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Martha Dennison

Also Known As: "Martha Denison", "Martha Wiggin", "Martha Thing"
Birthdate: (60)
Birthplace: Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts, America
Death: September 12, 1728 (60)
Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts, America
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Denison and Martha Martyn
Wife of Thomas Wiggin and Matthew Whipple
Mother of Matthew Whipple, Jr.
Sister of Rev. John Dennison and Daniel Dennison

Managed by: Gwyneth McNeil
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About Martha Dennison


  • WHIPPLE, Matthew
  • b. 20 DEC 1658 Ipswich, Essex, Mass.
  • Family:
  • Spouse: DENISON, Martha
  • b. 1 MAR 1667/8 Ipswich, Essex, Mass.
  • Parents:
  • Father: DENISON, John
  • Mother: SYMONDS, Martha
  • Family:
  • Marriage: ABT 1688 Ipswich, Essex, Mass.
  • Spouse:APPLETON, Joanna
  • Children:
    • WHIPPLE, John
    • WHIPPLE, William
  • From:


  • History and genealogy of "Elder" John Whipple of Ipswich, Massachusetts : his English ancestors and American descendants by Whipple, Blaine
  • Pg.76
  • John2 Whipple (John1, MatthewA) baptized 25 December 1625 in Bocking, Essex County, England; died 10 August 1683 in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts. He married (1) Martha Reyner about 1653 at Ipswich. She died 24 February 1679 in Ipswich (2) Mrs. Elizabeth (Cogswell) Paine 28 June 1680 at Ipswich. John emigrated to Massachusetts Bay colony in 1638 with his parents when he was almost 13 years old. He was an entrepreneur and started a number of business in Ipswich. He was an officer in King Philip's War, served as selectman, Essex county treasurer, and Ipswich's representative to the general court for four years between 1674-1683. He left an estate of £3,000. John and Elizabeth had no children.
  • Children of John and Martha Whipple, all born in Ipswich:
    • i. .... etc.
    • ii. Matthew (Major), born in 1658; died 28 January 1739 in Ipswich; married (1) about 1684 Jemima Lane (2) Johanna Appleton about 1688 (3) Mrs. Martha Denison) Thing 11 June 1697. He and Johanna were the grandparents of Gen. William Whipple who signed the Declaration of Independence for New Hampshire.
    • iii. .... etc.



  • The Soldiers' Memorial. Portsmouth, N.H., 1893-1921: Storer Post, No. 1 ... By Joseph Foster
  • Pg.20
  • "John Whipple, senior [Matthew] of the Hamlet, died Nov. 22, 1695. He was son of Matthew, [and was] baptized in Essex, England, Sept. 6, 1632. he was Lieutenant of a troop, held town offices, was Deputy to the General Court in 1674, 1679, 1682, 1683. He married a daughter (Mary) of Humphrey Reyner of Rowley. She survived him. He left children, John, Matthew, Joseph, Cyprian, Mary, Anna, Sarah, Elizabeth and Hannah. Estate £1639, 16 s."—(Felt p. 170.)
  • "Matthew Whipple, [John, Matthew] of the Hamlet, died January 28, 1739, in his eightieth year, He married Martha, daughter of john, and grand daughter of General Denison. [Major General Daniel Denison of Ipswich, born in England in 1612, who died Sept. 20, 1682, in Ipswich, was for eleven years Major General of the colony, and very prominent in colonial affairs.—See Denison Memorial, Ipswich, Mass., 1882] She died Sept 12, 1728, in her sixtieth year. Mr. Whipple left children, Matthew, John, William, who was of Kittery in 1730, where his son William was born, who was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and Brigadier General at the capture of Burgoyne;—Joseph, settled in the ministry at Hampton Falls, and Martha Hartshorne. He had a malt-house and oat-mill, in which he carried on much business. To his mulatto servant he gave freedom. He bequeathed his house and lands to Matthew and John. Estate £3500. He held several offices in the town, was Justice of the Sessions Court, Representative in 1718, 1719, 1729. He was an energetic, useful and respected townsman."— (Ibid, pp. 176-177.)
  • William Whipple senior, (Matthew, John, Matthew,) "malster, seaman, and afterwards farmer," married Mary, eldest daughter of Robert Cutt (2d) and granddaughter of Robert Cutt (1st), both of Kittery, Maine.
  • .... etc.



The children of John and Martha [Symonds] Denison were

5  ii MARTHA4 DENISON, b. 1 March 1667/68, [26]   married three times. [27]  She married first, THOMAS WIGGINof Exeter, New Hampshire, b. at Hampton, 5: 1 mo.: 1660/61, son of Andrew and Hannah [Anne Bradstreet] Wiggin, [28]  and they had one child

  • i.   HANNAH WIGGIN, b. ca. 1690.  Her marriage to Jonathan Cogswell was recorded at Ipswich , Oct. 23, 1717.[30]

Martha married second, in 1693,[31] JONATHAN THING, mentioned in the probate record above, who died 31 October, 1694, at age 40:[32] 

 They had one son:

  • ii.  DANIEL THING, May 12, 1694.[33]  Guardianship was granted to Matthew Whipple, 23 October 1700.[34]  When he married ELIZABETH CLARK of Newbury,[35]   3 March  1717/18 , he was called “Daniell Thing of Exeter.”[36]  At Exeter, he and his wife had five children. [37] 

Returning to Ipswich, Martha married her third husband, MATTHEW WHIPPLE, 11 June 1697.[38]  He was the son of son of Capt. John and Martha [Reynor] Whipple.  The probate documents of Jonathan Thing also allude to Martha’s marriage to Matthew Whipple.  Martha then had three (or four) children with Matthew:  all but one are found in the Ipswich Vital Records:[39] 

  •    iii.  JOSEPH WHIPPLE, b. 31 July 1701;  
  •   iv.  MARTHA WHIPPLE, b. 07 January 1703/04 and d. in three weeks time;   
  •    v.  MARTHA WHIPPLE again, for whom no birth record has been found;[40]  m. Ebenezer Hartshorn.      
  •    vi.  NATHANIEL WHIPPLE, b. 2 September 1711.   

 Martha [Denison] [Wiggin] [Thing] Whipple d. 12 September 1728 at Ipswich,[41] and the entry leaves no doubt about her identity: “Whipple, Martha, w. Maj. Matthew, Esq., and d. John Dennison, only s. Maj. Daniel, Sept. 12, 1728, in her 60th y.” 



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Martha Dennison's Timeline

March 1, 1668
Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts, America
Age 14
Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
September 12, 1728
Age 60
Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts, America