Thursday, February 25, 2021

Sarah Theyer Whipple: putative wife of Captain John Whipple

 Charles M. Whipple, Ph.D., Ed.D.

It is the assertion of this abstract that the maiden name of the wife of Captain John Whipple is Theyer. This is based on the following observations. The information supplied by her tombstone states that she was born in Dorchester, New England, and died in Providence, Rhode Island Anno Dom 1666, age 42, placing her date of birth in the mid-1620s. As shown in several treaties, including my own, The History of Captain John and Sarah Whipple of Dorchester, Massachusetts and Providence Rhode Island, 1617-1685, Trafford Publishing, 2007, the maiden name commonly identified as belonging to her, including baptismal records have been: Theyer, Glouchester;  Darling, London; Woodthorpe, Essex, and Hutchinson, unknown. The name Theyer has since been identified in an early 20th century Rhode Island source as wife to John Whipple. I have researched this issue on and off for over 40 years, arriving at a clearer understanding of this 300-year old conundrum with assistance from those sources noted below.