Hope Tillman
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Hope Tillman

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Hope N. Tillman
Born 1940s.
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Mother of [private daughter (1960s - unknown)] and [private son (1960s - unknown)]
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I'm an enthusiastic genealogist, and now that I'm retired have more time to devote to this hobby. I am currently the webmaster of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists [1], and I enjoy being a WikiTree Ranger. See my own genealogy website.

I am fortunate to have as starting points to use with vital records a number of compiled genealogies - although I have found it worthwhile to look for genealogical proof of the facts given. And today access to tools such as gravesites, census records, and more are invaluable.

DNA looks like the next frontier for us as genealogists and I'm interested to find what I can learn using it as a tool.

In 1950, I was living with my parents in Baltimore, Maryland. [1]

Digital Afterlife

In the event of my untimely demise, I want to be sure that none of my hard work on WikiTree ends up being deleted. While I fully intend on being around to manage all my profiles for the next 50 years or so, to aid WikiTree in the administration of my account should I be incapacitated, or in the event of my death, I hereby give permission for all private profiles I'm managing to be transferred to the following WikiTreer, whether or not he is currently on the Trusted Lists: Walt Howe.


  1. 1950 U.S. Federal Census, 306 Underwood Court, Baltimore, Maryland, ED 4-1552, sheet 10.

Major sources I started with are:

  • Stephen Frederick Tillman, Spes Alit Agricolam [Hope Sustains the Farmer]: Covering the Tilghman and related families from 1225 to 1961 (Washington, D.C.: The Goetz Company, 1962). (I want to note that there is a WikiTree entry for [Stephen Frederick Tillman]).
  • Robert H. Sturtevant, Descendants of Samuel Sturtevant (1986 Edition).
  • Ledbetter, Roy C., Ledbetters from Virginia (Dallas, Texas: Wilkinson Print. Co., 1964?, 398 p.).

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  • private children's names (2)
  • spouse's name and marriage information
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DNA Connections
It may be possible to confirm family relationships. Maternal line mitochondrial DNA test-takers:
  • Hope Tillman: Family Tree DNA mtDNA Test HVR1 and HVR2, haplogroup K2b1a, FTDNA kit #N30062, MitoYDNA ID T10928 [compare]
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Hi -- Regarding your note on the Wikitree page for John Benson b. 1663 (Benson-51), in which you say that you tried to follow someone else's reference to page 514 of Volume 1 Settlers of the Beekman Patent, allegedly a chapter about this Benson family, and were unable to find any such thing --

That's because it's on page 514 of Volume _2_ of Settlers of the Beekman Patent, not volume 1. If you have an NEHGS membership, you can access the chapter here:


Hello Hope,

We wrote to you about the changes in the Profile Improvement Project (PIP) a couple of weeks ago. If you would like to continue with the Project, we can place you in the Biography Team, Level 1 where you can work on improving profiles from your own watchlist to Level 1 of the Profile Standards.

We would like to hear from you with any ideas or suggestions. If you do not wish to participate in the Project, please let us know. If we don’t hear from you within 7 days we will remove you from the Project, but we will welcome you back at any time.


Debi Hoag and Robin Shaules Co-Leaders, Profile Improvement Project

posted by Robin (Dodge) Shaules
Dear Hope,

The Profile Improvement Project (PIP) is performing its first annual check-in with our project members. We are in the process of transitioning to a team structure. There will be three participant PIP Teams to start -- The Maintenance Category Team, the Unknowns Team, and the Biography Team. There is also the Voyage Team who guide new Voyagers. See the Profile Improvement Project Teams for a brief outline of each team. Please let us know which team(s) you would like to participate in.

For those of you who joined the Project before the Voyage started in late 2018, we would like to invite you to consider a "fast track" Voyage, especially if you plan to join the Biography Team. If you’re interested, choose a profile that you have completed to the best of your ability and compare it to the Voyage Biography Standards. If you’re at Level 2 or better, include a link to the profile in your response to this check-in for a “fast track” review.

We would also like to invite you to join the email GoogleGroup and text chat Discord channel for our project. (When you request to join our GoogleGroup, please be sure to include your Wiki ID). You will find more information on the GoogleGroup.

We thank you for all you do to help the Profile Improvement Project and WikiTree. The Project’s mission is to:

Make profiles beautiful! We clean up messy biography sections and sources, and try to set standards for attractive, useful, and well-written biographies, starting with those we manage.

We know you’re working on profiles *smile* We would like to hear about successes you’ve had toward the Project’s goals. We would also appreciate any feedback you might have to help us improve the Project. Please share your thoughts in a reply to this comment or privately via private message to either of us.


Debi Hoag and Robin Shaules Co-Leaders, Profile Improvement Project

posted by Robin (Dodge) Shaules
Thank you for supporting me and I agree that it would be nice to see new members.

Best wishes Hilary

posted by Hilary (Buckle) Gadsby
Hi there, Hope!

Thanks so very much for your participation in the spring Clean-a-thon! Every suggestion you cleared made our Tree that much better. The WikiTree community appreciates YOU!

Pip Sheppard WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard

Our Team Massachusetts Chat page is up and running at:https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/1023588/team-massachusetts-2020-c-a-t-chat . Included are links to Watchlist errors and WT errors. Have fun this weekend, and stay safe. Bob

posted by Bob Keniston Jr.
Hi. I agree with your comment regarding Catherine Anne (Howley) Stebbins.
posted by John Howley
Global Connections indicates that I'm 20 degrees of separation from Hope Tillman, through her great x 2 grandfather Rev. Henry Ledbetter in Virginia. My grandfather's prettiest sister Alice Ellen Lowe married Julian Edings of Charleston, South Carolina.

So I have found a connection to Walter Howe, not by blood, but by marriage to beautiful women.

posted by [Living Lowe]
Hope: Thank you for bringing to my attention the issue of the name of Mary Turner. I do not know how this change occurred. I looked in the old citation in my My Heritage family tree and she appears as Mary, not Anne. I changed her name back to Mary.

Best regards, Victor

posted by Victor Morales Velasco
Hope--- I am still researching the Howley Family especially Richard of Georgia 1744-1784. I am wondering if you are still interested I have found a live relative by the name of John Howley who lives in Newfoundland and he has provided me with a history of the Howley Family written in 1869 which is very informative.
posted by George Quain
Hello Hope:

Thank you for changing the places of birth on many of my profiles. I can be so inept sometimes when remembering when and when not to add "United States". I appreciate your attention to detail.

Hope - I see that you made a change on my Rufus Smith; I had just gotten an answer from Walt Howe: I had questioned him because his Rufus and mine differed. He suggested that Smith-82148 (mine) and Smith-180855 were duplicates although the birth dates differed. Did you change the birth date, merge the two, or what? I'm so new at this Wiki thing; I've gotten 3 notes from people trying to correct my boners. Feel like giving up! I guess thanks are in order, but I'm not sure what I'm thanking you for. 'Sigh'
Hi Hope, Thank you for rejecting the match so fast. Would you possibly be willing to help me figure out how my Grandmother Eliza Hazard/Hazzard IS related to the family,please? You seem to know an awful lot about this family as it is your direct line... I'm guessing that she must be related somehow seeing as she was born in Chilmark, I believe. She is the first of that last name in my family and I have been trying to find her parents for years now. Eliza was married to a man named Prince Johnson. Their daughter Julia Johnson married into the Pocknett family that lived in the Aquinnah/Chilmark/Bristol areas.

I currently do not have a membership at Ancestry, so I cannot access the records at the moment. I will find all the extra proof/info I can. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

10th cousins.hey cuz.
Thank you for participating in the 2018 Source-a-Thon as a member of Team Massachusetts. Together we sourced over 1000 profiles. Great job. Next team effort will be the 2019 Spring Clean-a-Thon. See you then.

Thanks for all your work. Bob

posted by Bob Keniston Jr.
Relationship finder says we are 9th cousins.
posted by Alice (Thayer) Mellott

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