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