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  • ID: I000374
  • Name: Elizabeth Tilley 1 2
  • Sex: F
  • Birth: 30 AUG 1607 in Henlow, Bedfordshire, England
  • Death: 21 DEC 1687 in Swansea, Bristol County, Massachusetts
  • Burial: 1 JAN 1688 Buried in Brown Lot, Little Neck Cemetery, Riverside, Rhode Island
  • Event: Fact1 Died at home of her daugther, Lydia Browne in Swansea (Now Providence, RI)
  • Baptism: 30 AUG 1607 St. Mary the Virgin Church, Henlow, Bedfordshire, England
  • Probate: 10 JAN 1688 Swansea, Bristol County, Massachusetts
  • Will: 17 DEC 1686 Swansea, Bristol County, Massachusetts
  • Note:
    Parents died the first winter. Brothers and sisters remained in England. A fter her Husband John's death, she went to live with her Daughter Lydia Br owne. She is not buried with her husband, but in the Brown Family Cemete ry in Rhode Island.


    Last Will & Testament of Elizabeth (Tilley)
    Howland, 1686



    In ye Name of God Amen I Elizabeth Howland of Swanzey in ye County of Bris toll in ye Collony of Plymouth in New Engld being Seventy nine yeares of A ge but of good & perfect memory thanks be to Allmighty God & calling to Re membrance ye uncertain Estate of this transitory Life & that all fflesh mu st Yeild unto Death when it shall please God to call Doe make constitu te & ordaine & Declare This my last Will & Testament, in manner & forme fo llowing Revoking and Anulling by these prsents all & every Testamt & Testa mts Will & Wills heretofore by me made & declared either by Word or Writi ng And this to be taken only for my last Will & Testament & none other. A nd first being penitent & sorry from ye bottom of my heart for all my sin ns past most humbly desiring forgivenesse for ye same I give & Commi tt my soule unto Allmighty God my Savior & redeemer in whome & by ye merit ts of Jesus Christ I trust & believe assuredly to be saved & to have fu ll remission & forgivenesse of all my sins & that my Soule wt my Body at t he generall Day of Resurrection shall rise againe wt Joy & through ye meri tts of Christs Death & passion possesse & inheritt ye Kingdome of heaven p repared for his Elect & Chosen & my Body to be buryed in such place whe re it shall please my Executrs hereafter named to appoint And now for ye s ettling my temporall Estate & such goodes Chattells & Debts as it hath ple ased God far above my Deserts to bestow upon me I Do Dispose order & gi ve ye same in manner & forme following (That is to say) First that aft er my funerall Expences & Debts paid wc I owe either of right or in Consci ence to any manner of person or persons whatsoever in Convenient tyme aft er my Decease by my Execrs hereafter named I Give & bequeath unto my Elde st Son John Howland ye sum of five pounds to be paid out of my Esta te & my Booke called Mr Tindale's Workes & also one pair of sheetes & o ne pr of pillowbeeres & one pr of Bedblanketts, Item I give unto my son Jo seph Howland my Stillyards & also one pr of sheetes & one pr of pillobeer es Item I give unto my son Jabez Howland my ffetherbed & boulst er yt is in his Custody & also one Rugg & two Blanketts yt belonge th to ye said Bed & also my great Iron pott & potthookes Item I give un to my son Isaack Howland my Booke called Willson on ye Romanes & o ne pr of sheetes & one paire of pillowbeeres & also my great Brasse Kett le already in his possession Item I give unto my Son in Law Mr James Brow ne my great Bible Item I give & bequeath unto my Daughter Lidia Brow ne my best ffeatherbed & Boulster two pillowes & three Blanketts & a gre en Rugg & my small Cupboard one pr of AndyIrons & my lesser brasse Kett le & my small Bible & my booke of mr Robbinsons Workes called Observatio ns Divine & Morrall & allso my finest pr of Sheetes & my holland pillowbee res, Item I give unto my Daughter Elisabeth Dickenson one pr of Sheet es & one pr of pillowbeeres & one Chest Item I give unto my Daughter Hann ah Bosworth one pr of sheets & one pr of pillowbeeres, Item I give un to my Grand Daughter Elizabeth Bursley one paire of sheets and one pai re of Pillowbeeres Item I give & bequeath unto my Grandson Nathaniel Howla nd (the son of Joseph Howland) and to the heires of his owne Body lawful ly begotten for ever all that my Lott of Land with ye Meadow thereunto adj oyning & belonging lying in the Township of Duxbury neare Jones River brid ge, Item I give unto my Grandson James Browne One Iron barr and on Iron Tr ammell now in his possession, Item I give unto my Grandson Jabez Browne o ne Chest Item I give unto my Grand Daughter Dorothy Browne my best Che st & my Warming pan Item I give unto my Grand Daughter Desire Cushman fo ur Sheep, Item I give & bequeath my wearing clothes linnen and Woollen a nd all the rest of my Estate in mony Debts linnen or of what kind or natu re or sort soever it may be unto my three Daughters Elisabeth Dickenson, L idia Browne and Hannah Bosworth to be equally Devided amongst them, It em I make constitute and ordaine my loving Son in Law James Browne a nd my loving son Jabez Howland Executors of this my last Will and Testamen t, Item it is my Will & Charge to all my Children that they walke in ye Fe are of ye Lord, and in Love and peace towards each other and endeavour t he true performance of this my last Will & Testament In Witnesse where of I the said Elizabeth Howland have hereunto sett my hand & seale this se venteenth 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


    "In 1847 it was believed that Elizabeth was the Carvers' daughter. In 18 55 William Bradford's long-lost journal was discovered, and a transcript w as published in 1856. Entitled "Of Plimoth Plantation", it is about the o nly written record of Plymouth Colony. It contained, among much other info rmation, the fact that the Carvers were
    childless, and they had taken Elizabeth Tilley, then a young teenager, in to their home when her parents and her uncle and aunt all died during t he first winter at Plymouth. Her father was John Tilley, her mother usual ly accepted to be Joan Hurst Rogers, though some writers have said she w as Elizabeth Comyngs. John Howland was the "servant" of the Carver s. At that time, the term "employee" had not been created; employees we re called "servants". When Both Carvers died in the spring of the first y ear at Plymouth, John Howland inherited the Carvers' estate.


    1620 - John Howland and Elizabeth arrive on the Mayflower.
    1632 - They went to Maine.
    1678/9 - Bought the Rocky Nook farm.
    1670 - Jabez Howland bought the house at Plymouth. John and Elizabeth wint er there.
    1672/3 - John Howland died in the Plymouth home of his son.
    1675 - The Rocky Nook Farm house burned to the ground. Elizabeth makes h er home with Jabez' family.
    1680/1 - Jabez sells the Plymouth house. Elizabeth signes the deed and mov ed to Swansea to live with her daughter, Lydia Brown.
    1687 - Elizabeth Tilley Howland died and was buried in the Brown Family pl ot.

    Elizabeth was 13 when she and her parents came across on the Mayflower.

    Elizabeth's death date may also be February 2, 1687/88





    Father: John Tilley b: 19 DEC 1571 in Henlow, Bedfordshire, England
    Mother: Joan Hurst b: 1567 in Henlow, Bedfordshire, England,

    Marriage 1 John Howland b: 1592 in Fenstanton, Huntingdonshire, England c: 16 JAN 1603 in Baptized at Cambridgeshire, Ely, England
    • Married: 14 AUG 1623 in Plymouth, Barnstable County, Massachusetts
    • Married: 14 AUG 1623 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island 2
    Children
    1. Has Children Desire Howland b: 13 OCT 1625 in Plymouth, Barnstable County, Massachusetts
    2. Has Children John Howland b: 24 FEB 1627 in Plymouth, Barnstable County, Massachusetts
    3. Has Children Hope Howland b: 30 AUG 1629 in Plymouth, Barnstable County, Massachusetts
    4. Has Children Elizabeth Howland b: ABT 1631 in Plymouth, Barnstable County, Massachusetts
    5. Has Children Lydia Howland b: JAN 1635 in Plymouth, Barnstable County, Massachusetts
    6. Has Children Hannah Howland b: ABT 1637 in Plymouth, Barnstable County, Massachusetts
    7. Has Children Joseph Howland b: ABT 1640 in Plymouth, Barnstable County, Massachusetts
    8. Has Children Jabez Howland b: ABT 1644 in Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts
    9. Has Children Ruth Howland b: ABT 1646 in Plymouth, Barnstable County, Massachusetts
    10. Has Children Isaac Howland b: 15 NOV 1649 in Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts

    Sources:
    1. Title: John Howland of the Mayflower Volume 1
      Author: Elizabeth Pearson White
      Publication: Picton Press -1990
      Note: John Howland of the Mayflower Volume 1 THE FIRST FIVE GENERATIONS Documented Descendants Through his first child Desire Howland and her husband Captain John Gorham by Elizabeth Pearson White.
      Picton Press, Camden, Maine 1990
      Note: Book is recommended by the Mayflower Society
      Repository:
      Note: Camden, Maine
      Media: Book
    2. Title: Al Streit's Howland Family Line.FTW
      Repository:
      Media: Other
      Text: Date of Import: Jun 19, 2000
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