Friday, April 15, 2016

Early Whipple Immigrants

Two sets of Whipple immigrants arrived in New England in the 1630s:
  1. The teenage John Whipple sailed from England on the ship Lyon and arrived in Dorchester (in present-day Boston) on September 16, 1632. He was about 15 years old, born about 1617 somewhere in England. In 1658--when about 41 years of age--John, his wife Sarah (maiden name and birthplace uncertain) moved with his nine children to Providence, Rhode Island, where two additional children were born. John died in Providence on May 16, 1685.
  2. The middle-aged brothers Matthew (born about 1590) and John Whipple, (born 1596) arrived to Ipswich, Massachusetts, from their native Bocking, Essex County, England six years later, in 1638. Both were in their forties when they arrived. Matthew died in Ipswich on September 28, 1647; John died in Ipswich on June 30, 1669. Matthew and John were the children of Matthew Whipple of Bocking.

The Challenge:

Many (most?) online databases (other than Whipple.org) have merged those early immigrants and their descendants. Until relatively recently, most published Whipple genealogies also confused the two groups. Those sources have led to errors in the online databases.

The pages below seek to clarify those immigrant families:

1844 Immigrants from Baden Baden to Louisiana

A group of present-day Whipples are descendants of George Whipple, who migrated from from Baden Baden (in present-day Germany) to Louisiana in 1844. Some of George's descendants are listed in the Whipple Database.

Read more here: