Betsey Whipple

9 January 1768–after 1811 (Age 42)
Cumberland, Providence, Rhode Island, United States

The Life Summary of Betsey

When Betsey Whipple was born on 9 January 1768, in Cumberland, Providence, Rhode Island, United States, her father, Eleazer Whipple, was 33 and her mother, Mercy Anna Brown, was 31. She married Christopher Dexter on 10 December 1789, in Smithfield, Providence, Rhode Island, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 6 daughters. She died after 1811, at the age of 44.

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Family Time Line

Christopher Dexter
Betsey Whipple
Marriage: 10 December 1789
Anthony Dexter
Amey Dexter
Susan Dexter
Mary Dexter
Betsey Dexter
Maria Dexter
Christopher C Dexter
Caroline Dexter

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    10 December 1789Smithfield, Providence, Rhode Island, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    Age 8
    Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
    1776 · Rhode Island Declares Independence
    Age 8
    Rhode Island declares independence from Great Britain on May 4, 1776, making it the first colony to do so officially.
    1780 · French Occupy Newport
    Age 12
    During 1780 to 1781, over 12,000 French troops occupy Newport, Rhode Island.

    Name Meaning

    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.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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    Sources (32)

    • Betty Whipple, "Rhode Island, Births and Christenings, 1600-1914"
    • Betsy Whipple, "Rhode Island, Marriages, 1724-1916"
    • Betsey Dexter in entry for Caroline Dexter Kelly, "Rhode Island Deaths and Burials, 1802-1950"

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