Monday, October 31, 2016

Reflections of Northeast Georgia: A Pictorial Diary of Judge Ulysses V. Whipple, Sr

[S. Bennett Whipple submitted the following to the Whipple Website on September 29, 2016]

Dust jacket of Barbara's book.
Barbara J. Whipple became heir in the early 1990s to the papers and photographs of her great grandfather Ulysses Virgil Whipple, Sr. Possessing a box Kodak and a lawyer’s penchant for taking detailed notes, he traveled the country with his wife and family at the turn of the 20th Century.  One such trip was a four-month hiatus from his law practice to the Northeast Georgia Mountains to escape the heat of their South Georgia home in Cordele.

His photographs in and around their summer home in Clarkesville were so remarkable for their clarity and his diary so descriptive, that she got the idea of publishing a book about his family’s 1903 summer adventure. In preparation, she spent a couple of years on trips to the area, following in the footsteps of their travels around Northeast Georgia, photographing sites as it looks now to add to the book.

Picture postcard of "Uncle Uly's" early residence

The result, a hardback publication of 165 pages titled, “Reflections of Northeast Georgia,” with the subtitle, “A Pictorial Diary of Judge Ulysses V. Whipple, Sr.” The first printing was for a modest 500 copies in 1997. To date, after many printings in hard back and paper back, the book has sold 100,000 copies mainly to tourist visiting the North Georgia Mountains.  

Ulysses Virgil Whipple, Sr. is in the Whipple Genweb at, and in the Whipple Database at S. Bennett Whipple has written a biography, which is posted on the Whipple Website.

Monday, July 4, 2016

The Whipple House in Cochran, Georgia

Bennett Whipple recently submitted these two photos of the former home of Dr. Robert Lafayette Whipple. The home is now the property of the First Baptist Church of Cochran. The church named it "The Whipple House" in his honor.
The Whipple House as it currently stands, stripped by a former owner of the early 20th century porches and portico.

Earlier photo, with porches and portico
Dr. Whipple is in the Whipple Genweb at (also at in the Whipple Database).

You can read a life sketch elsewhere in the Whipple Website.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Possible Leads on the Ancestry of Captain John Whipple of Rhode Island?

Two weeks ago I received an email from Dr. Charles M. Whipple, fellow descendant of Captain John Whipple. Charles has published a number of books on his Whipple ancestry, most recently A History of Captain John and Sarah Whipple of Dorchester, Massachusetts and Providence: Rhode Island: A Multigenerational Study of the First Whipple Family in America. (The book is mentioned at the Whipple Books website; it is still available for purchase at the publisher's web site. Charles has his own page on the Whipple Website, at

It was Charles' 1976 publication of Sons and Daughters of Jesse: A 360 Year History of the Whipple Family--which I stumbled across in the late 1970s or early 1980s--that first motivated my interest in Whipple genealogy. Later, his publications played a major part in the "eureka moment" I experienced in 1997, when I realized that my ancestor, Captain John, was not the same person as the John Whipple of Bocking, England that came to America in 1638--six years after the arrival of teenage John (the future Captain John of Rhode Island).

In his email, Charles stated that "It has puzzled me for sometime as to why the Ipswich family and the Rhode Island family are so dissimilar [speaking of Y-DNA haplogroups]." Charles continued by referencing the 2006 article by William Fisk that extended the Ipswich Whipple line two generations, to Thomas Whipple of Bishops Stortford, England. (See William Wyman Fisk, "The Whipple Family of Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire: Proposed Ancestral Origin of Matthew Whipple of Bocking, Essex ..." The Genealogist 20 (Fall 2006): 191-217.)