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Commodore Abraham Whipple of the Continental NavyPrivateer, Patriot, Pioneer$
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Sheldon S. Cohen

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034331

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034331.001.0001

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Rhode Island Beginnings

Rhode Island Beginnings

(p.xxii) (p.1) 1 Rhode Island Beginnings
Commodore Abraham Whipple of the Continental Navy

Sheldon S. Cohen

University Press of Florida

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

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