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.