Edward Tilley

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BAPTISM: 27 May 1588 at Henlow, co. Bedford, England, son of Robert and Elizabeth Tilley.
MARRIAGE: Agnes Cooper, 20 June 1614 at Henlow, co. Bedford, England, daughter of Edmund and Mary (Wyne) Cooper.
CHILDREN: None recorded.
DEATH:  Sometime the first winter at Plymouth, probably between January and March 1621.


Edward Tilley was born in 1588 in Henlow, co. Bedford, England, the son of Robert and Elizabeth Tilley.  He married Agnes Cooper on 20 June 1614 in Henlow.  Shortly after their marriage they moved to Leiden, Holland, where he is recorded in a notary record dated 25 April 1618.  They came on the Mayflower along with their niece and nephew Humility Cooper and Henry Samson.  Edward signed the "Mayflower Compact" and participated in the early explorations on Cape Cod where he was once appointed to provide "advice and council" to Myles Standish.  By the time of the third exploration at Cape Cod, Edward Tilley had developed a cold.  He would later die the first winter at Plymouth.

 The parish church of Henlow, Bedfordshire, where Edward Tilley was baptized in 1588 and married in 1614.

The parish church of Henlow, Bedfordshire, where Edward Tilley was baptized in 1588 and married in 1614.