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: