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. Born in Bocking, England, in 1596.
  2. Immigrated to America with brother Matthew (see Matthew's entry in the Whipple Genweb) about 1638, settling in Ipswich, Mass. (Though apparently listed on some Lyon passenger lists [compare two versions of the list on this site], he immigrated about six years after the 1631 or 1632 voyage!)
  3. Son of Matthew "The Elder" Whipple, a clothier in Bocking, England. (See father Matthew's entry in the Whipple Genweb).
  4. Ipswich, Mass., Whipples all descend from John and his brother Matthew.
  5. Wife was named Susanna Clark or Sarah Hawkins. (See her entry in the Whipple Genweb.)
  6. John's entry in the Whipple Genweb

"Captain" John (abt. 1617-1685)

Died in Providence, Rhode Island

  1. Born in England, about 1617. (Some writers give John's birth in Milford, Wales; Dorchester, England; Devonshire, England, etc. ... without citing verifiable sources.)
  2. Immigrated aboard the Lyon (compare two versions of the list on this site) in 1631 or 1632, settling in Dorchester, Mass. Moved to Providence, R.I., in about 1658.
  3. Parentage unknown.
  4. The earliest known Providence, R.I., Whipple.
  5. Married Sarah. (Secondary sources give maiden name of They, Darling, Hutchinson, but give no convincing primary sources.) (See her entry in the Whipple Genweb.)
  6. John's entry in the Whipple Genweb

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