Thursday, December 1, 2011

Michelle Whipple: Miss Guatemala 2012

Blaine Whipple just sent a link to a YouTube video of Michelle Whipple, Miss Guatemala 2012. Congratulations, Michelle! (It isn't clear if she is one of many contestants, or the winner ... Congratulations anyway!!)

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Frank Whipple: Modern British Hero

Frank Whipple, East [London] End legend, passed away on Wednesday, August 24, 2011, at the age of 103. He died at the Royal London hospital. He was known in East London as a "campaigner, football fanatic and devoted family man." He was admired as the the U.K.'s oldest carer [caregiver] because of his dedication in taking care of his daughter Peggy, "born with severe special needs." Read the entire article in the East London Advertiser.

Frank was born in southern Ireland in about 1908, then moved with his family to east London in 1916. He is listed on the Whipple Website's "Disconnected Whipples" page. His son Harry is 72 years old. If any of you know how to contact him, it would be genealogically interesting to ask him to participate in a Y-Chromosome DNA test (in the unlikely event that he belongs to the haplogroup as any of the American Whipples. See the Whipple DNA blog). I wonder if he is related to Robert Eugene Whipple, in the Whipple Genweb at

We offer our condolences to Frank's children Harry and Peggy.

Frank is in the Whipple Genweb at

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Where is the Whipple Website Facebook Page?

Tired of trying to remember the URL of the Whipple Website Facebook page? Now it's easy: will redirect you there, as of this evening.

Good luck!

(Let the Webmaster know if you ever notice the redirection break ...)

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Photos from the July 10, 2011, Reunion at Jekyll Island, Georgia

Judging from the photos received from Bennett Whipple, it looks like the Georgia Whipples had a fun time at last month's reunion! (It was announced in this blog here and here.) Thank you, Bennett, for sharing! ( ... and for making us all wish that we could have been there ...)

Friday arrivals greet each other on the piazza at the Hampton Inn's pool: (l-r) Field Whipple, Milledgeville; Steve Whipple, Atlanta; Jean Michel and Laura (Whipple) Troussé, Canton, Ga.; Elli Frost and her grandmother, Jennifer (Whipple) Whiddon, Dublin, Ga.; Nona and Bennett Whipple, Big Canoe, Ga., and in the far background, Anne (Whipple) Alderman Murphey of Macon, the reunion organizer.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

91st Whipple Reunion, Sunday, August 21, 2011, Forestville, NY

I just received the annual mailing from Kenneth L. Vogt about the 91st Reunion of the Chautauqua Whipples. (I really need to crash that party sometime--maybe in years, when they have the 100th reunion!) The following is excerpted from the mailing:

This year James and Joan Lisa are hosting the reunion at their home at 2361 Straight Road, Forestville, New York. The reunion starts at noon on August 21.

From exit 59 of the New York State Thru-way:
  1. Left on Bennett Road (Route 60)
  2. Left on Route 20
  3. Right on County Road 81/South Roberts Road (for 3 miles)
  4. Right on Whitaker Road (is 0.4 miles past Epolito Road)
  5. Right on County Road 79/Center Road
  6. Take 1st left onto Straight Road
  7. Look for a sign in front of the residence.
Please bring a lawn chair.

"The Whipple Reunion will provide coffee and lemonade and we request that everyone bring a dish to pass along with table service, plates, cutlery, etc. For those coming long distances, and do not have access to kitchen facilities, we suggest a stop at the supermarket for convenience food, maybe a salad, cake, pie, chips."

We shall have a blessing and the start of the meal at 1:00 p.m. sharp.

"We will have a free will donation basket at the food serving table. Also don't forget the white elephant raffle. Bring in those knick knacks, plants, or most anything you would care to donate for the white elephant auction. There are expenses for our hosts and we should reimburse them."

Send comments or questions to Kenneth L. Vogt (

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Dewey Whipple Reunion Photos

I received the following photos from the Dewey Whipple Reunion held June 3-4, 2011, Camp Atoka, Utah. The first photo shows four of Dewey's children (L-R): Dexter, Dewey Jr., Albert and Illa.

Next is a group photo of all in attendance. (Hmmm ... I wonder if the photographer is missing ...?)

Sunday, July 10, 2011

On the Death of Priam Parker Whipple

(Originally submitted by Susan Newell to the Whipple Website, May 30, 2011: "Transcribed from a fragile document, beautifully handwritten in fine, small, perfect script with quill pen and now faded ink, probably dating to the mid to late 1800s." At the time, Susan thought Priam might be a child of Eugene Whipple? On July 10, 2011, Susan submitted a correction, suggesting that Priam might more likely be a brother of Eugene. Within the next few days, Priam will appear in the Whipple Genweb as Eugene's brother.)

Here drooping by his lifeless side
        Pensive retired with grief oer' borne
Lovely in Death my darling pride
        He my long weeping Heart will Mourn.
Farewell then Dearest of my Heart,
        Whom neither tears nor prayer could save,
Tis Deaths redoubled pain to part,
        And leave such Beauty in the Grave.
Ah! He that once such Beauty graced.
        His winning smiles -- His angel form,
Corruptions greedy train shall waste.
        The Mouldering Dust -- the feasting Worm:
His tongue whose gentle prattlings blest,
        His hands whose tender touch could charm,
No more with Kisses shall be prest,
        No more his Mothers bosom warm.
Where His loved sight could once rejoice,
        Now forced his absence to sustain.
Mine ears wait listening for His Voice,
        I turn and seek His glimpses in vain.
By Night my Eyes the search repeat,
        Sad to the Glittering Skies they roll,
"Tell Me" I say The Happy Seat,
        Say where reside His blissful Soul:
Yet with bright hopes in distant View
        My faith instructed by the Sod,
Bids the false joys of Earth Adieu,
        And Bows before the Sovreign God.
Happy for Him so soon -- so well,
        To escape the woes which life annoy,
To part with few sad tales to tell,
        With me black grief to damp His joy:
Till the last hour of general Doom,
        Kind Angels guard his precious trust:
Lock the cold Chambers of the Tomb,
        Then wake my Priam's slumbering Dust.
That day shall bring Him to my Sight,
        His presence shall my joys restore,
Tell me thou thought with vast delight,
        When Death shall never part us more.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Thank You, William Whipple!

This is the weekend the United States celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Associated Press writer Kathy McCormack just posted an article entitled Never too late: Declaration signers being honored. It begins by mentioning William Whipple and cites Whipple genealogist Blaine Whipple.

As Americans celebrate Independence Day this year, we honor William Whipple and others who gave so much that the United States of America could be born and thrive for 235 years.

God bless America!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Georgia Whipple Reunion Reminder

Anne Murphey sends a reminder regarding the July 10th Whipple Reunion at Jekyll Island, Georgia (announced earlier on the Whipple Blog):
We're pleased over the interest shown by all you Whipples (by whatever name) in attending Fielding's July 10 birthday party at Jekyll Island and, yes, it's also a time for family reunion.
It's not too late for you to be there, too. There are a few rooms left at the Hampton Inn, so call Mimi by June 8 for the $159 group rate at (912) 635-3733 and make your reservation. Many of us are spending Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.
To make reservations for Sunday's birthday buffet luncheon at the Jekyll Island Club, mail your check by June 28 payable to "Anne Murphey" to Jonathan Alderman, PO Box 6497, Macon, GA 31208-6497. (For Adults - $20 and $10 for children ages 3 - 11.)
No gifts, of course, but you may send a birthday greeting to Amy Alderman at for his birthday scrapbook.
We're looking forward to seeing all of you at Jekyll.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Josephine G. Whipple

I realized today that I haven't posted here for over a month. It occurred to me that I might want to post (selected?) photos that are submitted to the Whipple Website. This is a photo of Miss Josephine G. Whipple (in the Whipple Genweb at The photo will appear at the top of her page within the next week.

The 1900 census gives her birth in September 1836 in Massachusetts. She was living in Boston at the time of the 1920 census.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Dewey Whipple Reunion 2nd Reminder, Camp Atoka, Utah, June 3-4, 2011

I just received a second reminder about the Whipple Reunion at Camp Atoka, east of Ogden, Utah, on Friday and Saturday, June 3rd and 4th, 2011. Here is the PDF file I received.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Piggeries, Henneries, and J. R. Whipple's Boston Hotels

Seven or more years ago, Joanne Lahr-Kreischer introduced me to J. Reed Whipple (full name: Joseph Reed Whipple) when she submitted "J. Reed Whipple and Boston Hotels" to the Whipple Website. Born in New Boston, New Hampshire, Reed remained connected with his roots, even after becoming a noted Boston hotelier.  

The New Boston Historical Society's web site tells about Whipple's New Boston farm that supplied food to his Boston hotels. Worth noting:
  • J.R. (Reed) Whipple supplied food to the Parker House, Young's Hotel and Hotel Touraine from his 2500-acre Valley View Farm in New Boston, NH
  • In 1893 he build a railroad line between New Boston and Boston's Parker Station to facilitate food shipments.
  • The farm's "piggery," "hennery," and creamery employed 90 workers. Food was shipped to Boston daily. Leftover food was sent back to New Boston to feed the pigs and chickens.
To read more about Valley View Farm, visit the New Boston Historical Society's web site, then click "Town History," then "New Boston's Farms."

(Note: The New Boston Historical Society is located in the former Whipple Free Library, which recently moved into its new building.)

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Charles T. Whipple: Helping Japan's Tsunami Victims

As I've watched in disbelief the videos of the recent tsunami in Japan, I have wondered what I can do to help. Cars, boats, homes--all the worldly possessions of thousands of residents of the Tohoku region--seemed like toys in a bathtub or wading pool ... except that they were real.

Charles T. Whipple (a resident of Japan) contacted me this morning, offering to contribute the proceeds of his book A Matter of Tea to the tsunami victims. Please visit his blog and participate if you are able.

We extend our hopes and best wishes to the tsunami victims, and pray for their quick recovery.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Whipple Family Reunion at Camp Atoka, UT, June 3-4, 2011

I received the following from Susan Freeze:

Whipple Family Reunion
June 3rd and 4th, 2011
Friday and Saturday
Camp Atoka
Just 4.3 miles East of Huntsville, UT
on the
South Fork of the Ogden River

Get ready for the Old Style Reunion. There will be camping, fishing, games, geocaching, letterboxing, visiting and an old fashioned campfire with campfire stories and songs. Also the drawing for the Famous Reunion Quilt that Deborah, Susan and Mom (Illa) have been working on since last year's reunion.

Planned Events
  • Friday start at 1:00 p.m. available for camp setup
  • Friday 5 pm gather at bowery
  • Friday 6 pm dinner (drink furnished)
  • Saturday 8am to 9 am breakfast for the overnight campers (furnished)
  • General camp activities
  • Cleanup and depart by noon
What to Bring
  • Craft to donate for the raffle
  • Friday night dinner
  • Camp chairs
  • Camp gear (if camping)
  • Fishing gear (if fishing)
  • Camping games
  • Warm clothing (gets cool at night)
  • GPS (if you are going to Geocache)
  • Money for the raffle and dues ($5.00 per family)
  • Family photos
  • Camera
Important Information
  • What: Whipple Family Reunion
  • Where: Camp Atoka (a church campground located 4.3 miles east of Huntsville, UT. Less than an hour's drive from downtown Salt Lake City)
  • When: June 3rd and 4th 2011
  • Why: Help you know who you are, and where you came from so you can determine where you would like to go.
  • How: OK, too many questions. Just pack up and head to the reunion
Contact Information
  • Susan Freeze ( phone: 801-467-4446
  • Bob Harvey ( phone: 801-628-7211
  • Deborah Goates ( phone: 702-283-6095
  • Steve Harvey ( phone) 801-825-1770

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Whipple Reunion at Jekyll Island, Georgia, July 10, 2011

I received the following notice this week from Bennett Whipple of Georgia. He asked me to post it on the Whipple Blog. It also indicated that Whipples that aren't "immediately related" are also welcome to attend. Bennett's sister Anne drafted the invitation:

Our brother Fielding Dillard Whipple turns 89 on July 10, 2011.  Nona and Bennett, Anne, and Harriett plan to celebrate with Fielding at Jekyll Island that weekend. The actual birthday party will be Sunday, July 10, at eleven a.m. at the old Jekyll Island Hotel.  We want all of you there. We hope this will be a Whipple reunion.  Some of us plan to spend Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights at the Hampton Inn, on the site of the demolished Holiday Inn.  MAKE YOUR OWN RESERVATION.  They have given us a group rate.

The Hampton Inn
200 South Beachview Drive
Jekyll Island, GA  31527
Phone 912-635-3733
Fax 912-635-3738
Mimi is contact person.
Group rate:
  1. Standard: 2 Q beds, 159.00 + 12% tax
  1. Suite:  2 Q or 1 K bed, 179.00 + 12% tax (with 1 Q sofa bed and balcony) 

No additional per person charge. All rooms have microwave, fridge and coffee service. Hotel has complimentary hot breakfast (6 a.m. to 10 a.m.) and coffee service 24-7, and shuttle service available from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. at no charge to anyplace  on island.

Birthday Lunch:

The Jekyll Island Club
Birthday Luncheon
Sunday, July 10, 2011 gather at 11 a.m.
Bring photographs, scrapbooks, genealogy notes, and musical instruments.
Adult buffet - $20.00
Child age 3-11 - $10.00
Reservation by check by July 1 made to Anne Murphey and sent to Jonathan Alderman:
                  PO Box 6497
                  Macon, GA  31208-6497

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Benjamin Whipple and His Role in the Dakota Conflict of 1862

Blaine Whipple recently noted a set of web pages that include one page devoted to Bishop Henry Benjamin Whipple--first bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church in Minnesota.  The Bishop's page is part of the Famous Trials web site by Douglas O. Linder (2011), University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Law.

A biographical page devoted to Bishop Whipple is entitled (simply) Bishop Henry Benjamin Whipple.

It is one of a set of Biographies of Key Participants in the Dakota Conflict Trials, which is part of a larger site of Famous American Trials: The Dakota Conflict Trials, 1862. Those trials resulted in the execution of thirty-eight Sioux--the largest mass execution in American history. "Only the unpopular intervention of President Lincoln saved 265 other Dakota" from a similar execution. Bishop Whipple was instrumental in petitioning President Lincoln to stop the killings.

The Dakota Conflict Trials of 1862 are part of a much larger Famous Trials web site.

Bishop Whipple is featured on the Whipple Website. You can find his genealogy is at He is definitely one of the "shining stars" among Whipple relatives!

Friday, January 28, 2011

The Snake Den by Chuck Tyrell

I just received a note from Whipple cousin Charles T. Whipple (who writes under the pen name Chuck Tyrell) about his latest book, The Snake Den, just released in eBook formats by Solstice Publishing. (It will appear as a print edition later this year.)

Charles also notes that his earlier book, Vulture Gold, is out of print in both small and large print editions. It is, however, "now available from most eBook retailers, especially Smashwords and Western Trail Blazers."

You can find Chuck on the web at:
The Snake Den is on YouTube: