Born: January 14, 1730 at Kittery, Maine
Died: November 28, 1785 (aged 55) at New Hampshire
Spouse: Catherine Moffat Whipple (m. 1767 – 1785)
Children: William Whipple III
Facts about William Whipple
Whipple was an active member of the Freemasons. He was a member of the St. John’s Masonic Lodge while he was an active mason.
Whipple was known for his beliefs that all men were created equal, and is quoted as writing “”A recommendation is gone thither for raising some regiments of Blacks. This, I suppose will lay a foundation for the emancipation of those wretches in that country. I hope it will be the means of dispensing the blessings of Freedom to all the human race in America.“”.
Whipple took his patriotic duty seriously, and was known around New Hampshire for his dependability and righteousness.
After returning from the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Whipple planted the seed of a horse chestnut next to his house, which has grown into a tree which can still bee seen today next to the Moffat-Ladd house. After the war Whipple became an Associate Justice of the Superior Court of New Hampshire.
William Whipple Childhood
His father, also named William Whipple, was a native of Ipswich, and worked as a maltster, now called a brewer. He later became a sea captain and moved to Kittery. William Whipples great great grandfather, Matthew Whipple, left Bocking, England and emigrated to Ipswich around 1638. His father had been a clothier in Bocking.
His mother was the daughter of Robert Cutts, a distinguished ship-builder, who established himself at Kittery, where he became wealthy, and at his death left a handsome fortune to his daughter, including the Cutt home in Kittery: my land or farm at Crooked Lane, with dwelling house and other buildings thereon.â€ Mary Cutt was the granddaughter of William Cutt who left Bristol in England and settled in Portsmouth.
The education of young Whipple was in the public schools in his native town, but he was also tutored by Robert Gerrish, his mothers cousin, who was a Harvard graduate. On leaving school, he entered on board one of his fathers merchant vessels, and by the age of 21 was captain of his own ship. His voyages were chiefly confined to the West-Indies, and proving successful, he acquired a considerable fortune.
Where is William Whipple buried?
He was buried in the Old North Burial Ground in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. In 1976, in conjunction with the American Bicentennial, his headstone was replaced with a new memorial by a local historical association.
How did William Whipple die?
He suffered from a heart ailment, and died after fainting from atop his horse while traveling his court circuit at New Hampshire.