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Elizabeth Tilley (b. Bef. September 30, 1606, d. date unknown)Elizabeth Tilley (daughter of John Tilley and Joan Hurst) was born Bef. September 30, 1606 in England, and died date unknown.She married John Howland.
Notes for Elizabeth Tilley:
Elizabeth Tilley came over on the Mayflower also. She was 13 at the
time and the daughter of John Tilley, a silk worker. Her parents
died at Plymouth during the first winter.
*The following Reference is from "Ancestor and Descendants of Paul
Pratt of New Vineyard, Maine". Written by Joan Pratt and Alice
Elizabeth [Tilley] Howland's parents died at Plymouth during the
first winter. It is believed that her mother was Elizabeth Comyings;
other sources state that she bore the Dutch name of Bridget Van De
Veldt. Elizabeth Howland made her will on 17 December 1686,
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.....". If this were
the case, one wonders why she signed her will with her mark EH ,
unless by reason of old age or infirmity. She died at the home of
her daughter, Lydia Brown.
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
Doe make constitute & ordaine & Declare This my last Will &
in manner & forme following Revoking and Anulling by these prsents
every Testamt & Testamts Will & Wills heretofore by me made &
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
of my heart for all my sinns past most humbly desiring forgivenesse
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
sins & that my Soule wt my Body at the generall Day of Resurrection
shall rise againe wt Joy & through ye meritts of Christs Death &
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
Estate & such goodes Chattells & Debts as it hath pleased God far
my Deserts to bestow upon me I Do Dispose order & give ye same in
& forme following (That is to say) First that after my funerall
& Debts paid wc I owe either of right or in Conscience to any manner
person or persons whatsoever in Convenient tyme after my Decease by
Execrs hereafter named I Give & bequeath unto my Eldest Son John
ye sum of five pounds to be paid out of my Estate & my Booke called
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
unto my son Jabez Howland my ffetherbed & boulster yt is in his
& 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
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
& my booke of mr Robbinsons Workes called Observations Divine &
& allso my finest pr of Sheetes & my holland pillowbeeres, Item I
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
(the son of Joseph Howland) and to the heires of his owne Body
begotten for ever all that my Lott of Land with ye Meadow thereunto
adjoyning & belonging lying in the Township of Duxbury neare Jones
bridge, Item I give unto my Grandson James Browne One Iron barr and
Iron Trammell now in his possession, Item I give unto my Grandson
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
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
in Law James Browne and my loving son Jabez Howland Executors of this
last Will and Testament, Item it is my Will & Charge to all my
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
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
More About Elizabeth Tilley:
Burial: Unknown, East Providence, Providence, Rhode Island.
Children of Elizabeth Tilley and John Howland are:
- +Lydia Howland, b. Abt. 1633, d. date unknown.
- Desire Howland, b. Abt. 1624, d. date unknown.
- John Howland, b. April 24, 1627, d. date unknown.
- Hope Howland, b. August 30, 1629, d. date unknown.
- Elizabeth Howland, b. Abt. 1631, d. date unknown.
- Hannah Howland, b. Abt. 1637, d. date unknown.
- Joseph Howland, b. Abt. 1640, d. date unknown.
- Jabez Howland, b. Abt. 1644, d. date unknown.
- Ruth Howland, b. Abt. 1646, d. date unknown.
- Isaac Howland, b. November 15, 1649, d. date unknown.