tower, Past President and Genealogist, Tower Genealogical Society. (The Whipples and Towers intermarried extensively in colonial--and later--Rhode Island).

Have you ever seen or heard of a reference that dicusses the obvious contradiction of facts for the following: (abbreviated references)

A. Sarah Whipple married Isaac Bucklin in Rehoboth, MA 8 March 1721/22. They had 5 children born between January 1723 and August 1742
  1. International Genealogical Index (R)
  2. Vital Record of Attleborough, Massachusetts
  3. Attleboro Marriages, p. 351
  4. p. 65, VR 2-136, Rehoboth Marriages
  5. Bucklin Society Website
B. Sarah Whipple married Jonathan Salisbury 29 August 1725 in Providence RI. They had 9 children born between April 1721 and November 1739. She then married Obadiah Ballou 26 December 1740. They had three children born January 1741 to July 1747.
  1. New England Families Third series, vol. IV, p. 2285
  2. Vital Record of Rhode Island, 1636-1850 vol. 2, pp. 163 & 198, VR 1-45, Providence Marriages
  3. An Elaborate History and Genealogy of the Ballous in America

Obviously the two Sarahs above can not be the same person. However from all the records she is supposed to be...

Sarah Whipple (4) born 26 December 1701 in Attleboro, MA, The Daughter of Israel Whipple and Mary Wilmarth. [Israel 3, David Married to Hannah Tower 2, John 1)
  1. New England Historical And Genealogical Register, Volume XXXII, 1878, Page 406
  2. A History of the Descendants of EDWARD BOSWORTH who arrived in America in the year 1634 page 147
  3. Vital Record of Attleborough, Massachusetts
If I can ever be of help with Tower questions please feel free to contact me.

I haven't yet responded to Dave. (I will as soon as I finish this blog entry.) Unfortunately, the Whipple Genweb is full of entries similar to this one. (If you follow the links above, be sure to scroll to the bottom of each person's page in the Whipple Genweb to see my sources--in some cases additional sources not given above are cited.)

If there are two separate Sarah's (and there must be, because they were both bearing children during the same time interval), who are the parents of the Sarah that isn't the daughter of Israel Whipple and Mary Wilmarth? If you figure this one out, please comment on this blog!

One possibility we shouldn't overlook: Could "Whipple" be the married name of one of the Sarahs? (If so, she couldn't have been married long to a first husband--named Whipple--before the first husband died ...) Might a first husband have died in an accident or been lost at sea?

When I encountered the Sarah who married Isaac Bucklin last year (when going through the 2009 publication entitled The Arnold Family of Smithfield, Rhode Island by Richard H. Benson (Boston: Newbury Street Press), p. 163), I initially considered merging the two Sarahs ... but didn't (and won't).

Any ideas or suggestions?

Weldon Whipple, Webmaster

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Whipple Servicemen Buried Overseas

I received the following from Blaine Whipple yesterday, listing three "Whipples who were killed during World War I and buried in cemeteries overseas." I have identified David O. Whipple in the Whipple Genweb at Unfortunately, I haven't (yet) been able to identify James B. Whipple or John B. Whipple. (Please comment if you know their "connection.")

James B. Whipple
Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps
6th USMC Regiment, 2nd Division
Entered the Service from: Michigan
Died: June 3, 1918
Buried at: Plot A Row 8 Grave 53
Aisne-Marne American Cemetery
Belleau, France

David O. Whipple (in the Whipple Genweb)
Private, U.S. Army
128th Infantry Regiment, 32nd Division
Entered the Service from: Indiana
Died: November 10, 1918
Buried at: Plot D Row 15 Grave 40
Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery
Romagne, France

John B. Whipple
Private, U.S. Army
12th Engineer Regiment
Entered the Service from: Michigan
Died: March 31, 1918
Buried at: Plot B Row 11 Grave 18
Suresnes American Cemetery
Suresnes, France

Blaine states that "the source of the information is the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC), an agency of the Executive Branch of the federal government, established 1923 to 'commemorate the service, achievements, and sacrifice of U.S. armed forces where they have served overseas since 1917.' The web address is"

Thank you very much, Blaine! ... and thanks to James, David and John for your sacrifice in preserving freedom. Thanks to all our servicemen and women for their efforts in promoting and preserving freedom.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Dewey Whipple Family Reunion, June 12, 2010

I just received the following announcement of the annual Dewey Whipple Family Reunion in Salt Lake City, June 12, 2010:

Come to the annual Whipple Reunion at the This Is The Place Heritage Park and see the area where your ancestor, Edson Whipple, came into the valley. You can see his name on the “This is the Place” monument and experience a bit of his pioneer lifestyle at the This Is The Place Heritage Park. Let all the family know!! Reconnect, share your history and have fun!

Date: Saturday, June 12th 2010
Place: This Is The Place Heritage Park
2601 E Sunnyside Avenue
Salt Lake City, Utah

The Atkins home inside the park is reserved for our reunion “headquarters” and is available to us all day. Register and get your name tag here, stash your stuff and enjoy the park! Food is available to purchase in the park at the Huntsman Hotel. If you want to drive your own cooler etc. up to the house you have to do it before the park opens by 8:30 a.m. otherwise carry it in. The house is air conditioned and will be the place we hold our family gathering/picnic in the evening.

Go to to see a virtual tour of the Atkins home and for information about the park. For the reunion we get half price admission to the park (tell them you are with the Whipple reunion): adults $4 children 3-11 and seniors 55+ $3 (regularly $8 and $6)

Admission includes any 3 take- home craft, pony ride, mini-train ride. Additional activities are $1 per craft or ride. Two replica trains, included in admission, give everyone a relaxing and fun way to see the entire 450 acre park. Explore pioneer homes and shops and watch authentic trade and craft demonstrations, shop at Z.C.M.I., pet animals or enjoy the pioneer playground. See the same view Edson Whipple saw when he entered the valley.

Time: The Park opens at 9:00 a.m. and closes at 5:00. The family gathering/picnic will be at 5:30. If you are only coming to the family gathering/picnic you have to be at the park gates by 5:20 and you will be let into the park by a park representative.

What to bring:
  • Your own picnic and a favorite dessert to share (there will be water and lemonade provided)
  • Raffle prizes to donate (hand made or store bought, there will be a quilt drawing)
  • Park admission fee
  • dues per family$5 (includes 1 ticket for the quilt drawing)
  • Money for raffle tickets $1 each
  • Your smiling face! See you there!!
Questions: call/email Jeanette Whipple Eggett @ 801-299-0264

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Babette Samelson Whipple Dies at 91

The Harvard University Gazette reports that Babette (Samelson) Whipple, former psychology research at Massachusetts General Hospital and wife of the late Harvard astronomer Fred Lawrence Whipple, died on 18 Dec 2009, after a short illness. A resident of Belmont, Massachusetts, she was 91 years of age. (Her husband died in 2004.)
A memorial service is planned for April 10. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Babette and Fred Whipple Fund for Graduate Student Travel, c/o Amanda Preston, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden St., MS-45, Cambridge, MA 02138.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Whipple Power!

"Wow, no wonder we have so much Whipple power!"

Those are the words of my son last night in an email sent in response to a discovery that he is a descendant of both main groups of Whipples in the U.S.

Ever since the time I realized that there are two major groups of Whipples in the United States, I have known that I am a descendant of "Captain" John Whipple of Providence, RI. At one time I thought I might be "connected" to his somewhat older contemporary, "Elder" John Whipple of Ipswich, MA (born in Bocking, England). (The two are often confused or "combined" into a "composite" John Whipple.)

(I had hoped that I was connected through Josiah Chamberlain, an early husband of my 4th great grandmother, Hepsibah Cressey. I later learned that a different Josiah Chamberlain contemporary was the descendant of "Elder" John. [sigh].)

Yesterday my mother-in-law (a genealogist of many years) emailed the news that she had discovered a connection to the Ipswich Whipples, through Elder John's daughter Mary Whipple, who married Simon Stone.

So now it turns out that I married a Whipple, and all our children are descendants of both Whipple groups. What an exciting discovery. (I've always thought there was something special about my wife. This makes her even more so!)