Hi Sandy! My ggrandparents Henry Whipple and Caroline Woodmansee Decker were married in Clifford, PA, Susquehanna Co. not far from where Henry was born and raised in Greenfield, PA.Caroline was a widow with a daughter Etta.Her husband Harvey Decker was killed with a team of horses in the woods (logging).Henry and Caroline moved to nearby Wayne Co. (orson ) and raised a family.Prior to marriage Henry had fought in the Civil War in the Pa 177th infantry.Their children were:Etta Decker (married a Whipple - distant cousin of Henry's) Joseph Wellington, married, no children, lived in Orson---Ord Everett, married, no children, was a Methodist Episcopal missionary to Africa, died in California---Clyde Arden, married to Edna Alice Robinson, 12 children, my grandfather ---Irma Whipple Case, divorced, no children---Sadie,never married,no children.Etta did have a daughter who had at least 1 child.Yes, my grandparents lost 3 young children but not in 1 year, but in a single week from diptheria.Caroline cared for each one, preparing each for burial.They were Myron, 11 years. Ada and a 3rd name unknown.This has been particularly comforting to me in a way, knowing that my ggrandmother had this type of strength.2 years ago at Christmas time we had a housefire and lost our 10 year old daughter, Ashleigh.Grandma survived her tragedy somehow, but life is never the same. "Dire" is a name my Dad remembers as a young child, so maybe the nickname is correct. Also, my dad says that a Theodore Hatch lived next door to Henry and Caroline--any relation to you? Orson is in Wayne Co. PA but not far from my home.I have been to the cemetery there several times as a child and as an adult.Henry, Caroline, their 3 young children, Irma and Sadie, Uncle Joe and wifeare buried there.Can you tell me how you are related to Caroline and other relatives who may have lived in NE PA?When I find out more I'll let you know.OH, yes we have a picture of Caroline and Henry and their children on the Whipple website:www.whipple.orgLook for descendants of Truman Whipple heading.