Monday, December 30, 2013

More Background on Captain John?

On December 14, 2013, Raymond Whipple asked the following on the Whipple Website Facebook page:

"Has there been any progress in finding any more background on Captain John?"

In a word, the answer is: No.

Rather than stop there, I'll mention a few other Whipples who lived in England in the days before 15-year-old John arrived aboard the Lyon.

Specifically, this post will consider some recently identified uncles and cousins of the Ipswich Whipples to see if any of them might be ancestors of Captain John Whipple of Providence, Rhode Island.

(The 15-year-old "not-yet-Captain" John I'm writing about is the person at http://whipple.org/366. He came from England to Dorchester--part of present-day Boston--in 1632. He married, had eight children, then moved to Providence in about 1658, and had three additional children.)

SPOILER ALERT: This post will fail to make a connection between Captain John of Providence, Rhode Island and the Whipples of Bocking, England/Ipswich, Massachusetts. If you're still interested, read on.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Gaspee Days 2015: Seeking Descendants of Commodore Abraham Whipple

Each June the Gaspee Days Parade takes place in Pawtuxet Village, Rhode Island. June 2014 will be no exception.

However, this post is about the 2015 Gaspee Days Parade. Dr. John E. Concannon, Webmaster of Gaspee.org and Pawtuxet.com, recently sent this email, with the subject: Descendants of Commodore Abraham Whipple.

The Gaspee Days Committee is a civic-minded, nonprofit organization that operates many community events in and around Pawtuxet  Village, including the famous Gaspee Days Parade each June. These events are all designed to commemorate the 1772 burning of the hated British revenue schooner, HMS Gaspee, by Rhode Island patriots as America's First Blow for Freedom

The Gaspee Days Committee will be having our 50th Gaspee Days Parade on June 13, 2015 and we are already in the planning stages of operating this big event.  One idea is to ask for return visits during our parade of those units than marched in the original 1966 Parade.  The Parade Grand Marshal of that Parade was Walter Whipple and his family.  My understanding is that he was very old in 1966, so I doubt he's available.  We are interested in a few direct descendants of Commodore Abraham Whipple to represent him in this historic recognition.  Please let us know your thoughts.

John Concannon, DO, FAAP
Drs. Concannon & Vitale, LLC
Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine
1145 Reservoir Avenue, Suite 124
Cranston, RI  02920-6055
Phone: 401-943-7337   Fax: 401.942.1509
Web: DrConcannon.com

Dr. John Concannon
Webmaster, Gaspee.org and Pawtuxet.com
If you are a direct descendant of Commodore Abraham Whipple (or know someone who is), you might want to make them aware of the 2015 commemoration.

You can read about Abraham Whipple on the The Commodore's Page at Whipple.org. One of my favorite biographies is by Sally D. Wilson.

The Commodore's descendants (some of them) are listed on this iWhipple.org page.

Author H.P. Lovecraft (a Rhode Island Whipple descendant) wrote about the Commodore in his book entitled The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. Read my review of that book on the Whipple Website

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Report: 72nd Whipple Reunion of Descendants of John and Adeline Whipple and 2014 Invitation

Today I received a report of the 72nd Whipple Reunion at Otter Brook State Park in Keene, N.H. According to Raymond A. Whipple (who sent the email):

The reunion is the 2nd Sunday in August starting at around 10am with business meeting around noon before lunch. It is at Otter Brook State Park in Keene N.H.  For those that wish to attend next year and would like some information, feel free to email me at raywhipple1@aol.com. We hope to see many more relatives attend next year. We are hoping to meet new Whipple's and see ones that have not attended in some time once again.
Here are the minutes of the reunion:

72nd Whipple Reunion

45 descendants of John and Adeline Whipple attended the 72nd Whipple reunion at Otter Brook State Park in Keene N.H. Guest in attendance came from New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania.

Recognition were as follows:
  • Oldest in attendance: John Whipple Sr.
  • Youngest in attendance: Shea Brett
  • Married the longest: Don & Betty Whipple
  • Married the shortest: Armand & Robin Comtois
  • Travelled the farthest: Donna Comtois
Thank you to Carole DeWolf for doing the gifts! Hello's and well wishes from those that could not attend. Jim and Len wanted to be remembered as well as Jean Whipple Thomas who recently had surgery.

There were no reported births or reported marriages.  Wes Martin sent a letter to tell us that his wife Betty had passed away. Cards will be sent from all of us.

A vote was take and passed to have the reunion at the same location next year but a little closer to the rest rooms. A vote was also taken for the officers which are, John Whipple Jr. as President, Raymond A. Whipple as Vice President, and Karen Hall as secretary/treasurer. Both Karen Hall and Raymond Whipple will continue as historians.

Everyone shared dishes at the center table and are encouraged to do so again next year. The grill as well was used by many. The raffle was once again manned by Herve and Janice Bosse. The cake was donated by Rod & Helen Whipple. A collection was taken and the raffle was a huge success and will help to continue to fund the reunion.

Respectfully submitted,
Karen Hall

Note: John Whipple is in the Whipple Genweb at http://whipple.org/27148. Adeline is at http://whipple.org/37844.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Charles Whipple, Montana Bank Hero

During the rewrite of the Whipple Website over the past few months, I've rediscovered (and learned for the first time!) many fascinating factoids about Whipples. Here is one such example, submitted by Carla Armstrong in 1999. (See her original submission at http://www.whipple.org/photos/genchwhipple1881.html).

Bishop Henry B. Whipple (first Episcopal Bishop of Minnesota) had a son named Charles Henry Whipple. At the age of 23, Charles became cashier at the Citizens' National Bank of Faribault, Minnesota. (The diocese of Minnesota is centered in Faribault.)

While carrying a $30,000 payroll to an army encampment in Montana, bandits held up the stage coach. "The guard was killed, the stage driver was wounded, but Whipple took to the underbrush with the money and escaped."

After ten years as a bank employee, Charles joined the army. He retired from the army on February 15, 1912, after having been appointed brigadier general and paymaster general.

Read the full story at http://www.whipple.org/photos/genchwhipple1881.html.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Whipples from Angells

In my project to make the pages of the the whipple.org sites more friendly to mobile devices (such as iPhones and Android phones), I revisited a page first posted in 1998--nearly 15 years ago!

It tells of Alice Whipple, the underage daughter of Job and Silence (Pray) Whipple of Rhode Island. (Click here to see the page on the Whipple Website.)

Apparently Alice had a son fathered by Abraham Angell, out of wedlock. Alice's father, Job, tried to make Abraham marry his daughter, but he refused. Father Job then sued Abraham and lost.

It makes for interesting reading (especially when compared to similar events in today's world.)

I notice that Abraham Angell (at http://whipple.org/16092) has no father listed. Another Abraham (Captain Abraham Angell http://whipple.org/16106) has an estimated birth date within two years of the first-mentioned Abraham's estimated birth date. One Abraham died before 1750, the other on 13 Jan 1739.

Are the two Abrahams the same person? I think they might be. What do you think?


Saturday, August 17, 2013

New Project: Make Whipple Website Friendly to Mobile Devices

Over the past several years I've noticed a trend in the way I access the World Wide Web: I increasingly use my iPhone to access web sites, and have become uncomfortable with the way many of the pages of the Whipple Website appear on mobile devices.

Several months ago I decided that it was time to modify the Whipple Website to display better on mobile devices--at the same time preserving (as much as possible) its "classic" look on desktop computers.

Today I rolled out a brand new home page at http://whipple.org. It has required lots of testing to get to this point.

Some of the links from the home page lead to pages that are already mobile-device friendly. I hope convert the rest by Thanksgiving. (We'll see! I'm still trying to imagine how to deal with the 144,000+ pages of the Whipple Genweb!)

I've tested the new home page on Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and even on Internet Explorer. (Internet Explorer has been lagging behind the other browsers lately; it was a challenge to make it work!)

If you have problems with your particular browser when viewing the http://whipple.org home page, either post a comment to this blog entry, or mail the Webmaster at whipple.org.

--Weldon Whipple
(P.S. I added a "slider" to the home page, which shows several photos from the photo gallery. I hope it works on your browser!)

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

93rd Whipple Reunion, Sunday August 18, 2013, Midway State Park, NY

A few days ago Kenneth L. Vogt sent an announcement of the 93rd Chautauqua (NY) Whipple Reunion to be held (again) at Midway State Park on Chautauqua Lake. (Click here for a Wikipedia article about Midway State Park.) Here are excerpts:
Jerry and Pam Stearns have reserved Midway Park Shelter #8 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 (kvvogt@earthlink.net).

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Photos from Weldon Whipple's 2005 Bocking Visit

During an August 2005 visit our daughter at RAF Lakenheath in the U.K., we found time for a day trip to Bocking, Essex.

Bocking, Monday, August 15, 2005



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The above map shows our path (via car) from RAF Lakenheath to Bocking. We drove south on the A1065 south to the A11, then merged onto the larger M11, headed toward London.

As we passed the Stansted Airport on our left (with Bishops Stortford on the right), we entered a roundabout and headed eastward on the A120 toward Braintree. Bocking is on the northern edge of Braintree.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Fort Whipple, Arizona, and Fort Whipple, Virginia.

Brevet Major General Amiel Weeks Whipple
Memorial Day (celebrated this weekend in the United States to remember the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. armed forces) is probably an appropriate time to mention Amiel Weeks Whipple, one of the many Whipples who served in the armed forces of the United States. May 7 of this year (2013) was the 150th anniversary of his death. Amiel died at the Battle of Chancellorsville while defending Washington, D.C. during the American Civil War (1861-1865).

At least two military forts have borne his name. A recent article was published by The Daily Courier (Prescott, Arizona), discussing the Fort Whipple in that vicinity: "Bullets, bayonets and beyond: Fort Whipple takes a trip back in time for Armed Forces Day." (The 150th anniversary of the founding of Arizona's Fort Whipple will be on May 13, 2014.)

Present-day Fort Myer, Virginia, was originally known as Fort Whipple until its name change in 1881.

We express our appreciation to the numerous soldiers who have sacrificed their time, health, and lives in the defense of country. THANK YOU!

To view all the Whipple Blog posts (including this one) about Amiel Weeks Whipple, visit this link.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Dewey A. Whipple Family Reunion, July 13, 2013

I received notice of this year's annual Dewey A. Whipple Family Reunion.

Date: Saturday, July 13, 2013
Address:
Canyon Rim East Pavilion
3100 Grace Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84109

Proposed schedule:

Saturday
8:30AMArrival and set up--committee
9:00Juice, fruit, donuts, served--available throughout morning
Nametags
Family group photos
9:30ishFamily Games
Horseshoe tournament
Raffle ticket sales
12PMFamily Meeting: business, Dewey A. Whipple video, raffle
1:00Taco salad lunch; pot luck dessert
2:00Co-ed softball game--depending on interest

Sunday
9:15"Music and the Spoken Word" broadcast
10:50Sacrament service, JSMB, 15 East S. Temple
12:30Lunch?


More information will appear on Shutterfly.
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(If you would like your Whipple reunion to appear here, send information to webmaster@whipple.org.)

Reunions prior to 2008 are listed on the main Whipple Website.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

What Kind of Cousin Are You?

6th cousin, 3x removed? ... or whatever? Here's how to figure it out:
  1. Identify common ancestor
  2. Start counting generations from common ancestor until either one runs out of generations
    • 1 generation: Brother/sister
    • 2 generations: 1st cousin
    • 3 generations: 2nd cousin
    • 4 generations: 3rd cousin
    • ...
  3. If both of you are the same number of generations from the common ancestor, you're done--and zero times removed
  4. If one of you still has more generations to count, start counting those generations:
    • 1 generation: once removed
    • 2 generations: twice removed
    • 3 generations: thrice (3 times) removed
    • 4 generations: 4 times removed
    • ...
  5. You're done

Monday, April 8, 2013

Chef Lance Whipple on Creating Award-Winning Cake at Home

When baking a cake, the first and most important aspect of its success is the ingredients.

That is what Chef Lance Whipple says to Sonoran Living on ABC-15 in Phoenix, Arizona.

If you've always wanted to make an award-winning cake, be sure to check out the the video and article of the interview. (The occasion of the interview at KNVX-TV is the upcoming 35th Annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival that starts Tuesday, April 9, and continues for six days.)

Click here to read and watch the full report at the abc15.com web site. (Chocolate lovers are sure to like his Midnight Chocolate Cake recipe.)

Lance is Executive Pastry Chef at Four Seasons. He will be a judge at the "Take the Cake" competition. (Is that the same as the Culinary Festival, I wonder?)

(Thanks to Blaine Whipple for submitting this story!)

Thursday, March 21, 2013

A.B.C. Whipple, 1918-2013

Addison Beecher Colvin "Cal" Whipple, war correspondent who became a Washington reporter for Life magazine in 1943, died on St. Patrick's Day. His obituary appears in the Greenwich (CT) Post, and in new services around the world. Cal was responsible for publishing a controversial "Picture of the Week" in Life in 1943, next to an editorial about the reality of World War II. "War Bond sales skyrocketed; and the [government's] censorship rule was abolished."

His name appeared as A.B.C. Whipple on many Time-Life Books, where he served as executive editor. Some of his titles (listed in Wikipedia) include:
  • Yankee Whalers in the South Seas (1954)
  • Pirate: Rascals of the Spanish Main (1957)
  • Tall Ships and Great Captains; a Narrative of Famous Sailing Ships Through the Ages and the Courageous Men Who Sailed, Fought, or Raced Them Across the Seas (1960)
  • Hero of Trafalgar: The Story of Lord Nelson (1963)
  • The Fatal Gift of Beauty; the Final Years of Byron and Shelley (1964)
  • All About Nelson (1966)
  • The Mysterious Voyage of Captain Kidd (1970)
  • Fighting Sail (The Seafarers Series - Time Life Books)(1978)
  • Vintage Nantucket (1978)
  • The Whalers (The Seafarers Series - Time Life Books) (1978)
  • The Whalers (1979)
  • The Racing Yachts (The Seafarers Series - Time Life Books) (1980)
  • The Clipper Ships (1980)
  • The Mediterranean (1981)
  • Storm (Planet Earth Series - Time Life Books) (1982)
  • World War II in the Mediterranean - (Time Life Books) (1982)
  • Restless Ocean (Planet Earth Series - Time Life Books) (1983)
  • The Challenge (1987)
  • To the Shores of Tripoli: The Birth of the U.S. Navy and Marines (1991)
  • Critters: Adventures in Wildest Suburbia (1994)
  • Storm (1982)
Thanks for your contributions in journalism, history, and a variety of publications! May you rest in peace. We'll miss you!

A.B.C. Whipple is in the Whipple Genweb at http://whipple.org/45501

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Nova Scotia Birth, Marriage and Death Records Online

It's been over a month since Blaine Whipple informed me that Nova Scotia has put their birth, marriage and death (BMD) records online. Many Whipples migrated to the Maritime Provinces during America's colonial period. If your relatives lived in Nova Scotia, check out Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics (https://novascotiagenealogy.com/).

As of July 2012, the following are available online:

  • Births (270,982 records): 
    • 1864-1877, 1908-1911 
    • (delayed registrations 1830-1911)
  • Marriages (227,272 records): 
    • Bonds 1763-1864
    • Registrations 1864-1936
  • Deaths (435,143 records)
    • 1865-1877, 1908-1961
    • City of Halifax, 1890-1908
More recent records than the above (births 1912-present, marriages 1937-present, deaths 1962-present) must be requested directly from Vital Statistics, Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Bishop Henry Benjamin Whipple's Role in the 1862 U.S.-Dakota War

On Thursday, February 21, 2013, The Venerable Canon Benjamin Scott will talk about Bishop Henry Benjamin Whipple's role in the 1862 Dakota uprising. Sponsored by the Northfield Historical Society, it will take place in Northfield, Minnesota. Read the announcement at Northfield.org.

Bishop Whipple was the first Episcopal Bishop of Minnesota. He is featured on the Whipple Website. You can read more about him here.

(Special thanks to Blaine Whipple for this notification!)

Monday, January 28, 2013

Update

I realized this past week that it's been nearly six months since the last Whipple Blog post. (My, how time flies!). Please accept my apologies!

It isn't that nothing has happened during the past six months. The problem is that all the posts have been to the Whipple Website Facebook group (facebook.whipple.org), with periodic @WhippleWebsite tweets on Twitter.

Going forth, I promise to be less neglectful of the Whipple Blog. Don't give up on us. (Most of my future tweets and Facebook posts will include a post to the Whipple Blog.)

Thanks for your interest!

W. Whipple

(P.S. The Whipple Genweb continues to grow. It now has more than 143,000 Whipple relatives!)