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|RICHARD BIGGE (d. 1474)
of Benenden m. Agnes Unknown
|ROBERT BIGGE (d. 1500)
|EDWARD BIGGE of Benenden
m. Alice Unknown
|RICHARD TILDEN (d. 1566) m.
|ROBERT BIGGE (d. 1548)
|THOMAS TILDEN (bu. 1617) of Tenterden m.||ALICE BIGGE (bu. 1593)|
RICHARD BIGGE (d. 1474) of Benenden
Richard Bigge died between 12 May and 14 Jun 1474. He married Agnes Unknown.
Richard Bigge of Benenden signed his will on 12 May 1474; it was proved on 14 Jun 1474. He asked to be buried in the parish church of St. George. His son Robert was his principal heir: he left him his tenement called Bowmannys with seven acres; his land and woods called Strodes with five acres; a piece of land called Pettefield with five acres; two pieces of land called Southfields in Maythammys marsh, containing eight acres and one acre. He also left bequests to his sons Thomas and John and two Agnes and Johan, the daughters of Robert Bygge. He left a detailed provision for his wife. [Ref]
Sadly, the original church of St. George in Benenden was destroyed in a lightening storm on 30 Dec 1672.
Children of Richard and Agnes Unknown
ROBERT BIGGE (d. 1500) of Benenden
Parents: Richard Bigge and Agnes Unknown
Robert Bigge died between 1 Jul and 15 Sep 1500. [Ref]
Robert Bigge of Benenden signed his will on 1 Jul 1500; it was proved on 15 Sep 1500. He asked to be buried in the parish church of St. George. He left bequests for his daughters Agnes Watt, Johan Lellysden and Elizabeth. [Ref]
Children of Robert Bigge:
EDWARD BIGGE of Benenden
Parents: Robert Bigge
Edward Bigge married Alice Unknown.
Children of Edward Bigge and Alice Unknown:
RICHARD TILDEN (d. 1566) of Tenterden
Richard Tilden was probably born at Benenden, Kent. He died between 22 Jan 1565/6, when he signed his will, and 15 May 1566, when it was proved. [Ref] He married Elizabeth Unknown. [Ref]
Richard was a yeoman of Tenterden, Kent. [Ref]
Children of Richard Tilden and Elizabeth Unknown:
ROBERT BIGGE (d. 1548) of Benenden
Parents: Edward Bigge and Alice Unknown
Robert Bigge died between 13 Jan 1547/8 and 2 Jun 1548. He married Elizabeth Unknown.
Robert Bigge of Benenden signed his will on 13 Jan 1547/8; it was proved on 2 Jun 1548. He asked to be buried in the parish church of St. George. He left bequests for his wife Elizabeth; his son Walter; his sons Richard and Thomas when they reached 18; his daughters Elizabeth, Dorothe, Elionor, and Alyce when they reached 18 or married. [Ref]
Children of Robert Bigge and Elizabeth Unknown: all except Walter born before 13 Jan 1529/30.
THOMAS TILDEN (bu. 1617) of Tenterden
Parents: Richard Tilden and Elizabeth Unknown
Thomas Tilden was probably born after 1541 in Benenden, Kent. [Ref] He was buried on 6 Jun 1617 in Wye, Kent. [Ref] He married first Alice Biggs [Ref] on 10 Mar 1576/7 in Tenterden. [Ref] She was buried on 13 May 1593 in Tenterden. [Ref] He married second the widow Ellen Evernden of Rolvinden on 13 Nov 1593. [Ref] He married third Alice Unknown. [Ref]
In his will, Thomas mentions his wife Alice and his sons Joseph, Thomas, Nathaniel, Hopestill and Freegift
Parents: Robert Bigge and Elizabeth Unknown
Alice Bigge was buried on 13 May 1593 in Tenterden. [Ref] She married Thomas Tilden [Ref] on 10 Mar 1576/7 in Tenterden. [Ref]
Children of Thomas Tilden and Alice Bigge:
Children of Thomas Tilden and either Ellen Evernden or (more likely) Alice Unknown
ELDER NATHANIEL TILDEN (bp. 1583 - 1641) of Tenterden and Scituate
Parents: Thomas Tilden and Alice Bigge
Nathaniel Tilden was baptised on 28 Jul 1583 in Tenterden. [Ref] He died between 25 May 1641, when he signed his will, and 31 Jul 1641, when the inventory was taken. [Ref][Ref] He married Lydia Huckstep. [Ref] Lydia married second Timothy Hatherly. [Ref]
Lydia was a cousin of Thomas Hatch, who came to New England on the Hercules. [Ref]
Nathaniel was mayor of Tenterden in 1622. [Ref] He was jurat in 1624, 1625, 1627 and 1628. [Ref] He came to New England on the Hercules in Mar 1634/5 with his wife, seven children and seven servants. [Ref]
Nathaniel moved to Scituate, where he was chosen ruling Elder of the church. [Ref] He was given a houselot alongside Greenfield Lane in Scituate.
Nathaniel was from the gentry and was addressed as "Mr."; he was one of the wealthier residents of Scituate. [Ref]
In his will, Nathaniel mentions his wife Lydia and his children Stephen; Lydia; Joseph; Thomas; Judith; Mary, the wife of Stephen Lapham; Sarah, the wife of George Sutton. He also mentions his two indentured servants Edward Jenkins and Edward Tarte. [Ref]
Children of Nathaniel Tilden:
LYDIA TILDEN (bp. 1625)
Parents: Elder Nathaniel Tilden and Lydia Huckstep
Lydia Tilden was baptised on 28 Sep 1625 [Ref] in Tenterden. [Ref] She married Dea. Richard Garrett by 1648. [Ref][Ref]
After Lydia's husband died on 29 Mar 1662 in Boston, her stepfather and brother petitioned the court to allow her to sell strong liquor. [Ref]
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French, Elizabeth, "Genealogical Research in England," in Gary Boyd Roberts, ed., English Origins of New England Families, from the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, v. 1-3, Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Co., 1984.
French, Elizabeth, "Genealogical Research in England," New England Historical and Genealogical Register 66, 1913, 54-61.
Stratton, Eugene Aubrey, Plymouth Colony: Its History and People 1620 - 1691, Salt Lake City, Ancestry, 1986.
Deane, Samuel, History of Scituate Massachusetts, Digital Scanning Inc, 2002.
Torry, Clarence A, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004.