Related Families: Biggs | Huckstep | Lapham
(1) Nathaniel Tilden
was baptized at Tenterden, County Kent, 28 July 1583, the son of Thomas
and Alice Biggs.
Background on his family is given in NEHGR 65:322, 75:226, and 114:153.
Parish records indicate that Nathaniel was married about 1606 in Tenterden,
Kent, England, to Lydia Huckstep,
baptized on 11 February 1587/1588 in Tenterden, Kent, England,
daughter of Winnfrithe.
Tilden came to New England in the Hercules
in 1634/1635, accompanied by his wife Lydia, seven children, and seven
servants. They settled in Scituate and he probably died there between May
and July 1641.
All the children of Nathaniel and Lydia Tilden were born in England, five dying there prior to the family's departure. Mary and Sarah were married on the same day, 13 March 1636/37 (NEHGR 9:286), and their husbands were Tilden's servants.
Nathaniel Tilden was living in 1628 in Marshfield, Massachusetts. "Elder Nath'l Tilden was the ancestor of nearly all the Tildens in Marshfield. He was one of three brothers, and they were called 'Men of Kent,' from England. He came to Scituate at that portion called 'Two Mile' tract, now known as North Marshfield, in 1628. . . There is no record of the date of his birth, or
marriage." (Richards History of Marshfield. p. 20)
Tilden was of the gentry and addressed as "Mr.," and he was one of the wealthier Scituate residents. He dated his will 25 May 1641, inventory 31 July 1641, and he named his wife Lydia and his children Stephen; Lydia; Joseph; Thomas; Judith; Mary, the wife of Thomas Lapham; and Sarah, the wife of George Sutton; and he also mentioned his two indentured servants, Edward Jenkins and Edward Tarte (MD 3:220).
After his death, his widow Lydia married Timothy Hatherly. Elizabeth French shows in NEHGR 70:256 that Lydia (Huckstep) (Tilden) Hatherly was a cousin of Thomas Hatch, q.v., who also came to New England in the Hercules and settled at Scituate.
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In the Name of God Amen the five and twentyeth Day of May Anno Dni 1641 I Nathaniell Tilden of Scittuate of New England wthin America gen being sick and weake of body but of good and prfect remembrance (thanks be given to God therefore) Do make ordaine and appoynt this my last will and testament in manner and forme as followeth. And first I will and bequeath my soul into the hands of Almighty God my creator and maker, and to Jesus Christ my redeemer by whose death and merits onely I hope to obtaine everlasting salvation, and my body to be conveyed unto the earth from whence it was taken, at the place where it shall please God to put an end unto my Dayes. And as concerneing my worldly goods and estate wherewth it hath pleased God to blesse me I will give and bequeath in manner and forme as followeth. And first I will give & bequeath unto Lidea my welbeloved wyfe all her weareing apparell both linnen and wollen, also one bed furnished wch shee shall please to take also the greate trunck, also I give unto my said wyfe three paire of sheetes and two paire of pillowcoates wch shee shall please to take, one long table cloth one square table cloth one dosen of middle napkins and half a dosen of other napkins two long towells twelve peeces of pewter wch shee shall please to choose, and of wodden vessells so many as shee shall thinke to be convenient for her use also three silver spoones & two of my best cusheons, also I give unto my said wyfe one peece of white fusteon wch shee shall please to take, also my two cloakes, also tenn bushells of Corne, five of English and five of Indian, also my will is that shee shall have the whole prfitt of my whitefaced cow and the calves and prfitt wch shall come of her During the tyme of her naturall life, to be mayntained and kept for her by mine Executor hereafter menconed. Also my will is that my said wyfe shall have and enjoy the prfitts of one house and the lands thereunto belonging wherein one Richard Lambert now Dwelleth being in the prish of Tenterden in Kent in old England During the terme of her naturall life, after the Decease of the said Richard Lambert Item my mynd and will is that my two yeongest children I idea & Steeven shalbe mayntayned both for meate drink apparell & lodging by myne Executor hereafter mentioned yet so as my aforesaid wyfe shall have the education and Disposeing of them All the residue of my goods my will and mynd is shalbe Disposed of in manner and forme as followeth. And first I will and bequeath unto my sonn Joseph A Double portion (vizt) asmuch more as my other sonnes, that is asmuch as both my other sonnes Thomas and Steeven equally to be devided out of my lands and goods Itm my will is that my yeongest daughter Lidea Lydea shall have half asmuch as one of my yeonger sonnes Thomas and Steeven Item I will unto my Daughter Judet one Cow Item
I will and bequeath unto Mary my Daughter the wyfe of Thomas Lapham tenn
shillings of lawfull money of England also to Sara my Daughter the wyfe
of Georg Sutton tenn shillings of lawfull money of England, to be payd
to either of them wthin one yeare next after my Decease by mine Executor
Item I will & appoynt that my two servants Edward Ginkins and Edward
Tarte shall serve up the remaynder of their tyme of service wch by covenant
is Due unto me wth my sonn Joseph Itm my mynd and will is that my sonn
Joseph shall prvide for his two brothers Thomas and Steeven for either
them half so much stock as his owne, and for his yeongest sister Lidea
one quarter asmuch as his owne, and that this their stock shalbe kept upon
the lands given unto them as is before specyfyed untill such tyme as the
said lands shalbe sould or hyred out. Item I will and appoynt my welbeloved
sonn Joseph to be sole and whole Executor unto this my last will and testament
In witnes whereof I thabove named Nathaniell Tilden have hereunto set my
hand and seale Dated the Day and yeare first above written,
My mynd and will is that my welbeloved sonne Joseph Tilden shall have full
power and authorytie to sell my house wth all the buildings thereunto belonging
and also all my lands scituate and being in Scittuate & Tenterden all
wch lands I give him power to sell or to dispose of at his pleasure, whom
I make my whole and sole Executor of this my last will and testament In
witnes whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seale Dated the five and
twentieth Day of May 1641
38] An Inventorie of the goods and chattells of Nathaniell Tilden late
of Scittuate in New England in America gen Deceased made & prized the
xxxith Day of July 1641 by us whose names are hereunder written:
* This is either 02 or 03.