Four men with the surname Whipple were in the American colonies by the early 1630s. This book is about one of those men: "Elder" John Whipple of Ipswich, Massachusetts and his 6,880 American descendants, covering 15 generations. In addition to these lineages, the book offers a social history of various family members beginning with John's father, Matthew, Sr., a successful Clothier of Bocking, Essex Co., England who was born about 1560.
Many of the most prominent families of early colonial America married into the Whipple family. Included in the pages of this book are members of the Dea. Simon Stone family of Great Bromley, England and Watertown, Mass.; Samuel Appleton of Little Waldingfield, England and Ipswich; William Goddard of London and Watertown; Thomas Hinckley, last govenor of Plymouth colony; Humphrey Reynor of England and Rowley; Daniel Denison , major general of the Massachusetts colony; Dr. Comfort Starr of Canbrook, Kent Co., England and Suffolk Co., Mass.; Dea. William Goodhue of England and Ipswich; Job Lane of England and Malden Mass.; etc.
A full biography of general William Whipple, New Hampshire singer of the Declaration of Independence, is presented. Other biographies include president Calvin Coolidge; Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross; James Russell Lowell, author and diplomat; Brigham Young, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; professor Albert Enoch Pillsburry who taught consitutional law at Boston university; and many other.
"Rarely does one come across a family history text of this depth.Ê Ambitious and rich in detail, it is a genealogical compilation and also a historical accounting that will appeal to students of colonial American history.Ê Extensive historical backdrop has been intertwined with Whipple family story, expanding its time span and subject." Ê
"Chapter endnotes-some of them massive in numbe-include valuable narrative information in addition to source citations." Ê
". . . thisÊ book represents a unique text that will appeal to those interested in Whipple family history and in American colonial history.Ê It is unsurpassed in detail, a captivating read, and a massive fait accompli."
Diane Ptak, CLS
The full review can be seen in Vol. 93, No. 1, March 2005 of National Genealogical Society Quarterly