Robert and Elizabeth Tilley

    Robert Tilley, the son of William Tylle and Agnes —, was of Henlow, Bedfordshire, England. He was a yeoman. Robert married Elizabeth —. Robert’s will was dated 31 December 1612 and was proved on 6 April 1612 at Henlow, Bedfordshire, England.

Robert and Elizabeth's children are:

1. John Tilley, baptized 19 Dec 1571 in Henlow, Bedfordshire, England, married Joan Hurst (widow of Thomas Rogers) 20 Sep 1596 in Henlow, Bedfordshire, England, sailed in the Mayflower, signed the Mayflower Compact, died shortly after arriving at Plymouth, Massachusetts.
2. Rose Tillye, baptized 8 May 1574 in Henlow, Bedfordshire, England, married John Goods 24 Jun 1599 in Henlow, Bedfordshire, England.
3. George Tyllye, baptized 26 Jan 1577 in Henlow, Bedfordshire, England, not mentioned in father’s will.
4. Agnes Tilly, baptized 6 Mar 1580 in Henlow, Bedfordshire, England, not mentioned in father’s will.
5. Elizabeth Tyllye, baptized 26 Jan 1583 in Henlow, Bedfordshire, England, married Richard Austine 15 Dec 1608 in Henlow, Bedfordshire, England.
6. William Tyllye, baptized 1 Sep 1585 in Henlow, Bedfordshire, England, married Elizabeth Peppitt 11 Nov 1612 in Henlow, Bedfordshire, England.
7. Edward (Edmund) Tilley, baptized 27 May 1588 in Henlow, Bedfordshire, England, married Agnes (Ann) Cooper[1] 20 Jan 1614 in Henlow, Bedfordshire, England, sailed in the Mayflower, signed the Mayflower Compact, died shortly after arriving at Plymouth, Massachusetts.
8. Alice Tillie, baptized 28 Feb 1591 in Henlow, Bedfordshire, England, not mentioned in father’s will.

Souces:
1. International Genealogical Index (extracted from original source by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), Marriage records:  (Thos Rogers & Jn Tylly:  Batch # M003861, Dates: 1559 – 1809, Source Call #Q942.565 B4E V.26, Type: Book, Printout Call #6905927, Type: Film & Batch # M003861, Dates: 1813 – 1876, Source Call #0826473, Type: Film) and (Joan Rogers (Hawkins) & Robt. Tille:  Batch # M062023, Dates: 1568 – 1639, Source Call #1041500, Type: Film, Printout Call #6906202, Type: Film); Christening records:  (Batch # P003861, Dates: 1558 – 1812, Source Call #Q942.565 B4E V.26, Type: Book, Printout Call #6905926, Type: Film).
2. Ward, Robert Leigh, “English Ancestry of Seven Mayflower Passengers: Tilley, Sampson, and Cooper”, The American Genealogist, Vol. 52, pgs. 198-208.


Extracted Marriage Records

JN TYLLY
Spouse:      JOAN ROGERS
Marriage:   20 SEP 1596
                 Henlow, Bedford, England

ROSE TILLIE
Spouse:      JN GOODS
Marriage:   24 JUN 1599
                 Henlow, Bedford, England

ELIZ TYLLY
Spouse:      RICH AUSTINE
Marriage:   15 DEC 1608
                  Henlow, Bedford, England

EDW TILLIE
Spouse:      AGNES COOPER
Marriage:   20 JAN 1614
                  Henlow, Bedford, England

WM TILLIE
Spouse:      ELIZ PEPPITT
Marriage:   11 NOV 1612
                  Henlow, Bedford, England

Extracted Christening Records

JOHN TILLYE
Christening:  19 DEC 1571
                    Henlow, Bedford, England
Father:         ROBERT TILLYE

ROSE TILLYE
Christening:  08 MAY 1574
                   Henlow, Bedford, England
Father:         ROBERT TILLYE

GEORGE TYLLYE
Christening:  26 JAN 1577
                   Henlow, Bedford, England
Father:         ROBERT TYLLYE

AGNES TILLY
Christening:  06 MAR 1580
                   Henlow, Bedford, England
Father:         ROBERT TILLY

ELIZABETH TYLLYE
Christening:  26 JAN 1583
                   Henlow, Bedford, England
Father:         ROBERT TYLLYE

WILLIAM TYLLYE
Christening:  01 SEP 1585
                   Henlow, Bedford, England
Father:         ROBERT TYLLYE

EDMUND TILLY
Christening:  27 MAY 1588
                   Henlow, Bedford, England
Father:         ROBERT TILLY

ALICE TILLIE
Christening:  28 FEB 1591
                   Henlow, Bedford, England
Father:         ROBERT TILLIE

Source:  International Genealogical Index (records above extracted from original source by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints).


    Robert Tilley was a yeoman and was executor of the will of William Ellborne of Henlow, shearman, dated 16 Jan 1587/8, proved 1 Oct 1588 (Archdeaconry of Bedford 22:55). Robert's will (dated 31 Dec 1612) is as follows: "Will of Robert Tilley, Archdeaconry of Bedford 30:70 f.: In the name of god Amen: I Robert Tilley of Henlowe in the countie of Bedd: yeoman sicke in bodie but whole and of good and perfect remembrance, thankes be give to god therefore, doe this 31th daie of december A 1612 renounce and revoake all former willes by me hearebefore made, and doe nowe make and ordaine, this my laste will and testament in manner and forme followinge that is to saie: First I bequeathe my soule to allmightie god my maker, and to Jesus Christe his sonne my reedemer, by whose deathe and passing I hope to be saved and my bodie to be buried att the discretion of my executrix: secondlie I give and bequeathe unto Elizabeth nowe my wife, for and duringe her naturall life, my free house whearein I dwell, with the backe side, ortchards, and garden. with the appurtenances theareunto belonginge with a little stripe of platte of grounde, wheareon sometimes did stande a barne, wch Willyam Tilley purchased of one Richard Huckle as by a deede thereof made betweene them appeareth and froam and after her deathe, I will and bequeathe the saide freehouse, with the ortcharde, garden, and all other the premisses aforesaide, withe the appurtenances to my sonne John Tilleye; to have and to holde to him and his heires for ever, with and uppon this Condition nevertheless viz.: that he my saide sonne John shall within six monethes next after the decease of me the saide Robert, and Elizabeth nowe my wife, paie unto my sonne Edward Tilley his brother, his executors or assignes, the some of thirtie poundes of lawfull englishe money; and if my saide sonne John shall make defaulte of payment of the saide thirtie poundes and nott paie the some unto my sonne Edward Tilley his executors or assignes, att or before the time aforesaide, then my will and minde is, and I doe hearebie give and bequeathe the saide freehouse and other the premisses aforesaide with the appurtenances unto my said sonne Edwarde, and his heires for ever; Item I doe moreover give and bequeath to my saide sonne Edwarde, the some of fortie and nine poundes of lawfull englishe money wch is to be apide unto me by my saide sonne John att such daies and place as by the bondes thereof appeareth togeather with the saide bondes of obligatons themselves nowe remaynine, in my own custodie, the wch my will is, my executrix shall presentlie deliver unto him my saide soone Edwarde, after my deathe and suffer him to see the same in her name, if defaulte of payment by made of the saide money att the tyme specified in the saide bondes or obligations: allsoe I give unto my saide sonne Edwarde, the [ ] lyned beddsteede in the outermoste chamber, and the [ ] lyned cheste, standinge in the same chamber, I give to my sonne William Tilley, bothe wch bedsteede & cheste are to be delivered unto them severallie, after my wife decease, unless she shall thincke good to lett them have the same before; Iten I give to my daughter Rose x s. and to everie one of her children a sheepe; Item I give to my daughter Elizabethe x s. and to everie one of her children a sheepe: Item I give to everie one of my sonne Johns children a sheepe: All the rest and residewe of my goodes cattell and chattells whatsoever unbequeathed, my debtes paide and my funerall ezpences dischardged, I give and bequeathe to Elizabethe my wife, whome I doe make and appointe my sole executrix of this my laste will and testament, and I doe make and appointe my lovinge frende Mr. Richarde Edwardes of Henlowe aforesaide gent. to be my overseer of this my will intreatinge him to aide and assiste my saide executrx, with his councell and advise in the due execution hearof to whome I give x. s. as a token of my love and goodwill unto him: It witnes wheareof I have heareunto sett my hande and seale, and daie and yeare first above written. Witnesses John Willisone, Edmonde Master, Leonard Bonefeilde, George Edwardes. [Proved 6 April 1612.]

Source:  Ward, Robert Leigh, “English Ancestry of Seven Mayflower Passengers: Tilley, Sampson, and Cooper”, The American Genealogist, Vol. 55, No. 4 (October 1976).


Footnotes

[1] Their marriage record gives her name as Agnes Cooper. Bradford gives it as Ann and mentions that Edward and Ann’s cousin, Humility Cooper, came with them on the Mayflower.


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