John TILLEY

John TILLEY

Male 1571 - 1620  (~ 48 years)

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  • Name John TILLEY 
    Christened 19 Dec 1571  Henlow, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Emigration 1620  Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Aboard the Mayflower 
    Immigration 1620  Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 1620  Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I29211  FamilyWorld
    Last Modified 20 Sep 2011 

    Father Robert TILLEY,   b. Abt 1540,   d. Feb 1612/13  (Age ~ 73 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth 
    Family ID F10700  Group Sheet

    Family Joan HURST 
    Married 20 Sep 1596  Henlow, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Rose TILLEY,   c. 23 Oct 1597, Henlow, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. John TILLEY,   c. 26 Aug 1599, Henlow, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Rose TILLEY,   c. 28 Feb 1601/2, Henlow, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Robert TILLEY,   c. 25 Nov 1604, Henlow, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    +5. Elizabeth TILLEY,   c. 30 Aug 1607, Henlow, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Dec 1687, Swansea, Bristol County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 80 years)
    Last Modified 29 Jul 2011 
    Family ID F9776  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 19 Dec 1571 - Henlow, Bedfordshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 20 Sep 1596 - Henlow, Bedfordshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEmigration - Aboard the Mayflower - 1620 - Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1620 - Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1620 - Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    'Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor' by William Halsall, 1882, at Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
    "Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor" by William Halsall, 1882, at Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

  • Notes 
    • John Tilley left Leiden, Holland and arrived at Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620 aboard the Mayflower. He died in the first general sickness [Bradford 446].

      "John Tilley was the elder brother of Edward Tilley, who also died in the first sickness."

      "'John Tilley and his wife, and Elizabeth their daughter' were passengers on the Mayflower [Bradford 442]. 'John Tilley and his wife both died a little after they came ashore. And their daughter Elizabeth married with John Howland and hath issue as is before noted' [Bradford 446].

      "John Tilley joined the expedition of 6 December 1620 along the coast with nine others, under the leadership of Miles Standish [Young's Pilgrim Fathers 149]."

      "In addition to the items noted in the sketch of Edward Tilley, Robert Leigh Ward in 1985 published some additional biographical information on John Tilley [TAG 60:171-73]." [1]
    • John Tilley (1571 - 1620 or 1621) was one of the settlers who traveled from England to North America on the Mayflower and signed the Mayflower Compact. Tilley died shortly after arrival in New England.

      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 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.[citation needed]

      Children

      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.

  • Sources 
    1. [S30] Great Migration Begins, The , Robert Charles Anderson, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, 101 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116, 1995), ISBN 0-88082-044-6., 1822.