The Name and Family of Whipple

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From the Family History text entitled, “A History of Merrill Curtis, Leola Freshwater, and their Families,” written by Leola, Merrill, their ancestors, their grandparents, their parents, and their children.

Origin of the Name

The name and family of Whipple is from the Anglo-Saxon. It is derived from HWEOP, meaning a whip and el, a terminative expressing an inanimate object. The meaning generally ascribed to the name is, therefore, “a whip-like bar.”

The name is sometimes found in the form of Wheple, Wippill, and Whippull.

Whipples in Great Britain

There are records of members of the family throughout the centuries in all the British Isles, but most frequently in England. William Wheple cordwainer, had his recorded in London in 1397.

In 1408, a grant of land was made to John and Alice Whipple, also of London. In Canterbury, John Whipple, clerk, made his will in the year 1594. The name of John Whippull appears on records of Essex in the year of 1549. Others of the name are found in Huntington and Middlesex.

The records show that the Whipples were landowners, industrious tradesmen and respectable citizens…

There is good reason to believe that the ancestors of the Virginia Branch of the family originated with Henri De Whipple of Normandy.

In the service of William the Conqueror, Henri De Whipple was granted the memorial estate of Wraxall. He was knighted on the battlefield of Agincourt and given his motto, “idele et Brave.” The name was anglicized to Whipple, in the time of Henry VII.

Whipples in America

Colonel John Whipple, the first in the Virginia line, immigrated to the Colonies with Prince Rupert’s Division of Cavaliers in 1662.

The greater number of Whipples in America are believed to be descendants from the Essex Branch of the family. Matthew and Elder John Whipple, brothers, settled in Ipswich, Massachusetts. Before 1638, they are believed to have been the sons of Matthew Whipple of Bocking Co. of Essex, England. Matthew, the younger, had six children: John, Matthew, Joseph, Mary, Anna, and Elizabeth.

Elder John was the father of John, Susanna, Mary and Sarah.

John, the eldest of the latter family, was commissioned Captain in King Philip’s War in 1676. His children were John, Matthew, Joseph, Susan, Sarah, and Anna. Of these last John and Matthew were both ranking officers in the Colonial Army.

Other branches of the family were represented by David, Samuel, John, and Eleazer Whipple, who although believed to be related, all settled in Rhode Island early in the seventeenth century.

The Connecticut Whipples ware mostly descended from two brothers, Samuel and Zebulon, early colonists from Wales.

Groups of the family are to be found in practically every state of the Union, a large section being found in New York.

Most popular of the Christian names to be found in the family of the Whipples are Matthew, John, Benjamin, William, Job, Sarah, Anna, and Joseph.

Whipples in the American Revolution

William Whipple of Maine (1730-1785) was the most famous of the family to serve in the Revolution, and in 1776 he was elected to the Continental Congress and he was one of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence. He served with exceptional bravery as Brigadier General in the Revolutionary War. Later he became Judge of the Supreme Court of New Hampshire. William Whipple was a descendant of Matthew Whipple of Ipswich through a long line of military men. William’s brother, Joseph Whipple (Colonel) was also prominent in the services of the Colonies.

Abraham Whipple of Rhode Island (1733-1819) took part in the French and Indian Wars as well Revolutionary War, in the capacity of Naval Commander.

Other Outstanding Whipples

Besides these mentioned there were considerable more than 100 in the Revolution from Massachusetts alone. A large number of the family fought in the war of 1812, and others were between states.

Some of the outstanding are: Edwin Percy Whipple of Massachusetts, author and critic; Henry Benjamin Whipple, of New York (1822-1901), Protestant Episcopal Bishop; and Sq. Whipple of Massachusetts (1804-1888), Civil Engineer.

Whipples have distinguished themselves in the learned professions but they are perhaps even more noted for their achievements as warriors on land and sea, in both the Old World and the New.

Family Historians consider the most outstanding general characteristic of the family to be determination and courage.

Whipple Pioneers

Even in their pioneering they were a noted family of people. John Whipple’s family were note as pioneers of the West. He was the son of Timothy Whipple of Connecticut and Vermont.

There are histories written of these men who pioneered the west to Old Mexico and went through many hardships.

Edson Whipple, son of John Whipple who was born in Vermont in the years of 1832 to 1900 spent his time on the front helping to settle and farm the land wherever he went. He had four large families of children and they were men and women who helped to pioneer the country and they went through many hardships and privations.



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