Friday, March 14, 2014

#7 - The Tiltons Move to America & Have to Rest Up for 200 Years

The Tiltons emigrate to America

The Tilton family emigrated first to Massachusetts, like so many of the time. But, in their case, the father and two grown sons immigrate independently of each other.

Generation 1- William Tilton-emigrated to America
   B. 1586/1587 in Leicestershire, England
   Marr: 1610/1611 in Leicestershire, England
   D. 1653 - Lynn, Massachusetts

William Married 1st: Ursula Pycroft 
  Ursula Pycroft - Poor Ursula never made it to America.
B-1586 -Leicestershire, England D-1638 - Warwickshire, England

Ursula Pycroft, the mother of John Tilton & Peter Tilton who both emigrated to America. 
Wiliam Marries 2nd-S. Hayes

Gen 2 in America
In my branch, immigrant and eldest son John Tilton (B. 1612/1613 Warwickshire, England) moves first to Mass, then to NY. John died March 1688 at Gravesend, NY.

Tiltons move to New Jersey--and Stay There

Gen 3 in America
John’s second son, Peter Tilton (B. 1642 in Lynn, MA) lived in but didn’t stay in NY. Peter moved to New Jersey settle and died there in 1699 in Monmouth County, NJ.

It was Peter who started this line of Tiltons in New Jersey. 

From Peter Tilton (1642-1699) to Generation 8--William Henry Tilton--all the Tiltons were born in New Jersey. Garret J Tilton (Gen 7) was the final Tilton of this line who was born and died in New Jersey. He was born in Monmouth County NJ in 1783, and died there in 1850.

Breaking up with New Jersey
It took William Henry Tilton (Gen 8) to make the break. He and his wife and children moved all the way to Brooklyn, NY in the mid-1800s.

The Tiltons enter the Industrial Age
You will need to read the next post #11 on Henry Addison Tilton (Gen 9 of the Tiltons in America) to find out what they did next.


  1. John's brother, Peter, became a somewhat famous deacon in Hadley, Mass. He never left there and was one of the original founders of that town. He was close to his half brothers, who had moved to New Hampshire from eastern Mass. He went down in history because he concealed several of the "Regicides," people who assisted in the murder of King Charles I. How they did that from America, I don't know for sure, but it's in the history of Hadley.

  2. That's inaccurate. Hadley, MA, was settled long after the Tiltons immigrated to America. And they did not play a role in this. I'm not sure where you got this information, but nearly all histories of the early Tilton family in the US agree there is a New England branch, headed by William. Perhaps this Hadley story was from a descendant of William's sons?
    Francis Tilton's History gives this:
    The first representatives of this family in this country were William Tilton and John Tilton who emigrated from England and settled at Saugus (Lynn), Massachusetts, between the year 1630 and 1640.
    *William Tilton Brother of John Tilton*
    William Tilton (the founder of the New England branch of the family).
    Both John and William Tilton were men of education.
    William Tilton was a freeman in Lynn and was engaged in the settlement of estates,
    Sons: Probably by first wife:
    1. Peter Born in England.
    2. Abraham Born 1638 or 1639.
    3. Samuel
    4. Daniel
    **John Tilton, brother of William Tilton, of Long Island**
    In October, 1677, Guisbert's Island (now known as Coney Island), was divided into thirty-nine parts, or shares, of about two acres each. Of these parts, John Tilton, Sr., received Lot No. 7, Thomas Tilton, his son, Lot No. l, and for some reason John Tilton, Jr., received two lots, Nos. 17 and 22. Peter Tilton, the other son, did not participate in this division, probably for the reason that he was by this time located in Monmonth, NJ.
    John's SONS:
    1 Thomas
    2 John Jr
    3 Peter