Nathaniel Tilden, Mayor of Tenterden (1583 - 1641) MP

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Nicknames: "Hercules"
Birthplace: Tenterden, Kent, UK
Death: Died in Scituate, Plymouth County, Massachusetts
Occupation: Mayor of Tenterden, Gentleman
Managed by: Thomas Edward Shirley
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About Nathaniel Tilden, Mayor of Tenterden

Nathaniel Tilden b. July 28, 1583 in Tenterden, Kent, England baptized July 28, 1583 at St. Mildred's Church, Tenterden, Kent, England d. July 31, 1641 in Scituate, Plymouth County, Massachusetts buried in Men of Kent Cemetery, Scituate, Plymouth County, Massachusetts

Parents: Thomas Tilden June 21, 1551-June 6, 1617 and Alice Bigge c.1542 in England, d. England

Wife: Lydia Hucksteppe February 11, 1587 Kent, England, baptized February 11, 1587; d. July 31, 1672 Scituate, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. Married in 1605 in Tenterden, Kent, England.

Children: (more research needed on children and spouses)

  1. Elizabeth Tilden c.1603-c.1627, m. William Bassett, Jr.
  2. Mary Tilden c.1604-c.1656, m. Thomas Lapham, Sr. and William Bassett, Jr.
  3. Thomas Tilden 1608-January 19, 1618
  4. Mary Tilden May 20, 1610-March 1690, m. Thomas Lapham
  5. Sarah Tilden June 13, 1613-March 20, 1677, m. George Ambrose Sutton, her father's indentured servant
  6. Joseph Tilden April 20, 1615-June 3, 1670, m. Elizabeth Alice Twisden
  7. Nathanial Tilden b. 1618, m. Lydia Bourne
  8. Thomas Tilden October 23, 1608 in Tenterden, Kent, England. He was baptised at St Mildred's Church on 23 Oct 1608 in Tenterden, Kent, England. He died on 19 Jan 1618/19 in Tenterden, Kent, England. m. Elizabeth Bourne and Mary Holmes
  9. Winifred Tilden October 20, 1620-September 14, 1627
  10. Judith Tilden October 22, 1620-March 30, 1663, m. Abraham Prebble
  11. Lydia Tilden b. September 28, 1625, m. Richard Garrett
  12. Stephen Tilden October 11, 1629-August 22, 1711, m. Hannah Little

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  • The New England historical and genealogical register (1847) Vol. LXV
  • https://archive.org/details/newenglandhistor1911wate
  • https://archive.org/stream/newenglandhistor1911wate#page/330/mode/1up
  • Pg.330
  • 3. THOMAS TILDEN of Tenterden, the testator of 1616-17, born probably at Benenden after 1541, was buried at Wye 6 June 1617. He married first at Tenterden. 10 Mar. 1576-7, ALICE BIGGS, who was buried at Tenterden 13 May 1593 ; married secondly, 13 Nov. 1593, ELLEN EVERNDEN, widow, of Rolvinden. The date of her death is unknown, but Thomas Tilden left a widow ALICE, probably the mother of his son Freegift. Between 1604 and 1614 Thomas Tilden left Tenterden, and moved perhaps to East Guilford in Sussex, not far across the border from Tenterden, as he owned lands there. What reason he had for moving to Wye does not appear.
  • Children by first wife, baptized at Tenterden :
    • i. SARA, bapt. 30 Aug. 1579; m. probably, 20 Nov. 1600, John Stanshame; not mentioned in his father's will,
    • ii. ABIGAIL, bapt. 26 Feb. 1581-2; bur. at Tenterden 5 Aug. 1582.
    • 4. iii. NATHANIELL. bapt. 28 July 1583.
    • iv. JOSEPH, bapt. 28 Nov. 1585; citizen and girdler of London; will dated 1 Feb. 1642. (See Waters's Gleanings, vol. 1, p. 71.)
    • 5. v. HOPESTILL. bapt. 1 May 1588.
    • vi. THEOPHILUS, bapt. 11 Oct. 1590; not mentioned in his father's will,
    • vii. THOMAS, bapt. 1 May 1593; m. and had a son Samuel, bapt. at Wye 5 Feb. 1617-18. Samuel and his daus. Anne and Elizabeth are mentioned in the will of his uncle Hopestill, 1661.
  • Child, either by second or third wife, baptized at Tenterden :
    • viii. FREEGIFT, bapt. 20 May 1604; living in 1660. (See Waters's Gleanings, vol. 2, p. 1305.)
  • https://archive.org/stream/newenglandhistor1911wate#page/331/mode/1up
  • Pg.331
  • 4. NATHANIEL TILDEN, baptized at Tenterden 28 July 1583. came to New England in the Hercules in March 1634-5, with wife, seven children, and seven servants ; settled at Scituate ; and died, probably at Scituate, between 25 May and 31 July 1641. He married in England Lydia, who, Savage thinks, was perhaps daughter of Thomas Bourne. But as Thomas Bourne was born about 1581, he would have been only twenty-seven when Nathaniel Tilden's eldest child was born, and therefore Savage's conjecture is wrong. The "son Tilden " referred to in Thomas Bourne's will, made in 1664 (see Pope's Pioneers of Massachusetts), could not have been Nathaniel, who had been dead twenty-three years, but was probably Thomas Tilden, son of Nathaniel and husband of Elizabeth Bourne. ....
  • Children, baptized at Tenterden :
    • i. THOMAS, bapt. 23 Oct. 1608 ; bur. at Tenterden 19 Jan. 1618-19.
    • ii. MARY, bapt. 20 May 1610; came with her father to New England; m. 13 Mar. 1636-7, THOMAS LAPHAM.
    • iii. JOSEPH, bapt. 12 Jan. 1611-12; bur. at Tenterden 15 Mar. 1611-12.
    • iv. SARAH, bapt. 13 June 1613 ; came with her father to New England; m. 13 Mar. 1636-7, GEORGE SUTTON.
    • v. JOSEPH, bapt. 29 Apr. 1615 ; came with his father to New England; m. 20 Nov. 1649 ALICE or ELIZABETH* TWISDEN, widow or daughter of John: lived in Scituate.
    • vi. STEPHEN, bapt. 31 Mar. 1617 ; bur. at Tenterden 21 Oct. 1619.
    • vii. THOMAS, bapt. 19 Jan. 1618-19; came with his father to New England; m. ELIZABETH (BOURNE) WATERMAN, widow of Robert Waterman and daughter of Thomas Bourne of Marshfield ; lived at Marshfield.
    • viii. JUDITH, bapt. 22 Oct. 1020; came with her father to New England; m. ABRAHAM PREBLE.
    • ix. WINIFRED, bapt. 20 Oct. 1622; bur. at Tenterden 14 Sept. 1627.
    • x. LYDIA, bapt. 30 May 1624; bur. at Tenterden 15 Sept. 1624.
    • xi. LYDIA, bapt. 28 Sept. 1625; came with her father to New England; m. RICHARD GARRETT.
    • xii. STEPHEN, bapt. 11 Oct. 1628; came with his father to New England; m. 25 Jan. 1661-2, HANNAH LITTLE; lived at Marshfield.

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Nathaniel was Town Officer and Ruling Elder about 1640. He signed a will on 25 May 1641. Nathaniel had an estate probated on 31 Jul 1641. Background on his family is given in NEHGR 65:322, 75:226, and 114:153. Tilden came to New England in the Hercules 1634-35 accompanied by his wife Lydia (Huckstep), seven children, and seven servants. He settled in Scituate and he probably died there between May and July of 1641. All the children of Nathaniel and Lydia Tilden were born in England, five dying there prior to the family’s departure. The children were Thomas, who died young; Mary, who married Thomas Lapham; Joseph, who died young; Sarah who married George Sutton; Joseph, who married Alice or Elizabeth Twisden; Stephen, who died young; Thomas, who married Elizabeth (Bourne) Waterman; Judith, who married Abraham Preble; Winifred, who died young; Lydia, who died young; Lydia who married Richard Garrett; and Stephen, who married Hannah Little. Mary and Sarah were married on the same day, 13 March 1636-37 (NEHGR 9:286), and their husbands were Tilden’s servants. After his death, his widow Lydia married Timothy Hatherly. Elizabeth French shows in NEHGR 70:256 that Lydia (Huckstep) (Tilden) Hatherly was a cousin of Thomas Hatch, q.v., who also came to New England in the Hercules and settled at Scituate. Tilden was of the gentry and addressed as "Mr,", and he was one of the wealthier Scituate residents. He dated his will 25 May 1641, inventory 31 July 1641, and he names his wife Lydia and his children Stephen; Lydia; Joseph; Thomas; Judith; Mary, the wife of Thomas Lapham; and Sarah, the wife of George Sutton; and he also mentioned two indentured servants, Edward Jenkins and Edward Tarte." (MD 3:220) (Plymouth Colony Biographical Sketches)

ii. Marie\Mary TILDEN was born about May 1610 in Tenterden, Kent, England. She was baptised at St Mildred's Church on 20 May 1610 in Tenterden, Kent, England. She died on 3 Feb 1689/90 in Bridgewater, Plymouth Co, Massachusetts, USA. 
iii. Joseph TILDEN was born about Jan 1610 in Tenterden, Kent, England. He was baptised at St Mildred's Church on 12 Jan 1611/12 in Tenterden, Kent, England. He died on 15 Mar 1611/12 in Tenterden, Kent, England. 
iv. Sarah* TILDEN. 
v. Joseph TILDEN was born about Apr 1615 in Tenterden, Kent, England. He Baptised at St Mildred's Church on 29 Apr 1615 in Tenterden, Kent, England. He died on 6 Mar 1670 in Scituate, Plymouth Co, Massachusetts, USA. 
vi. Stephen TILDEN was born about Mar 1617 in Tenterden, Kent, England. He Baptised at St Mildred's Church on 31 Mar 1617 in Tenterden, Kent, England. He died on 21 Oct 1619 in Tenterden, Kent, England. 
vii. Thomas TILDEN was born about Jan 1618/19 in Tenterden, Kent, England. He Baptised at St Mildred's Church on 19 Jan 1618/19 in Tenterden, Kent, England. He died on 2 Jan 1704/5 in Marshfield, Plymouth Co, Massachusetts, USA. He was living in Marshfield, Plymouth Co, Massachusetts, USA. 
viii. Judith TILDEN was born about Oct 1620 in Tenterden, Kent, England. She Baptised at St Mildred's Church on 22 Oct 1620 in Tenterden, Kent, England. She died on 30 Mar 1663 in Scituate, Plymouth Co, Massachusetts, USA. 
ix. Winifred TILDEN was born about Oct 1622 in Tenterden, Kent, England. She Baptised at St Mildred's Church on 20 Oct 1622 in Tenterden, Kent, England. dtr of Nathaniell Tilden Maior. She died on 14 Sep 1627 in Tenterden, Kent, England. 
x. Lydia TILDEN was born about May 1624 in Tenterden, Kent, England. She Baptised at St Mildred's Church on 30 May 1624 in Tenterden, Kent, England. dtr of Nathaniell Tylden Jurat. She died on 15 Sep 1624 in Tenterden, Kent, England. 
xi. Lydia TILDEN was born about Sep 1625 in Tenterden, Kent, England. She Baptised at St Mildred's Church on 28 Sep 1625 in Tenterden, Kent, England. She died about Jun 1673 in Marshfield, Plymouth Co, Massachusetts, USA. 
xii. Stephen TILDEN was born about Oct 1629 in Tenterden, Kent, England. He Baptised at St Mildred's Church on 11 Oct 1629 in Tenterden, Kent, England. He died on 22 Aug 1711 in Scituate, Plymouth Co, Massachusetts

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(1) Nathaniel Tilden was baptized at Tenterden, County Kent, 28 July 1583, the son of Thomas Tilden and Alice Biggs. Background on his family is given in NEHGR 65:322, 75:226, and 114:153. Parish records indicate that Nathaniel was married about 1606 in Tenterden, Kent, England, to Lydia Huckstep, baptized on 11 February 1587/1588 in Tenterden, Kent, England, daughter of Winnfrithe. Tilden came to New England in the Hercules in 1634/1635, accompanied by his wife Lydia, seven children, and seven servants. They settled in Scituate and he probably died there between May and July 1641.

       All the children of Nathaniel and Lydia Tilden were born in England, five dying there prior to the family's departure. Mary and Sarah were married on the same day, 13 March 1636/37 (NEHGR 9:286), and their husbands were Tilden's servants.
       Nathaniel Tilden was living in 1628 in Marshfield, Massachusetts. "Elder Nath'l Tilden was the ancestor of nearly all the Tildens in Marshfield.  He was one of three brothers, and they were called 'Men of Kent,' from England.  He came to Scituate at that portion called 'Two Mile' tract, now known as North Marshfield, in 1628. . . There is no record of the date of his birth, or

marriage." (Richards History of Marshfield. p. 20)

       Tilden was of the gentry and addressed as "Mr.," and he was one of the wealthier Scituate residents. He dated his will 25 May 1641, inventory 31 July 1641, and he named his wife Lydia and his children Stephen; Lydia; Joseph; Thomas; Judith; Mary, the wife of Thomas Lapham; and Sarah, the wife of George Sutton; and he also mentioned his two indentured servants, Edward Jenkins and Edward Tarte (MD 3:220).
       After his death, his widow Lydia married Timothy Hatherly. Elizabeth French shows in NEHGR 70:256 that Lydia (Huckstep) (Tilden) Hatherly was a cousin of Thomas Hatch, q.v., who also came to New England in the Hercules and settled at Scituate.

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He came to New England in the Hercules in 1634/35 with his wife and seven children and seven servants. They settled in Scituate, and he probably died there between May and July, 1641. All of their children were born in England. His daughters, Sarah and Mary, married on the same day, marrying servants of their father.

Tilden was of the gentry and addressed as "Mr." He was one of the wealthier Scituate residents. His will was dated 25 May 1641 with the inventory dated 31 July 1641. Background on his family is given in NEHGR 65:322, 75:226, and 114:153.

 Among the items of his personal estate at Scituate were "ten stocks or swarms of bees valued at ten pounds."  This is the earliest and only notice of bees in the colony records.  

Source: The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vo l. 65 pp 314-333, article called Genealogical Gleanings in England by Elizabeth French.

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Alternate spelling NATHANIELL

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Nathaniel Tilden, Mayor of Tenterden's Timeline

1583
July 25, 1583
(Tenterden) Ashford, Kent, England
July 28, 1583
Tenterden, Kent, UK
July 28, 1583
Tenterden, Kent, England
July 28, 1583
Tenterden, Kent, England
July 28, 1583
Tenterden, Kent, Eng, England
July 28, 1583
Tenterden, Kent, England
July 28, 1583
Tentenden, Kent, England
July 28, 1583
Tenterden,Kent,England
July 28, 1583
Tenterden, Kent, ENG
1603
1603
Age 19
Bridgewater, Worcester, England