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Joan Hurst

(Mar 1568 - Jan 1621)

Joan may be the daughter of William Hurst. She married first Thomas Rogers (not of the Mayflower), then John Tilley. Joan and John sailed from England on the actual Mayflower to the new colony. They were headed to Virginia -is that Jamestown?- but 'after several days of trying to get south to their planned destination, the Colony of Virginia, strong winter seas forced a return to Cape Cod hook.' So they settled in Plymouth by chance. Both Joan and John died in the first winter and were, are buried at Coles Hill Burial Ground. Something to consider: burial had to be in secret, the pilgrims didn't want the natives to see their losses, 'In darkness the fast dwindling laid their dead.'


BirthMar 1568Henlow, Bedfordshire, England
Baptism13 Mar 1568St. Mary's Parish, Henlow, Bedfordshire, England
Marriage20 Sep 1596St. Mary's Parish, Henlow, Bedfordshire, England - John Tilley
Departure1620Leiden, Holland
ArrivalNov 1620on the Mayflower - Plymouth, British America
DeathJan 1621Plymouth, British America
BurialColes Hill Burial Ground,
Cause of deathGeneral sickness


SpouseJohn Tilley (1571 - 1621)
ChildElizabeth Tilley (1607 - 1687)
FatherWilliam Hurst (1530 - 1571)
MotherRose Marshe (1530 - 1570)