The contents of this monograph was condensed from a soon to be released book by the author that chronicles 13 generations of his family through the states of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Indiana, Texas, and Oklahoma. In that most names, dates, and events alluded to in this narrative are well documented in numerous sources, only those specifically relating to the author's purposes are cited. For general information, or further resources on the Rhode Island Whipples, it is recommended that the reader consult the Whipple Website. Appreciation is extended to Blaine Whipple, Weldon Whipple, and Barbara Carroll for their invaluable assistance. The author may be contacted at

  1. Providence Record of Deeds, Book 9: 316-317. City Hall, Division of Archives and History. Providence, R.I.
  2. Nellie M.C. Beaman, ed., "Lincoln Cemetery Inscriptions," Rhode Island Genealogical Register 19 (1996): 74-75. See also: Whipple Lot, Lincoln, Historical Cemetery #LN075, Gravestones in Natural Order, Providence County. Rhode Island Historical Cemetery Database, on computer at the Rhode Island Historical Society Library. Printout, 3 October 2002. 
  3. Also, "On the William Whipple farm, stones now taken up and removed, lot plowed down. List of names given by Mr. L.A. Sayles. (Handwritten in: 'Now in Moshassuck Cemetery.')."
  4. "The earliest presently listed burial at Moshassuck Cemetery is 1868, but records don't start until 1909. The cemetery caretaker referred me to the librarian at the Central Falls Library, who keeps a database of old burials at the cemetery. He told me where the earliest burials are located, so I went back to the cemetery and searched the gravestones. I came across only one common gravestone inscribed: Whipple-Sprague-Salsbury, 1766-1885. There was no other information, and no way to get an interment list since the records are filed by date of death, not by surname, and do not start until 1909." --Barbara R. Carroll, Exeter, Rhode Island, private correspondence, 26 October 2002. It must be recalled that William's wife's maiden name was Sprague, as was his sister Mary Sprague.
  5. In most states in the 18th and 19th century, the "age of legal action" required to serve as an Executor for males was 14. In the states of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Missouri the minimal age was 17. In Rhode Island, land could not be owned until age 21. See: Judge Tapping Reeve, The Law of Baron and Femme, of Parent and Child, Guardian and Ward, Master and Servant, and of the Powers of the Courts of Chancery; With an Essay on the Terms Heir, Heirs, and Heirs of the Body, 3rd ed. (1862; reprint, New York: Source Book Press, 1970.)
  6. Henry E. Whipple, A Brief Genealogy of the Whipple Families Who Settled in Rhode Island (Providence: A Crawford Green, 1873), 48. 
  7. Barbara R. Carroll, private correspondence, 29 September 2002. During the time period, 1754-59, William deeded land to six of his eight sons: Benjamin, Eleazer, John, Joseph, Moses, and William. Anthony died in 1751. The whereabouts of Jeremiah remain unknown. Several of these deeds place the original Whipple west property line on the Moshassuck River. See: Smithfield Record of Deeds, Book 4: 74-76.
  8. Judith Ray, Founders and Patriots of the Town of Cumberland Rhode Island (Baltimore: Gateway Press, 1990). Private correspondence, 24 September 2002.
  9. Thomas Steere, History of the Town of Smithfield (Providence: E.L. Freeman, 1881), 26.
  10. Steere, 27.
  11. "Smithfield, Rhode Island Deaths," New England Historical and Genealogical Register 146 (1992): 351. Online at, printout dated 9 September 2002. 
  12. Smithfield Record of Deeds, Book 8: 175. City Clerk's Office, Central Falls, R.I. Eleazer bought the property of Joseph Razee of Cumberland in 1769. His other sons, Eleazer and Joseph, lived out their lives in Cumberland, both dying in the early 1820s.
  13. Reiteration is noted in the William Whipple will (1796), Smithfield Probates 13:132, City Clerk's Office, Central Falls, R.I. See also: Smithfield Record of Deeds, Book 8: 203-204. Jesse sold the property, which had been in the Whipple name for over 150 years, in 1817, and moved to the state of Indiana. His grandson, William T., homesteaded on the Cheyenne-Arapaho lands of Oklahoma Territory in 1896. William T. Whipple is the great grandfather of the author.
  14. Abstracts of Bristol County, Mass.: Probate Records, 1687-1845, 331-32. 
  15. Judith Ray, private correspondence, 17 September 2002.
  16. U.S. Census Records for Rhode Island, 1800 (Washington, D.C.:  U.S. Bureau of Vital Statistics)
  17. Henry E. Whipple, 48. A list of corrections to this book was printed in 1997 in which William, son of William, was correctly identified as the father of the 17 children. However, his birth/death dates as given were still incorrect. Owned by the Rhode Island Historical Society Library. A reprint is available from the New England Historical Genealogical Society, item #P3-59493.
  18. Representative Men and Old Families of Rhode Island (Chicago: J.H. Beers, 1908), 1677.
  19. David Jillson, "Descendants of Captain John Whipple of Providence Rhode Island," New England Genealogical Register 32:403-407.
  20. Clara McGuigan, The Antecedents and Descendants of Noah Whipple of the Rogerene Community of Quakertown, Connecticut (Ithaca, N.Y., 1971), 32-33. 
  21. Frank V. McDonald, Ancestors and Descendants of Job Whipple (New York, 1881), 12.