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John "Mayflower Compact" Tilley

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Henlow, Bedfordshire, England
Death: Died in Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Coles Hill Burial Ground, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Tilley; Robert Tilley; Elizabeth Tilley and Elizabeth
Husband of Elizabeth Tilley (Carver); Bridget Tilley and Joan Tilley, "Mayflower" Passenger
Father of Rose Tilley; John Tilley, Jr.; Robert Tilley and Elizabeth Howland, "Mayflower" Passenger
Brother of Rose Goods; George Tilley; Agnes Tilley; Elizabeth Austin; William Tilley and 4 others

Occupation: Silk weaver, Pilgrims, both died in "first illness", Came over on Mayflower 1620
Managed by: Jocelynn Elaine Oakes
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About John "Mayflower Compact" Tilley

John Tilley (Pilgrim)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Tilley_%28Pilgrim%29

John Tilley (1571 – 1620 or 1621) was one of the settlers who traveled from England to North America on the Mayflower but died shortly after arrival.

BAPTISM: 19 December 1571 at Henlow, co. Bedford, England, son of Robert and Elizabeth Tilley. MARRIAGE: Joan (Hurst) Rogers, on 20 September 1596 at Henlow, co. Bedford, England, the daughter of William and Rose Hurst and widow of Thomas Rogers (no relation to Thomas Rogers, the Mayflower passenger). CHILDREN: Rose (died young), John, Rose, Robert, and Elizabeth. DEATH: Sometime the first winter at Plymouth, likely between January and March 1621.

Surprisingly little is known about John Tilley. He was born in 1571 at Henlow, co. Bedford, England, and his brother Edward Tilley and wife Agnes (along with their neice and nephew Humility Cooper and Henry Samson) also came on the Mayflower. Brother Edward is known to have lived in Leiden, but there is no record of John Tilley there (though it is certainly possible he was present there and just didn't get named in any record). John and Joan Tilley came on the Mayflower with their youngest child, Elizabeth, then about thirteen years old. Both John Tilley and wife Joan died the first winter at Plymouth, but their daughter Elizabeth survived and later married fellow Mayflower passenger John Howland.

Overview

Tilley was christened in Henlow, Bedfordshire, England on 19 December 1571. He was the eldest child of Robert and Elizabeth Tilley. He had four sisters (Rose, Agnes, Elizabeth, and Alice) and three brothers (George, William, and Edward or Edmund). Research done by Robert Ward Leigh, using probate records, show that Tilley's paternal grandparents were William and Agnes Tylle, his great-grandparents were Thomas and Margaret Tylle, and great-great-grandparents were Henry and Johann[a]? Tilly, all of Henlow.

On 20 September 1596 in Henlow, John married Joan Hurst Rogers, the daughter of William and Rose Hurst and the widow of Thomas Rogers of Henlow. Joan had had one daughter from her previous marriage. John and Joan had five children between 1597 and 1607. At least one child died young. Research by George Ernest Bowman shows that John was not the Jan Tellij that married Prijntgen Van den Velde in Leyden.

In September 1620, John and Joan embarked on the Mayflower along with their teenage daughter Elizabeth and John's brother Edward Tilley and his wife Ann or Agnes (Cooper) Tilley. Edward and Ann brought along Ann's relatives Henry Sampson and Humility Cooper. They left behind their older children, who were married by this time. They arrived at what would become Plymouth in November. John and brother Edward were amongst the men who signed the Mayflower Compact.

Unfortunately, the first winter after their arrival was extremely difficult and a number of the settlers died. Amongst these were John, wife Joan, brother Edward, and sister-in-law Ann. William Bradford reported, "...Edward Tillie, and his wife both dyed soon after their arrivall; and the girle Humility their cousen, was sent for unto Ento England, and dyed ther But the youth Henery Sampson, is still liveing, and is maried, & hath .7. children. John Tilley and his wife both dyed, a litle after they came ashore..." This left daughter Elizabeth the only surviving member of the Tilley family in America. The orphan was taken in by John Carver but he and his wife both died that spring. Elizabeth later married John Howland, Carver's former servant, and left a numerous posterity.

Children

   * Rose Tilley, baptized 23 October 1597 in Henlow, Bedfordshire, England, died young
   * John Tilley, baptized 26 August 1599 in Henlow, Bedfordshire, England
   * Rose Tilley, baptized 28 February 1602 in Henlow, Bedfordshire, England
   * Robert Tilley, baptized 25 November 1604 in Henlow, Bedfordshire, England, served as an apprentice to a tailor, married Mary Hawkins on 1 November 1632 at St Paul’s Church, Bedford, Bedfordshire, England.
   * Elizabeth Tilley, baptized 30 August 1607 in Henlow, Bedfordshire, England, sailed on the Mayflower in 1621, married John Howland presumably in Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, died 21/31 December 1687 in Swansea, Bristol, Massachusetts, will written 17 December 1686 and proved 10 January 1687/8.

In addition, Joan Hurst Rogers Tilley had a daughter, Joan Rogers, from her first marriage. She was christened on 26 May 1594 in Henlow, Bedfordshire, England and married Edward Hawkins on 27 June 1620 at St. Paul’s Church, Bedford, Bedfordshire, England.


'Ancestors of the Mayflower Tilley:'

1 Henry TILLY c.1465 Henlow, Bedford Co., will proved 4 Dec 1520 – 1 Sep 1520 + Johana?

      2 Thomas TILLY c.1490 Henlow, will proved 6 Oct 1556 Henlow + Margaret, d.>1556
             3 William TILLEY c.1515, bur.21 Jan 1578 in Henlow England, will dated 1 Jan 1578/9 + Agnes, buried 7 Jun 1582 Henlow
                    4 Robert TILLEY 1540, bur.21 Feb 1612/1613 Henlow England, will dated 31 Dec 1612 + Elizabeth ELLBORNE? c.1545 Henlow; m.1570 Henlow
                           5 Edward 27 May 1588 Henlow – winter 1620/21 Plymouth MA + Agnes/Ann Cooper, d.winter 1620/21 Plymouth MA; m.20 Jun 1614 (both were Mayflower passengers)
                           5 John TILLEY 15 Dec 1571 - 1621 Plymouth, MA, silk weaver + Joan HURST bapt.13 Mar 1567/8 Henlow, d.<11 Jan 1621 Plymouth MA (dau of William HURST c.1530 – 17 Dec 1569 + Rose c.1545 d.23 Jul 1601 Henlow; widow of Mr. Rogers); m.20 Sep 1596 Henlow England (Mayflower passengers)

'George W. Bush descent from John Tilley'

• 1. John TILLEY (1571-1620) m. Joan HURST (1567-1620)

• 2. Elizabeth TILLEY (1607-1687) m. John HOWLAND (1593-1672)

• 3. Hope HOWLAND (1629-1683) m. John CHIPMAN (1613-1708)

• 4. Hope CHIPMAN m. John HUCKINS

• 5. Hope HUCKINS m. Thomas NELSON

• 6. Hannah NELSON m. Jabez WOOD

• 7. Jabez WOOD (1718-) m. Joanna SHORT

• 8. Joanna WOOD (1750-1813) m. Comfort HORTON (1743-1805)

• 9. Sarah HORTON (1777-1856) m. Jarvis WHEELER (1774-1852)

• 10. Betsey S. WHEELER (1800-1881) m. Levi PIERCE (1797-1838)

• 11. Elizabeth Slade PIERCE (1822-1901) m. Courtland Philip Livingston BUTLER (1813-1891)

• 12. Mary Elizabeth BUTLER (1850-1897) m. Robert Emmet SHELDON (1845-1917)

• 13. Flora SHELDON (1872-1920) m. Samuel Prescott BUSH (1863-1948)

• 14. Prescott Sheldon BUSH (1895-1972) m. Dorothy WALKER (1901-)

• 15. George Herbert Walker BUSH President (1924-) m. Barbara PIERCE

• 16. George Walker BUSH President (1946-) m. Laura Lane WELCH (1946-)

Notable descendants

President Franklin D. Roosevelt

Franklin D. Roosevelt → James Roosevelt → Mary Aspinwall → Susan Howland → Joseph Howland → Nathanial Howland Jr. → Nathanial Howland Sr. → Joseph Howland → John Howland → Elizabeth Tilley → JOHN TILLEY

Presidents George H. W. Bush, and George W. Bush.

George W. Bush → George H. W. Bush → Prescott Bush → Flora Sheldon → Mary Butler → Elizabeth Pierce → Betsy Wheeler → Sarah Horton → Joanna Wood → Jabez Wood → Hannah Nelson → Hope Huckins → Hope Chipman → Hope Howland → John Howland → Elizabeth Tilley → JOHN TILLEY

Ralph Waldo Emerson. Famous poet.

Ralph Waldo Emerson → Ruth Haskins → Hannah Upham → Hannah Waite → Lydia Sargent → Lydia Chipman → Hope Howland → ELIZABETH TILLEY (an entirely female line, meaning Ralph Waldo Emerson carried the mitochondrial DNA of Mayflower passenger Elizabeth Tilley → JOHN TILLEY

References

   * Marriage and christening records found on the International Genealogical Index (extracted from original source records by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints).
   * Bradford, William, Of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647.
   * Bowman, George Ernest, “Jan Tellij of Leyden was Not John Tilley of the Mayflower”, Mayflower Descendant, Vol. 10, No2, April 1908. pgs. 65-67.
   * Ward, Robert Leigh, “English Ancestry of Seven Mayflower Passengers: Tilley, Sampson, and Cooper”, The American Genealogist, Vol. 52, pgs. 198-208.
   * Bowman, George Ernest, “Elizabeth (Tilley) Howland’s Will”, Mayflower Descendant, Vol. 3, No. 1, Jan 1901, pgs. 54-57.
   * Forster, Joy, “The Lost Children of Bedfordshire's Pilgrim Fathers: The Tilley family of the Mayflower”, The Mayflower Quarterly, Vol. 65, No. 4, Nov 1999.
   * Bowman, George Ernest, “Elizabeth (Tilley) Howland’s Will”, Mayflower Descendant, Vol. 3, No. 1, Jan 1901, pgs. 54-57.
   * Anderson, Robert Charles. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, vols. 1-3. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995 (entry on John Howland).

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John Tilley, his wife Joan (Hurst) Rogers, and daughter Elizabeth came on the Mayflower. John and Joan died the first winter, but Elizabeth lived, married John Howland, and had eleven children. John's brother Edward Tilley came with wife Ann Cooper on the Mayflower as well.

John Tilley did not marry Prijntgen (Elizabeth) van der Velde in Holland. That was easily disproved in Mayflower Descendant 10:66-67, and by the subsequent identification of Joan (Hurst) Rogers. Also note that the article in the Mayflower Quarterly 49:16+ entitled "John Tilley Jr, 1599-1636" presents a theory as to what happened to John Tilley's son John, but the article has been criticized as presenting no proof but just speculations (Wakefield in MD 43:76; Stratton p. 362).

John's wife Joan is the daughter of William Hurst and Rose (---). William was born c1530, and died before 1571. He lived in Henlow, Bedford, England. Joan Hurst was baptized in Henlow, Bedford, England on 13 March 1567/8. She married first Thomas Rogers (no known relation to Thomas Rogers of the Mayflower), and second John Tilley.

1620- Mayflower passenger at age 49. He was a signer of the "Mayflower Compact."

1621- Died the first winter (Between 11 January and 10 April 1621)at Plymouth, MA with many others.

John & Joan Tilley were Pilgrims on the Mayflower

John was the 16th man to sign Mayflower Compact.

William Bradford reported, "...Edward Tillie, and his wife both dyed soon after their arrivall; and the girle Humility their cousen, was sent for unto Ento England, and dyed ther But the youth Henery Sampson, is still liveing, and is married, & hath .7. children. John Tilley and his wife both dyed, a litle after they came ashore..." This left daughter Elizabeth the only surviving member of the Tilley family in America. The orphan was taken in by John Carver but he and his wife both died that spring. Elizabeth later married John Howland, Carver's former servant, and left a numerous posterity.

Birth: Dec. 19, 1571

Shropshire, England

Death: Jan. 11, 1621

Plymouth

Plymouth County

Massachusetts, USA

John died from exposure shortly after arriving on the Mayflower. He was the son of Robert Tilley and Elizabeth Tilley. He married Elizabeth Lancaster on September 6, 1606 in Shipton,Shropshire,England. His daughter Elizabeth Tilley married John Howland.

(bio by: Ryan Curtis) 

Family links:

Children:
 Elizabeth Tilley Howland (1607 - 1687)*

Spouse:
 Joan Hurst Rogers Tilley (1568 - 1621)

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Burial:

Coles Hill Burial Ground

Plymouth

Plymouth County

Massachusetts, USA


Created by: LF

Record added: Nov 07, 2006

Find A Grave Memorial# 16539001

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=16539001

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Arrived on Mayflower.

http://www.mayflowerfamilies.com/mayflower/mayflower_passenger_list.htm

Tilley, John, brother to Edward was  bp. Henlow, Bedfordshire, England, 19 Dec 1571.  He m. in Henlow 20 Sept 1596 Joan (Hurst) Rogers.  She had married 1st Thomas Rogers.  Of five children: Rose, John, Rose again, Robert and Elizabeth,  only Elizabeth who is known to have descendants. Of the others there is no further record.

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Signer of Mayflower Compact? 11/11/1620

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He was under Miles Standish in the first encounter with the Indians at Great Meadow Creek, December 8, 1620, three days before the landing of the Pilgrims.

The known ancestry of John Tilley is as follows (from The American Genealogist 52:198-208):

Henry Tilley, b. c1465, d. 1520 === Johan (---)

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Thomas Tilley, b. c1490, d. 1556 === Margaret (---)

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William Tilley, b. c1515, d. Jan. 1578/9 === Agnes (---)

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Robert Tilley, b. c1540, d. Feb. 1612/3 === Elizabeth (---)

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John Tilley, Mayflower passenger

John Tilley came on the Mayflower with his wife Joan and daughter Elizabeth. John's brother Edward Tilley also came on the Mayflower.

SOURCES:

Caroline Lewis Kardell, "An English Line from John Tilley", Mayflower Quarterly, 65(August 1999):208-209.

Robert Leigh Ward, "English Ancestry of Seven Mayflower Passengers: Tilley, Sampson, and Cooper," The American Genealogist 52:198-208.

Robert Leigh Ward, "The Baronial Ancestry of Henry Sampson, Humility Cooper, and Ann (Cooper) Tilley," The Genealogist 6:166-186.

Robert Leigh Ward, "Further Traces of John Tilley of the Mayflower," The American Genealogist 60(1984):171-173.

George E. Bowman, "Jan Tellij of Leyden was Not John Tilley of the Mayflower," Mayflower Descendant 10:66-67.

Elizabeth Pearson White, John Howland of the Mayflower through Desire Howland for Five Generations, vol. 1 (Camden: Picton Press, 1990).

Caleb Johnson © 1998

-------------------- John Tilley (b. 19 Dec 1571, d. 10 Apr 1621) John Tilley was born 19 Dec 1571 in Henlow, Bedfordshire, England, and died 10 Apr 1621 in Plymouth Colony. He married Joan Hurst on 20 Sep 1596 in Henlow, Bedfordshire, England.

Includes NotesNotes for John Tilley:

Signer #16 on The Mayflower Compact according to Morton. ORIGIN: Leiden, Holland MIGRATION: 1620 on Mayflower (Notes made by Gov. William Bradford listed them as " John Tillie and his wife; and Eelizabeth, their doughter." FIRST RESIDENCE: Plymouth BIRTH: Baptized Henlow, Bedfordshire, 19 December 1571, son of Robert and Elizabeth (_____) Tilley [TAG 52:203]. DEATH: Plymouth 1620 in the first general sickness [Bradford 446]. MARRIAGE: Henlow 20 September 1596 Joan (Hurst) Rogers. She had married (1) Thomas Rogers. CHILDREN: i ROSE, bp. Henlow 23 October 1597; no further record.

ii JOHN, bp. Henlow 26 August 1599; no further record.

iii ROSE, bp. Henlow 28 February 1601/2; no further record.

iv ROBERT, bp. Henlow 25 November 1604; no further record.

v ELIZABETH, bp. Henlow 30 August 1607; m. about 1625 JOHN HOWLAND.

ASSOCIATIONS: John Tilley was the elder brother of EDWARD TILLEY, who also died in the first sickness.

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