"Brenda Suzanne Whelply, 59, passed away on January 13, 2011 at her residence in Houston, Texas. She was born on September 2, 1951 in Seneca, New York to Frank and Lorraine Whelply. Brenda had been a resident of Houston for the past 35 years. She is survived by her mother and her brother and his wife."
Brenda and I met about 15 years ago on line, both of us doing research far from our family's Connecticut roots, using the meager records then available on the internet. We discovered that we were third cousins, descendants of William M. and Elizabeth (Carpenter) Whelply and we actually knew the same family stories and some of the same family members but had never heard of each other. She was bright, articulate and a careful researcher, as well as a fun email pal. For a few years, Brenda maintained a website devoted to research of the Whelpley family through which she was able to help many of our cousins to find their connection to immigrant Henry Whelpley.