Catharine Whipple was the wife of Captain William Whipple. Captain William Whipple, the second of the New Hampshire delegation to the Continental Congress of 1776, married his cousin, Catharine Moffat. Her parents, John and Catharine Moffat, were among the wealthiest people of the Province. Her father held a high position in the Provincial government. She was of good birth and of high social standing.
William Whipple followed the sea from when he shipped as a cabin boy until he retired in 1759. He then entered the mercantile business in Portsmouth with his brother. William Whipple had come to command his own ship while following the sea. He had amassed a considerable fortune in the West India trade. The mercantile venture at Portsmouth was also prosperous. Captain Whipple continued until 1775. He closed all his business interests to devote himself entirely to public affairs.
William and Catharine Whipple and her husband lived in Portsmouth between the years of their marriage and the Revolution, but we know little of their private life. Copley painted her portrait. One child was born to Captain and Mrs. Whipple, a daughter who died in infancy. After the death of this daughter, Mrs. Whipple adopted a niece, Mary Tufton Moffat. She lived with her uncle and aunt until she married Nathaniel Appleton Haven.
Captain Whipple’s achievements were many: elected to the Continental Congress twice; Brigadier General of New Hampshire troops at Saratoga; co-operated with General Sullivan at the siege of Newport in 1778; returned to Congress in 1778 and 1779; the financial receiver of New Hampshire in 1782 and 1783; and Judge of the Superior Court in 1784 until his death in 1785. Catharine Whipple survived him for many years.