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Prince "Caleb Quotem" Whipple

Prince "Caleb Quotem" Whipple

Male - 1797

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  • Name Prince "Caleb Quotem" Whipple 
    Born Amabou, Africa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Nov 1797 
    Person ID I43667  Whipple Descendants
    Last Modified 20 Jan 2002 

    Family Dinah 
    Married 1781  of, Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Esther Whipple,   b. of, Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 14 Apr 2019 
    Family ID F20166  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - - Amabou, Africa Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1781 - of, Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire Link to Google Earth
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  • Headstones
    Gravestone of Prince Whipple, d. 21 Nov 1796
    Gravestone of Prince Whipple, d. 21 Nov 1796
    Prince Whipple served in the American Revolutionary War after being freed by General William Whipple, signer of the Declaration of Independence.

  • Notes 
    • !SOURCE: http://www.seacoastnh.com/blackhistory/trail.html#trail, which reads: "Prince ... [was] sent abroad from [his] Gold Coast home by [his] nobleman father to be educated. [He was] instead sold into slavery, and brought to Portsmouth [New Hampshire] by General William Whipple. In 1781, Prince married Dinah, a newly freed slave of the New Castle minister Reverend Chase. Prince served in the Revolution (as depicted in the familiar painting of Washington crossing the Delaware River), and was afterwards freed by the General. Prince ... [w]as a kind of manager at the semi monthly assemblies, balls and at weddings. ... Dinah did some work for cash for North Church, and conducted a school for black children, funded by the Ladies Charitable African Society. In 1832, Madame Whipple's heir moved Dinah, now a widow, to another Whipple property on Pleasant Street [in Portsmouth], where she lived her remaining 14 yearswith her grown daughter Esther Whipple Mullineaux [and others]. Like many freed people from the colonial period, the Whipples stayed in the town where they had been enslaved. " Gives birth in Gold Coast.

      !SOURCE: Sarah J. Purcell, "Prince Whipple," in American National Biography (New York, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999), 23:164-165. Gives birth in Amabou, Africa.

      !BIOGRAPHY: "Legend has it that Prince Whipple is the black man in the famous nineteenth-century artistic depictions of George Washington crossing the Delaware River in the attack on Trenton, New Jersey, in December 1776. Thomas Sully, who painted the scene in 1819 for the state of South Carolina, depicted an African American on horseback at Washington's side, and Emmanuel Leutze in his 1851 painting showed an African-American man rowing Washington's boat across the frozen river. Prince Whipple sometimes served as an aide to General Washington. However, it is unclear whether Whipple was actually present at the crossing of the Delaware because William Whipple did not see most of his military action until later in the war. Regardless of whether or not the figure actually represents Prince Whipple, he did become a patriotic hero to nineteenth-century abolitionists, who believed he was the man the artists depicted. For example, in 1858 black abolitionists William Nell and Lewis Hayden included an engraving of Prince Whipple crossing the Delaware in an exhibit of revolutionary 'relics' at Faneuil Hall organized in celebration of Crispus Attucks Day, an abolitionist festival that celebrated African Americans of the Revolution." --S.J. Purcell

      !NAME: After the Revolutionary War, sometimes went by the name Caleb Quotem. --S.J. Purcell


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