Published sources are divided on the identities of two of Captain John Whipple's grandchildren, both named William Whipple. Their lines are as follows:
|The first William:
The first grandson William lived in Smithfield on the farm that he probably inherited from his father David. He gave a lease of a portion of his farm to Providence for mining purposes, to James Alford (merchant) of Boston, dated Oct. 28, 1715. He m c1713. Elizabeth Sprague(2) b. 26 May 1694(2) and d. c1735(2) dau. of Anthony and Mary (Tilden) Sprague.(3)
They had the following 17 children:
|The second William:
The second grandson William was a cooper by trade and resided in Attleboro, MA (which is now Cumberland, RI). His will dated Mary 29, 1740 and proved August 16, 1743 mentions all nine children and his wife Mary as executor.(11)
Here are their 9 children:
As you can, see the similarities between these two men are striking and have often been confused, and many time facts from one have been confused with facts from the other. William's wife Elizabeth's ancestry has been well documented in its connection to Richard Warren who sailed to the new world on the Mayflower and signed the Mayflower Compact.
I've enclosed footnotes not only to document my information, but so that perhaps others will be able to look at the evidence in an effort to help keep the mystery between these two William Whipples clear in the future.