Hi Nancy - It's always nice to meet a new cousin!I don't know very much about the Whippey family history, and my line starts with Judith Whippey in the early 1700's.
I visited Nantucket last summer, and the furthest I could go back on that line was to Judith's father, James Whippey.The information I obtained on that (first) family is as follows:
James b. 1705, d. 1773, m. 1727 to Patience Long.They had ten children - all born Nantucket.
1. Judith b. 1727 m. 1746 Shubael Hillman, d. 1775. 2. James Jr. b. 1730 m. 1749 Susanna Coffin, d. 1775. 3. Nathaniel b. 1732 m. 1756 Susanna Coleman, d. 1806. 4. Mary b. 1734 m. 1757 Reuben Clark, d. 1778. 5. Jane b. 1736 m. 1759 Paul Giles, d. unk 6. Susan b. 1738 m. 1760 Jonathan Harris, d. unk 7. Samuel b. 1741 m. 1763 Parnell Hitch, d. unk (he went to Fiji Islands) 8. Zebulon b. 1744 m. 1766 Hannah Pinkham, d. 1780. 9. George b. 1746 m. ? Sally Tinkham of New Bedford, d 1823 New Bedford. 10. Benjamin b. 1749 m. 1770 Eunice Coleman, d 1836.
From your mother's recollections, and with a little research at Nantucket, I'm sure you'll be able to connect with one of those 10 children from that 1872 marriage of Emily Whippey.There was a great fire in 1846 in Nantucket that destroyed the vital records, so this information came from the historical society's Barney Record.Regarding Quakers, many Nantucket families relocated in New Garden, Guilford County, North Carolina. Later generations might have removed to Ohio, Indiana or PA.
I wish you success in continuing your search.If I come across anything that might relate to the information you mentioned, I will post it on this forum.Karen