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Books by and about Ipswich Whipples

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Comprehensive Genealogies of the Ipswich Whipples

Whipple, Blaine. 15 Generations of Whipples: Descendants of Matthew Whipple of Ipswich, Massachusetts, Abt 1590-1647: An American Story. -- Baltimore, MD : Gateway Press, 2007.
ISBN: 978-0-9801022-4-6 (4-volume set).
This monumental 4-volume work is about the descendants of the older of the two sons of Matthew Whipple the Elder of Bocking, Essex County, England. The two sons (Matthew and John) sailed from England to Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1638. (Matthew's brother, "Elder" John Whipple, is discussed in Blaine's History and Genealogy of "Elder" John Whipple of Ipswich, Massachusetts. See below.)

Whipple, Blaine. History and Genealogy of "Elder" John Whipple of Ipswich, Massachusetts: His English Ancestors and American Descendants. -- Victoria, B.C. : Trafford, 2004.
ISBN: 155395676-1.
The first of two anticipated books by Blaine (the other one--about John's brother, Matthew--is listed above).
Here is some of what Diane Ptak of Albany, N.Y. writes in her review in the March 2005 National Genealogical Society Quarterly (vol. 93, no. 1). (Note: Ms. Ptak is a Certified Lineage Specialist (CLS), certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists.)
Rarely does one come across a family history text of this depth. Ambitious and rich in detail, it is a genealogical compilation and also a historical accounting that will appeal to students of colonial American history. Extensive historical backdrop has been intertwined with Whipple family story, expanding its time span and subject.
... Chapter endnotes -- some of them massive in number -- include valuable narrative information in addition to source citations.
... This book represents a unique text that will appeal to those interested in Whipple family history and in American colonial history. It is unsurpassed in detail, a captivating read, and a massive fait accompli.

CONTENTS: The Whipples of Bocking, Essex County, England -- Sea Voyage to New England -- The "Elder" John Whipple Family -- The Captain John Whipple Family [Note: This Captain John is the son of "Elder" John--not the Captain John Whipple of Providence, R.I.] -- The Sarah Whipple and Deacon Joseph Goodhue Family -- General William Whipple of New Hampshire, Signer of the Declaration of Independence.
Includes two appendices. The last half of the book is a descendancy chart of Elder John's father, Matthew, comprising 320 pages, followed by 30 pages of genealogical sources.

Whipple, Henry Burdette. A Partial List of the Descendants of Matthew Whipple, the Elder, of Bocking, Essex County, England. -- High Point, North Carolina : [s.n.], 1965-1969. -- (Genealogy & Family History ; G681)
In two volumes. Henry Burdette Whipple (Henry Burdette [10], Burdette [9], Chandler [8], Samuel [7], John [6], Edwards [5], Jonathan [4], Joseph [3], Matthew [2], Matthew [1]) lists hundreds of descendants of the Ipswich, Massachusetts, Whipple line. Volume 2 fills out the family tree started in volume 1.
Henry traces the Whipples as they spread from Ipswich throughout New England, the Midwest (Michigan, Indiana, the Dakotas, Nebraska, etc.), Wyoming, and California (and other states).
This title was "filmed by Microfilming Corporation of America (A New York Times Company)."

Whipple, Raymond Jr. The Whipples of Ipswich and Its Hamlet / as written and compiled by Raymond A. Whipple Jr. -- 2d ed. -- Beverly, MA : Minuteman Press, c2009. -- 72 p. : ill. (some col.), coats of arms, facsimiles, genealogical tables, maps ; 28 cm. -- ISBN ISBN 978-1-60402-000-7.
The book focuses on Whipples who have been born and died in Ipswich and the town of Hamilton (incorporated from Ipswich hamlet in 1793). It begins with the brothers Matthew and John, who immigrated to Ipswich from Bocking, England in 1638, as well as their known ancestors.
  1. The Author's Lineage
  2. The Grant
  3. The Early Years (1475-1638)
  4. The First Three Generations (1638-1750)
  5. The Next One-Hundred & Fifty Years (1750-1900)
  6. The Twentieth Century (1900-2000)
  7. The Church
  8. The Schools
  9. The Military
  10. Community Service
  11. The Presidential Connection
  12. Whipple Marrying Whipple
  13. The Family Clock
  14. The Land
  15. The Cemetery
  16. Bibliography
Available from the author for $26.00 ($23.00 + $3.00 shipping). Mail your request to:

Raymond Whipple
49 Mill Street
South Hamilton, MA 01982
Preston, Charles H. "Genealogy of the Whipples of Ipswich for Five Generations," Putnam's Monthly Historical Magazine, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 5-14; vol. 2, no. 2-3 (Oct.-Nov. 1893), pp. 62-66.

Specific Whipples

General Amiel Weeks Whipple

General Amiel Weeks Whipple was a military engineer, soldier and explorer. He mapped and surveyed rivers and harbors in the U.S., explored a southern railroad route through Arizona to California, and fought (and died) in the U.S. Civil War, where he had charge of the defense of Washington, D.C., from the southern side.

Shelburne, John P., and Gordon, Mary McDougall. Through Indian Country to California : John P. Sherburne's Diary of the Whipple Expedition, 1853-1854. -- Stanford : Stanford University Press, 1988.
Listed in the Amazon.com Bookstore.
ISBN: 0804714479
Chronicle of General Whipple's exploration of a railroad route through the southwestern U.S. to California.

Furgurson, Ernest B. Chancellorsville 1863 : The Souls of the Brave. --Vintage Books, 1993.
Listed in the Amazon.com Bookstore.
ISBN: 0679728317
General Whipple died at the Battle of Chancellorsville from a wound in the belt buckle. He "was uniquely distinguished as one of only a few (and perhaps the first) General Officers killed in combat." --Ed Easton (edeaston@erols.com). Find out why the battle of Chancellorsville "has obsessed military historians for 130 years and posed one of the great riddles of the Civil War."

Other Whipples

Fiske, William Wyman. "The Whipple Family of Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire: Proposed Ancestral Origin of MatthewA Whipple of Bocking, Essex, and a Whipple Ancestral Line for Arthur1 Gary of Roxbury, Massachusetts," The Genealogist, vol. 20, no. 2 (Fall 2006), pp. 191-217.
ISSN: 0197-1468.
Business address (subscriptions): The Genealogist, Picton Press, PO Box 1347, Rockland, ME 04841
Editorial address (articles for publication): The Genealogist, 25 Rodeo Ave. 22, Sausalito, CA 94965-1783
The author convincingly identifies Thomas Whipple of Braintree and Newport, Essex, England as the father of Matthew Whipple, the Elder, clothier of Bocking, England. He further proposes that Thomas' father is Thomas Whipple of Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England.

Jones, Louis C. Murder at Cherry Hill: The Strang-Whipple Case, 1827. -- Albany, N.Y. :Historic Cherry Hill, c1982.
ISBN: 0-943366-04-6.
Listed in the Amazon.com Bookstore catalog.
The book is about a love affair between Elsie (Lansing) Whipple, daughter of a leading Albany family, and Jesse Strang, a hired hand. The affair culminates in the murder of Elsie's husband, John Whipple, for which Strang was convicted and hanged. It was the last public execution in Albany.

Waters, Thomas Franklin. The John Whipple House in Ipswich, Mass., and the People Who Have Owned and Lived in It. -- Ipswich, Mass. : Ipswich Historical Society, 1915. -- (Publications of the Ipswich Historical Society ; 20)
Traces the house (still maintained by the Ipswich Historical Society), beginning in the late 1630s (?), as it passed from Elder John Whipple, to his son Captain John Whipple (not the one from Providence!), to his son Major John Whipple, to his daughter Mary (who married Benjamin Crocker), to Deacon John Crocker, continuing until its purchase by the Ipswich Historical Society in 1890.

Selected Whipples

Roberts, Gary Boyd. Ancestors of American Presidents. -- Santa Clarita, Calif. : Carl Boyer; Boston : Published in cooperation with the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995.
ISBN: 0-936124-19-9.
Listed in the Amazon.com Bookstore catalog. Also available directly from the New England Historic Genealogical Society.
Two U.S. Presidents, Calvin Coolidge and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, are descendants of Matthew Whipple of Bocking, England. Their relationships are outlined on a descendancy chart on pate 292. More detailed information about each president's ancestry begins on pages 70 and 79 respectively.

Austin, John Osborne. One Hundred and Sixty Allied Families. -- Salem, Mass., 1893 ; reprint ed. Baltimore : Genealogical Pub. Co., 1977.
Listed in the Amazon.com Bookstore catalog.

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