Elizabeth Tilley

(30 August 1607 - 21 December 1687)

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Relationship10th great-grandmother of The 3 Tracys
Family Group:Ohlheiser
Trees14 Generations of Our Ancestors
Our Ohlheiser Family Pedigree
FatherJohn Tilley (19 Dec 1571 - 1621)
MotherJoan Hurst (c. 1566 - 1621)

Birth - Marriage - Death

ChildElizabeth Tilley was born on 30 August 1607, in Henlow, Bedfordshire, England.1
BrideElizabeth Tilley married John Howland, son of Henry Howland and Margaret Alice Aires, on 25 March 1623 in Plymouth, Plymouth Colony, New England. "John Tillie and his wife both dyed a litle after they came ashore; and their daughter Elizabeth maried with John Howland, and hath issue as is before noted."2
DeceasedShe died on 21 December 1687 in Swansea, Bristol Co., Plymouth Colony, New England, at the age of 80. She died at the home of her daughter, Lydia Browne.3
InterredShe was buried in Browne Family Lot, Little Neck Cemetery, East Providence, Providence Co., Rhode Island.

Children with John Howland:

Immigrant Ancestor

On 11 November 1620, Elizabeth Tilley at the age of 13 years, arrived in Plymouth, Plymouth Colony, New England, with her parents, John Tilley and Joan Tilley. They arrived on the Mayflower. "John Tillie, and his wife; and Eelizabeth, their

Some Life Events of Interest

Elizabeth's parents died at Plymouth during the first winter making her an orphan at 13 years of age. (45 of the 102 planters who arrived on the Mayflower died that first winter.) She was taken in by Governor Carver's family... but they, too, soon died... in April, 1621. And so within six months of arriving in the new world, Elizabeth she was left without parents or parental guides.
It is believed that her mother was Elizabeth Comyings; other sources state that she (the mother?) bore the Dutch name of Bridget Van De Veldt.


Elizabeth Tilley prepared a will dated 17 December 1686 in Swansea, Bristol Co., Plymouth Colony, New England, declaring that she was 79 years of age. She divided her personal property among her children and grandchildren. Included in the bequests were several books, mostly of a religious nature, some of which had belonged to her husband. It appears that Elizabeth was able to read and to write her name, an accomplishment shared by few women in the early colonies. Ann R. Marble, in her 'Women Who Came in the Mayflower', states that Elizabeth 'excelled in her associates among the girls in Plymouth in one way - she could write her name quite well .......possibly taught by her husband.....'. Note however, she signed her will with her mark EH, perhaps by reason of old age or infirmity?
Will of Elizabeth (Tilley) Howland[
          In ye Name of God Amen I Elizabeth Howland of Swanzey in ye County of Bristoll in ye Collony of Plymouth in New Engld being Seventy nine yeares of Age but of good & perfect memory thanks be to Allmighty God & calling to Remembrance ye uncertain Estate of this transitory Life & that all fflesh must Yeild unto Death when it shall please God to call Doe make constitute & ordaine & Declare This my last Will & Testament, in manner & forme following Revoking and Anulling by these prsents all & every Testamt & Testamts Will & Wills heretofore by me made & declared either by Word or Writing And this to be taken only for my last Will & Testament & none other.
     And first being penitent & sorry from ye bottom of my heart for all my sinns past most humbly desiring forgivenesse for ye same I give & Committ my soule unto Allmighty God my Savior & redeemer in whome & by ye meritts of Jesus Christ I trust & believe assuredly to be saved & to have full remission & forgivenesse of all my sins & that my Soule wt my Body at the generall Day of Resurrection shall rise againe wt Joy & through ye meritts of Christs Death & passion possesse & inheritt ye Kingdome of heaven prepared for his Elect & Chosen & my Body to be buryed in such place where it shall please my Executrs hereafter named to appoint
     And now for ye settling my temporall Estate & such goodes Chattells & Debts as it hath pleased God far above my Deserts to bestow upon me I Do Dispose order & give ye same in manner & forme following (That is to say) First that after my funerall Expences & Debts paid wc I owe either of right or in Conscience to any manner of person or persons whatsoever in Convenient tyme after my Decease by my Execrs hereafter named
I Give & bequeath unto my Eldest Son John Howland ye sum of five pounds to be paid out of my Estate & my Booke called Mr Tindale's Workes & also one pair of sheetes & one pr of pillowbeeres & one pr of Bedblanketts,
Item I give unto my son Joseph Howland my Stillyards & also one pr of sheetes & one pr of pillobeeres
Item I give unto my son Jabez Howland my ffetherbed & boulster yt is in his Custody & also one Rugg & two Blanketts yt belongeth to ye said Bed & also my great Iron pott & potthookes
Item I give unto my son Isaack Howland my Booke called Willson on ye Romanes & one pr of sheetes & one paire of pillowbeeres & also my great Brasse Kettle already in his possession
Item I give unto my Son in Law Mr James Browne my great Bible
Item I give & bequeath unto my Daughter Lidia Browne my best ffeatherbed & Boulster two pillowes & three Blanketts & a green Rugg & my small Cupboard one pr of AndyIrons & my lesser brasse Kettle & my small Bible & my booke of mr Robbinsons Workes called Observations Divine & Morrall & allso my finest pr of Sheetes & my holland pillowbeeres,
Item I give unto my Daughter Elisabeth Dickenson one pr of Sheetes & one pr of pillowbeeres & one Chest
Item I give unto my Daughter Hannah Bosworth one pr of sheets & one pr of pillowbeeres,
Item I give unto my Grand Daughter Elizabeth Bursley one paire of sheets and one paire of Pillowbeeres
Item I give & bequeath unto my Grandson Nathaniel Howland (the son of Joseph Howland) and to the heires of his owne Body lawfully begotten for ever all that my Lott of Land with ye Meadow thereunto adjoyning & belonging lying in the Township of Duxbury neare Jones River bridge,
Item I give unto my Grandson James Browne One Iron barr and on Iron Trammell now in his possession,
Item I give unto my Grandson Jabez Browne one Chest
Item I give unto my Grand Daughter Dorothy Browne my best Chest & my Warming pan
Item I give unto my Grand Daughter Desire Cushman four Sheep,
Item I give & bequeath my wearing clothes linnen and Woollen and all the rest of my Estate in mony Debts linnen or of what kind or nature or sort soever it may be unto my three Daughters Elisabeth Dickenson, Lidia Browne and Hannah Bosworth to be equally Devided amongst them,
Item I make constitute and ordaine my loving Son in Law James Browne and my loving son Jabez Howland Executors of this my last Will and Testament,
Item it is my Will & Charge to all my Children that they walke in ye Feare of ye Lord, and in Love and peace towards each other and endeavour the true performance of this my last Will & Testament In Witnesse whereof I the said Elizabeth Howland have hereunto sett my hand & seale this seventeenth Day of December Anno Dm one thousand six hundred Eighty & six.
          The mark of Elisabeth E H Howland
               Signed Sealed & Delivd in ye prsence of us Wittnesses Hugh Cole Samuel Vyall John Browne.

Sources - Citations

  1. [S547] Mayflower Births and Deaths: From the Files of George Ernest Bowman at the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants: vols. 1 & 2 (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company Inc., 1992), pg. 103, footnote no.1 bases year on 1686 will.
  2. [S641] William Bradford, Bradford's History "Of Plimoth Plantation" From The Original Manuscript. (Boston: Wright & Potter Printing Co., State Printers, 1898; electronic reprint, Wentham, Massachusetts: Secretary of the Commonwealth, 2002). Electronic Version Prepared by Dr. Ted Hildebrandt, Gordon College, Wenham, MA 01984, March 1, 2002, pg. 537.
  3. [S547] Mayflower Births and Deaths, pg. 103 gives date of death and estimate of birth year.
  4. [S641] William Bradford, Plimoth Plantation, pg. 533 (Appendix.).
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