The TILLEY Family of Henlow, Bedfordshire, England and Plymouth

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JOHN TILLEY of Henlow and Plymouth, passenger on the Mayflower m. Joan Hurst
ELIZABETH TILLEY (abt 1607 - 1687), wife of John Howland and passenger on the Mayflower

First Generation



Children of Unknown Tilley:

  1. John Tilley
  2. Edward Tilley married Ann Unknown. [Ref] Edward and Ann Tilley sailed on the Mayflower and Tilley was one of the 16 men who comprised the first party from the Mayflower to explore the land around Provincetown harbour on 15 Nov 1620. [Ref] Edward and Ann also died shortly after arrival. [Ref]

Second Generation


Parents: Unknown Tilley

John Tilley married Joan (Hurst) Rogers. [Ref, p. 1]

John Tilley, his wife and his daughter Elizabeth came to New England on the Mayflower. [Ref] His brother Edward, his brother's wife Ann and two children who were cousins also came on the Mayflower. [Ref]

William Bradford [Ref] writes, "John Tilley and his wife both died a little after they came ashore. And their daughter Elizabeth married with John Howland..."

Childre of John Tilley:

  1. Elizabeth Tilley was born about 1607. She was baptised on 30 Aug 1607 in Henlow. She died on 22 Dec 1687 in Swansea. She married John Howland.

Third Generation

ELIZABETH TILLEY (abt 1607 - 1687)

Parents: John Tilley and Joan Hurst [Ref, p. 1]

Elizabeth Tilley was born about 1607. She was baptised on 30 Aug 1607 in Henlow, Bedfordshire. [Ref, p. 1] She died on 22 Dec 1687 in Swansea. [Ref, p. 1] She married John Howland. [Ref, p. 1]

In her will, dated 17 Dec 1686, she says that she is 79 years old. [Ref]


Lainhart, Ann Smith and Robert S. Wakefield, Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, v. 23 (Family of John Howland), Plymouth, General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 2006.