2022. Sarah Tilden. Born ca Jan 1612/3 in Tenterden, Ashford, Kent.

Sarah was baptized in Tenterden, Ashford, Kent, on 13 Jan 1612/3.

Sarah died on Mar 20 1676/7 in Albemarle County, North Carolina.

On 13 Mar 1636/7 Sarah married George Sutton, son of Ambrose Sutton & Sarah Warner, in Scituate, MA.

14 Born ca 1613 in Tenterden, Ashford, Kent.

George was baptized in Tenterden, Ashford, Kent, on 12 Apr 1613.

George died on 12 Apr 1669 in Albemarle County, North Carolina.

Religion: Quaker.


From Deane’s History of Scituate:50
    Elder Nathaniel Tilden came from Tenterden in Kent, with his family, before 1628. He was chosen Ruling Elder of the first Church in Scituate 1634. His house lot was on Kent-street, the 3d. south of Greenfield lane. He had also lands at Long marsh: and lands also in 1640, on the east side of the North River, below Gravelly beach.

    Nathaniel arrived in New England in 1634 in the ship Hercules, of Dover, with his wife and children (Joseph, Mary, Sarah, Judith, Lydia, Stephen, and Thomas), and the following, who came under the designation of ‘servants:’ Thomas Lapham, George Sutton, Edward Ford, Edward Jenkins, James Bennett, Sarah Couchman, and Mary Perien. The Rev. William Witherell came on this same boat.40

    “Nathaniel Tilden was among the earliest of the ‘Men of Kent’ who established plantations at Satuit before 1628, others being Anthony Annable, Thomas Bird, Edward Foster, William Gillson, Henry Merritt, Henry Rowley, Nathaniel Tilden, and Deane says, ‘perhaps others.’”40

    Nathaniel was a Magistrate in Tenterden, and elected to the office of Mayor.40

    “Elder Nath’l Tilden was the ancestor of nearly all the Tildens in Marshfield. He was one of three borothers, and they were called ‘Men of Kent,’ from ENgland. He came to Scitaute at that portion called ‘Tow Mile’ tract, now known as North Marshfield, in 1628. His farm extended both sides of North River, part of it being on ‘Gravelly beach.’”58

    Nathaniel came in the Hercules in 1635 from Sandwich, in Co. Kent, being one of an old family at Tenterden, near Cranbrook, in that shire, bringing wife Lydia, seven children and seven servan ts. He may have visited our country before and went home to bring his household; but it does not appear by any facts. He settled in Scituate. In May 1637, with his friend Hatherly, he was appointed by Plymouth Colony to settle the bounds between it and the Massachusetts Colony. He was ruling elder in the church and died 1641, the inventory being of 31 July, and his will of 25 May preceding in that year. It names his wife Lydia, perhaps daughter of Thomas Bourne of Marshfield, yet married in England to which he gives his home at Tenterden, all the seven children Joseph; Thomas, b. a. 1621; Mary, the w. of Thomas Lapham, m. 13 Mar. 1637; Sarah, the w. of George Sutton; Judith; Lydia; and Stephen; also two servants who should serve his eldest son..24

On 13 Oct 1606 Nathaniel married Lydia Huckstepp (5278) , daughter of Stephen Huckstepp (ca 1554/5-Jun 1633) & Winifred Hatch (2140) (ca 1553-Oct 1592), in Betherton, Kent.14 Born ca 1587/8 in Tenterden, Ashford, Kent. Lydia was baptized in Tenterden, Ashford, Kent, on 11 Feb 1587/8.8 Lydia died on 31 Jul 1672 in Scituate, MA.
Their children include:
Thomas Tilden (Died young) (ca Oct 1608-Jan 1617/8)
Mary Tilden (ca May 1610-28 Mar 1690)
Joseph Tilden (Died soon) (ca Jan 1611/2-Mar 1611/2)
Sarah Tilden (ca Jan 1612/3-Mar 20 1676/7)
Dea. Joseph Tilden (ca Apr 1615-3 Jun 1670)
Stephen Tilden (Died soon) (ca Mar 1617-Oct 1619)
Thomas Tilden (ca Jan 1618-1 Feb 1704/5)
Judith Tilden (ca Oct 1620-30 Mar 1663)
Winifred Tilden (Died young) (ca Oct 1622-Sep 1627)
Lydia Tilden (Died soon) (ca May 1624-Sep 1624)
Lydia Tilden (ca Sep 1625-ca Jun 1673)
Stephen Tilden (ca Oct 1629-22 Aug 1711)
817. Joseph Tilden. Born on 18 Nov 1585 in Tenterden, Ashford, Kent. Joseph was baptized in Tenterden, Ashford, Kent, on 28 Nov 1585. Joseph died in London, England, on 1 Feb 1641/2; he was 56.
818. Hopestill Tilden. Born ca May 1588 in Tenterden, Ashford, Kent. Hopestill was baptized in St. Mildred's, Tenterden, on 1 May 1588. Hopestill died on 19 Dec 1661 in St Marys, Sandwich, England.

Will: The Will of Hopestill Tilden, one of the jurats of the Town and Port of Sandwich in the county of Kent, 19 Nov 1661. I give and bequeath unto and amongst the children sons and daughters of my brother Nathaniel Tilden late of Tenterdon in the said County, gent., 100 pounds to be equally divided between them, 50 pounds within twelve months after my decease and 50 pounds in two years. To John Hughes, nephew of Deborah my now wife, 20 pounds. To My former servant John Iggleden 10s. to buy him a Bible. To my cousin Samuel Tilden 20s., to his daughter Ann Tilden 10 pounds at the age of one and twenty years, and to his daughter Elizabeth 20s. at that age. To my two grandchildren Joseph Rumsey and Thomas Rumsey, sons of my daughter Sara by Thomas Rumsey, 5s. apiece. To wife Deborah the use and benefit of the household stuff, one of my best chambers during her life, and an annuity of 20 pounds to be paid out of the profits of my lands and tenements in Sandwich or elsewhere in the County of Kent. If she stay not with with my executors for three months after my death then she shall have 5 pounds. To the poor people of Sandwich. All the residue of my goods, chattels, and personal estate, and my messuage, lands and tenements in Sandwich in the Isle of Thanet or elsewhere in England, I give to my grandchildren Robert Smith and John Smith, sons of my late daughter Sarah, deceased, Robert to have three fourths and John one fourth, and I make them joint executors of this my will. Witnesses: William Picard and John Verrier. Proved 9 Febnary 1661/2 by Robert Smith and John Smith, the executors named in the will. (Archdeaconry of Canterbury, Vol. 71, fo.194) (English Origins of New England Families, publised by NEHGS.)


Emigration & The Good Ship Hercules

Town Sergeant

Replica of the 17th century ship Godspeed

An 88-foot replica of the ship that brought the first English colonists to America.
The Good Ship Hercules would have been similar (although the statue of Liberty wouldn't have been there in the 17th century!!)

In 1634, people embarked at Sandwich for New England on the 'Good ship Hercules of Sandwich'. The following is a passenger list, taken from 'History of Sandwich, by W. BOYS, 1792, pp. 750-1'.

List and Register

Of all such persons as embarked themselves in the good ship called the HERCULES, of Sandwich, of the burthen of 200 tons, John Witherley, master, and therein transported from Sandwich to the plantation called New England in America; with the certificates from the ministers where they last dwelt of their conversation, and conformity to the orders and discipline of the church, and that they had taken the oath of allegiance and supremacy. (The certificates, all dated February and March, 1634, are here omitted.)

Masters of Families. Children. Servants.

NATHANIAL TILDEN of Tenterden, yeoman, and Seven children, Seven servants, LYDIA his wife

JONAS AUSTEN of Tenterden and CONSTANCE his wife Four children.

ROBERT BROOK of Maidstone, mercer, and ANNE his wife. Seven children.

THOMAS HEYWARD of Aylesford, taylor, and SUSANNAH his wife Five children.

WILLIAM WITHERELL of Maidstone, schoolmaster, and MARY his wife Three children One servant

FANNET ...... of Ashford, hemp-dresser

THOMAS BONEY and HEN. EWELL of Sandwich, shoemakers

WILLIAM HATCH of Sandwich, merchant, and JANE his wife Five children Six servants

SAMUEL HINKLEY of Tenterden and SARAH his wife Four children.

ISAAC COLE of Sandwich, carpenter, and JOAN his wife Two children.


THOMAS BESBEECH of Sandwich Six children Three servants

JNO. LEWIS of Tenterden and SARAH his wife One child


JAMES SAYERS of Northbourn, taylor

COMFORT STARRE of Ashford, chirurgion, Three children Three servants

JOS. ROOTES of Great Chart

EM. MASON of Eastwell, widow

MARGARET. wife of WILLIAM JOHNNES late of Sandwich, now of New England, painter

JNO. BEST of the said parish, taylor.

THOMAS BRIDGEN of Faversham, husbandman, and ...... his wife

Towns called Sandwich

When people started to emigrate to the 'New World', other towns called Sandwich were established: