(See Blossom's Letter To Governor Bradford.
Bradford's Letter Book, "Plymouth Church Records," I. 42.) In His
Letter Dated At Leyden, December 15, 1625, He Says:
"God hath taken
away my son that was with me in the ship MAYFLOWER when I went back
Edward Tilley (sometimes given the prefix of Master) his wife Ann are
known to have been of the Leyden company. (Bradford's "Historie,"
p. 83.) It is doubtful if their "cousins," Henry Sampson and
Humility Cooper, were of Leyden. They apparently were English
kinsfolk, taken to New England with the Tilleys, very likely joined
them at Southampton and hence were not of the SPEEDWELL'S
passengers. Humility Cooper returned to England after the death of
Tilley and his wife. That Mrs. Tilley's "given name" was Ann is not
positively established, but rests on Bradford's evidence.
John Tilley (who is also sometimes called Master) is reputed a brother of
Edward, and is known to have been - as also his wife - of the Leyden
church (Bradford, Deane's ed. p. 83.) His second wife Bridget Van
der Velde, was evidently of Holland blood, and their marriage is
recorded in Leyden. Elizabeth Tilley was clearly a daughter by an
earlier wife. He is said by Goodwin ("Pilgrim Republic," p. 32) to
have been a "silk worker" Leyden, but earlier authority for this
occupation is not found.
John Crackstone is of record as of the Leyden congregation. His daughter
remained there, and came later to America.
John Crackstone, Jr., son of above. Both were SPEEDWELL passengers.
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