5713. John14 Tilley was born in England 19 December 1571. John died 10 April 1621 in Plymouth, Plymouth, MA, at 49 years of age. His body was interred January 1621 in Plymouth, Plymouth, MA.

He married Joan Hurst 20 September 1596 in Henlow, Bedford, England. Joan was born 1567 in Of Henlow, Bedfordshire, England. Joan was the daughter of William Hurst and Rose. Joan died 1620/1621 in Plymouth, Plymouth, MA, at 54 years of age. Her body was interred 1621 in Plymouth, Plymouth, MA.


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.

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

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

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

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

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

John Tilley, Mayflower passenger


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

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

3. Elizabeth Pearson White, John Howland of the Mayflower through Desire Howland for Five Generations, vol. 1

4. The American Genealogist 60:171+, "Further Traces of John Tilley", by Robert Leigh Ward

5. Plymouth Colony: Its History and Its People, 1620-1691, by Eugene Aubrey Stratton, 1986.

John Tilley and Joan Hurst had the following children:

child 5714 i. Rose13 Tilley was born in Henlow, Bedfordshire, England 23 October 1597. Rose died in Henlow, Bedfordshire, England.

child 5715 ii. John Tilley was born in Henlow, Bedfordshire, England 26 August 1599. John died October 1636 in Saybrook, Middlesex, CT, at 37 years of age.

child 5716 iii. Rose Tilley was born in Henlow, Bedfordshire, England 28 February 1601/1602.

child 5717 iv. Robert Tilley was born in Henlow, Bedfordshire, England 25 November 1604.

child + 4213 v. Elizabeth Tilley was born 30 August 1607.

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