Wednesday, August 1, 2012

92nd Whipple Reunion, Sunday August 26, 2012, Midway State Park, NY

Kenneth L. Vogt recently sent a mailing announcing the 92nd Chautauqua (NY) Whipple Reunion to be held at Midway State Park on Chautauqua Lake. Here are excerpts:
Jerry and Pam Stearns have reserved Midway Park Shelter #5 that will be available to the "Whipple Reunion" from 9 a.m. till 6 p.m. So please feel free to come early and stay late. Officially our reunion will start at 12 noon.

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[The above map shows Midway State Park. You will probably want to click the "View Larger Map" link in the lower left-hand corner of the map. You can zoom in and out, pan in your choice of directions, and even print travel directions.] 
Please bring a lawn chair to ensure you will have a seat. 
Food: The Whipple Reunion will provide coffee and lemonade and we request that you bring a dish to pass along with table service, plates, cutlery, etc. For those coming long distances, we suggest a stop at the supermarket for convenience food, possibly a salad, potato salad, cake, chips, etc. 
We shall have a blessing and start the meal at 1:00 p.m. sharp. 
Expenses: We will have a free will offering at the food serving table and don't forget the elephant raffle. Bring your knickknacks and fascinating items for the auction. There are expenses for our hosts and we should reimburse them ...
Send comments or questions to Kenneth L. Vogt (

In honor of the people

Bishop Henry Benjamin Whipple's collections are the subject of a new web site, In honor of the People: Exploring American Indian culture in the Bishop Whipple collections.

Major sections of the site include
  • People
  • Places
  • Voices
  • Material culture
Bishop Whipple (1822-1901), the first Episcopal Bishop of Minnesota, was an ardent friend and supporter of American Indians.

Pages about the Bishop's second wife, Evangeline (Marrs) Whipple (1862-1930), are particularly noteworthy.

We hope you enjoy your visits to the site!

A section of the Whipple Website focuses on Bishop Whipple.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Locating Captain John and Sarah's gravestones in Providence's North Burial Ground

Two or three weeks ago my brother phoned me from the North Burial Ground in Providence, Rhode Island. He was visiting family members nearby and wanted to visit the gravestones of our 8th great grandparents, Captain John and Sarah Whipple. I was driving when he phoned, so I pulled over and tried to help him.

The office couldn't recall where the Dahlia Path sign was located (see its photo on the Whipple Website.) The map below show how they eventually located the gravestones:
Drive northward on Eastern Ave., passing Front Ave. Continue on Eastern Ave, passing Pine and Summit Avenues on your left. As you approach Sedge Avenue on the right, you will see the Dahlia Path sign on your left. The asterisk (*)  marks the spot of the gravestones of John and Sarah.

Walk west past 3-4 (or 7 or 8?) rows of headstones. Look back towards the east until you see a scene something like the above.
The Dahlia Path pole is about 1/3 of the way from the left in this photo. The Captain's and Sarah's gravestones are labeled in this photo.
I'll verify these instructions next time I visit Providence. If you have better instructions, please comment!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Who are "Judge Whipple and Wife"?

I received the above photos recently from a Whipple Website submitter, asking,
Can anyone identify this couple?  These were sent to me and they were called "Judge Whipple and wife.  They were said to live in the NE United States.
If you know more about them, please let us know!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Gertrude May (Kimball) Whipple, the Whipple Flag's "Betsy Ross"

Yesterday Dave Martucci of the North American Vexillological Association sent the above newspaper clipping of Mrs. Wayne Whipple, who apparently sewed Wayne Whipple's flag of 1912. Dave gave permission to post the clipping.

Wayne Whipple's flag appears on the first page of the Whipple Blog (at the present time, at least). Blaine Whipple's article on The Whipple Flag appears on the Whipple Website. It will probably tell you things you didn't know before. More information appears in this blog on Flag Day 2008.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Whipple Family Reunion, July 20-22, 2012, DC Area

Just received a message on Facebook about a Whipple Family Reunion to be held in the Washington DC area July 20-22, 2012. (See ... you might need to logon to read it?. Let me know if you can't find it.)

The reunion has its own Facebook page at

Visit their wall on Facebook! It's interesting!

Raffle Info for the Dewey Whipple Reunion

Janele Whipple sent additional information about the June 9th Dewey Whipple Family Reunion (mentioned in a previous blog post). Specifically, she encourages attendees to participate in the raffle:
I was reminded that I overlooked telling all of you about our raffle for this year.  We must raise $300 for next year's reunion and a raffle is a fun way to do it, share our talents and have fun getting handmade items made by those we love.

We have a quilt coming in from Linda Drake (Dick's daughter) and some paintings and pottery coming from Karen Suisse (Dick's daughter).   I am still using the hand made cards I got a few years back at a Whipple Reunion.  Thank you to whoever brought those, I love them!  I encourage all of you to bring something for our raffle at the Whipple Family Reunion, June 9, 2012.

John Adams Whipple, Photographic Pioneer

Blaine Whipple recently submitted a link to a biography of John Adams Whipple (1822-1891), the first manufacturer of chemicals required for daguerreotype--the first commercially successful photographic process. His photographic studio became the most successful in Boston.

Read Historic Camera's biography of John Adams Whipple.

John has a page in the Whipple Genweb.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Dewey Whipple Reunion June 9, 2012

Janele Whipple just announced the date of the annual Dewey A. Whipple reunion. (See the flyer below.)

Help Janele with the slide show by sending her your favorite photos by Tuesday, May 1, 2012. Send the photos to the email address shown at the bottom of the flyer, with the subject line "Whipple Reunion Slideshow Photos".

Correction: The address is 963 W. Folsom Avenue (not Flosom).

Mark your calendars now! It's going to be fun!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Marriage Date and Place Added to Search Page

This morning I added fields for marriage year and place to the Whipple Genweb search form ( I'm not entirely sure why I omitted those fields more than 10 years ago, when I first created that search page.

When entering dates and places I try to be consistent in the way I enter U.S. place names. However, I'm much less consistent when it comes to place names in other countries.

Last week (when I was out of town for a few days), I received an email that noted that I sometimes use Hertfordshire for the county north of London (the one that has Bishop's Stortford); other times I use Hertford (without the "shire"). My first inclination was to ignore the note. Then I started searching Personal Ancestral File (the free software I use to maintain the database). When I searched for places containing "Hertford", I noticed that Urias Whipple was married in Bishops Stortford; Urias was on the Disconnected Whipples page.

I decided that it might be useful to be able to search by marriage place. This evening, as I completed the implementation, I noticed another Urias Whipple, married in Bishops Stortford at Both had the same marriage date and were married to the same person. The "connected" Urias is a descendant of Thomas Whipple of Bishops Stortford and a first cousin of Matthew Whipple of Bocking ( I merged the disconnected Urias with the connected Urias at

... So the new field helped identify a disconnected Whipple who turned out to be a duplicate of a connected Whipple already in the database. I hope you find the new search field helpful in your research.

One feature of the search page is that only ONE search field is necessary. You can, for example, enter "Bishops Stortford" as the marriage place (leaving all other fields blank), and find all marriages that took place in Bishops Stortford. To find all individuals with ANY event that took place in Bishops Stortford, enter "Bishops Stortford" in the "All places (combined)" field (and leave all other fields blank).

Try experimenting by putting information in other single fields in the search form. Some will display nonsensical results--more results than you can handle. Other times, however, it will help you find something you would have missed otherwise.

Happy searching!