I have a brick wall which
goes back almost to the beginning of my family tree, in Bedford
The Whipkey name apparently originated with Johann Jacob
The details are generally agreed on by numerous sources, including
handed down from my own
family line. Our legend has it this way:
Johann Jacob Hipge was born in 1739 in Weissembourg, Alsace region
was then German, but is now in France. He and his wife Elizabeth
America. One source says he landed in Philadelphia, October 4,
1752 aboard the
ship Neptune. The Ships list web site has this information. Obviously,
have his birth date wrong or else he married pretty young, since
information would have him landing in Philadelphia at the age
Ancestry,COM has a listing of the names of foreigners who took
the oath of
allegiance to the province and state of Pennsylvania. Johann
Jacob Hipge is
on this list of foreigners imported in the ship Edinbergh, James
Master, qualified Sept. 16, 1751.
Regardless of when he arrived, it is pretty self-evident that
he did arrive
and there are 6 children linked to this couple:
Rebecca, alternately described by sources as born in
Germany or Hagerstown, MD.
The oldest son is Abraham, born Feb. 2, 1771 in Hagerstown, MD.
The remaining four sons were all born in Pennsylvania, reputedly
They are: David, John
Jacob, Henry Jacob and George.
My information lists the death of Johann Jacob Hipge (Whipkey) as August
of 1781 at Whipkey
Cove, Bedford Co. PA After the death of
Johann Jacob, his widow,
Elizabeth, remarried a man whose name is
Adam Hurrow or Harrah.
Elizabeth died in Somerset, PA in 1823.
I have a lot of descendants of these six children, every line
I have found
can be traced back to Somerset Co.
I have found the Whipkey
name in specific geographical locations. There are
still numerous Whipkey people in the southwestern portion of PA. A
contingent migrated to Greene CO PA and then to WVA, (my line).
Descendants of Abraham and Henry
Jacob migrated first to Ohio, then
fairly large contingent to southern Illinois where the name still
can be found
with some frequency. Descendants
of mostly Abraham migrated to South
Dakota and beyond. A smaller group of Whipkeys migrated from
Oklahoma and some on to Texas.
I would really like to pin down some specific dates on the original
founder of this name, Johann Jacob Hipge and learn his actual
and specific location of his death. I have been unable to find
in any atlas of Whipkey Cove in Bedford Co.
If anyone has any help on this family, I would be eternally grateful.
have more than 4,000 names in my family tree, all of them linked
or marriage to Johann Jacob Hipge. Some may have some assistance by linking
with the family names of the spouses of the six original Whipkey
1. Rebecca, married Isaiah Miller
2. Abraham, married Anna Marie Lenhart
married Susanna Dull
4. John Jacob, married Catherine Lenhart
5. Henry Jacob, married Elizabeth Kieffer or Keffer
6. George, married May Catherine (I have always wondered
if her name was
really Catherine May, the May family was fairly well known at the time.
Thanks to all who have any help with my search. I will be delighted
share any information I have on the descendants from these children.
descendants on all five sons, but nothing on Rebecca.
If you have information
or comments that may be of benefit to Jim, please contact him