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John Whipple, Sr., of Providence

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Milford, Pembrokeshire, Wales
Death: Died in Providence, Providence, Rhode Island
Place of Burial: North Burial Ground,Providence,Rhode Island
Immediate Family:

Husband of Sarah and Sarah Whipple, of Providence
Father of Sarah Arnold; John Whipple, Jr.; Sarah Arnold, of Dorchester; Samuel Whipple, I; Cornett Whipple and 8 others

Occupation: Tavern Keeper, Carpenter, House Builder & Farmer
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About Capt. John Whipple

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Whipple_%28settler%29 Pioneer settler of Rhode Island & friend of Roger Williams

Burial

  • John Whipple was originally buried on his farm. His grave was later moved it current location in North Burial Ground in Providence, RI.
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 11290873

John Whipple House in Ipswich, MA

The John Whipple House is a historic colonial house and National Historic Landmark in Ipswich, Massachusetts. Built in the seventeenth century, the house has been open to the public as a museum since 1899. The oldest portion of the farm house was allegedly built around 1642 possibly for John Fawn and sold shortly after to Captain John Whipple, a British soldier and entrepreneur (some speculated that Fawn may have built the house as early as 1638). A large addition to the house was purportedly constructed later in the seventeenth century. In 2005 a dendrochronology test estimated that the earliest surviving part of the house was actually built in 1677.

Currently, the house is run by the Ipswich Historical Society. The house features oak, pine and chestnut framework. The house was sold several times and used as housing for mill workers in the late nineteenth century. In 1898 the Ipswich Historical Society purchased the house, restored it, and opened it as a museum and headquarters the next year. The house was later moved from its original downtown location on Market and Saltonstall Streets to its present location. In 1953 the current gables and casement windows were re-added to the structure as part of another extensive renovation. The John Whipple House was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966.

John Whipple House

Notes

It is most frequently reported that John Whipple was born in England, probably in Bocking, County Essex. Captain Whipple's headstone states that he "was born in England and died in Providence ... 1685 about 68 years of age." Some evidence supporting Bocking in County Essex as John Whipple's place of origin is that it is from there that Israel Stoughton sailed to America.

Another piece of circumstantial evidence that points toward Bocking, County Essex, as John Whipple's place of origin is that the Ipswich, Massachusetts, branch of the Whipple family, founded by Matthew and his brother John Whipple the Elder, came from Bocking, County Essex, to Ipswich, Massachusetts. Matthew Whipple, Sr., John the Elder and Matthew's father, were residents of Bocking County, England. It has not as of yet been proven that these two John Whipples were cousins, however there is strong suspicion that they were. It is an interesting coincidence that both Johns arrived in the New World about the same time, both received the rank of Captain and both married a woman named Sarah. The Ipswich Whipple House still stands, and that branch of the family claims William Whipple, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, as a descendant. However, John Whipple of Providence, was not without a descendent of so high a distinction; Stephen Hopkins, the signer with "the shakiest hand, but the steadiest heart", was a grandson of Abigail (Whipple) Dexter Hopkins, Captain Whipple's youngest daughter.[ 3 ]This is the best evidence I would uncover for John Whipple's English origin. I must note that one source mentioned the possibility of "Milford, Wales or England",[ 4 ] although I could not find additional evidence to support the theory of Welsh ancestry.

In 1637, John Whipple received a grant of land at Dorchester Neck, Massachusetts. He married Sarah, at Dorchester about 1639-40, and they united with the church at Dorchester in 1641. The maiden name of his wife is not known, although it was suggested in one source that she was Sarah Darling.[ 5 ] Sarah was born of Pilgrim descent at Dorchester about the year 1624 and died in Providence in 1666, aged about 42 years; thus she could not have been over sixteen years of age when she married.[ 6 ]

John Whipple was a house carpenter by trade and owned a house and forty to fifty acres of land near Neponset Village. He lived at Dorchester about eighteen years, and during that time, he had six sons and two daughters.

In 1658, John sold his house and land to James Minot. The deed is now in the possession of the Rhode Island Historical Society.

1. Removed to Providence

John left Dorchester for Providence town where he increased his family by adding two sons and one daughter, bringing the total to eleven--eight sons and three daughters. On July 27, 1659, John was received as a Purchaser at Providence and received appropriation July 29th the same year. "This day John Whipple is received unto the Town a purchaser to have purchase right of lands."[ 7 ] It is not known why the Whipples left Massachusetts. However, it is known that the children married into families whose views coincided with those of Roger Williams. It is recorded that John Whipple even preached himself. There is a paper in the Rhode Island Historical Society Library which is entitled "John Whipple on the Baptist Church."[ 8 ]

2. John Whipple House

John Whipple lived in Providence in a house probably created by his own hands, as he was a carpenter by trade. The house stood on the east side of the river, a little north of Star Street, between North Main and (what is now) Benefit Street. The house was a two-story structure, having a large stone chimney at one end. On the west side of the house there were steps leading up to it from North Main Street. The house number was 369 North Main Street. In 1676 when Providence was attacked by the Indians, much of the city was put to the torch. However, the John Whipple House was spared, as the Indians revered the structure because Roger Williams and his followers had worshipped there. Thus the John Whipple House, as it was known, was long the oldest house in Providence. Charles H. Whipple reported that it was still standing in 1917.[ 9 ] I have been unsuccessful in locating it, and it appears that a parking lot for a shopping center stands on the house plot today. Thus, I must assume that the Whipple House, one of the oldest structures in America, was sacrificed before the wheel of the urbanized sprawl that Americans of this century call progress.

In 1660 he received a grant of land in Louisquisset. Louisquisset or Louquisset is an Indian name of a place or brook in the town of Smithfield, about four miles from Poutucket and easterly from the line Rock village. This land was divided equally between his sons; Samuel, Elezer and William; with a 60 acre exception which was formerly deeded to his eldest son John Whipple, Jr. He also owned other lands as itemized in his will.[ 10 ] It was "ordered that John Whipple Senr. have his land recorded in the Towne Book the which was laid out to him for his Towne Right, it lieing at, Loquasqussuck."[ 11 ]

3. Public Service

Henry C. Dorr, in his work The Proprietors of Providence and Their Controversies with the Freeholders, states that when John Whipple came to Providence "he brought with him a larger property than was commonly possessed by the immigrants of the day." He "soon became a leading citizen and a zealous supporter of Harris and Olney. [Roger] Williams says that he was a constant speaker in town meetings and evidently regarded him as one of his chief opponents. He was licensed to keep an Inn and during many years kept the Principal one in Providence in what is now 'Constitution Hill'. He was a man of ability and influence and his Inn became a political center of the town. It seems probable that Williams addressed his letters to Whipple that they might become more widely known in what was then the chief clubhouse of the village." [12]

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   WHIPPLE, JOHN [1632, Dorchester]
   JOHN WHIPPLE
   ORIGIN: Unknown
   MIGRATION: 1632
   FIRST RESIDENCE: Dorchester
   REMOVES: Providence 1658
   OCCUPATION: Carpenter [SLR 3:204]. Tavernkeeper, 1674 [PrTR 4:8]. In 1669 John Whipple Sr. was paid 10s. to allow the town council to meet at this house [PrTR 3:148]. In 1670 the amount was raised to 20s. [PrTR 3:152].
   FREEMAN: Oath of allegiance, 31 May 1666 [PrTR 3:101].
   EDUCATION: He signed his name to deeds [PrTR 3:100].
   OFFICES: Deputy, General Court, 4 September 1666 [PrTR 3:85]. Petit jury, 19 October 1670 [PrTR 3:157].
   Providence selectman, 1670, 1674, 27 April 1676 (moderator) [PrTR 3:150, 4:1, 8:11].
   Treasurer, 1 June 1668 [PrTR 3:124]. Surveyor, 6 June 1670-71 [PrTR 3:152, 192, 198, 201].
   Committee to run the line, 27 January 1663[/4] [PrTR 3:47, 49]. Committee to consider building a new town house [PrTR 3:4]. Jury, 12 May 1663 [PrTR 3:37]. Appointed to confer about mending a bridge, 27 January 1664[/5], 28 October 1667 [PrTR 3:59, 110]. Committee to arbitrate over fences, 2 December 1666 [PrTR 3:89]. Arbiter in the matter of the estate of Resolved Waterman, deceased, 9 January 1700/1 [PrTR 6:103]. Committee to "demand & receive at every garrison what was taken from the Indians," 7 September 1676 [PrTR 8:14]. Committee to lay out a common, 27 April 1678 [PrTR 8:28].
   ESTATE: On 2 January 1637[/8] John Whipple was granted eight acres in Dorchester about the mill [DTR 27]. "John Whiplle" was the last of the Dorchester proprietors to sign his name to an agreement submitting to arbitration a dispute over the fencing and division of land [DTR 76, 79].
   On 15 November 1658 "John Whiple of Dorchester ... carpenter" sold to George Minot of Dorchester "his now dwelling house and housements scituate and being in Dorchester near the River Naponset together with thirty-seven acres of upland more or less thereto adjoining," also "eight acres of salt marsh more or less lying near the place commonly called the penny ferry";
   "Sarah the wife of the said John Whiple" relinquished her dower rights [SLR 3:204-05].
   On 3 February 1661[/2] John Whipple Sr. petitioned for a piece of land next to his orchard, but his will was referred to the next court [PrTR 3:9]. On 27 July 1662 John Whipple Sr. was permitted to exchange sixty acres at Mashapauge Pond for lands at Loquasqussuck [PrTR 3:26]. These lands were probably the eighty acres at Loquasqussuck laid out to him by Thomas Harris Sr. on 13 April 1667 [PrTR 3:96].
   On 23 November 1663 John Whipple Sr. of Providence deeded to "my son John Whipple" a houselot formerly owned by William Arnold excepting two acres, two shares of meadow, six acres of upland, sixty acres of land at Loquasqussuck [PrTR 3:98-100].
   On 19 February 1665[/6] John Whipple Sr. drew lot #45 in the division of lands east of Seven Mile Line [PrTR 3:72]. On 13 November 1666 John Whipple Sr. was granted permission to exchange his sixty acres at Tare Breech Plain [PrTR 3:88].
   On 24 February 1674 John Whipple Sr. gave a deed of gift to his "son Eliezer Whipple" [PrTR 8:140].
  On 12 April 1675 he drew lot #43 in the lands on the west side of Seven Mile Line [PrTR 4:46]. On 27 January 1674/5 John Whipple Sr. was granted permission to change a fifty-acre division of upland [PrTR 4:18]. On 24 May 1675 he drew lot #91 in the land on the east side of Seven Mile Line [PrTR 4:47].
   He was among those who "stayed and went not away" in 1676 and as such was entitled to Indian slaves [PrTR 8:12].
   On 6 June 1681 John Whipple Sr. was granted permission to exchange his twenty-five acres at Goatum valley "which he bought of Mr. Benedict Arnold" [PrTR 8:98].
   On 4 March 1683/4 John Whipple Sr. made a deed of gift to his "son David Whipple" [PrTR 8:137].
   In his will, dated 8 May 1682 and proved 27 May 1685, John Whipple Sr. of Providence "being in a great measure of health ... having many children & to prevent all differences that otherwise may hereafter arise ... having formerly given unto three of my sons all my lands ... namely Samuell,
   Eliazer, & William equally to be divided among them ... only excepting thirty acres which I gave unto my son John at the northwest end"; to "my three aforenamed sons, namely Samuell, Eliazer
   & William, each of them a quarter part of one right of commoning for pasturing, cutting of timber, & firewood"; to "my son Benjamin a right of lands in the late division which is already laid out"; to "my son David a right of lands in the late division which is already laid out unto him"; to "my son Jonathan twenty-five acres on which he now dwelleth"; to "my son Jonathan one division of lands"; to "my son Joseph my dwelling house & my three home lots & the garden next the river, also a six acre lot ... also twenty acres near Thomas Clemence his dwelling, also I give unto my son Joseph my share of meadow near Solletarey Hill & two six acre lots ... also a five acre lot lying near where William Wickenden formerly dwelt; also one division beyond the Seven Mile Line ... also I do give unto my son Joseph all other divisions which shall hereafter belong unto two rights throughout"; to "my sons John, Samuell, Eliazer, William, Benjamin, David & Jonathan unto these seven twelve pence to every of them"; to "my three daughters (namely) Sarah, Mary & Abigall unto every of them ten shillings"; to "my son Joseph all my right of lands in the Narragansett Country"; to "my son Joseph" residue; "my son Joseph my executor" [PrTR 6:126-28]. Thomas Olney deposed that he had gone to John Whipple, at his request, and obtained clarification of some of the bequests [PrTR 6:128-30].
   The inventory of John Whipple Sr. was taken 22 May 1685 and totalled £41 11s. 10d., including no real estate [PrTR 6:130-34].
   BIRTH: About 1617 based on age at death.
   DEATH: Providence 16 May 1685 "about 68 years of age" (gravestone, North Burial Ground,
   Providence [NEHGR 32:403]).
   MARRIAGE: By about 1640 Sarah _____. On 29 October 1641 "Goodwife Whipple" was admitted to the second Dorchester church [DChR 6]. She died at Providence in 1666 "aged about 42 years" (gravestone, North Burial Ground, Providence [NEHGR 32:403-4]).
   CHILDREN:
   i JOHN, b. about 1640 (baptized three days after his mother joined the church and
   three months before his sister Sarah's baptism, indicating he was not born
   immediately before his own baptism); bp. Dorchester 1 November 1641 [DChR 154];
   m. (1) Providence 4 December 1663 Mary Olney [RIVR:2:Providence 197]; m. (2)
   Providence 15 April 1678 Rebecca Scott [RIVR:2:Providence 197].
   ii SARAH, bp. Dorchester 6 February 1641[/2] (annotated "to Mr. Smith at
   Providence" [DChR 154]); m. by about 1662 John Smith of Providence [Austin 382].
   iii SAMUEL, bp. Dorchester 17 March 1643/4 [DChR 156]; m. by about 1669 Mary Harris (in his will of 3 June 1686 Thomas Harris bequeathed to "daughter Mary Whipple and her heirs, born of my son-in-law Samuel Whipple" [Austin 311-12]).
   iv ELEAZER, bp. Dorchester 8 March 1646 [DChR 158]; m. 26 January 1669[/70] Alice Angell [RIVR:2:Providence 197; Angell Anc 126].
   v MARY, bp. Dorchester 9 April 1648 [DChR 159]; m. Providence 9 March 1665/6 Epenetus Olney [PrTR 5:293].
   vi WILLIAM, bp. Dorchester 16 May 1652 [DChR 162]; m. Mary _____ (his will of 27  February 1711/2 names wife Mary [Austin 222]).
   vii BENJAMIN, bp. Dorchester 4 June 1654 [DChR 163]; m. 1 April 1686 Ruth
   Matthewson [RIVR:2:Providence 197].
   viii DAVID, bp. Dorchester 18 September 1656 [DChR 168]; m. (1) Providence 15 May 1675 Sarah Hearndon [Austin 95, 222, citing an unknown source; this marriage is not in published Providence records]; m. (2) Hingham 11 November 1677 Hannah Tower (recorded at Providence [PrTR 5:263]).
   ix ABIGAIL, b. say 1658; m. (1) by about 1674 Stephen Dexter [Austin 223, 288];
   m. (2) [blank] January 1682 William Hopkins (in her will of 16 August 1725 Abigail
   Hopkins, widow of William Hopkins, made bequests to son John Dexter, son William
   Hopkins and daughter Abigail Field [Austin 288, 324]; John Dexter and Abigail
   (Dexter) Field were children of Stephen Dexter). (The Hopkins records demonstrate
   that the widow of Stephen Dexter married William Hopkins, but nothing cited here
   proves that the wife of Stephen Dexter was the daughter of John Whipple, as
   claimed by Austin and many other authors.)
   x JOSEPH, b. say 1660; m. Providence 20 May 1684 Alice Smith [RIVR:2:Providence 197].
   xi JONATHAN, b. say 1662; m. (1) by about 1688 Margery Angell, daughter of
   Thomas Angell (Jonathan and Thomas, sons of "Jonathan and Margory" Whipple
   were b. at Providence 22 February 1691 and 26 February 1694 [RIVR:2:Providence
   256], and there were two elder daughters of this couple [Angell Anc 127]); m. (2) by
   an unknown date Anne _____ (in his will of 5 September 1721 he names wife Anne,
   and she made a will dated 11 July 1723 [Austin 223]).
   ASSOCIATIONS: On 3 October 1632 the General Court ordered that "Alex: Miller & John Wipple shall give iijs iiijd apiece to their master, Israell Stoughton, for their wasteful expense of powder & shot" [MBCR 1:100].
   COMMENTS: Since John Whipple was a young, unmarried servant when he first arrived in Dorchester, we should not be surprised that he does not appear in the records more in the 1630s, but he generated remarkably few records between 1640 and 1658, during which period he lived as a married man in that town.
   In his entry for John Whipple, Pope has hopelessly intermingled records for John Whipple of Ipswich with those of John Whipple of Dorchester and Providence.
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   Arrived on the "LYON" in 1632, originally settled in Dorchester, MA 1632, then moved to Providence, RI, recorded there in 1658-9.
   Genealogical and Personal Memoirs of Worcester County vol 2
   Author: Ellery Bicknell Crane
   Call Number: F72.W9C8vol.2
   John Whipple (1), the immigrant ancestor of Horace P. Whipple, of Whitinsville, Massachusetts, was born in England, 1617. He was a house carpenter and was employed by Mr. Stoughton in Dorchester, Massachusetts, in 1632. His house was near what is now called Neponset. He removed to Ipswich and became a proprietor of that town in 1638. His brother, Matthew Whipple, also settled at Ipswich and was the ancestor of many Essex county and New Hampshire families. John Whipple returned to Dorchester and was a freeman and deputy to the general court, May 13, 1640. He was one of the court's commissioners of valuation in 1640. He was engaged in trade with William Paine and others in 1647. He had the rank of cornet in the military service. He was a town officer of Dorchester. He and his wife joined the Dorchester church, in 1641. He sold his house and lot at Dorchester, in 1658, to James Minot, and removed to Providence, Rhode Island, but he returned again to Ipswich and sold land there May 31, 1673. He was recorded as a purchaser July 27, 1659, at Providence, and drew lot 45 as proprietor February 19, 1665. He took the oath of allegiance in 1666. He was a deputy from Providence to the general assembly in 1666-69-70-72-74-76-77. He was licensed to keep a tavern at Providence in 1674. He was treasurer of the town from 1668 to 1683; town clerk 1670-71-72-76-77-81-82-83. He was in the Providence town council in 1669. He was virtually a resident of Providence after 1659. He refused to abandon his home during King Philip's war and was one of those entitled to the Indian prisoners, who were sold for a term of years to the planters. John Whipple died May 16, 1685, at Providence, aged about sixty-eight years, according to his gravestone there.
   He married, 1639, Sarah (???), born 1624 and died 1666, according to her gravestone. Their children: John, baptized March 9, 1640, married, December 4, 1663, Mary Olney; Sarah, baptized February 6, 1641-42, married John Smith, Jr.; Samuel, baptized March 17, 1644; Eleazer, baptized March 8, 1646 (see forward); Mary, baptized April 9, 1648, married Epenctus Olney; William, born 1652, baptized May 16, 1652, married Mary (???); Benjamin, baptized June 4, 1654, married, April 1, 1686, Ruth Mathewson; David, baptized September 28, 1656, married, May 15, 1675, Sarah Harndon; married (second) Hannah Tower; Abigail, born at Providence, married, January 16, 1682, William Hopkins, son of Thomas Hopkins; Joseph, born at Providence, married, May 20, 1684, Alice Smith; Jonathan, born 1664, died September 8, 1721; married Margaret Angell; married (second) Anne (???).
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   1. JOHN1 WHIPPLE was born 1617 in Milford, Pembroke, Wales, and died May 16, 1685 in Providence, Providence, RI. He married SARAH THEY / DARLING Abt. 1640 in Dorchester, Suffolk, MA. She was born Abt. 1624 in England, and died 1666 in Providence, Providence, RI.
   Notes for JOHN WHIPPLE:
   John Whipple was first at Dorchester, as early as 1641 as church had John baptized 7 Mar 1641. Sold his house and 40/40 acres to George Minot in 1658 and removed soon after to Providence and in the summer of 1659 was admitted there as inhabitant owner. Allegience to the King 31 May 1666.
   Jul 1659 received an allotment of land in Providence.
   1641 - joined church in Dorchester
   Will dated 8 May 1682 proved in Hartford Probate Court.
   More About JOHN WHIPPLE:
   Emigration: September 16, 1632, on Lyon
   Fact 3: 1685, North Burying Grounds, Providence, RI
   Military service: Capt
   Occupation: Tavern Keeper
   Children of JOHN WHIPPLE and SARAH THEY/DARLING are:
   2.
   i.
   JOHN2 WHIPPLE, b. Bef. March 09, 1640/41, Dorchester, MA; d.
   December 15, 1700, Providence, Providence, RI.
   3.
   ii.
   SARAH WHIPPLE, b. Abt. February 06, 1641/42, Dorchester, MA; d.
   Aft. 1687, Providence, RI.
   4.
   iii.
   SAMUEL WHIPPLE, b. March 17, 1643/44, Dorchester, MA; d. March
   12, 1710/11, Providence, Providence, RI.
   5.
   iv.
   ELEAZER WHIPPLE, b. March 08, 1645/46, Dorchester, Suffolk, MA; d.
   August 25, 1719, Providence, Providence, RI.
   6.
   v.
   MARY WHIPPLE, b. Bef. April 09, 1648; d. July 12, 1698, Providence,
   Providence, RI.
   vi.
   WILLIAM WHIPPLE, b. May 16, 1652, Dorchester, MA; d. March 09,
   1711/12, Providence, Providence, RI; m. MARY TOWERS, 1675; d. Aft.
   1712.
   7.
   vii.
   BENJAMIN WHIPPLE, b. 1654, Providence, RI; d. March 11, 1703/04.
   8.
   viii.
   DAVID WHIPPLE, b. 1656, Providence, RI; d. December 1710,
   Rehoboth, RI.
   9.
   ix.
   ABIGAIL WHIPPLE, b. 1660, Providence, Providence, RI; d. August 19,
   1725, Providence, Providence, RI.
   10.
   x.
   JOSEPH WHIPPLE, b. 1662, Providence, Providence, RI; d. April 28,
   1746, Providence, Providence, RI.
   11.
   xi.
   JONATHAN WHIPPLE, b. 1664, Providence, Providence, RI; d.
   September 08, 1721, Providence, Providence, RI.
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   Will of John Whipple, dated May 8, 1682
   [79] At a meeteing of ye towne Councill May ye 27th 1685:
   This day Joseph whipple presented unto ye Councill the last will & testament of his deceased ffather John whipple senr: it beareing date ye 8th day of May 1682: desireing probation thereof.
   Also together with ye said will the said Joseph whipple presented ye Councill with ye Inventarey of ye Estate of his said deceased father, taken & made may ye 22nd: 1685.
   The last will & testament of ye deceased John whipple senr: beareing date ye 8th day of May 1682 hath benn by ye Councill this day Examined, & is by ye Councill approoved./
   The Inventarey of ye Estate of ye said deceased John whipple taken & made May ye 22nd : 1685 : hath benn Examined & is allowed./
   Joseph Whipple Exsecutor unto his deceased father John whipple senr: hath this day given in Ninty pounds sterling bond to the Councill for ye due performance of his said father his said last will & testament. The Councill hath Given full power of Administration unto Joseph whipple to Administer upon ye Estate of his late deceased father John whipple senr by letter of Administration,
   A Coppye thereof is as followeth./
   Whereas you Joseph Whipple of the Towne of Providence in ye Colloney of Rhode Island & Providence plantations in new England being by ye last Will & testament of your deceased father John Whipple made his Exsecutor, And wee ye towne Councill of ye said towne of Providence haveing prooved the said will, the which said will beareth date the Eight day of May in ye yeare one Thousand six hundred Eighty twoo, These are therefore | fully | to impower you the said Joseph whipple to Administer upon the Estate of your said deceased father & to Execute & performe his said will in all perticulars as in ye said will is Exprest according to ye true meaneing & intent thereof, In wittnesse whereof wee doe here unto sett our hands at our Councill Meeteing, May ye 27th : in ye yeare 1685 :
   Arthur ffenner Asistant
   Joseph Jenckes Assistn :
   Edward Smith
   Thomas Harris, junior
   Thomas Arnold
   Joseph Williams
   Eliezer Arnold
   The meeting is desolved Thomas Olney
   [80] Be it knowne unto all persons whome this may Concerne, That I John whipple of the towne of Providence in the Collony of Rhode Island & providence plantations in new England, senior, being in a great measure of health & in perfect memory; vpon Consideration of Mortallitye, not knowing the day of my death, And haveing many Children, & to prevent all diferences that other wayes may here after arise among them Concerning my worldly Estate doe see Cause to Make my will, & doe hereby despose of all my Estate in this world, And doe make this my last will & testament; I haveing formerly given unto three of my Sons all my lands |all my lands| & Meadowes at Loquasqussuck, Namely Samuell, Eliazer, & William Equally to be devided among them three Only Excepting Thirty acres which I gave unto my son John at ye Norwest End.
   I Give unto my three afore Named sons namely Samuell Eliazer & William Each of them a quarter part of one Right of Comoning for pastureing Cutting of timber & firewood.
   I give unto my son Benjamin a Right of lands in ye late devision which is already layd out.
   I Give unto my son david a Right of lands in ye late devision which is already layd out unto him.
   I Give unto my son Jonathan Twenty five acres one which he now dwelleth. Also I Give unto my son Jonathan one devision of landes which is ordred by ye towne to be layd out between the seven mile line & ye foure mile line & papers already drawne for:/
   I give unto my Son Joseph my dwelling house & my three home lotts & ye Garden next ye River, Also a six acre Lott lieing on ye Southerne side of ye Neck where upon ye towne of Providence standeth; Also Twenty acres neere Thomas Clemence his dwelling; Also I give unto my son Joseph my share of Meadow neere Solletarey Hill & two six acre Lotts lieing on Each side of ye said hill; Also a five acre lott lieing neere where william Wickenden formerly dwelt; Also one devision beyond the seven Mile line which is already ordred by ye towne & papers drawne for: Also I doe give unto my son Joseph all other devisions which shall hereafter belong unto two Rights throughout.
   I give unto my sons namely John, Samuell, Eliazer, William, Benjamin, David & Jonathan unto these seven Twelve pence to Every of them./
   [81] I Give unto my three daughters (Namely) Sarah, Mary & Abigall unto Every of them Tenn shillings./
   I Give unto my son Joseph all My Right of lands in ye Narragansett Countrey./
   I Give unto My son Joseph all My Mooveable goods of what sort so Ever, and all my Cattell & all my tooles; Also I doe make my son Joseph my Exsecutor; Also my will is that my son Joseph doe see that I be decently Buried. This being the reall Absolute Will & testament of me ye said John whipple senr: as abovesaid I doe here unto sette my hand & seale this Eight day of May in ye yeare one thousand Six hundred Eighty two
   wittnes my hand John Whipple Senior
   Signed & Sealed in ye
   presence of us
   Thomas Arnold
   John Arnold
   Shadrach Manton./
   Thomas Arnold & John Arnold ye 27th day of May in ye yeare 1685 did upon theire Sollemne Engagements declar|e| yt they are witnesses unto ye abovesd will & as theire names are there written they doe owne it to be theire hands.
   Taken in Councill before us Arthur ffenner Asistant, Joseph Jenckes Assistant./
   Shadrach Manton ye 27th of may in ye yeare 1685 did in ye presence of ye Majestrats & Rest of ye Councill full & freely declare that hee is a wittnes unto ye abovesaid will & that hee with his owne hand wrott his name thereunto.
   As Attests Arthur ffenner Assistant./
   Joseph whipple did upon ye 27th of may in the yeare 1685 in ye presence of ye Councill as he is Exsecutor to ye Testator upon his sollemne Engagement testefie & declare that this is the last will & testament of his deceased ffather as Ever was yett perfected as he knoweth of, & that he when he made it was of sound mind & of good Memorey.
   Taken before us, Arthur ffenner Assistant;
   Joseph Jenckes Assistant.
   On the back side of ye said will it is Endorssed as followeth./
   Thomas Olney Towne Clarke of Providenc|e| in ye Colloney of Rhode Island & Providence plantations in new England Aged 53 yeares or theire abouts testefieth.
   That upon ye sixteenth day of this instant may John whipple senior of the aforesaid towne of Providence sent for to speake with him; This deponant sayth he Emediatly went to him: the said John whipple then shewed him this paper & the writeing which on ye other side of this said paper is written, desirein[ ] [82] desireing this deponant to peruse it. This deponant saith he then did peruse it, & haveing well perused it. he asked the said John whipple what his mind was concerning ye lands which in ye said writeing he had desposed |of| to his severall sons, whether or no he did intend by that writeing, or will that ye said lands should be unto his said sons & theire Heirs & Assignes for Ever, or only unto his said sons for terme of life, he Emediatly made this Answer; That how Ever it was worded in ye said writeing yet his mind & will was that his sons Each one of them should have those lands house & Rights which hee in ye said writeing unto Each one of them had desposed, to be unto them, theire Heirs & Assignes for Ever to despose ye same or any part thereof at any time as they | see cause. | & that ye same was his Mind & Will when ye said will was written : And further, that whereas in ye said Will it was omitted to be inserted that his son Jonathan should have one of his Rights of land & Comoning on ye west side of ye seven mile line, yet that was his mind & will; That his son Jonathan whipple should have one of his Rights of land & Comoning on ye west side of ye seven mile line to be unto him his Heirs & Assignes for Ever; and that was his mind when ye said will was written, how Ever by ye scribe it was omitted. And whereas in ye first part of ye said Will there is an Exception made only of thirty acres of land to his son John by him formerly given, that he owned to be a mistake, & that ye Exception must be of sixty acres which he formerly by deede of Gift he had given to his son John whipple; and all the remainder of his said farme lieing about Loquasqussuck should be devided Equally betweene his said three sons (viz) Samuell, Eliezer, & william; This saith this deponant is trueth, & that hee tooke it Emediately from ye said John whipple his mouth & wrott it downe. And also that whereas the said Will Expresseth a quarter part of a Right of Comoning to Each of his three sons, (namely) Samuell, Eliezer & william, he said his Meaneing intent & will was that it should be so farr westward as ye Seven mile line & no further; And that the said John whipple was then when hee did declare the Same of Sound mind & of Good memory may [83] May ye 27th : 1685 upon Oath Taken before us
   Arthur ffenner Assistant
   Joseph Jenckes Assistant
   The Will on the other side of this paper written was at our Councill Meeteing May ye 27th: 1685; by us the towne Councill of Providence Examined, & is by us ye said Towne Councill aprooved wittnes our hands
   Arthur ffenner Assistant
   Joseph Jenckes Assistant
   Edward Smith
   Thomas Harris
   Joseph Williams
   Thomas Arnold
   Eliezer Arnold
   Thomas Olney
   The Inventarey of ye Estate of John Whipple senior of ye towne of Providence in ye Colloney of Rhode Island & Providence Plantations in New England Now deceased, Taken & made May the 22nd: 1685:
   Imprimis
   In ye Dwelling house, in ye lower roomelbsd
   weareing apparill02:00 :00
   It 7 pewter platters01 -07 -00
   It 2 Basons & i old peuter quart pot00 -06 -00
   It 5 peuter porengers00 -03 -00
   It an old pewter Candle stick an old Tanker pint pot00 -01 -06
   It A halfe pint pot & a jill pot00 -02 -00
   It An old pewter beere boule, & an old salt seller, & an old bason00 -03 -06
   It 3 old spoones00 -00 -06
   It A brasse ladle & a brasse skimmer00 -05 -00
   It 2 old brasse skilletts & an old decayed warmeing pann00 -03 -00
   It i great brasse Kittle01 -10 -00
   It 3 Glasse bottls00 -01 -06
   It i Iron pott & pot hookes00 -08 -00
   It 2 small Tramills00 -03 -06
   It i paire of Tongs00 -01 -08
   It i long hand Gunn ye lock naught00 -14 -00
   It 2 wooden boules, i peck a small pigin, a cheese fat, a wat
   paile I Runlett, a butter box & a littele tray & one small pigin }00 -06 -04
   [84] It i fryeing pann00 -03 -00
   It 3 wooden dishes & 8 trenchers00 -01 -00
   It i Butter tubb00 -02 -00
   It i side of lether00 -08 -00
   It about 20lb of tobaco in leafe00 -03 -04
   It about 12lb of Tallow00 -04 -00
   Tooles 4 plaines, Irons & stocks Old00 -03 -00
   It An old broad Axe, an old narrow axe an old }
   Ads, & an old hattchett }00 -07 -00
   It 3 Chizells, i Gouge00 -01 -04
   It 2 Augers & a Rye bitt00 -02 -00
   It 2 bench hookes 2 hand sawes a drawing knife & an Iron square00 -05 -00
   It i old Curtlase00 -05 -00
   It A Cubbard presse01 -00 -00
   It An old Bed Stud & a bed Cord00 -04 -00
   It 3 old Curtains & a valian00 -10 -00
   It An old Rotten fether bed about 12 pound of old fethers in it00 -06 -00
   It A joynt worke Chest00 -08 -00
   It An old bottle Case & a Box00 -05 -00
   12 -14 -02
   It i joyner worke Chaire00 -03 -00
   It 3 Chaires & a salt Box.00 -01 -04
   It i Spitt at John whipples house00 -01 -00
   i Tennant saw at John wilkensons, it being broake00 -01 -00
   It A wooden dish00 -00 -04
   In ye Chamber
   It i fether bed & bolster01 -10 -00
   It i old fether bed & bolster, the bed few fethers }
   in it & the ticking very old }00 -10 -00..........

Marriage 1 SARAH b: ABT 1624

   * Married: 1639 in Dorchester, Massachusetts 1

Children

  1. Has No Children Abigail WHIPPLE b: in Dorchester, Massachusetts
  2. Has Children John WHIPPLE , Jr. b: 9 MAR 1640 in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts
  3. Has No Children Sarah WHIPPLE b: 2 FEB 1642 in Dorchester, Massachusetts
  4. Has No Children Samuel WHIPPLE b: 17 MAR 1644 in Dorchester, Massachusetts
  5. Has No Children Eleazer WHIPPLE b: 8 MAR 1646 in Dorchester, Massachusetts
  6. Has Children Mary WHIPPLE b: BEF 9 APR 1648 in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts
  7. Has Children William WHIPPLE b: 16 MAY 1652 in Dorchester, Massachusetts
  8. Has Children Benjamin WHIPPLE b: 4 JUN 1654 in Dorchester, Massachusetts
  9. Has No Children David WHIPPLE b: 28 APR 1656 in Dorchester, Massachusetts
 10. Has Children Joseph WHIPPLE b: 1662 in Providence, Providence, Rhode Island
 11. Has Children Jonathan WHIPPLE b: 1664 in Providence, Providence, Rhode Island

Sources:

  1. Title: World Family Tree Vol. 7, Ed. 1
     Author: Brøderbund Software, Inc.
     Publication: Release date: October 17, 1996
     Note: Customer pedigree.
     Repository:
     Media: Family Archive CD
     Page: Tree #3182
     Text: Date of Import: Mar 17, 1999 

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SOURCE: Abby Isabel Brown Bulkley, The Chad Browne Memorial, Consisting of Genealogical Memoirs of a Portion of the Descendants of Chad and Elizabeth Browne (Brooklyn, N.Y., 1888), p. 44.

IMMIGRATION: "Banks lists John Whipple of Bocking, Essex County, England, in 1632, as a passenger on a ship called 'The Lyon.' This ship: with Mr. William Peirce as Master, sailed from London, June 22, and arrived September 16th at Boston." Charles M. Whipple, Jr., Sons and Daughters of Jesse: A 360 Year History of the Whipple Family (Oklahoma City: Southwestern Press, 1976), p. 10. The same reference says he married Sarah They? or Darling? about 1639. (The quotation might actually refer to RIN 5890 or 5933 [father and son John Whipple, who were born in Bocking, Essex, England]? Neither 5890 or 5933 had a wife named Sarah They or Darling.)

BIRTH: Variant place: Milford, Pembroke, Wales. --Brenda Bova (BBova2332 at aol dot com), in a post to the Whipple Mailing List (WHIPPLE-L at rootsweb dot com) 5 Oct 1997. Records of the Edson Whipple Family family Organization list Milford, Surrey, England. (We probably don't know where Captain. John was born ... --Weldon Whipple)

BIRTH: Philip Currier, The Currier Family Records, v.4, p. 12, shows Captain John born in Bocking, Essex, England, on 19 Dec. 1588. (Being born in Bocking would seem to refer to one of the Ipswich Whipples. -- Weldon Whipple)

DEATH: Age at death: 68.

BIRTH: Date from John Osborne Austin, _Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island_ (Albany, N.Y., 1887; reprint ed. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978.

DEATH: Date from Austin, _Dictionary_, p. 221.

RESIDENCES: Dorchester, Mass., and Providence, R.I. (Austin, _Dictionary_, p. 221.)

RESIDENCES: In 1658, John sold his house and some 40 or 50 acres of land in Dorchester, Mass., to James Minot, and soon after moved with his family to Providence, R.I. Land was granted to him in Providence in July 1659, and he was admitted as an inhabitant. --Nancy Cluff Siders (siders at lookingglass dot net) to the Whipple Family discussion list (whipple at rmgate dot pop dot indiana.edu), 5 Apr 1997, citing "The Steere Genealogy" by James P. Root, 1890. !PROBATE: 3 Oct 1632 ordered to give 3s. 4d. to his master Israel Stoughton for wasteful expenditure of powder and shot. (Austin, p. 221)

SOURCE: Reprint of the "Brown genealogy of 1851," submitted to the Whipple Website by Ian Mackie, 20 Oct 2003.

OCCUPATION: Carpenter by trade. --Brown genealogy of 1851.

SOURCE: Mail from Charles M. Whipple, Jr., to Weldon Whipple, 8 Dec 2006. Estimates marriage in 1638 or earlier (previously entered as 1639/40) based on the Early Records of the Town of Providence, XVII:53-4: "On 24 Nov 1684, John junior made a declaration that he was 45 years old at the time, making his date of birth 1639." Thus his parents likely married in 1638 or earlier.

Headstone of Captain John Whipple


In Memory of Capt. John Whipple who was Born in England & Died in Providence-Town ye 16th day of May. Anno Dona[?] 1685 About 68 Years of age

Captain John Whipple is buried in the Whipple family plot in the North Burial Ground on Main Street in Providence, R.I. Secondary sources indicate that John and his wife Sarah were initially buried in the garden burial site near their home. Their bodies were moved to the North Burial Ground when it was established in 1700.

The headstones of John and his wife Sarah are located approximately 48 feet WSW (west-south-west) of the "Dahlia Path" sign in the cemetery.

-------------------- Captain.

1632, October 3- His name appears in the records of Dorchester, MA in service to Israel Stoughton, carpenter. He was ordered to pay Mr. Stoughton 3 shillings, 4 pence for wasteful expenditure of powder and shot.

1637- Received a grant of land at Dorchester neck.

1641- He and his wife, Sarah, become members of the church in Dorchester, MA. He owned 40 or 50 acres of land near what is now Neponset Village.

1658- He sold his homestead and lands at Dorchester, MA to James Minot.

1659, July 29- Received an allotment of land at Providence, RI.

1665, February 19- He had lot 45 in a division of lands.

1666- He and son John, Jr. took oath of allegiance.

1666, 69, 70, 72, 74, 76-77: Deputy.

1669- He was a member of the Town Council.

1674- Received a license to keep an ordinary (Tavern).

1676, August 14- He was among those "who staid and went not away" in King Philip's War.

1682, May 8- He made his will, which was proven 27 May 1685. The value of his estate was 41 pounds, 11 shillings, and 10 pence.

His grave stone is inscribed, "In Memory of Capt. John Whipple, who was born in England and Died in Providence Town ye 16th Day of May Anno Dom. 1685. About 68 years of age."

-------------------- Commanded an expedition against the Indians-King Philips War. Deputy 1666. A defender of Providence when it was attacked by the Indians. -------------------- On October 3, 1632, a fourteen-year-old boy, John Whipple, was ordered to give Israel Stoughton 3 shillings 4 pence for wasteful expenditure of powder and shot. Such is the undistinguished first reference to John Whipple in the New World. It is possible to infer from this record that John was apprenticed to Israel Stoughton in order to obtain passage to America.( 3 ) Charles Edward Banks includes John Whipple among the passengers of the ship Lyon, which sailed from London to Boston June 22-September 16, 1932.( 4 )

It is most frequently reported that John Whipple was born in England, probably in Bocking, County Essex. Captain Whipple's head stone states that he "was born in England and died in Providence 1685 about 68 years of age." Some evidence supporting Bocking in County Essex as John Whipple's place of origin is that it is from there that Israel Stoughton sailed to America. ( 5 ) Charles Edward Banks says that John Whipple arrived in Boston 16 September 1632 on the Lyon, a ship commanded by Captain William Pierce. They sailed from London on 22 June and were out of sight of land for eight of their twelve week journey. Many of the 123 passengers were from the Essex villages of Bocking, Braintree, Fairstead, Halstead, Hatfield, and Nazing. Banks writes that John was from Bocking.

In 1637, John Whipple received a grant of land at Dorchester Neck, Massachusetts. He married Sarah, at Dorchester about 1639-40, they united with the church at Dorchester in 1641. The maiden name of his wife is not known, although it was suggested in one source that she was Sarah Darling.( 5 ) Sarah was born of Pilgrim descent at Dorchester about the year 1624 and died in Providence in 1666, aged about 42 years; thus she could not have been over sixteen years of age when she married.

John Whipple was a house carpenter by trade, owned a house and forty to fifty acres of land near Neponset Village, lived at Dorchester about eighteen years, & during that time had six sons & two daughters. In 1658, John sold his house and land to James Minot. The deed is now in the possession of the Rhode Island Historical Society. See Scrapbook for John Whipple's deed signature.

John left Dorchester for Providence town where he increased his family by adding two sons and one daughter, bringing the total to eleven--eight sons and three daughters. On July 27, 1659, John was received as a Purchaser at Providence and received appropriation July 29th the same year. "This day John Whipple is received unto the Town a purchaser to have purchase right of lands."( 9 ) It is not known why the Whipples left Massachusetts. However, it is known that the children married into families whose views coincided with those of Roger Williams. It is recorded that John Whipple even preached himself. There is a paper in the Rhode Island Historical Society Library which is entitled "John Whipple on the Baptist Church."( 10 )

John Whipple lived in Providence in a house probably created by his own hands, as he was a carpenter by trade. The house stood on the east side of the river, a little north of Star Street, between North Main and (what is now) Benefit Street. The house was a two-story structure, having a large stone chimney at one end. On the west side of the house there were steps leading up to it from North Main Street. The house number was 369 North Main Street. In 1676 when Providence was attacked by the Indians, much of the city was put to the torch. However, the John Whipple House was spared, as the Indians revered the structure because Roger Williams and his followers had worshipped there.

In 1660 John Whipple received a grant of land in Louisquisset. Louisquisset or Louquisset is an Indian name of a place or brook in the town of Smithfield, about four miles from Poutucket and easterly from the line Rock village. This land was divided equally between his sons; Samuel, Elezer and William; with a 60 acre exception which was formerly deeded to his eldest son John Whipple, Jr. He also owned other lands as itemized in his will.( 12 ) It was "ordered that John Whipple Sr. have his land recorded in the Towne Book the which was laid out to him for his Towne Right, it lieing at, Loquasqussuck."( 13 )

Henry C. Dorr, in his work The Proprietors of Providence and Their Controversies with the Freeholders, states that when John Whipple came to Providence "he brought with him a larger property than was commonly possessed by the immigrants of the day." He "soon became a leading citizen and a zealous supporter of Harris and Olney. [Roger] Williams says that he was a constant speaker in town meetings and evidently regarded him as one of his chief opponents. He was licensed to keep an Inn and during many years kept the Principal one in Providence in what is now 'Constitution Hill'. He was a man of ability and influence and his Inn became a political center of the town. It seems probable that Roger Williams addressed his letters to Whipple that they might become more widely known in what was then the chief clubhouse of the village."

After John Whipple is recorded as one of "the names of such as have paid all of their purchase money and have quittances" he embarked upon a career of public service as would be the case with a presumably ambitious and upward mobile man.

At the Town Meeting of March 26th, 1651, at which Thomas Olney Sr. was moderator, it was "ordered that a rate of 35 pounds after peage 8 penney shall be levied upon this towne to pay toward the colony prison." Nine men were chosen to levy the rate upon the town to make sure that no person unfairly burdened and that a majority decision of the committee would be final. One of those chosen to sit on the committee was John Whipple. This appointment might be taken to mean that John Whipple had become a respected member of the town who would be trusted to see that taxes would be fairly shared. It could also mean that no one else wanted the job.

On January 6th, 1660 (or perhaps 1661) John Whipple who at this time was the surveyor, laid out 5 acres of low land for Thomas Clemence. This survey was recorded on January 27th by his eldest son, John Whipple, Jr., who was serving as clerk of the town of Providence.( 14 ) This seems to have been the first official position that John Whipple held in town government.

At a town meeting on June 18th, 1663, John Brown being moderator, the general court orders made at the court of commissioners on May 12th, 1663 were read. As per the orders men were chosen for jury duty to try cases in the town. Among the six chosen was John Whipple Senr.( 16 )

In the division of lands at the town meeting of February 19th, 1665, at which time the land on the east side of the seven mile line was distributed, John Whipple Senr. received Lot #45.( 17 )

At the town meeting of August 28th, 1666 during which Thomas Olney Sr. served as moderator, John Whipple Senr. was one of four "chosen to serve as Deputyes at the Gennerall Assembly holden at Newport the 4th day of September."( 19 ) During this active year Sarah, his wife, died leaving him with several small children, the youngest an infant. She had been living with him only about seven years since they had come to Providence.( 20 )

John Whipple held many offices in Rhode Island. Among the offices John held were Deputy to the Rhode Island General Assembly (Representative) 1666-74-6, town treasurer 1668-83, Councillor 1669-81-2, town clerk (1670-2) (1676-7) 1681-1683.( 21 )

In 1663 John Whipple deeded a piece of land to his son John Whipple, Jr. then about 23 years of age although the deed was not recorded until May 14, 1667.( 22 ) This delay can be explained quite easily as John Whipple, Senr. was not in legal possession of the lands until 1666.

Benedict Arnold said in a deed to John Whipple Senr. dated 1666 ("tenth day of September in the 18th year of the reign of our sovereign Charles II King of England, Scotland, France and Ireland, etc.") "The said Benedict Arnold having sold the premises about five years ago, and giving then actual possession of the same unit to ye aforementioned John Whipple. He having had lawfull possession and use of the same lands. They were granted to Benedict Arnold 20 years ago." John payed Arnold "9 score" (180) pounds for the property.( 23 ) Thus only after Arnold filed his deed could John Whipple, file his for legal claim to the lands.

John Whipple, Jr. lived in the Southernmost of the four home lots that belonged to his father. John Whipple, Jr. married Mary Olney daughter of Thomas Olney a town elder. He lived with his young bride in the former dwelling place of William Arnold, the father of Benedict.( 24 )

The deed John Whipple to John Whipple, Jr. 1663 is beautifully preserved in the library of the Rhode Island Historical Society. It is interesting to note that Thomas Olney, Jr. witnessed the deed. See Scrapbook to see John's signature on a deed.

In 1660 the town at great expense had built at Bridge at Waybossett. The structure has cost 160 pounds. 3 years later a committee was appointed to "goe unto all the inhabetantes of the Towne to see what they will contribute to the mending the Bridge att Waybossett." Enough money was raised to maintain the bridge for 2 more years.( 25 ) It is not known what John Whipple's original involvement with this bridge was, however, it is recorded:

At a Towne meeting or Quarter Court January 27th 1664, it was ordered that John Whipple Senr. be sent for to confer with the moderator, Mr. William Field, about mending the Bridge.( 26 )

Thus on February 6th, 1664/5 an agreement was made between Thomas Harris Sr. and Valentine Whitman, who were acting on behalf of the Town; and John Whipple, Thomas Roberts, and Resolved Waterman to build and mend the bridge at Providence for the consideration of 14 pounds 10 shillings. This was to be paid in wheat 5 shillings per bushel, "peace" @ 4 shillings per bushel, Indian corn @ 3 shillings per bushel "and what peage is paid to be at 16 per penny white and 8 per penny black.( 27 )

This agreement worked for awhile, however, in 1667 five men were "chosen to vew the bridge at Wapwoyset and to consider of the most easy and facill way to repair it so that the passage may not be lost."( 28 ) Among the committee members were Roger Williams and John Whipple. The committee sat for a year after which time Roger Williams came forward with a proposal.

To offer that if you please. I will (with God's helpe) take this bridge into my care and by that moderate toll of strangers of all sorts ... will maintain it so long that it pleaseth all that I live in this town.( 29 )

Williams exempted the townspeople from paying the toll in exchange for one man's days work per year, and those who had "Lessee user half a day." It is not clear whether Williams' bridge was overly profitable or whether he was just too insistent in levying the day's work. However, in [Map Showing Whipple Tavern] March 1672, the town voted that he should not "any longer keepe at the bridge," but was wholly forbid to so do.

At the town council meeting of June 6th, 1670, John Whipple Sr. is paid 10 shillings for holding "the town meeting in his house." The 10 shillings was contributed by 19 men who were to be repaid by the town.( 30 ) Whipple probably realized that a dollar could be made from "meetings in his house" and perhaps here the idea of the Whipple Inn was born.

Thus in 1674 John Whipple was licensed to keep an "ordinary" (as taverns were called in those days). Many a "publick" meeting was held in the Whipple Inn. According to the 1680 license he was one of the three most competent inn holders of the century. Because of the staid and sober character of the Whipple Inn and its central location it was a favorite meeting place for the Town Council and Court of Probate. Further, town elections were held there. In 1690 the October session of the Rhode Island General Assembly met at the Whipple Inn.( 31 )

After his death, his son, John, Jr., also kept a tavern for many years on what is now Mill Street and a younger son, Joseph, also at one time was a licensed inn keeper within the town of Providence.( 32 )

Land Controversies: Roger Williams believed that he transferred a grant of land he had purchased from the Indians to an association which would hold the land in trust until a future town would succeed to it. Williams saw this plantation as a whole that would be passed down to his successors as a whole, yet instead, the land was divided and subdivided among the individual heirs of the residents of Providence Plantation. Williams received $30 from the town in compensation for his labor and expense in negotiating with the Sachemas Indians in procuring the grant of land. Be always insisted that the $30 fee was only for his labor in procuring the land and that it was not a fee for the land itself. The proprietors, or purchasers, of which John Whipple was one, were to pay 30 shillings each for their have lots (6 acres) and farming lands (100 acres). Williams had no intention of parting with the rest of his purchase.

In Williams' letter to John Whipple August 24th, 1669 Williams' insists that the disposal of the land should he undertaken by the freeholders at large in the town meeting:

"Grant that there have been discourses & agitacions many, about ye lands & purchases, yet is it not reasonable & righteous in all men's eyes. Yt since there are so many purchasers who ordinarily doe not & others yt will not come to ye Towne Meeting, yet their consent should be had, and ye consent of ye majorities should determine ye matters of their purchase, & oblige the minor differing from them? I understand not yet of the damage of a farthing yt any of you have sustained, or are likely to do, from those whom you count your adversaries."

This passage relates to the claim of the Proprietors to an exclusive right to vote in the town meeting upon all matters relating to the proprietary estate.( 33 )

In 1669 the town government of Providence faced a crisis. The conflict between the proprietors and the freedmen was coming to a head. The confusion in Providence it was feared might cause forfeiture of the Charter and so the Assembly at Newport on the 27th of October in 1669 tried to resolve the conflict. As it happened, on the last election day, two separate town meetings had been assembled in Providence. It is not surprising to discover that only the meeting that represented the Proprietors is recorded in the Town Book. The Assembly at Newport sent 5 Commissioners to the colony's "oldest town" in order to persuade both the proprietors and freeholders together to elect town officers and town deputies to the Assembly. The well-intended plan of the General Assembly failed. The townspeople of Providence were not in the habit of listening to the deputies from Newport in any case. Thus, with the town unable to hold elections for several months, there was not a town clerk, sergeant or constable. The only authority that remained in Providence was the Town Council and they took possession of the town records, delivering them to John Whipple when he was duly-elected on December 15th, 1669. This election signaled the success of the Proprietors over the freeholders and the General Assembly could do nothing to aid the small freeholders who were the partisans of Roger Williams.( 34 )

In the year 1675, John Whipple was one among twenty-five others who voted at a town meeting to stay at Providence rather than flee to Newport. Most of the inhabitants of the town availed themselves of the offer made them by their friends at Newport, and thus the town was nearly deserted. John Whipple stayed and helped garrison the town against Indian attacks, an action of considerable bravery.

In 1676 the town of Providence was attacked by the Indians. Many houses were burned and much damage done to those who stayed in Providence. As was noted earlier, John Whipple's house was spared, because of the Indian's reverence for the structure where Roger Williams worshipped.

John Whipple was one who, under Captain Roger Williams, defended Providence and "who staid and went not away." It is also reported in Drake's History of Providence that Captain John Whipple of Providence commanded an expedition into Indian territory. Due to his service in King Philip's war he was known from then on as Captain John Whipple.( 37 )

On August 14thr 1676 "at a towne meeting lawfully called by Cap. Fenner Magistrate before Thomas Fields house under a tree by ye water side ... A list of 27 names as staid & went not away were presented under whom the Indians should be due." Five men were chosen to dispose of the Indian captives, among them Roger Williams and John Whipple, Jr.( 38 )

Then on August 30th, 1676 - "ye Towne (being adjourned) to ye tre before Wm Fields - 7 October Thomas Harris and John Whipple chosen to demand and receive at every Garrison what was taken from the Indians.( 39 ) In 1679, John Whipple was appointed by the Rhode Island General Assembly to serve on a committee to give account of the late war with the Indians and make returns to the Assembly.( 40 ) Due to his service in King Philip's War the descendents of Captain John Whipple are eligible as members of The Society of Colonial Wars.

Although the loss of life in King Philip's War was not great, the destruction to the town of Providence was extensive. Many of the town's people did not return as a large proportion of the homes were destroyed.( 41 )

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On October 3, 1632, a fourteen-year-old boy, John Whipple, was ordered to give Israel Stoughton 3 shillings 4 pence for wasteful expenditure of powder and shot.

Such is the undistinguished first reference to John Whipple in the New World. It is possible to infer from this record that John was apprenticed to Israel Stoughton in order to obtain passage to America.( 3 ) Charles Edward Banks includes John Whipple among the passengers of the ship Lyon, which sailed from London to Boston June 22-September 16, 1932.( 4 )

It is most frequently reported that John Whipple was born in England, probably in Bocking, County Essex. Captain Whipple's head stone states that he "was born in England and died in Providence 1685 about 68 years of age." Some evidence supporting Bocking in County Essex as John Whipple's place of origin is that it is from there that Israel Stoughton sailed to America. ( 5 ) Charles Edward Banks says that John Whipple arrived in Boston 16 September 1632 on the Lyon, a ship commanded by Captain William Pierce. They sailed from London on 22 June and were out of sight of land for eight of their twelve week journey. Many of the 123 passengers were from the Essex villages of Bocking, Braintree, Fairstead, Halstead, Hatfield, and Nazing. Banks writes that John was from Bocking.

Another piece of circumstantial evidence that points toward Bocking, County Essex, as John Whipple's place of origin is that the Ipswich, Massachusetts, branch of the Whipple family, founded by Matthew and his brother John Whipple the Elder, came from Bocking, County Essex, to Ipswich, Massachusetts. Matthew Whipple, Sr., John the Elder and Matthew's father, were residents of Bocking County, England. It has not as of yet been proven that these two John Whipples were cousins, however there is strong suspicion that they were. It is an interesting coincidence that both Johns arrived in the New World about the same time, both received the rank of Captain and both married a woman named Sarah. The Ipswich Whipple House still stands, and that branch of the family claims William Whipple, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, as a descendant. However, John Whipple of Providence, was not without a descendent of so high a distinction; Stephen Hopkins, the signer with "the shakiest hand, but the steadiest heart", was a grandson of Abigail (Whipple) Dexter Hopkins, Captain Whipple's youngest daughter.( 6 )

In 1637, John Whipple received a grant of land at Dorchester Neck, Massachusetts. He married Sarah, at Dorchester about 1639-40, they united with the church at Dorchester in 1641. The maiden name of his wife is not known, although it was suggested in one source that she was Sarah Darling.( 5 ) Sarah was born of Pilgrim descent at Dorchester about the year 1624 and died in Providence in 1666, aged about 42 years; thus she could not have been over sixteen years of age when she married.

John Whipple was a house carpenter by trade, owned a house and forty to fifty acres of land near Neponset Village, lived at Dorchester about eighteen years, & during that time had six sons & two daughters. In 1658, John sold his house and land to James Minot. The deed is now in the possession of the Rhode Island Historical Society. See Scrapbook for John Whipple's deed signature.

John left Dorchester for Providence town where he increased his family by adding two sons and one daughter, bringing the total to eleven--eight sons and three daughters. On July 27, 1659, John was received as a Purchaser at Providence and received appropriation July 29th the same year. "This day John Whipple is received unto the Town a purchaser to have purchase right of lands."( 9 ) It is not known why the Whipples left Massachusetts. However, it is known that the children married into families whose views coincided with those of Roger Williams. It is recorded that John Whipple even preached himself. There is a paper in the Rhode Island Historical Society Library which is entitled "John Whipple on the Baptist Church."( 10 )

John Whipple lived in Providence in a house probably created by his own hands, as he was a carpenter by trade. The house stood on the east side of the river, a little north of Star Street, between North Main and (what is now) Benefit Street. The house was a two-story structure, having a large stone chimney at one end. On the west side of the house there were steps leading up to it from North Main Street. The house number was 369 North Main Street. In 1676 when Providence was attacked by the Indians, much of the city was put to the torch.

However, the John Whipple House was spared, as the Indians revered the structure because Roger Williams and his followers had worshipped there. Thus the John Whipple House, as it was known, was long the oldest house in Providence. Charles H. Whipple reported that it was still standing in 1917.( 11 ) It can not be located today however, & it appears that a parking lot for a shopping center stands on the house plot today. It appears the Whipple House, one of the oldest structures in America, was sacrificed to the wheel of the urbanized sprawl that Americans of this century call progress.

In 1660 John Whipple received a grant of land in Louisquisset. Louisquisset or Louquisset is an Indian name of a place or brook in the town of Smithfield, about four miles from Poutucket and easterly from the line Rock village. This land was divided equally between his sons; Samuel, Elezer and William; with a 60 acre exception which was formerly deeded to his eldest son John Whipple, Jr. He also owned other lands as itemized in his will.( 12 ) It was "ordered that John Whipple Sr. have his land recorded in the Towne Book the which was laid out to him for his Towne Right, it lieing at, Loquasqussuck."( 13 )

Henry C. Dorr, in his work The Proprietors of Providence and Their Controversies with the Freeholders, states that when John Whipple came to Providence "he brought with him a larger property than was commonly possessed by the immigrants of the day." He "soon became a leading citizen and a zealous supporter of Harris and Olney. [Roger] Williams says that he was a constant speaker in town meetings and evidently regarded him as one of his chief opponents. He was licensed to keep an Inn and during many years kept the Principal one in Providence in what is now 'Constitution Hill'. He was a man of ability and influence and his Inn became a political center of the town. It seems probable that Roger Williams addressed his letters to Whipple that they might become more widely known in what was then the chief clubhouse of the village."

After John Whipple is recorded as one of "the names of such as have paid all of their purchase money and have quittances" he embarked upon a career of public service as would be the case with a presumably ambitious and upward mobile man.

On January 6th, 1660 (or perhaps 1661) John Whipple who at this time was the surveyor, laid out 5 acres of low land for Thomas Clemence. This survey was recorded on January 27th by his eldest son, John Whipple, Jr., who was serving as clerk of the town of Providence.( 14 ) This seems to have been the first official position that John Whipple held in town government.

At the Town Meeting of March 26th, 1651, at which Thomas Olney Sr. was moderator, it was "ordered that a rate of 35 pounds after peage 8 penney shall be levied upon this towne to pay toward the colony prison." Nine men were chosen to levy the rate upon the town to make sure that no person unfairly burdened and that a majority decision of the committee would be final. One of those chosen to sit on the committee was John Whipple. This appointment might be taken to mean that John Whipple had become a respected member of the town who would be trusted to see that taxes would be fairly shared. It could also mean that no one else wanted the job.

At a town meeting on June 18th, 1663, John Brown being moderator, the general court orders made at the court of commissioners on May 12th, 1663 were read. As per the orders men were chosen for jury duty to try cases in the town. Among the six chosen was John Whipple Senr.( 16 )

In the division of lands at the town meeting of February 19th, 1665, at which time the land on the east side of the seven mile line was distributed, John Whipple Senr. received Lot #45.( 17 )

At the town meeting of August 28th, 1666 during which Thomas Olney Sr. served as moderator, John Whipple Senr. was one of four "chosen to serve as Deputyes at the Gennerall Assembly holden at Newport the 4th day of September."( 19 ) During this active year Sarah, his wife, died leaving him with several small children, the youngest an infant. She had been living with him only about seven years since they had come to Providence.( 20 )

John Whipple held many offices in Rhode Island. Among the offices John held were Deputy to the Rhode Island General Assembly (Representative) 1666-74-6, town treasurer 1668-83, Councillor 1669-81-2, town clerk (1670-2) (1676-7) 1681-1683.( 21 )

In 1663 John Whipple deeded a piece of land to his son John Whipple, Jr. then about 23 years of age although the deed was not recorded until May 14, 1667.( 22 ) This delay can be explained quite easily as John Whipple, Senr. was not in legal possession of the lands until 1666. Benedict Arnold said in a deed to John Whipple Senr. dated 1666 ("tenth day of September in the 18th year of the reign of our sovereign Charles II King of England, Scotland, France and Ireland, etc.") "The said Benedict Arnold having sold the premises about five years ago, and giving then actual possession of the same unit to ye aforementioned John Whipple. He having had lawfull possession and use of the same lands. They were granted to Benedict Arnold 20 years ago." John payed Arnold "9 score" (180) pounds for the property.( 23 ) Thus only after Arnold filed his deed could John Whipple, file his for legal claim to the lands.

John Whipple, Jr. lived in the Southernmost of the four home lots that belonged to his father. John Whipple, Jr. married Mary Olney daughter of Thomas Olney a town elder. He lived with his young bride in the former dwelling place of William Arnold, the father of Benedict.( 24 )

The deed John Whipple to John Whipple, Jr. 1663 is beautifully preserved in the library of the Rhode Island Historical Society. It is interesting to note that Thomas Olney, Jr. witnessed the deed. See Scrapbook to see John's signature on a deed.

In 1660 the town at great expense had built at Bridge at Waybossett. The structure has cost 160 pounds. 3 years later a committee was appointed to "goe unto all the inhabetantes of the Towne to see what they will contribute to the mending the Bridge att Waybossett." Enough money was raised to maintain the bridge for 2 more years.( 25 ) It is not known what John Whipple's original involvement with this bridge was, however, it is recorded:

At a Towne meeting or Quarter Court January 27th 1664, it was ordered that John Whipple Senr. be sent for to confer with the moderator, Mr. William Field, about mending the Bridge.( 26 )

Thus on February 6th, 1664/5 an agreement was made between Thomas Harris Sr. and Valentine Whitman, who were acting on behalf of the Town; and John Whipple, Thomas Roberts, and Resolved Waterman to build and mend the bridge at Providence for the consideration of 14 pounds 10 shillings. This was to be paid in wheat 5 shillings per bushel, "peace" @ 4 shillings per bushel, Indian corn @ 3 shillings per bushel "and what peage is paid to be at 16 per penny white and 8 per penny black.( 27 )

This agreement worked for awhile, however, in 1667 five men were "chosen to vew the bridge at Wapwoyset and to consider of the most easy and facill way to repair it so that the passage may not be lost."( 28 ) Among the committee members were Roger Williams and John Whipple. The committee sat for a year after which time Roger Williams came forward with a proposal.

To offer that if you please. I will (with God's helpe) take this bridge into my care and by that moderate toll of strangers of all sorts ... will maintain it so long that it pleaseth all that I live in this town.( 29 )

Williams exempted the townspeople from paying the toll in exchange for one man's days work per year, and those who had "Lessee user half a day." It is not clear whether Williams' bridge was overly profitable or whether he was just too insistent in levying the day's work. However, in [Map Showing Whipple Tavern] March 1672, the town voted that he should not "any longer keepe at the bridge," but was wholly forbid to so do.

At the town council meeting of June 6th, 1670, John Whipple Sr. is paid 10 shillings for holding "the town meeting in his house." The 10 shillings was contributed by 19 men who were to be repaid by the town.( 30 ) Whipple probably realized that a dollar could be made from "meetings in his house" and perhaps here the idea of the Whipple Inn was born.

Thus in 1674 John Whipple was licensed to keep an "ordinary" (as taverns were called in those days). Many a "publick" meeting was held in the Whipple Inn. According to the 1680 license he was one of the three most competent inn holders of the century. Because of the staid and sober character of the Whipple Inn and its central location it was a favorite meeting place for the Town Council and Court of Probate. Further, town elections were held there. In 1690 the October session of the Rhode Island General Assembly met at the Whipple Inn.( 31 )

After his death, his son, John, Jr., also kept a tavern for many years on what is now Mill Street and a younger son, Joseph, also at one time was a licensed inn keeper within the town of Providence.( 32 )

Land Controversies: Roger Williams believed that he transferred a grant of land he had purchased from the Indians to an association which would hold the land in trust until a future town would succeed to it. Williams saw this plantation as a whole that would be passed down to his successors as a whole, yet instead, the land was divided and subdivided among the individual heirs of the residents of Providence Plantation. Williams received $30 from the town in compensation for his labor and expense in negotiating with the Sachemas Indians in procuring the grant of land. Be always insisted that the $30 fee was only for his labor in procuring the land and that it was not a fee for the land itself. The proprietors, or purchasers, of which John Whipple was one, were to pay 30 shillings each for their have lots (6 acres) and farming lands (100 acres). Williams had no intention of parting with the rest of his purchase.

In Williams' letter to John Whipple August 24th, 1669 Williams' insists that the disposal of the land should he undertaken by the freeholders at large in the town meeting:

"Grant that there have been discourses & agitacions many, about ye lands & purchases, yet is it not reasonable & righteous in all men's eyes. Yt since there are so many purchasers who ordinarily doe not & others yt will not come to ye Towne Meeting, yet their consent should be had, and ye consent of ye majorities should determine ye matters of their purchase, & oblige the minor differing from them? I understand not yet of the damage of a farthing yt any of you have sustained, or are likely to do, from those whom you count your adversaries."

This passage relates to the claim of the Proprietors to an exclusive right to vote in the town meeting upon all matters relating to the proprietary estate.( 33 )

In 1669 the town government of Providence faced a crisis. The conflict between the proprietors and the freedmen was coming to a head. The confusion in Providence it was feared might cause forfeiture of the Charter and so the Assembly at Newport on the 27th of October in 1669 tried to resolve the conflict. As it happened, on the last election day, two separate town meetings had been assembled in Providence. It is not surprising to discover that only the meeting that represented the Proprietors is recorded in the Town Book. The Assembly at Newport sent 5 Commissioners to the colony's "oldest town" in order to persuade both the proprietors and freeholders together to elect town officers and town deputies to the Assembly. The well-intended plan of the General Assembly failed. The townspeople of Providence were not in the habit of listening to the deputies from Newport in any case. Thus, with the town unable to hold elections for several months, there was not a town clerk, sergeant or constable. The only authority that remained in Providence was the Town Council and they took possession of the town records, delivering them to John Whipple when he was duly-elected on December 15th, 1669. This election signaled the success of the Proprietors over the freeholders and the General Assembly could do nothing to aid the small freeholders who were the partisans of Roger Williams.( 34 )

In the year 1675, John Whipple was one among twenty-five others who voted at a town meeting to stay at Providence rather than flee to Newport. Most of the inhabitants of the town availed themselves of the offer made them by their friends at Newport, and thus the town was nearly deserted. John Whipple stayed and helped garrison the town against Indian attacks, an action of considerable bravery.

In 1676 the town of Providence was attacked by the Indians. Many houses were burned and much damage done to those who stayed in Providence. As was noted earlier, John Whipple's house was spared, because of the Indian's reverence for the structure where Roger Williams worshipped.

John Whipple was one who, under Captain Roger Williams, defended Providence and "who staid and went not away." It is also reported in Drake's History of Providence that Captain John Whipple of Providence commanded an expedition into Indian territory. Due to his service in King Philip's war he was known from then on as Captain John Whipple.( 37 )

On August 14thr 1676 "at a towne meeting lawfully called by Cap. Fenner Magistrate before Thomas Fields house under a tree by ye water side ... A list of 27 names as staid & went not away were presented under whom the Indians should be due." Five men were chosen to dispose of the Indian captives, among them Roger Williams and John Whipple, Jr.( 38 )

Then on August 30th, 1676 - "ye Towne (being adjourned) to ye tre before Wm Fields - 7 October Thomas Harris and John Whipple chosen to demand and receive at every Garrison what was taken from the Indians.( 39 ) In 1679, John Whipple was appointed by the Rhode Island General Assembly to serve on a committee to give account of the late war with the Indians and make returns to the Assembly.( 40 ) Due to his service in King Philip's War the descendents of Captain John Whipple are eligible as members of The Society of Colonial Wars.

Although the loss of life in King Philip's War was not great, the destruction to the town of Providence was extensive. Many of the town's people did not return as a large proportion of the homes were destroyed.( 41 )

After King Philip's War as the town tried to settle back into a routine life. Their first thought was for the preservation of their "Towne books and records (saved by God's merciful profidence from fire and water)." It seems that during the Indian raid on the town the building in which the earliest town records were kept was put to the torch and one of the twenty-five that "staid and went not away" rescued the burning records by throwing them in a pond. Thus, in October 1677 the four men who had previously held the position of Towne Clerk were appointed to "view and search the papers, what in wanting or lost, and make report to the Towne." As John Whipple was town clerk of Providence 1670-1672 and 1676-1677 he was one of the four to "make report" to their town clerk, Daniel Abbott.( 42 )

John Whipple is last mentioned in the town records three years before his death.

In 1682 the General Assembly considered "Damage in the towne of Providence by persons riding a gallop." This excessive speed was forbidden "in the street lying against the great river between the land of Pardon Tillinghast, and the northerly corner of John Whipple, Senr., where his dwelling-house stands."( 43 ) The preceeding was written by George Carroll Whipple III and published on the Whipple Web, where I copied it from. I had previously read the same references & written the same facts in this FTW account, however George Whipple's account is much more readable than mine, so I have copied his account here.

Capt. John's tombstone in Providence's North Burial Ground states he was born in England and died in Providence Town, 16 May 1685, about 68 years of age. John was born ca. 1617, and would have been about 15 when he arrived at Dorchester. Credence can be given to the death date since his will was proved 27 May 1685. Sarah's tombstone states she was born in Dorchester and died in Providence in 1666, aged about 42 years. She would have been born ca. 1624. Thus, she could not have been born in Dorchester, since Dorchester wasn't founded until 1630. With a birth date of 1624, we can be sure that if she was born in New England, it must have been in Plymouth, which was settled in 1620. Travel by a ferry operated by Bray Wilkins at a cost of a penny per person between Dorchester and Plymouth was common in 1638.

Both Capt. John Whipple & Sarah were interred years later at Providence's North Burying Grounds. The Whipple burial yard is on Dahlia path, about 50 feet northwest of the Temple Monument on Eastern Street. . The North Burial Ground wasn't established until 1700, and no one was buried there until 1711 -- 45 and 26 years after Sarah and John's deaths. Samuel Whipple, their son, was the first person buried there. The North Burial Ground is the oldest common burial ground in Providence, and remains from a number of family plots were re-interred there in the 19th century. William McKenzie Woodward of the Rhode Island Historical Preservation Commission says most gravestones in the earliest section of the cemetery face west, "following an 18th century custom based on the belief the sun will rise in the west on the Day of Judgment." Six former governors are buried there, including Stephen Hopkins, a great grandson of Capt. John Whipple and a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Son Joseph, who inherited the family "dwelling house, three home lots, and the garden next the river" and was executor of John's 1685 will, was buried in the North Burial Ground in 1746. Capt. John's will directed Joseph, then 23, to see that he was "decently buried," and it is possible that Capt. John and Sarah were re-interred at the time of Joseph's burial.

In a letter dated 16 June 1992, Rosemarie Polce, an employee of the North Burial Ground, wrote that their records date from March 1848 and "do not tell how or when Sarah and Capt. John got here. The stone suggests it is just in memory of them, not that the actual bodies are there." Polce said she was unable to located Samuel's headstone.

The above (4) paragraphs taken from: Abraham Hammatt, The Hammatt Papers. Early Inhabitants of Ipswich, Massachusetts 1633-1700 (Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1980), p. 405.

(Sources cited by the authors quoted above for their information: "A Brief Genealogy of the Whipple Families Who Settled in Rhode Island", by Henry E. Whipple (Providence: A. Crawford Greene, 1873), p. 8; "Sons and Daughters of Jesse: A 360 Year History of the Whipple Family", by Charles M. Whipple (Oklahoma City: Southwestern Press, 1976), p. 11; Whipple Family Tree, by Dwane V. Norris (Jackson, Mich., 1996), p.81)

The Will of Capt. John Whipple, Sen.:

Be it known to all persons to whom this may come, that I, JOHN WHIPPLE, of the town of Providence in the Colony of R.I., and Providence Plantations, in New England (Sen), being in good measure of health, and in perfect memory, upon consideration of mortality, not knowing the day of my death, and having many children, and to prevent difference that otherwise may hereafter arise among them concerning my worldly estate, do see cause to make my will: and do hereby dispose of all my estate in this world, and do make my last Will and Testament.

I having formerly given unto three of my sons, all of my lands and meadows in Louquisset, namely: Samuel, Eleazer, and William, equally to be divided among them three only; excepting thirty acres, which I gave unto my son John, at the North West End.

I give unto my three aforesaid sons, namely: Samuel, Elezer, and William, each of them, a quarter part of one right of Common, for pasturing, chting of timber, and firewood.

I give unto my son Benjamin, a right of land in the late division which is already made out unto him.

I give unto my son David, a right of land in the late division which is already made out unto him.

I give unto my son Jonathan, twenty-five acres, on which he now dwelleth. Also, I give unto my son Jonathan, one division of land which is ordered by the town to be laid out between the "seven-mile line" and the "four-mile line," and papers already drawn for.

I give unto my son Joseph, my dwelling-house, and my three house-lots, and the garden next; also a six-acre lot lying on the southern side of the neck whereupon the town of Providence standeth,. also twenty acres near Thomas Clemons, his dwelling; also I give unto my son Joseph my share of meadow near Solitary Hill, and two six-acre lots, lying on each side of said Hill; also a six-acre lot, near William Wickenden formerly dwelt; also one division lying on the "seven-mile line," which is already ordered by the town and papers drawn for; also I give unto my son Joseph, all other divisions which shall hereafter belong unto two rights throughout.

I give unto my sons, namely: John, Samuel, Elezer, William, Benjamin, David, and Jonathan, these seven, twelve pence every one of them.

I give unto my three daughters, namely: Sarah, Mary, and Abigail, unto every one of them, ten shillings. I give unto my son Joseph, all my right of land in the Narragansett country. I give unto my son Joseph, all my movable goods, of what sort soever, and all my cattle, and all my tools; also I do make my son Joseph my executor; also my will is that my son Joseph do see that I be decently buried: this being the absolute Will and Testament of the John Whipple, Sen., as aforesaid, I do hereunto set my hand and seal, this eighth day of May, in the year one thousand six hundred and eighty-two.

Signed and sealed in the presence of

THOMAS ARNOLD,

Witness my hand, 

JOHN ARNOLD

    JOHN WHIPPLE, L.S. 

SHADRACH MANTON

I, Thomas Arnold, and John Arnold, the 27th day of May, in the year 1685, did upon these solemn engagements declare that they are witnesses unto the above will, and as these names are there written they do own it to be their hand.

Shadrack Manton, the 27th day of May, 1685, in the presence of the Magistrates and the rest of the Council, full and truly declare that he is witness to the above Will, and that he with his own hand wrote his name thereunto, as,

Attest, ARTHUR FENNER, Assistant.

Joseph Whipple did upon the 27th day of May, 1685, in the presence of the Council, as he is Executor to the Testator, upon his solemn engagement testify and declare that this is the last Will and Testament of his deceased father as ever yet perfected as he knoweth of; and that he, when he made it, was of sound mind, and of a good memory.

Taken before us, ARTHUR FENNER,

JOSEPH JENCKS, Assistants

On the back side of this Will it is endorsed as follows:

Thomas Olney, Town-Clerk of Providence, in the Colony of Rhode Island, and Providence Plantation, in New England, aged 53 years or thereabouts, testifieth that on the sixteenth day of this instant (May), John Whipple [Sen.] of the aforesaid town of Providence, sent for to speak with him.

This deponent saith he immediately went to him. The said John Whipple [Sen.] then showed him this paper, and the writing which on the other side of this paper is written, desiring this deponent to peruse it. This deponent saith he did well peruse it; and having well perused it, he asked the said John Whipple what his mind was concerning the land which he in the said writing had disposed of to his several sons; whether or no he did intend by that writing or Will that the said land should be unto his said sons, their heirs and assigns forever; or only onto his said sons for term of life? He immediately made this answer. That however it was not worded in the said writing, yet his mind and will was that his sons, each one of them, should have said house and rights which he in the said writing unto each one of them had disposed, to be unto them, their heirs and assigns forever, to dispose the same or any part thereof, at any time as they see cause; and that the same was omitted to be inserted. That his son Jonathan should have one of his rights of land and common, on the west side of the "seven-mile line" to be unto him, his heirs, and assigns forever; and that that was his mind when the said Will was written. However, it was omitted in part by the scribe of the said Will. There was an exception made only of thirty acres of land to be his son John's, by him formerly given. That he owned to be a mistake; and that the exception must be of sixty acres, which formerly by deed of gift he had given to his son John Whipple; and all the remainder of his said farm lying about Louisquisse should be divided equally between his said three sons [namely], Samuel, Elezer, and William. This, saith this deponent, is truth; and he took it immediately from the said John Whipple's mouth and worded it down. This is again signed, Joseph Jencks & Arthur Fenner

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The first Whipple in America, John arrived in Dorchester (part of present-day Boston) in about 1632 at the age of 17, aboard the ship Lyon. He was a housewright in Dorchester. In Dorchester John married his wife Sarah, and his first eight children were born there. In 1658 his family moved to Providence, where he lived the remainder of his life.

Children

  1. John Whipple (1639 - 15 Dec 1700)
  2. Sarah Whipple (CHR 6 Feb 1641/1642 - AFT 12 May 1710)
  3. Samuel Whipple (CHR 17 Mar 1643/1644 - 12 Mar 1710/1711)
  4. Eleazer Whipple (CHR 8 Mar 1645/1646 - 25 Aug 1719)
  5. Mary Whipple (CHR 9 Apr 1648 - 12 Jul 1698)
  6. William Whipple (CHR 16 May 1652 - 9 Mar 1711/1712)
  7. Benjamin Whipple (CHR 4 Jun 1654 - 11 Mar 1703/1704)
  8. David Whipple (CHR 28 Sep 1656 - 18 Dec 1710)
  9. Abigail Whipple (ABT 1657/1658 - 19 Aug 1725)
  10. Joseph Whipple (ABT 1662 - 28 Apr 1746)
  11. Jonathan Whipple (ABT 1664 - 8 Sep 1721)

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◦From Dr. Charles M. Whipple, correspondent, note of March 28th 2008


Capt. John Marriage and Family of Captain John Whipple


John's indenture ended when he was 20 or 21 years of age, at which time he became a freeman and landowner. In time, he acquired between 40 and 50 acres of land. After only a few years in the new world, he was a property owner, a circumstance that would have been next to impossible had he stayed in Old England. At the 2 January 1637 Dorchester town meeting, it was ordered that John Whipple be given "eight acres near Stoughton's mill in the area known as Neponset Village, this grant being in regard of a former promise upon record."

Within two years or so of becoming a landed proprietor, John was married to the 15 or 16-year-old Sarah Darling, or Hutchinson. When or where Sarah was born is unknown. Information on her gravestone sets her birth at Dorchester in about 1624, but this is unlikely since only Plymouth Colony was in existence at that time. Sarah Whipple, on 29 October 1641, addressed as "Goodwife Whipple," one of the lowest social class distinctions, was admitted to the Dorchester church. John would have had to be a member by then, as freemen were required to be members of the church. In addition to the qualification of church membership, all males over sixteen years of age were required to take the "Freeman's Oath," as of 14 May 1634, which contained the pledge, "submitting my selfe to the wholesome laws made and established by the same." Children of non-church members were not permitted to be baptized and christened. Uncertainty exists as to the christening date of their first child. The church allowed his mother to join in October of 1641, thus permitting the oldest, John, to be christened three days later, on 1 November 1641. He was at least two years old by then. Sarah, the second child, was christened three months later, 6 February 1641/42. John and Sarah Whipple had 11 children; nine were born in Dorchester, the others in Providence, Rhode Island. The death date of the second child, Sarah, is yet being researched. The 1710 date occurred at the death of her second husband, at which time she was declared to be too aged to handle her own affairs. Nativity and necrology dates of the other children possess a reasonable degree of certitude. With the exception of David all were married and died in the Providence Plantations area.
i.John Whipple, born about 1639, christened 1 Nov 1641; died 15 Dec 1700;
married (1) Mary Olney, (2) Rebecca Scott
ii.Sarah Whipple, christened 6 Feb 1641/1642; died after 12 May 1710;
married John Smith Junior (2) Richard Arnold
iii.Samuel Whipple, christened 17 Mar 1643/1644; died 12 Mar 1710/11;
married Mary Harris.
iv.Eleazer Whipple, christened 8 Mar 1645/1646; died 25 Aug 1719;
married Alice Angell
v.Mary Whipple, christened 9 Apr 1648; died12 Jul 1698;
married Epenetus Olney.
vi.William Whipple, christened 16 May 1652; died 9 Mar 1711/12;
married Mary (_)
vii.Benjamin Whipple, christened 4 Jun 1654; died 11 Mar 1703/1704;
married Ruth Mathewson.
viii.David Whipple, christened 28 Sep 1656; died 18 Dec 1710
in Rehoboth, Mass.; married (1) Sarah Gregory, (2) Hanna Tower.
ix. Abigail Whipple, born about 1658; died 19 Aug 1725;
married (1) Stephen Dexter, (2) William Hopkins
x. Joseph Whipple, born about 1662; died 28 Apr 1746; married Alice
Smith.
xi. Jonathan Whipple, born about 1664; died 8 Sep 1721;
married (1) Margaret Angell, (2) Anne (_)

If the Whipple household was typical of the time, John was preoccupied with providing for his family, and Sarah was busily engaged in rearing the children. The amount of formal education the Whipple children received can be only conjectured. Whether a child could read and write was usually a consequence of the degree of literacy possessed by the parents, particularly the mother. Sarah's level of education is unknown. [6]


Person ID


I49935


Sprague Project


Last Modified


2 Dec 2012


Family / Spouse


Sarah [--?--], b. Abt 1624, Dorchester, Suffolk Co., MA, USA , d. 1666 – Age: ~ 42 years


Married


Dorchester, Suffolk Co., MA, USA [2, 6]


Children


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1. John Whipple, b. 1639, d. 15 Dec 1700, Providence, Providence Co., RI, USA – Age: 61 years


-http://sprague-database.org/genealogy/getperson.php?personID=I49935&tree=SpragueProject -------------------- John Whipple was on the passenger list for the Lyon, 1632 that sailed from England.

grave Birth: Dec. 21, 1617 Essex, England Death: May 16, 1685 Providence Providence County Rhode Island, USA

Husband of Sarah Initially buried on his farm and moved to the North Burial Ground some time later

Sarah is buried next to him.

Flag on Grave

Inscription on Headstone Reads: "In Memory of Capt. John Whipple who was born in England & Died in Providence Town ye 16th Day of May Anno Dom. 1685 about 68 Years of Age"

From Kaye Rasmessen Kelly:

( Descendants of Capt John Whipple, Of Providence, R.I., by David Jillson, New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume XXXII, October 1878, pages 403-407). Family Sarah They or Darling b. c 1624, d. 1666 Children

  • Capt. John Whipple+ b. 1639/40, d. 15 Dec 1700
  • Sarah Whipple+ b. 1642, d. a 1687
  • Samuel Whipple b. 1644, d. 12 Mar 1710/11
  • Eleazer Whipple b. c 1646, d. 25 Aug 1719
  • Mary Whipple+ d. 12 Jul 1698
  • William Whipple b. 1652, d. 9 Mar 1711/12
  • Benjamin Whipple+ b. Jun 1654, d. 11 Mar 1703/4
  • David Whipple b. c 1656, d. Dec 1710
  • Abigail Whipple b. c 1660, d. 19 Aug 1725
  • Col. Joseph Whipple b. 1662, d. 28 Apr 1746
  • Lieut. Jonathan Whipple b. 1664, d. 8 Sep 1721

Citations

1. [S164] Newton, Clair A. H., Capt John Whipple. 2. [S166] Jillson, David, Capt. John Whipple.


Family links:

Spouse:
 Sarah Hutchinson Whipple (1624 - 1666)

Children:
 John Whipple (1640 - 1700)*
 Sarah Whipple Smith (1641 - 1687)*
 Samuel Whipple (1644 - 1711)*
 Eleazer Whipple (1646 - 1719)*
 William Whipple (1652 - 1712)*
 David Whipple (1656 - 1710)*
 Abigail Whipple Dexter Hopkins (1658 - 1725)*
 Joseph Whipple (1660 - 1746)*
  • Calculated relationship

Burial: North Burial Ground Providence Providence County Rhode Island, USA Plot: 5 Rows West of Eastern Ave and Dahlia Pass Intersection

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With his wife Sarah, Whipple had 11 children, the first eight born in Dorchester, and the remainder born in Providence.[5] His oldest son, John, married first Mary Olney, the daughter of Thomas Olney and Mary Small, and secondly Rebecca Scott, the widow of John Scott (son of Richard Scott and Catharine Marbury).[2] Sarah married John Smith, Samuel married Mary Harris, and Eleazer married Alice Angell, the daughter of Thomas and Alice Angell.[6] Mary married Epentus Olney, the son of Thomas Olney and Mary Small, William's wife was named Mary, and Benjamin married Ruth Mathewson.[6] David married first Sarah Hearndon, and secondly Hannah Tower, and Abigail married first Stephen Dexter, the son of colonial President Gregory Dexter, and secondly William Hopkins, the son of Thomas Hopkins.[7] Whipple's tenth child, prominent merchant Joseph Whipple, married Alice Smith, and his youngest child, Jonathan, married first Margaret Angell, the daughter of Thomas Angell, and secondly a woman named Anne.[8]

A grandson of Whipple, Joseph Whipple, Jr. became deputy governor of the colony, and a great grandson, Joseph Whipple, III, was also a deputy governor.[9] Another great grandson, Stephen Hopkins was a governor of the colony, Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court, and signer of the Declaration of Independence.

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Capt. John Whipple's Timeline

1617
December 21, 1617
Milford, Pembrokeshire, Wales
1617
Bocking, Essex, England, United Kingdom
1639
1639
Age 21
Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
1640
March 9, 1640
Age 22
Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
1641
February 6, 1641
Age 23
1642
1642
Age 24
1644
March 17, 1644
Age 26
Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
1644
Age 26
Bocking, Essex, , England OR MA, USA
1645
March 6, 1645
Age 27
Dorchester (within present Boston), Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
1648
April 9, 1648
Age 30
Dorchester, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States