Rhode Island Beginnings

Sheldon S. Cohen

in Commodore Abraham Whipple of the Continental Navy

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034331
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038322 | DOI:
Rhode Island Beginnings

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The origins of the Whipple family in New England could be traced to England, and the surname is said to have initiated with variant spellings during the Norman times. During the “Great Migration,” several of those who were known as “vexed and troubled Englishmen” during the period between 1629 and the early 1640s set out for North America. Most of these Puritans believed that God supported their mission of building the New World settlement with a virtuous government and a “righteous” religion. John Whipple was one of those who participated in the move, and it is he from which Abraham would descend. John Whipple had significant vocational skills, and he was soon given a small parcel of land near Dorchester Neck. He then sold his Dorchester lands and moved his family to Providence Plantations, a part of Rhode Island, where he focused on farming and carpentry. This chapter provides an examination of the beginnings of the Whipple family, particularly on Rhode Island.

Keywords: Whipple family; New England; England; Norman times; Puritans; John Whipple; Providence Plantations; Rhode Island

Chapter.  7517 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Military History

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