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Benjamin Whipple

Birthplace: Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
Death: Died in Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Capt. John Whipple and Sarah Whipple, of Providence
Husband of Ruth Whipple; Ruth Mathewson Whipple; Sarah Hearndon and Hannah Tower
Father of Benjamin Whipple; Ruth Whipple; Mary Whipple; Josiah Whipple; John Whipple and 1 other
Brother of John Whipple; Sarah Arnold, of Dorchester; Samuel Whipple, I; Cornett Whipple; Eleazer Whipple and 12 others

Occupation: Tanner, Shoemaker, Farmer
Managed by: Erin Spiceland
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About Benjamin Whipple

Genealogy of Western New York, at NY, Public Library, LN48, Vol 2: "Benjamin, fifth son of John Whipple, was born 1654, died 1704, in Dorchester, Massachusetts. He settled on a farm of three hundred acres situated about 4 miles West of Providence, Rhode Island.

He lived and died and is buried on that farm. He married April 1686, Ruth Matthewson, the daughter of James. Children: Benjamin, Nov 11, 1688; Ruth, May 12, 1692; Mary b 1694; Josiah "Jessie", July 27, 1697; John, Feb 25, 1699; and Abigail, June 12, 1703.

Genealogy of Whipple, Paddock, Bull Families in America by Ruth Kapphahn & James Grafton Carter says: "The house he dwelt in was left to his son , Benjamin, while his house by the "salt water" was left to his son John.

Benjamin Whipple came to Providence in 1658 or 9, with his family, being then 4 or 5 years of age. On April 1, 1686, at about the age of 23, he married Ruth Mathewson, dau of James Mathewson & Hannah Field. They were married by Rev. Richard Arnold. The lived on a farm near "Fruit Hill", now North Providence.

Ruth Mathewson Whipple survived her husbands death. They had 6 children. Ruth Mathewson's brother, John Mathewson, bought a 40 acre lot at the north end of Moswaniscut Pond with the Seven Mile Line at its eastern border. He took up residence there in 1694 in his cabin (probably a "mud hut" - cellar roofed with thatch, mud and wattle structures). He holds the honor of being first permanent settler in Scituate, RI.

New England Genealogy Journal: Whipple, Benjamin, Providence, s. of John of the same, own. alleg. to Charles II. 29 May 1671, when under 17 yrs. of age, m. 1 Apr. 1686, Ruth Matthewson, prob. d. of James, had Benjamin, b. 11 Nov. 1688; Ruth, 12 May 1691; Mary, 8 May 1694; Jona, 29 July 1697; John, 26 Feb. 1700; and Abigail, 12 June 1703.

DAVID, Providence, br. of the preced. m. at Hingham, 11 Nov. 1676, Hannah Tower of H. had Israel, b. 16 Aug. 1678; Deborah, 12 Sept. 1681; Jeremiah, 26 June 1683; William, 27 May 1685; Sarah, 1 Nov. 1687; Hannah, 9 Jan. 1691; and Abigail, 20 Oct. 1692.

ELEAZER, Providence, br. of the preced. own. alleg. to the k. 1 June 1667, as did his elder br. Samuel, m. 26 Jan. 1670, Alice, d. of Thomas Angell of the same, had Alice, b. 3 June 1675; and Margaret, perhaps more.

JAMES, Barnstable, m. Experience, d. of Gov. Hinckley, but I kn. no more, exc. that he may be found in Boston under the name of Whippo, and no doubt his w. d. early.

  • JOHN, Ipswich, an early sett. freem. 13 May 1640, was rep. that yr. ad 41, 2, 6, 50-3, clk. of the writs 1642, in place of Giles Firmin, was deac. or rul. Elder, perhaps both, had John, prob. b. in Eng. and Sarah, beside other elder ds. Susanna, Mary, and Eliz. His first w. Sarah d. 14 June 1658; but he left wid. Jennet, and d. 30 June 1669, says respectab. authty. in Geneal. Reg. VI. 66, tho. two pages aft. he makes it 1670. His d. Susanna m. Lionel Worth; Mary m. a Stone; Eliz. m. perhaps, Anthony Potter; and Sarah m. Joseph Goodhue of I. and her pious adv. to her childr. has been preserv. in print.

JOHN, Providence, was first at Dorchester, as early as 1632, in the serv. of Israel Stoughton, was a carpenter, join. with the ch. in 1641, had John, bapt. 7 Mar. 1641; Sarah, 6 Feb. 1642; Samuel, 17 Mar. 1644; Eleazer, 8 Mar. 1646; Mary, 9 Apr. 1648; William, 16 May 1652; Benjamin, 4 June 1654; and David, 28 Sept. 1656; sold his ho. and 40 or 50 acres to George Minot, 1658, and rem. [p.506] soon aft. to P. and in the summer of 1659 was adm. there as inhab. own. alleg. to the k. 1 May 1666, with his eldest s. had Joseph; Jonathan; and Abigail there; prob. d. soon aft. 16 May 1685, the date of his will.

Sarah m. a Smith;
Mary m. 9 Mar. 1666, Epenetus Olney;
Abigail m. William Hopkins. 

History of Providence County, Vol I & II

Ed. by Richard M. Bayles; W.W. Preston & Co., NY. 1891

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Benjamin Whipple's Timeline

June 4, 1654
Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
June 4, 1654
Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts
June 4, 1654
Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts
September 28, 1656
Age 2
Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts
April 1, 1686
Age 31
Providence, Providence, RI
November 11, 1688
Age 34
Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
May 12, 1691
Age 36
Providence, Providence, Rhode Island
Age 39
Providence, Providence, Rhode Island
July 29, 1697
Age 43
Providence, Providence, Rhode Island
Age 44
Providence, Providence, Rhode Island