When James Whipple was born in September 1785, in Dana, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States, his father, James Whipple, was 20 and his mother, Electa Johnson, was 18. He married Sybil Sturdevant on 7 February 1808, in Ware, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 10 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Pittsfield, Otsego, New York, United States in 1850. He died on 15 October 1862, in Springfield, Otsego, New York, United States, at the age of 77, and was buried in Pierstown Cemetery, Pierstown, Otsego, New York, United States.
English: perhaps a nickname from an unrecorded diminutive of Middle English w(h)ippe ‘scourge, whip’, possibly contained in Middle English whippel-tre, a type of dogwood or cornus. For possible applications as a nickname see Whipp . Alternatively, perhaps from an unrecorded diminutive of the Middle English personal name Wippe (see Whipp ).
History: Matthew Whipple came from England to Ipswich, MA, c. 1638. His descendent William Whipple (1730–85) born in Kittery, ME, was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. A John Whipple was one of the first settlers in Providence, RI.