Two Frequently Misidentified Whipples Named John

Two Frequently Misidentified Whipples Named John

The two earliest American immigrants named John Whipple are misidentified in a large number of online databases. In fact, many databases have merged them into a composite John Whipple, with a variety of spouses and a large number of children. We mention them here, in hopes of clearing up your confusion.

"Elder" John (1596-1669)

Died in Ipswich, Massachusetts

  1. John's entry in the Whipple Genweb
  2. Born in Bocking, England, in 1596.
  3. Son of Matthew "The Elder" Whipple, a clothier in Bocking, England. (See father Matthew's entry in the Whipple Genweb).
  4. Immigrated to Ipswich, Mass., with brother Matthew (see Matthew's entry in the Whipple Genweb) in 1638.
  5. Married Susanna Clark.
  6. Ipswich, Mass., Whipples all descend from John and his brother Matthew.

"Captain" John (abt. 1617-1685)

Died in Providence, Rhode Island

  1. John's entry in the Whipple Genweb
  2. Born in England—probably in Essex or a nearby county—about 1617.
  3. Parentage unknown.
  4. As a teen-age indentured servant, immigrated aboard the Lyon to Dorchester, Mass., in 1632.
  5. Married Sarah, then in 1658 moved with her and children to Providence, R.I., where additional children were born.
  6. The earliest known Providence, R.I., Whipple.
  7. Earliest Whipple settler in the New World.

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