Elizabeth Tilley Howland was born 30 August 1607 in Henlow, Bedfordshire, England to John Tilley (1571-1621) and Joan Hurst (1568-1621) and died 21 December 1687 Swansea, Bristol County, Massachusetts of unspecified causes. She married John Howland (1592-1672) 1624 in Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States.


Elizabeth Tilley was one of the original passengers on the Mayflower, but was left orphaned at age 14 when both of her parents died at Plymouth, Massachusetts and were buried at Cole's Hill along with her aunt and uncle. She married John Howland (1592-1672) and has one of the biggest documented posterity pools in all of North America today.

Death and Burial

John Howland died February 23, 1672/3 at the age of 80, having outlived all other male Mayflower passengers except John Cooke (1607-1695), son of Mayflower passenger Francis Cooke (John Cooke died in 1695). He is presumed to be buried on Plymouth Burial Hill.

Elizabeth Tilley outlived her husband by 15 years. She died December 21 or 22, 1687, in the home of her daughter, Lydia Brown, in Swansea, Massachusetts, and is buried in a section of that town which is now in East Providence, Rhode Island.


Offspring of John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley (1607-1687)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Desire Howland (1625-1683) 13 October 1625 Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States 13 October 1683 Barnstable, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States John Gorham (1621-1675)
John Howland (1626-1704) 24 February 1626 Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts 1 January 1704 Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Mary Lee (1630-1693)
Hope Howland (1629-1684) 30 August 1629 Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States 8 January 1684 Barnstable, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States John Chipman (1621-1708)
Elizabeth Howland (c1631-1691)
Lydia Howland (c1634-1711)
Hannah Howland (c1637-1708)
Joseph Howland (1640-1704) 1640 Kingston, Plymouth County, Massachusetts 1704 Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Elizabeth Southworth (1647-)
Jabez Howland (1644-1712) 1644 Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts 7 April 1708 Bristol, Bristol County, Rhode Island Bethiah Thatcher (1645-1725)
Ruth Howland (1646-1679) 1646 Plymouth County, Massachusetts October 1679 Plymouth County, Massachusetts Thomas Cushman (1637-1726)
Isaac Howland (1649-1724) 16 November 1649 Kingston, Plymouth County, Massachusetts 9 March 1724 Middleborough, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Elizabeth Vaughan (1653-1727)


Vital Records

Pilgrim Monument


National Monument to the Forefathers, commemorates the Mayflower Pilgrims, (including this person) who came to Plymouth Colony in 1620 on the Mayflower. Dedicated on August 1, 1889, it is thought to be the world's largest solid granite monument. Located on an 11 acre hilltop site on Allerton Street in Plymouth, Massachusetts.



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