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Prince "Caleb Quotem" Whipple

Family 1: Dinah (____ - ____)
  1.  Esther Whipple (____ - ____)

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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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