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What is our Whipple connection?

George Betterley 1790-1858 of Newfane Twp, Windham Co, VT married Dimmis Whipple 1792-1864, daughter of John Whipple 1765-1830 and Basmoth Elnore Hutchins 1769-1846. They later moved to Milford Twp, Otsego Co, NY. George has a headstone in the Milford churchyard, and it is assumed that Dimmis is buried there as well. John Whipple is buried in Ellor Cemetery on Dummerston Hill in Windham Co, VT. His wife died near Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie Co, IA while travelling with son Edson Whipple on the westward Mormon migration, but her burial place is unknown. Edson accompanied the noted Brigham Young to Utah in 1847, and his diary entries can be found online. John's parents, Timothy Whipple 1723-1796 and Elizabeth Safford 1723/24-1810, are buried in the Meeting House Hill Cemetery in West Brattleboro.

Our Whipple family in early America

The authority on the Whipple family in America is the Whipple Website by Weldon Whipple, from where I have learned most of what I know of this family. Captain John Whipple c1617-1685 was the first Whipple in America and is unrelated to the Whipples of Ipswich, MA as far as is known. I don't know why people call him "Captain". He arrived at Dorchester, MA (now part of Boston) in about 1632 aboard the ship Lyon. He was a house builder in Dorchester, where he married wife Sarah c1624-1666 in about 1639/40. They moved the family to Providence, RI in 1658, where they lived out their lives. Their home in Providence is gone, but houses he built in Dorchester apparently still stand. John and Sarah were buried in their garden in Providence. It is thought by some, and disputed by others, that they were later reburied at North Burial Ground where there are markers in their memory.

North Burial Ground in Providence, Rhode Island [photos by Loren Dahling, Aug 2004]

Whipple family plot, including John and Sarah

 

Geoffrey and Patrick Dahling at graves of 11th gr-grandparents John and Sarah Whipple

 

In Memory of
Capt. John Whipple who
was Born in England &
Died in Providence-Town
ye 16th Day of May Anno
Dom. 1685 About 68
Years of age

 

In Memory of Mrs. Sarah
Whipple. ye Wife of Capt/
John Whipple. She was
Born in Dorchester in
New England & Died in
Providence Anno Dom.
1666. Aged about 42
Years.

To get to the Whipple family plot, begin at the cemetery office at the south end and drive north. Take the road to the right of the large stone at the entrance. After about three intersections, see "Dahlia Path" sign on left. These signs were being repaired when we were there, so it took us a long time. The plot is about 15 paces in a southwesterly direction as pictured above. The youthful manager of the cemetery was very helpful and friendly. Due to budget constraints, this was the first time since he took over a few years ago that he had a maintenance crew. That is why the older part of the cemetery was in need of mowing. There just isn't enough money to pay for it, even though it is publicly owned and a very historic cemetery.

Son Samuel Whipple 1643/44-1710/11 and wife Mary Harris1639-1722 are also in this cemetery. Grandson Samuel Whipple 1669-1728 and wife Elizabeth Eddy 1670-1717/18 settled near Poquetanuck, CT in 1712. I was unable to find their burial place.

 

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