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!)

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