(Besides the information on this page, you might want to visit
Wikipedia for more
information about these and other Whipples.)
- Ipswich (Mass.) Whipples
- Rhode Island Whipples
The earliest mention of a Whipple is probably an entry in
the Domesday Book (A.D. 1086), the record of a tax levied
shortly after the Norman Conquest of 1066. (In the
Domesday Book, the spelling was "Winple.") Several
centuries later, a nobleman named Henri de Hipple lived in
the old duchy of Normandy. Henri fought for King Henry V
at the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, for which he was
knighted and awarded lands in the county of Norfolk. His
family's name was changed to Whipple during the reign of
Henry VIII (1509-1547). The Whipple name continues in
- Present-day Whipple of London, England. (Yes, not all Whipples migrated to America!)
(See Anthony's photograph on
- Ernest George
- A resident of Winchcome Gloucester (in the U.K.), Ernest was a "well-known artist in dogs, cats, poultry, birds,
flowers, fruit, and insects. He also did cigarette cards." --Harold
- Of Bocking, England, he was for many years the earliest known Whipple in the Ipswich, Massachusetts,
line--and the earliest Whipple in the Whipple Genweb.
- Thomas Whipple
- Of Bishop's Stortford, England, he was proposed in fall 2006 as the new earliest known Whipple in the Ipswich, Massachusetts,
line. The grandfather of Matthew (above), he is now the earliest Whipple in the Whipple Genweb.
Most present-day Whipples are probably descendants of
immigrants to colonial America from England in the early 1600s. At least two groups of
Whipples settled in America at that time. One is represented by Captain John Whipple, who
settled in Providence, Rhode Island, after living for a period of time in
Dorchester, Massachusetts. The other group is represented by John and Matthew Whipple
(sons of Matthew "the Elder" Whipple), who migrated from Bocking, Essex,
England, and settled in Ipswich, Massachusetts. Among the descendants of
this group are U.S. Presidents, social reformers, inventors, manufacturers, statesmen,
explorers, and many others.
Notable among Afro-American Whipples is
Prince Whipple, originally a slave of (later freed by) General William Whipple, who signed
the Declaration of Independence. Other Afro-American Whipple branches exist, but are not
yet known to this website.
- Signer of the Declaration of Independence and governor of colonial Rhode Island. (His
was Commander in Chief of the Continental Navy. Their niece, Sarah
Hopkins, married Commodore Abraham Whipple,)
- Marion (Whipple) Rathbone
- Probably the first Whipple in America, Marion and her husband, Richard
Rathbone, are believed to have sailed from England aboard the ship Speedwell
in about 1621, settling in New England
- Abraham Whipple
- Commodore in the U.S. Navy during the American Revolution. (Visit The
Commodore's Page on this site.) Abraham
led the American colonies' first open, armed opposition to British forces in the burning
of the ship Gaspee (see www.gaspee.org)
on June 10th, 1772. (One of Abraham's ships--the Katy--was rechristened the Providence.
- John Whipple ("Captain")
- Previously thought to be the first Whipple in America. (In
fact, he might still be the first!) As a youth, John sailed aboard the Lyon
from England to Dorchester, Massachusetts, in
1631 or 1632. Some 26 years later, in 1658, he moved with his wife and
children to Rhode Island.
(See this site's Two
Immigrants Named John.)
- With his brother Matthew,
migrated from Bocking England to Ipswich, Massachusetts, in 1638. Son of Matthew.
This John is frequently confused with Captain John (the one who eventually settled in
Providence, Rhode Island). (See this site's Two
Immigrants Named John. John's will at http://www.hertge.com/wills/whipplej.htm)
- Joseph Whipple III
- Joseph III and his father Joseph Jr. both served
as deputy governors of Rhode Island. Joseph
III's portrait appears on this web site.
- Prince Whipple
- New Hampshire's foremost black
representative of America's Revolutionary War. Named after his master, General William Whipple. (See more
- Samuel Whipple
- Settled near the Connecticut village of Poquetannoc in 1712. His descendants who
remained in the Groton/Ledyard area became members of John Rogers' Rogerene community in Quakertown (in the southern part of
- Signer of the Declaration of Independence from New Hampshire. (See William
Whipple, Signer of the Declaration of Independence on this site.)
As the colonies united to form the United States, Whipple
ranks were joined by native Americans and immigrants from Ireland, Austria/Germany and
Prussia. (View the U.S. distribution of Whipples in 1850,
Whipples left the U.S. to settle in Australia, Chile and the Dominican Republic.
- Pioneer in the women's
- Latimer Whipple Ballou
- U.S. Representative from the 2nd Rhode Island district, 1875-1881.
- Founder of the Red Cross.
- William Jennings Bryan
- Husband of a Rhode Island Whipple, he was an American politician
and orator who ran (unsuccessfully) for U.S. President three times.
by Doug Linder.
- John Lester Hubbard Chafee
- Governor of Rhode Island 1962-1969; U.S. Secretary of the Navy,
1969-1972; U.S. Senator from Rhode Island 1977-1999.
- Lincoln D. Chafee
- U.S. Senator from Rhode Island, elected 2000, to serve until 3 Jan 2007.
- Montgomery "Monty" Clift
- Acted in numerous movies, including Freud (1962), Judgment at
Nuremberg (1961), Raintree County 1957), From Here to Eternity
(1953), Red River (1948), and The Search (1948)..
- 30th President of the United States (1923-1929). (Both of his parents are
descendants; so is his wife!)
- Research and development engineer at Bell Labs. Among his 130 U.S. Patents
are the coaxial cable, the radio altimeter, and radar.
- Arthur Fenner, Jr.
- Governor of Rhode Island, 1789-1805.
- James Fenner
- Elected as U.S. Senator from Rhode Island, he served from March 4, 1805, to September 1807, when he resigned to become
Governor of Rhode Island 1807-1811, 1824-1831, 1843-1845. He
was presidential elector, 1821 and 1837; and president of the Rhode Island
constitutional convention, 1842.
- John Brown Francis
- Governor of Rhode Island 1833-1838.
- Pioneer of rocket science (for whom NASA's Goddard
Space Flight Center is named).
- Ty Hardin
- Television and motion picture actor. His credits include Bronco Layne,
Merrill's Marauders, PT 109 and others (see
more complete list of credits).
- Charles W. Lippitt
- Elected governor of Rhode Island in 1895.
- Henry F. Lippitt, Sr.
- Elected governor of Rhode Island in 1875.
- Henry F. Lippitt, Jr.
- Served as a U.S. Senator from Rhode Island from 1911 to 1917.
(Howard Phillips) Lovecraft
- Writer of "wierd fiction." (His tale, The Case of Charles
Dexter Ward, is reviewed on
this site.) Visit his web site at www.hplovecraft.com.
- Best known as a poet, he was also a noted editor, literary critic, lecturer, teacher, scholar,
reformer and diplomat who played an important part in the cultual life of the United States.
- Called the "Father of the Common Schools," Horace Mann played a
leading role in establishing the United States' elementary school system.
Visit PBS's page on
- Joel McCrea
- Perhaps best known as a star in American Western movies, he also played
leading roles in non-Westerns, and has a star in Hollywood's Walk of Fame.
Among his numerous movies are titles like Ride the High Country
(1962), Stars in My Crown (1952) and Alfred Hitchcock's Foreign
what Google's search service retrieves for Joel McCrea.) His wife Frances
Dee and son Jody McCrea were/are
likewise noted actors/personalities.
- Originator of Oldsmobile cars.
- John Sargent Pillsbury
- Governor of Minnesota from 1876 to 1882, he founded Pillsbury
Mills with his brother George and nephew
- One of the large owners of the Standard Oil Company (in association with John D. Rockefeller, Stephen Harkness, William G. Warden, and
others), Charles founded and endowed the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y.
- Founder of Alaska's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race from Anchorage to
- 32nd President of the United States (1933-1945).
- A world class middle distance runner in the late 1960s and early 1970s,
Tom was a member of the United States Olympic team at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. He twice
(February 1970 and February 1971) set the world record in the 1000 meter run. On the latter occasion, he
held the world record for almost five years.
- Henry Hastings Sibley
- First Governor of the State of Minnesota (1858-1860).
- James Alfred Van Allen
- In the 1950s, instruments he designed and placed aboard the
first U.S. satellite, Explorer One, discovered the bands
of radiation surrounding the Earth--now called the Van Allen
Radiation Belts. The Van Allen Belts explain (for example) the
aurora borealis ("northern lights") seen in the northern
latitudes. Van Allen died 9 Aug 2006 in Iowa City, Iowa. Related
(Addison Beecher Colvin) "Cal" Whipple
- An executive editor at Time-Life Books. He authored a number of books on a
variety of subjects, including some on ships and manners.
- Professor of surgery at Columbia University, 1921-1946, who developed the "Whipple
operation" for treatment of pancreatic cancer.
- Explorer of the southwestern U.S., topographical engineer, and military general and
defender of Washington, D.C., during the U.S. Civil War, where he was mortally wounded at
the battle of Chancellorsville in 1863. From the 1860s until 1881, Fort Myer (Arlington National
Cemetery, Virginia) was named Fort Whipple, in his honor.
- Portrait painter and mural artist. He spent seven years (1921-1928) retouching the famous Brumidi paintings
in the first floor Senate wing of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C.
His portrait of President McKinley is in the the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institute, Washington,
- Charles W. Whipple
- Appointed Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court in 1848. He was a
delegate to the state Constitutional Convention in 1850 and served in a
variety of other capacities.
- Chris C. Whipple
- Former producer at CBS News 60 Minutes and ABC News
PrimeTime, and creator of the hit show What Would You
- Boston author and lecturer. His biographers state that (although
"time has passed him by") in the mid-nineteenth century "he was
surpassed only by Poe and James Russell Lowell [his 7th cousin, see above]
as an informed, judicious, and comprehensive critic."
- Frances Harriet Whipple Green McDougall
- Poet, novelist, essayist, abolitionist, suffrage advocate, spiritualist.
Active first in Rhode Island and New England, she migrated to San Francisco
in 1861. Read Sarah C.
O'Dowd's biography and analysis of her life and literary contributions.
- Frank Whipple, Jr.
- Creator of the "Whimsical Nuns" paintings sold at Laguna Originals Gallery
(Laguna Beach, California). You can now purchase Frank's Whimsical Nuns paintings as
greeting cards from Whipple's Wimples. Collectors of
Frank's paintings include Lucille Ball, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Carson, and others. (Source:
- Astronomer. He was Chairman of Department of Astronomy, Harvard University, 1949-1956,
and Director of the Smithsonian Institution Astrophysical Observatory, beginning in 1955. Arizona's Fred
Lawrence Whipple Observatory bears his name.
- George C. Whipple III
- New York society reporter. George hosts Whipple's
World on NY1. (See George in the Photo
- Recipient of the 1934 Nobel Prize in Medicine. (See his biography and a photograph of his childhood home on this
site. That home is now the Whipple
House Museum in Ashland, New Hampshire.)
- Guy Montrose Whipple
- American psychologist and editor.
- Henry Benjamin Whipple (Bishop)
- The first Episcopal bishop of Minnesota.
- Boston photographer who was the first in the United States to
take up the manufacture of chemicals that were used in the
process. Read Historic
Camera's biography of John Adams Whipple
- John N. Whipple
- The husband of Eva Dalton of the notorious Dalton Gang of Kansas and
- Boston hotel owner and manager. (See his biography
on this site.)
- Manley Nehemiah Whipple
- Manley (1814-1843) and two of his grand
children, Charles Burgess and Ella Agnes Burgess Sneary, drew a series of
pencil sketches that are the subject of a set of
pages on the Whipple Website.
- The first of a line of Irish Whipples that immigrated to the United
States from County Cork, Ireland, in the early 1800s. (See genealogist Blaine Whipple's Why
They Left The Emerald Isle.) Among Robert's descendants are one of two Whipple
families that currently live in Australia. That family moved from Kansas
to Australia via New Zealand in 1970. The other family migrated to Perth
from Hawaii, about 100 years ago. (Source: Tricia Whipple)
- S.A. (Seth
- Born in Michigan in 1855, S.A. is noted for his paintings of ore boats and
scenes in the Great Lakes region of the U.S.
- Sampson E. "Sam" Whipple
- "American actor best remembered for his role as
Dr. John Ballard on the TV series Seven
Days. His credits include The
Doors, Airheads, This Is Spinal
Tap, ... The Rock [and many others]."
Additional credits appear
- Civil engineer, "The father of American bridge building." (See his biography on this site.)
"Red Legs" Whipple (Chief)
- Sioux Indian Chief who lived in southern Minnesota in the 19th century.
"Forced" to take a "European" name, he chose Thomas Whipple, and named
his son Benjamin
Whipple, after Bishop
Henry Benjamin Whipple, Episcopal Bishop of Minnesota, a vocal advocate of the rights
of native Americans. (Source: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Silent screen star who started his acting career on the stage in Oakland and San Francisco, Calif. He
reportedly taught Lon Chaney how to mix and apply make-up. Walter starred in "Squaw
Man" on the stage in San Francisco. Although not listed in the credits,
Walter was in the silent film "Hell's Hinges"
with Wm. S. Hart? (Source: Katherine Ruth Neal, Walter's
- Author. At age 49 he "began writing and gave up all other interests, ... producing
the equivalent of fifty books, including newspaper and magazine syndicate articles, and at
sixty began writing for the motion picture industry." He designed the Whipple Flag.
Denison Whipple (Major General)
- Chief of Staff in the Army of Cumberland in the Civil War, and later on the staffs of Generals Sherman and Sheridan.
He is buried in
Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington Virginia .
- Winfield "Win" Whipple
- Born in Crowley, Louisiana, Win grew up in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. He is
remembered in Arkansas sports history for The Jump, on May 5, 1933,
at the annual state high school track meet at the College of the Ozarks at
Clarksville. Read his biography
by Larry Don Frost.
- American playwright best known for The Glass Menagerie (1945) and A
Streetcar Named Desire (1947).
- Lothrop Withington, Jr
- Harvard freshman and football captain and noted goldfish swallower. After
earning an extra $10 for swallowing a goldfish at the Harvard's Freshman
Union on 3 Mar 1939, Lothrop remarked, "The scales caught a bit on my
throat as it went down." (See Swallowing
- Colonizer of the American West and second president of the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints. Edson
Whipple (of Rhode Island descent) accompanied Brigham on his first
journey to the Salt Lake Valley. (Edson's
autobiography appears on this site.) Nelson
Wheeler Whipple and Eli
Whipple followed soon after.
- Quarterback for the San Francisco '49ers.
- Migrated from Kansas to Australia via New Zealand in 1970. This line
descends from Robert Eugene Whipple, who migrated to the United States from Ireland in the
- Lysander Greenlief a.k.a William Francis Whipple
- Ancestor of many of today's Australian Whipples.
Germany (and German-speaking countires) didn't really exist as a
nation before 1871. Before that time, it was a diverse group of countries,
duchies, independent cities, etc.--whose boundaries shifted frequently.
- George Whipple
- The Whipples of Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, are descendants of George
Whipple, whose son, Charles Frederick Whipple,
was born in Germany in 1841, and immigrated to the U.S. in 1844. (See the 6
Jun 1900 Census of Ward 5, Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, which lists Charles
F. Whipple as head of household, born in Germany--as were his parents.) Some
sources indicate that the Terrebonne Whipples came from Baden (more
specifically, from Baden-Baden). We're not sure how to
say/spell "Whipple" in German. George might have been spelled
Georg; Charles Frederick might have been Carl (or Karl) Friedrich.
A family named Wippel reportedly came to the U.S. from Austria/Germany.
Upon their arrival in about 1900, they anglicized the spelling of their name to Whipple. (Source:
A group of Whipples in
Kansas/Missouri and New York traces its ancestry to a family named Woepple (or Wöpple)
from Prussia. (The Prussian Whipples might be related to the
Austria/Germany Whipples mentioned above.) (Source: Jason T. Whipple)
- Ancestor of all Whipples in Chile. Migrated from the U.S. to Chile in about 1850.
- Born in 1893 in Kingsbridge, N.Y., Lowell is the ancestor of all the
Whipples in the Dominican Republic that we know about..
Kees van Keulen (KeesvanKeulen@introweb.nl)
of the Netherlands reports that three of his relatives are Whipples. In a note
to the Whipple Website dated 20 Jan 2000, he states that they include:
The grandmother of my daughter - she is a Rosalie Whipple (Risselada-Harrold)) and at her age of 82 lives in
The oldest daughter of this (very very nice) grandma and the aunt of my
daughter - she is an Inez Whipple (Schreij-Risselada) and lives in Schimmert in the deep-south of The
My daughter - who is Robin Whipple Risselada.
Referring to the fact that all the three Dutch Whipples he
knows are all women (who change their surnames when married), Kees adds, "There won't be more Whipples around here,