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  • In his history, Of Plymouth Plantation, William Bradford included lists of the 1620 Mayflower passengers. Following the list of the passengers is a list recounting what had happened to them. This list is often referred to as the “decreasings” (i.e. deaths/departures) and “increasings” (i.e. births). He states that among the passengers were “Edward Tilley and his wife Ann.”

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  • Who Do You Think You Are?What do Marilyn Monroe, George Bush and Dr. Spock have in common? Possibly you. Visit our distinguished descendants gallery to learn who your famous cousins are. You may be surprised to discover who you have common genes with.

  • St. Peter & St. Paul Church Bell, Fenstanton1982 — St. Peter & St. Paul Church Bell, Fenstanton, Cambridgeshire, England
    The Pilgrim John Howland Society donated a bell, "The John Howland," to bring to six the number of bells in this 300 year-old church in John Howland's home village. In 1995 a copy of the 1602 Geneva Bible was presented by the Howland Society to the church.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Tilley Family Plaque, St. Mary the Virgin Church, Henlow, Bedfordshire, England1989 — Tilley Family Plaque, St. Mary the Virgin Church, Henlow, Bedfordshire, England
    The Pilgrim John Howland Society dedicated a Welsh slate plaque to the John Tilley family. It reads “In memory of / JOHN and JOAN / TILLEY / of this parish / married 20 September 1596 / and their daughter / ELIZABETH / baptized 30 August 1607 / wife of / JOHN HOWLAND / all pilgrims to America / on The Mayflower / in 1620.”

    1998 — St. Mary's Church, Henlow, Bedfordshire, England
    John Howland's wife, Elizabeth Tilley, was baptized in this church in 1607. Members of the Pilgrim John Howland Society have supported the church with funds for its maintenance, most recently, with a donation of £1000 for a new roof. The ground floor room of the bell tower is called the “Elizabeth Tilley Room” in appreciation for that society’s contributions over the years. Pilgrim Henry Samson was also baptized here in 1604.  http://www.henlowchurch.org.uk

    2007 — Henry Samson Plaque, St. Mary the Virgin Church, Henlow, Bedfordshire, England

    A plaque memorializes the baptism of Pilgrim Henry Samson in this his parish church. The plaque is of Welsh slate and is similar to the Tilley family plaque also in this church. It reads “In / memory of / HENRY SAMSON / of this parish / baptized 15 Jan 1604 / a pilgrim to America / on The Mayflower / in 1620. / ERECTED IN 2007 BY / THE PILGRIM / HENRY SAMSON / KINDRED.”

     

     

  • Mayflower passengers John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley were married in 1623/4. John was about thirty-one and Elizabeth was about sixteen. They spent their entire lives in Plymouth, and between them participated in every aspect of the Pilgrim experience from its beginning in Leiden up to the merger of the Bay and Plymouth colonies. This article is a retrospective summary of their lives and their contribution to Plymouth.

  • A brief overview of John Howland.

  • 1932 — Tablet, Capitol Building, Augusta, ME1915 — Cushnoc (Koussinoc), Maine Trading Post Memorial Boulder, Augusta, ME
    An act was introduced in the Maine Legislature that provided $5,000 to erect a monument in commemoration of the old Pilgrim trading post in Cushnoc (now the city of Augusta). The trading post had been established in 1628 to obtain furs to send back to England as payment to their backers, the Adventurers. Unfortunately the ship carrying the furs was captured by pirates. The General Society voted to approve the efforts of the Maine Society to secure passage.

    1932 Tablet, Capitol Building, Augusta, ME
    The state capitol of Maine is the only state capitol built upon land previously owned by the Pilgrims. The brass tablet located on the third floor of the Capitol is headed by an image of the Mayflower and reads: THE MAYFLOWER / DECEMBER 1620 / THIS TABLET IS PLACED / TO HONOR THE PILGRIMS / OF THE MAYFLOWER / * * * / IN AN AGE / OF INTOLERANCE AND OF / BIGOTRY, THE PILGRIMS / OF THE MAYFLOWER LAID / THE FOUNDATIONS OF THIS / MIGHTY NATION WHEREIN / EVERY MAN, THROUGH / COUNTLESS AGES, SHALL / HAVE LIBERTY TO WORSHIP / GOD IN HIS OWN WAY / ERECTED BY THE SOCIETY OF MAYFLOWER / DESCENDANTS IN THE STATE OF MAINE / AUGUST 1932

    1939 Cushnoc Trading Post Memorial Plaque on Bolder, Augusta, ME
    The memorial to this trading post on site that is in the form of a boulder bearing a plaque that reads: CUSHNOC TRADING POST / 1628 – 1661 / IN COMMEMORATION OF THE FIRST TRADING / VOYAGE OF THE PILGRIMS OF PLYMOUTH TO / THE ANCIENT INDIAN VILLAGE AT CUSHNOC / ON THE KENNEBEC RIVER, 1625, AND ON / THIS SITE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THEIR / FUR TRADING POST WITH THE INDIANS, 1628, / JOHN HOWLAND IN COMMAND, 1634,  THIS TABLET ERECTED BY THE / SOCIETY DAUGHTERS OF COLONIAL WARS / IN / THE STATE OF MAINE / 1639  The site is now occupied by New England's oldest surviving wooden fort, Old Fort Western, which was built in 1754. In 2009 plans were under way to recreate the Cushnoc Trading Post.

    1939 — Cushnoc Trading Post Memorial Plaque on Bolder, Augusta, ME1975 Tablet, City Center Building, Augusta, ME
    This shield shaped tablet in the office of the director of Fort Western is headed by the seal of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants and reads: IN HONOR OF THOSE “MAYFLOWER” / PILGRIMS, WHO, UNDER EDWARD WINSLOW, / FIRST TRADED WITH THE INDIANS ON THE / KENNEBEC IN 1625, AND LATER ESTABLISHED / A TRADING POST AT KOUSSINOK / (AUGUSTA) ON THIS SITE, AND THUS / WERE ENABLED TO PAY OFF THEIR / DEBT TO THE LONDON MERCHANT / ADVENTURERS, THIS PLAQUE IS / RESPECTFULLY DEDICATED IN THIS / 350TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR / BY THE SOCIETY OF /  MAYFLOWER DESCENDANTS / IN THE STATE OF MAINE / ROBERT L. STEVENS / GOVERNOR / AUG. 26, 1975

    1975 Plaque, Fort Western, Augusta, ME
    This bronze plaque reads: ANCIENT/KENNEBEC [surrounds the seal of the General Society] / 1625 1975 / 350TH ANNIVERSARY / OF THE / BRADFORD CHARTER WHICH GRANTED LAND HERE / AND I15 MILES ON EACH SIDE OF THE KENNEBEC / RIVER TO THE PILGRIMS AT PLYMOUTH. / ON OR NEAR THIS SITE THE PILGRIMS ESTABLISHED / A ‘FITT TRADING PLACE IN YE RIVER KENNEBEC” / E. FREDERICK LOW, GOVERNOR GENERAL / VIRGINIA E. ADAMSON, GOVERNOR / MAINE SOCIETY OF MAYFLOWER DESCENDANTS. It was subsequently relocated in 1980 to Hallowell, ME (q.v.).

    1993 Cushnoc Archeological Site Plaque, Augusta, ME
    A plaque on a bolder in front of the City Center Building reads: CUSHNOC / ARCHEOLOGICAL SITE / HAS BEEN DESIGNATED A / NATIONAL HISTORICAL LANDMARK / THIS SITE POSSESSES NATIONAL SIGNIFICANCE / IN COMMEMORATING THE HISTORY OF THE / UNITED STATES OF AMERICA / 1993 / NATIONAL PARK SERVICE / UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

  • Town of Howland, Maine1825 — Howland, Maine Named for Pilgrim John Howland
    This village, located at the junction of the Piscataquis and Penobscot rivers in central Maine, was named to honor Pilgrim John Howland who had been the first agent at the Cushnoc (Augusta) trading post in Maine.

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  •  Marriage Pilgrim Style & The Pilgrim ChurchThe 1627 Plimoth Plantation presented a recreation of a Pilgrim wedding ceremony on August 14, 2010. They chose to go back to the year 1623 when Governor William Bradford, whose wife Dorothy May had drowned shortly after the arrival of the Mayflower in 1620, married Elizabeth Carpenter, the widow Southworth.

  • First Encounter Beach Stone and Plaque, Eastham, MA1920 — First Encounter Beach Stone and Plaque, Eastham, MA
    Up on a knoll at the north end of the beach is a boulder with an attached bronze plaque having a relief bust profile with helmet facing to the right (perhaps of Myles Standish) centered between scrolls at the top, that reads: ON THIS SPOT / HOSTILE INDIANS / HAD THEIR / FIRST ENCOUNTER / DECEMBER 8, 1620 / OLD STYLE / WITH / MYLES STANDISH  JOHN CARVER / WILLIAM BRADFORD  JOHN TILLEY / EDWARD WINSLOW  JOHN HOWLAND  / EDWARD TILLEY  RICHARD WARREN / STEPHEN HOPKINS  EDWARD DOTEY / JOHN ALLERTON  THOMAS ENGLISH / MASTER MATE CLARK  MASTER / GUNNER COPIN / AND THREE SAILORS / OF THE MAYFLOWER COMPANY / PROVINCETOWN TERCENTARY / 1620 COMMISSION 1920. See the 2001 entry for the more recent marker on the beach near the parking lot.

    1966 — Lt. Joseph Rogers Boulder and Plaque, Cove Cemetery, Eastham MA
    Joseph accompanied his father, Pilgrim Thomas Rogers, on the Mayflower. Placed by his Descendants.

    1966 — Constance Hopkins Snow Boulder and Plaque, Cove Cemetery, Eastham MA
    Constance, who came on the Mayflower, was a daughter of Pilgrim Stephen Hopkins. She married Nicholas Snow who came on the Anne. Placed by her Descendants.

    1966 — Giles Hopkins Boulder and Plaque, Cove Cemetery, Eastham MA
    Giles, who died in 1690, was a son of Pilgrim Stephen Hopkins. The plaque reads “GILES HOPKINS / 1607 – 1690 / MAYFLOWER PASSENGER / PLACED BY HIS DESCENDANTS / 1966”.

    2001 — First Encounter Beach Plaque, Eastham MA
    In early December 1620 while exploring the beach north of the mouth of Herring River in present Eastham on the Bay of Cape Cod to decide were to establish their settlement, "they heard a great and strange cry, which they knew to be the same voices in the night... and one of their company being abroad came running in and cried, 'Men, Indians! Indians!' And withal, their arrows came flying amongst them.' " A bronze tablet mounted on the beach reads: NEAR THIS SITE / THE NAUSET TRIBE / OF THE / WAMPANOAG NATION / SEEKING TO PROTECT THEMSELVES / AND THEIR CULTURE / HAD THEIR / FIRST ENCOUNTER / 8 DECEMBER 1620 / WITH / MYLES STANDISH, JOHN CARVER, / EDWARD WINSLOW, JOHN TILLEY, / EDWARD TILLEY, / JOHN HOWLAND, RICHARD WARREN, / STEPHEN HOPKINS, / EDWARD DOTEY, JOHN ALLERTON, / THOMAS ENGLISH, / MASTER MATE CLARK, / MASTER GUNNER COPIN, / AND THREE SAILORS / OF THE MAYFLOWER COMPANY / THIS TABLET PLACED 2001 BY THE SOCIETY OF COLONIAL WARS / IN THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS.

  • 1900 — Bradford Boulder and Plaque, Kingston, MA
    Presented to the Massachusetts State Society from historian and author William T. Davis on behalf of the donors (unnamed).

    Pilgrim John Howland's Homestead Site and Plaque, Rocky Nook, Kingston MA1920 — Pilgrim John Howland's Homestead Site and Plaque, Rocky Nook, Kingston MA
    The Pilgrim John Howland Society purchased the four acre site of John Howland's homestead where he and his wife Elizabeth lived from 1638-1672/3 and erected a seven foot high granite monument with an image in relief of the Mayflower at its top. The inscription reads: HERE STOOD THE HOME OF JOHN HOWLAND / AND HIS WIFE / ELIZABETH TILLEY HOWLAND FROM 1638 UNTIL HIS DEATH FEBRUARY 2, 1673 / BOTH WERE PASSENGERS IN THE SHIP "MAYFLOWER" / -------- / IN GRATEFUL REMEMBRANCE THIS LAND HAS BEEN BOUGHT / BY THEIR DESCENDANTS, AND THIS MEMORIAL ERECTED / UPON THE 300TH ANNIVERSARY OF THEIR LANDING / AT PLYMOUTH, MASS. / 1620-1920.  In 1937 excavations revealed the foundation, hearth, household utensils, and a tasset (armor thigh plate). In 1949-50 the Howland Society purchased the 23 ½ acre Joseph Howland homestead across the road. In 1959-60 a dig located what are believed to have been the structures of sons Joseph and James in the new acres. The 1959 dig discovered a rare and uncommon spoon from which a mold was made and copies cast. The latest dig was started in 1998 by the University of Virginia and continues, most recently, for a week each August. A model of John Howland's homestead is displayed in the Jabez Howland House.

    Joseph Howland Home Site, Rocky Nook, Kingston, MA1968 — Joseph Howland Home Site, Rocky Nook, Kingston, MA
    Engraved bolder on opposite side of the road from the site of his father’s house and farm reads: HISTORIC SITE / OF THE 1678 HOME / OF JOSEPH HOWLAND / WHO LIVED HERE UNTIL HIS DEATH / IN 1703/4 / HE WAS THE SON OF JOHN HOWLAND / A PASSENGER ON THE MAYFLOWER / WHO PURCHASED THIS PROPERTY / IN 1638 / ERECTED IN 1963 BY THE / PILGRIM JOHN HOWLAND SOCIETY. Joseph was married to Elizabeth Southworth who died in 1717.

     

     

     

  • A full list of all of the Pilgrim related sites to see in Plymouth.

  • Am I a Mayflower Descendant?
    For those of you who are curious about whether or not you may be descended from a Mayflower passenger please see our List of Mayflower Passengers and Genealogies Links below. The surnames found in the first three generations after landing are also included.

  • Unknown — Cape May Co. Historical Society, Cape May Court House, NJ
    Contains in its collection a large framed print of P.F. Rothermel’s Landing of the Pilgrims, a gavel block made from a barn beam of Scrooby Manor, England, where Elder Brewster lived, and a gavel block made from a beam from the Jabez Howland House in Plymouth, MA.

  • 1992 — Passengers of the Mayflower Plaque, Old Brick Church, Cold Spring, NJ
    The New Jersey Mayflower Society placed a bronze plaque that reads:  “In Recognition and Honor of / THE PASSENGERS ON THE MAYFLOWER / PRESENTED / MAY 17, 1992 / By / Society of Mayflower Descendants / State of New Jersey” in this 1823 Presbyterian Church. Because John and Elizabeth Tilley Howland’s granddaughter (daughter of Desire) Hannah Gorham married Joseph Whilldin/Wheldon and then moved to Cape May Co., NJ, it is said that there are more Mayflower Descendants buried in its cemetery than anywhere else outside Massachusetts. Their daughter Hannah Whilldin married, first, Thomas Leaming. Besides Leaming, following generation surnames include Eldredge, Doubleday, Garlick, Stites, Hughs, and Hand.

  • The official Website for the Pilgrim John Society and the Jabez Howland House, The only house standing in Plymouth where the Pilgrims stayed

  • Pilgrim TradesOur Mayflower ancestors were not of “royal blood.” For the most part, they were what we now would call “middle class” people who had to work for a living. Of the 58 male passengers, both men and boys, the trades or occupations of only 32 are known.

  • Elizabeth Tilley Howland Memorial Gravestone1949 — Elizabeth Tilley Howland Memorial Gravestone, Little Neck Cemetery, Riverside, RI
    The Pilgrim John Howland Society placed a memorial stone on the grave of Elizabeth, the only Pilgrim buried in Rhode Island. The text reads: "Here ended the Pilgrimage of / ELIZABETH TILLEY HOWLAND / who died Wednesday 21-31 / Dec. 1687 at home of her daughter / LYDIA & husband JAMES BROWN  / in Swanzea. ~ ELIZABETH married / Pilgrim JOHN HOWLAND who came / with her in the Mayflower Dec. 1620 / From them descended a / numerous posterity.  / In ELIZABETH'S Will the following / inspiring language is used / ‘It is my will and charge to all my / Children that they walke in ye Feare / of ye Lord, and in Love and Peace / towards each other.’" Historic Little Neck Cemetery is on Little Neck Avenue in Riverside.