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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