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.)

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:

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.)

Saturday, September 4, 2010

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.

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.

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:

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.)

Monday, March 15, 2010

A Whipple Vampire? (Revisited)

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].)

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.)