Tilden (Y-DNA)

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Status summary

Completed as of April 15, 2021:

  • Recruiting direct male-line descendants of Samuel Tilden for SNP testing - anyone interested in submitting their DNA for testing should contact Raymond T. Wing (email: wing.genealogist AT gmail DOT com)

Still to do as of April 15, 2021

  • NGS/WGS test multiple descendants of Nathaniel Tilden (and preferably of his son Samuel) to place the family clade as well as test descendants to discover any subclades unique to descendants lines


First Generation

Stephen Tilden was baptized at Tenterden, co. Kent 11 Oct 1629, son of Nathaniel Tilden and Lydia Huckstep. Stephen died Scituate 22 Aug 1711. He married Scituate 25 Jan 1661 Hannah Little and they had twelve children (born Scituate): Hannah (1662), Stephen (1663/4), Abigail (1666), Mary (1668), Judith (1670), Joseph (1672), Mercy (1674), Ruth (1676), Isaac (1678), Ephraim (1680 unm.), Ebenezer (1682) and David (1685).

Second Generation

Stephen Tilden (II) was born Scituate 5 Feb 1663/4 and died Lebanon, CT 3 Oct 1727. He married abt 1689 Mary Powell and they had four children (born Scituate): Stephen (1690), Joshua (1693/4 d.y.), Hannah (1696) and Mary (1698).

Joseph Tilden was born Scituate 13 May 1672 and died Marshfield in 1712. He married Marshfield 29 Jan 1701 Joanna Brouls and they had three children (born Marshfield): Jonathan (1706), David (1709) and Christopher (1711).

Isaac Tilden was born Scituate 28 Aug 1678 and died Hebron, CT 15 Apr 1771. He married twice, first Lebanon, CT 30 Dec 1714 Martha Mudge and second there 14 Jun 1716 Rebecca Mann. By his first wife Isaac had one child (born Lebanon): Isaac (1715). By his second wife he had six more children (born Lebanon): Rebecca (1716/7), Jonathan (1719-1720), Judith (1721-1742), Martha (1723-1723), Mercy (1725) and John (1728/9).

Ebenezer Tilden was born Scituate 16 Jun 1682 and died Lebanon, CT bef 7 May 1764. He married Scituate 23 Mar 1713/4 Mary Vinall and they had three children (born Marshfield): Mary (1716), Ebenezer (1716 d.y.) and Joseph (1721).

David Tilden was born Scituate 6 Nov 1685 and died Stoughton 5 Jul 1756. He married Scituate 11 Jan 1710/1 Abigail Pitcher and they had nine children (seven born Sciutate, last two Stoughton): David (1711-1715), Abigail (1713), Hannah (1715/6), David (1717), Elijah (1719), Mary (1722), Ezra (1724 likely unm.), Stephen (1726/7) and Nathaniel (1730).

DNA results TBD

Previous Y-DNA testing

The Tilden DNA Project does not list the Most Distant Known Paternal Ancestor (MDKPA) of the testers, so it cannot be determined whether any Y-DNA descendants of Nathaniel Tilden have taken any Y-DNA testing.

Further needed testing

We need additional direct male-line descendants of Nathaniel Tilden (and preferably of his son Samuel) to WGS/NGS test to discover the haplogroup/clade for the family.

References & External Links

Wakefield, Robert S., Mayflower Families through Five Generations, Vol. 18 part II (daughters Mary, Annna & Elizabeth), General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Plymouth, MA, 2011