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Henry Willard "Willard" Whipple

Henry Willard "Willard" Whipple

Male 1812 - 1889  (77 years)

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  • Name Henry Willard "Willard" Whipple 
    Born 5 Jan 1812  Dummerston, Windham, Vermont Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 11 Mar 1889  Farmington, Davis, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I8108  Whipple Descendants
    Last Modified 19 May 2021 

    Father John Whipple,   b. 11 Feb 1791, Norwich, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Mar 1872, Bradford, McKean, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Mother Marjory Willard,   b. 7 Sep 1794, Dummerston, Windham, Vermont Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jan 1869, Bradford, McKean, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 11 Jul 1811 
    Family ID F514  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth Dorothy "Betsy" Barrows,   b. 27 Feb 1814, , , New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Nov 1871  (Age 57 years) 
    Married Abt 1833  Dummerston, Windham, Vermont Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Charles Whipple,   b. Abt 1832, Jamestown, Chautauqua, New York Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Cynthia Jane Whipple,   b. 14 Jun 1835, Jamestown, Chautauqua, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Nov 1875, Farmington, Davis, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years)
     3. Orison Whipple,   b. 30 Mar 1842, Jamestown, Chautauqua, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Feb 1905, Oakland, Alameda, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
     4. Elvira Whipple,   b. 17 Sep 1847, Jamestown, Chautauqua, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jul 1908, Mammoth, Juab, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
     5. Mary Rosetta Whipple,   b. 23 Jul 1848, , McKean, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 May 1901, , Alameda, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years)
    Family ID F4647  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 5 Jan 1812 - Dummerston, Windham, Vermont Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Abt 1833 - Dummerston, Windham, Vermont Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 11 Mar 1889 - Farmington, Davis, Utah Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • !SOURCE: Phleger Estate, Historic Resource Study for Golden Gate national Recreation Area in San Mateo County (PDF) (Report). National Park Service. 2010, pp. 254-55:
      Willard Whipple is the name most associated with the history of the area, since busy Whipple Avenue in Redwood City is named for him. The thoroughfare was originally called Whipple's Mill Road because of the lumber he hauled on it and then Whipple Road, before its current appellation.

      Whipple was born in New York around 1803. He married Elizabeth Hayes in 1824 and followed his parents by entering into the Mormon Church. It is thought he left the Mormon settlement at Nauvoo, Illinois in 1844, and then came to California.

      That his politics were pro-North, as the Civil War approached, is evident in his naming the Creek of which he is associated: "Union Creek." As the stream flowed between his two mills, he originally referred to sections of the Creek as "East Union Mill" and "West Union Mill". Common usage, however, designated the "Upper Mill" as the western site and "Lower Mill" as the one to the east. The Creek itself simply became West Union

      Whipple originally got into the redwood business in the Woodside area when he, with Isaac Branham and a man named DeHart, built a steam-powered mill at the site of Charles Brown's mill at Alambigue Creek. Whipple, with a previous partner, had evidently brought a steam boiler around Cape Horn. It may have been the first on the Pacific Coast. It was certainly the first on the Peninsula.

      Whipple made it his business to deliver logs to this mill, charging his partners $25 per thousand board feet. He eventually bought out his companions and made enough with this mill to build two new mills on West Union Creek.

      Before the buyout, with his associates, in July of 1852, he leased rights to log trees to the north and west of his original mill, including land all the way to the summit of the mountains, from John Greer of Rancho Cañada de Raymundo. These lands included the property known today as the Phleger Estate.



      !SOURCE: 16 Aug 1850 U.S. Census of Bradford, McKean, Pennsylvania, dwelling 354, family 354:
      • Willard Whipple, 35, carpenter, b. VT
      • Betsy Whipple, 33, b. NY
      • Orrison Whipple, 8, male, b. NY
      • Alvira Whipple, 3, b. NY
      • Rosetta Whipple, 1, b. PA


      !SOURCE: California State Census, 1852, San Francisco County - familysearch.org FHL film 004640622, image 709, lines 31-35:
      • Willard Whipple, 41, Lumber Manufr, b. VT, last residence PA
      • Mrs Whipple, 39, b. NY, last residence PA
      • H Whipple, 11, male, b. NY, last residence PA
      • Eloise Whipple, 7, b. PA, last residence PA
      • Rosette Whipple, 5, b. PA, last residence PA


      !SOURCE: Daily Alta California, Vol. 5, no. 301, 30 Oct 1854, p. 4, column 3:
      Sheriff's Sale--By virtue of an execution issued out of the Superior Court of the City of San Francisco, at the suit of Willard Whipple, Eli Whipple, Watkin Powell and Robert Palmer against C. Richards, L. Richards and Oliver Wetherbee, duly attested the 17th day of August, 1854, I have seized and taken into execution the following property, to wit: All the interest of the said defendants, any or either of them, in and to the steam sawmill known as "Richards' Mill," situated on the mountain in the Redwoods, near the Pulgas Ranch, in San Francisco county ...


      !SOURCE: Pioneer Database, 1847-1868: William McBride Company (1855) "This small company consisted of 24 people with 8 wagons when it left Santa Clara, California. They were joined by 13 others six days later and traveled down the coast and then inland from Los Angeles to San Bernardino. ... From there they traveled northward over Cajon Pass across the Mojave Desert on the California Road to Salt Lake City." <https://history.churchofjesuschrist.org/overlandtravel/companies/393/william-mc-bride-company-1855>:
      • Whipple, Henry Willard, 43, b. 5 Jan 1812, d. 11 Mar 1889
      • Whipple, Elizabeth Dorothy, 41, b. 27 Feb 1814, d. 18 Nov 1871
      • Whipple, Charles, 22, b. abt 1832
      • Whipple, Cynthia Jane, 19, b. 14 Jun 1834, d. 5 Nov 1874
      • Whipple, Orson, 13, b. 30 Mar 1842, d. 17 Feb 1905
      • Whipple, Elvira, 7, b. 17 Sep 1847, d. 8 Jul 1908
      • Whipple, Mary Rosetta, 6, b. 23 Jul 1848


      !SOURCE: "Phleger Estate" article in Wikipedia, cited 16 May 2021:
      Willard Whipple was one of many area lumbermen who dragged logs to the port at Redwood City. His Whipple's Mill Road has come to be known as Whipple Avenue. He was a Union sympathizer in the Civil War and named the creek on which his mills operated West Union Creek. Whipple built his steam-powered Upper Mill in late 1852 at the site of today's Phleger House (now occupied by Gordon and Betty Moore) on the Phleger Estate.


      !SOURCE: The San Francisco Directory for the Year commencing December, 1865, p. 452 - familysearch FHL film 008728274, image 1675: "Whipple Willard, contractor, dwl 321 Clementina."

      !SOURCE: Daily Alta California, vol. 80, no. 92, 2 Apr 1889, p. 1, col. 3: "Willard Whipple, a life member, on March 11th, at Farmington, Utah"


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