Wednesday, December 9, 2020

A Whipple Christmas in 1606

© By Blaine Whipple

By the time of Amy's birth in 1606, the Matthew Whipple, Sr. family should have been able to celebrate Christmas in grand style. The citizens of Bocking and Braintree joyously celebrated the birth of Jesus. The inns, taverns, and alehouses were wreathed with Christmas greenery and within those warm, noisy, crowded places, good beer and ale and all the best wines were served. All houses from leading citizens to the lowly rat-catcher were open to hospitality. Few if any went hungry, including prisoners who received baskets of good things to eat and drink.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Further Research on Two Whipple Coats of Arms and Henri de V. Hipple

By Charles M. Whipple, Ph.D., Ed.D.


The Two Whipple Coats of Arms

Beginning in the 1530s and continuing into the late 1600s, heralds for the then newly created College of Arms visited throughout Great Britain and Ireland. The majority of these locations were visited on more than one occasion, as witnessed by the dual entries for the Whipple arms. Again, as witnessed in the Whipple family's visitations of 1552 and 1576, at least one serious, if not egregious, error is noted in the literature of the time.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

John Whipple Houses

There have been many Whipples named John, all of whom (hopefully) lived in house(s). This post discusses two of those houses, built in the 1600s in Ipswich, Massachusetts, and Providence, Rhode Island.

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Linguistic Issues Involved in Changing Whaple into Whipple

By Charles M. Whipple, Ph.D., Ed.D. 

One of the more widely recognized extant variants of the original eleventh-century Winple patronymic that appeared in the Domesday Book of 1086, experienced well into the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, is the confused use of the letter “s” at the close of many surnames.  Instances of such, relative to the Whipple surname were:  Whaples/Whaple;  Wheples/Wheple;  and Whiples/Whiple. Other instances evidencing this confusional state, as well as a mixing of the six above surnames, seen in Whiple/Whaple, could be noted. Moreover, these appear to have become exceedingly prevalent, as well as overly resistant to modulation during ensuing generations.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Genetic Antecedents of Captain John Whipple

By Charles M. Whipple, Ph.D., Ed.D.
It is the assertion of this abstract that the immediate genetic antecessors of Captain John Whipple of Dorchester, Massachusetts, later of Providence Rhode Island, were John Whaple/Whaples and Mary Collett. Records reveal that he was baptized under the above family name on 13 December 1618 in the St. Mary and St. Lawrence Church of Great Waltham, Essex County, UK.