On Mar. 4, 1634 the Hercules sailed from Tenterden, England.John Witherly of Sandwich, England was Mariner.Boat 200 tons, 12 ft. board above hatches 4 score feet long, 16 ft. deep.Among those on board were Nathaniel Tilden's wife and seven children, and several servants.Thomas Lapham was on the boat. He joined the Church in Scituate on Mar. 24, 1636 and on Mar. 1636 he married Mary, dau. of Nath'l Tilden in that church. Lothrop was the minister.Mary had been baptized at Tenterden on May 20, 1610 in St. Mildred's as Marie.She died after Mar. 28, 1690, in Bridge Water, Mass.Thomas was born before 1610, Kent Co., England, d. bef. Mar. 23, 1648, Mary's ancestry -
1293Henry de Tildenne, Sutton de la Hone, Kent.
1315Thomas de Tilden, son of Walter, Marden, Kent.
1510Richard Tylden of Tenterden.
1544John Tylden of Cranbrook.
Nathaniel Tilden, babt. July 28, 1583 at Tenterden.It is through that Nathaniel Tilden preceded his family in coming to America.
[Laphams in America, Compiled and written by Bertha Bortle Beal Aldridge.Victor, New York 1932-1953]
ABSTRACT OF THE EARLIEST WILLS IN THE PROBATE OFFICE, PLYMOUTH.
Nathl Tilden (Scituate)
His Will.May 25, 1641.
To Lydia, my wife, most of my property, including the house, wherin one Richard Lambert dwelleth being in Centerden in Kent, Old England; and to my two Youngest Children, Lydia and Stephen their maintenance of their mother.To my son Joseph.To son Thomas; To my daughter Judith; To my daughter Mary, the wife of Tho. Lapham, and to Sarah, my daughter, wife of Geo Sutton.My Servants Edward Ginkins, and Edward Tarte, to serve son Joseph.
Symon Sutton his mark
Inventory.31 July 1641.by Wm. Vassall, Tho. Chambers, Wm. Patch.
[NEHGR, April 1850, p. 173]
Nathaniel Tilden, baptized at Tenterden 28 July 1583, came to New England in the Hecules in March 1634-5, with wife, seven children, and seven servants; settled at Scituate; and died, probably at Scituate, between 25 May and 31 July 1641.He married in England Lydia, who, Savage thinks, was perhaps daughter of Thomas Bourne.But as Thomas Bourne was born about 1581, he would have been only twenty-seven when Nathaniel Tilden's eldest child was born, and therefore Savage's conjecture is wrong.The "son Tilden" referred to in Thomas Bourne's will, made in 1664 (see Pope's Pioneers of Massachusetts), could not have been Nathaniel, who had been dead twenty-three years, but was probably Thomas Tilden, son of Nathaniel and husband of Elizabeth Bourne.That the wife Lydia was the mother of all of Nathaniel Tilden's children is proved by the bequest in Joseph Tilden's will: "to my sisterLydia Tilden, late wife of my brother Nathaniel Tilden... and to her two daughters who are married in New England" (Water's Gleanings, vol. 1, p. 71).These daughters were born in 1610 and 1613.
Tenterden, a limb of the Cinque Port of Rye, was a prosperous and important place in our ancestor's day, as now, and the principal town in the Weald of Kent.Nathaniel Tilden, called "Mr" in both the Old and New England records, and "gentleman" in his brother Hopestill's will, was a man of importance, mayor in 1622 and jurat - a jurat was also justice of the peace - in 1624, 1625, 1627, and 1629.In New England he was also a town officer and a ruling elder.(For an abstract of his will see Register, vol. 4, p. 173.See also, for him and his descendants, Deane, History of Scituate, 353 ff.)
[NEHGR, Oct. 1911, p. 331]
Tilden - See Baltimore Sun, Dec. 11, 1904
Tilden - See http://www.maddoxinteractive.com/cooke/d38.htm#P751http://www.maddoxinteractive.com/cooke/d38.htm#P751
TILDEN, NATHANIEL, Scituate, came in the Hercules 1635 from Sandwich,
in Co. Kent, being one of an old fam. at Tenterden, near Cranbrook,
in that shire, bring. w. Lydia, seven ch. and seven serv.He may
have visit. our country bef. and went home to bring his household; but
it does not appear by any facts.In May 1637, with his friend Hatherly,
he was appoint. by Plymouth Col. to sett. the bounds betw. it and Mass.
He was rul. elder in the ch. and d. 1641, the inv. being of 31 July, and
his will of 25 May preced. in that yr.It names his w. Lydia, perhaps
d. of Thomas Bourne of Marshfield, yet m. in Eng. to wh. he gives his ho.
at Tenterden, all the seven ch. Joseph; Thomas, b. a. 1621; Mary, the
w. of Thomas Lapham, m. 13 Mar. 1637; Sarah, the w. of George
Sutton; Judith; Lydia; and Stephen; also two serv. wh. should serve
his eldest s.Judith m. Abraham Preble, and Lydia m. Richard Garrett.
NATHANIEL, Scituate, eldest s. of Joseph, d. 17 Dec. 1731.STEPHEN,
Marshfield, youngest s. of Nathaniel first, m. 15 Jan. 1662, Hannah,
d. of Thomas Little, had Hannah, b. 14 Oct. 1662; Stephen, 1664;
Abigail, 1666; Mary, 1668; Judith, 1670; Joseph, 1672; Mercy, 1
May 1674; Ruth, 1676; Isaac, 1678; Ephraim, 1680; Ebenezer,
1681; and David, 1685.Thro. this br. descent. the late Hon. Joseph,
of Boston.THOMAS, Plymouth, one of the first comers, arr. 1623, by
the Ann, bring. prob. w. and ch. at least he had lds. for three rights
assign. that yr. but as none of this name had sh. in div. of cattle 1627, and
no d. is suppos. to have occur. in the Col. for some yrs. after 1621, my
infer. is that he went home.Perhaps he was br. of the first Nathaniel; but
most surely not, as Farmer thot. him, his s.THOMAS, Marshfield, prob.
s. of the elder Nathaniel, b. at Tenterden, Co. Kent, was old eno. in 1643
to bear arms, when he liv. at Scituate; at M. his w. Elizabeth whose f. is not
ascert. d. or was bur. 12 Dec. 1663; and his d. Susanna was bur. 9 Sept.
1684; and s. John d. 20 Apr. 1685; but one or both may have been ch.
of that Mary Holmes, maid or wid. is unkn. m. 24 Jan. 1665.
TILDEN OR TYLDEN
The Tyldens of "Milsted Manor" have been seated in Kent for many centuries.One possessed Milsted, another moved to Sussex, and a third, emigrating to America, founded the large family of Tildens.In the reign of Edward III, William Tylden paid aid for lands in Kent, when the Black Prince was knighted.
Joseph Tylden I, born in England before 1600, was one of the forty-two "adventurers of Plymouth Colony, 1620.
His son, Nathaniel Tilden, one of the founders of Scituate, Mass., came to the Colony before 1628.He married, in England, Lydia, the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Bourne.
[Ancestral Records and Portraits, pp. 692-693]