Who's Who: 3 Colonial Immigrants Named John Whipple

Who's Who: 3 Colonial Immigrants Named John Whipple

The following three immigrants named John Whipple came to Colonial America from England in the 1630s.

1. "Captain" John Whipple (abt. 1618-1685)

  • Baptized 23 Dec 1618 at St. Mary and St. Lawrence Church, Great Waltham, Essex County, England
  • Sailed from London 22 Jun 1632 aboard the Lyon, arriving in Dorchester (part of present-day Boston) 16 Sep 1632
  • Died 16 May 1685 in Providence, Rhode Island

Teenage John was apprenticed to Israel Stoughton, who paid for his passage to the New World. Less than a month after his arrival in Dorchester, on 3 Oct 1632, "John Wipple and Alex Miller were ordered to pay fines to their master Israel Stoughton for their wasteful expenditure of power and shot.

It wasn't until later that his last name was spelled Whipple (with an "h"). Records in England had spelled his name Whaple or Whaples.

John was given the title Captain in the late 1670s to recognize his role in the 1765 King Philip's War, where he remained in Providence with a small number of other residents to defend the town while much if it was burned by Indians.

See this "Captain" John's entry in the Whipple Database.

2. "Elder" John Whipple (1596-1669)

  • Born 1596 in Bocking, Essex, England
  • Immigrated to Ipswich, Mass., in 1638 with his wife Susanna Clarke and the six of their eleven children who were still living. His older brother Matthew and wife Anne Hawkins and six of their eight children who were still living came to America at the same time.
  • Died 30 Jun 1669 in Ipswich, Massachusetts

Ipswich Massachusetts Whipples descend from this John and his brother Matthew. John and Matthew were sons of Matthew Whipple (born about 1550, buried at St. Mary's Church Cemetery in Bocking, England).

See "Elder" John's entry in the Whipple Database.

3. "Captain" John Whipple (1625-1683)

  • Born 21 Dec 1625 in Bocking, Essex, England.
  • Immigrated to Ipswich, Mass., at the age of about 12 in 1638 with his father "Elder" John Whipple (see 2. above) and mother Susanna Clarke and five living siblings. His uncle Matthew and aunt Anne Hawkins and six of their eight children (his cousins) came to America at the same time.
  • Died 10 Aug 1683 in Ipswich, Massachusetts

According to Blaine Whipple, he first held the title of Cornett, a militia title thought to be the first rank of the officer corp, gained by a vote of soldiers in the company. He later became Captain John Whipple.

See this "Captain" John's entry in the Whipple Database.

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