Central Bedfordshire Unitary Authority
Born on or before 27 May 1588, the date of his baptism at Saint Mary's Church in Henlow, Bedfordshire.
Son of Robert and Elizabeth Tilley.
Brother of fellow "Mayflower" passenger John Tilley. He and his brother were both signatories of the Mayflower Compact.
Husband of Agnes (Cooper) Tilley. They married on 20 Jun 1614 at Saint Mary's Church in Henlow, Bedfordshire.
Tragically, neither Edward and Agnes (Cooper) Tilley nor Edward's brother John and his wife Joan (Hurst) Tilley survived the first winter at Plymouth. Edward was survived in the New World by his niece Elizabeth Tilley, who married their fellow Mayflower passenger and signer of the Mayflower Compact John Howland.
*Cole's Hill is the place where the Pilgrims buried those who did not survive the first winter. They were buried in unmarked graves, at night, supposedly because the survivors feared the local Native Americans would feel an advantage in strength if they knew how many of the colonists were dying during that first winter. The place is now marked with a stone sarcophagus which contains all the remains of the Pilgrims who were originally buried on the hill.
Requiescat in pace.
Robert Tilley (1540 - 1613)
Elizabeth Tilley (____ - 1614)
Agnes Ann Cooper Tilley (1585 - 1621)*
Edward Tilley (____ - 1621)
John Tilley (1571 - 1621)*
Note: "The Howland Quarterly," Vol. 68, No. 4, December 2003. Added to database by an 11th great-grandnephew.
Coles Hill Burial Ground
Created by: wildgoose
Record added: Sep 24, 2008
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