Daniel J. Whipple, farmer, section 18, Barton Township, was born in Allegany Co., NY, June 9, 1841, and is a son of William and Sarah (Thompson) Whipple. When he was eight years old, Mr. Whipple began the work of maintaining himself. He availed himself of all work suited to his years, and when old enough engaged as a stage-driver, and afterwards worked in a livery stable. When he was 14 years old he made an engagement with Dan Rice, the celebrated showman, with whom he traveled eight years as a clown. In 1862 he enlisted in the 13th Reg., NY Vol. Inf., and served in the war for the Union three years and eleven months. AFter receiving his discharge he came to Michigan and entered a claim of 80 acres of land under the provisions of the Homestead Act, on which he has since resided.
He was married in 1867 to Eliza A., daughter of Benjamin and Phebe Ann (Heirs) Meades, natives of New York, where she was also born, Dec. 30, 1846. The family includes four children, viz: Jennie R., Benjamin A., Daniel J. and Phebe A. Ettie is deceased.