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.
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!!)