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Agnes (Cooper) Tilley (bef. 1585 - 1621)

Agnes "Ann" Tilley formerly Cooper aka Cowper
Born before in Henlow, Bedfordshire, Englandmap
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Wife of — married 20 Jun 1614 in Henlow, Bedfordshire, Englandmap
Died in Plymouthmap
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Agnes "Ann" Cooper was baptized 7 Nov 1585 at Henlow, Bedfordshire, England.[1] She was the daughter of Edmund Cooper and Mary Wynne. Ann married Edward Tilley on 20 Jun 1614 at Henlow.[2] They moved to Leiden, Holland by 1618, and traveled in 1620 on the Mayflower to Plymouth, with nephew Henry Samson and niece Humility Cooper. Ann's sister Martha was the mother of Henry Samson, and her brother Robert was the father of Humility Cooper.[3]

Bradford names "Edward Tilley and Ann his wife, and two children that were their cousins, Henry Sampson and Humility Cooper" in his list of Mayflower passengers [Bradford 442]. "Edward Tilley and his wife both died soon after their arrival, and the girl Humility, their cousin, was sent for into England and died there. But the youth Henry Sampson is still living and is married and hath seven children." [Bradford 446].[4]

Some of the lines of Agnes Cooper's ancestry have been traced as far back as Wido de Reinbudcourt, the Doomsday Lord of Chipping Warden and Burton, Northampton, who lived in the 11th century, but no royal line has yet been found.[3]

Agnes (Cooper) Tilley died sometime the first winter at Plymouth, between January and March 1621, as did her husband. She and Edward had no known children.[3]


  1. "The Parish Register of Henlow,1558-1812"; Bedfordshire County Record Office 1942;
  2. "The Parish Register of Henlow,1558-1812"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Caleb Johnson's Mayflower History - Agnes Tilley
  4. NEGHS, 2020 American Ancestors, Edward Tilley
  • Ward, Robert Leigh. English Ancestry of Seven Mayflower Passengers: Tilley, Sampson and Cooper, The American Genealogist (The American Genealogist, Barrington, RI, 1976) Vol. 52, Page 203 & Page 206
  • Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation (Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856) "Edward Tilley, and Ann his wife; and 2 children that were their cousins; Henry Sampson and Humility Cooper." "Edward Tillie, and his wife both dyed soon after their arrival; and the girle Humility their cousen, was sent for unto England, and dyed there. But the youth Henry Sampson, is still liveing, and is married, & hath 7 children. John Tilley and his wife both dyed, a litle after they came ashore." pp 449, p. 453 "Edward Tillie and his wife both dyed soon after their arivall; and the girle Humility, their cousen, was sent for into England, and dyed ther. But the youth Henery Samson is still liveing, and is maried, & hath 7, children."
  • Bradford, William, 1590-1657. Of Plimoth Plantation: manuscript, 1630-1650. State Library of Massachusetts "List of Mayflower Passengers." In Bradford's Hand.

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Agnes appears to be a desecendant of Stanley-51 who is a Surety Baron Descendant
posted by Michael Stills
Cooper-2119 and Cooper-827 appear to represent the same person because: Edward Tilley had 1 wife: Agnes Cooper, sometimes called Ann Cooper. There are 4 shown on his profile and they need to be merged. Smallest number is 827.
posted by Darlene (Scott) Kerr
Cooper-828 and Cooper-827 appear to represent the same person because: Same person, sometimes called Ann, but usually Agnes. Only wife of Edward Tilley.
posted by Darlene (Scott) Kerr
UNKNOWN-30214 and Cooper-827 appear to represent the same person because: There are 3 Cooper and 1 Unknown that need to be merged. The final one should be Cooper-827, but Edward Tilley only had 1 wife, Agnes Cooper aka Ann. Please merge.
posted by Darlene (Scott) Kerr

Agnes is 13 degrees from Cecil B. DeMille, 22 degrees from Rosalie Neve and 8 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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