|"The Rescue of John Howland"|| |
But I won't stop there with debts of gratitude to those adventurous Pilgrims. There was a wee girl by the name of Elizabeth Tilly on board also. She was about 13 or so years old and traveled with her parents John and Joan Tilley. Unfortunately John and Joan were among those who died the first winter at Plymouth. That left 13-year old daughter Elizabeth an orphan! Imagine that! Striking out to an unknown place and then your parents die all too soon!
|"The First Thanksgiving" (1915), by Jean Louis Gerome Ferris|
Elizabeth Tilly Howland lived to the age of 80, a long life in the New World. John lived to be about the age of 72. They must have been folks of strong constitution to survive the voyage to the New World, that harsh first winter and the hardships of building a life in a foreign land.
my mother, Lois McEwen Hughes. George Soule also enjoyed a long life living in the New World. He died at the age of 80.
Edward Tilly, John Howland and George Soule all signed the Mayflower Compact. Happy Thanksgiving to these Pilgrims!
- http://mayflowerhistory.com, 1994-2015, MayflowerHistory.com
- Pilgrim Overboard—The Rescue of John Howland , painting by Mike Haywood
- Saints and Strangers, George F. Willison, Reynal and Hitchcock, New York, 1945
- Family records of Cynthia Hughes Smith