Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Our Mayflower Ancestors

Our BARNEY family is descended from four Brave Pilgrim Ancestors who sailed from Holland on the British ship Mayflower in 1620. They were a family: JOHN TILLIE, his wife, and his young daughter ELIZABETH TILLIE, and JOHN HOWLAND, a young member of the ship's company.

JOHN HOWLAND has recently been immortalized in Rush Limbaugh's children's book Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims. In the book, everyone was astonished that JOHN HOWLAND had fallen into the sea and yet survived. JOHN was apologizing for going onto the upper deck during a fierce storm. "Do not condemn yourself JOHN, said Elder Brewster. Your salvation from certain death is a miraculous sign. Everything happens for a reason. God has chosen to save you, which I believe means we are certain to make it to America."

"JOHN TILLIE, and his wife; both died soon after they came on shore. ELIZABETH, their daughter afterwards married JOHN HOWLAND." From "The Original Lists of Persons of Quality ... 1600-1700" by John Camden Hotten, 1874, pages xxiv, xxvi. 

All BARNEY family descendants of LOVISA LOSEE who married WILLIAM FRANKLIN BARNEY (1854-1924) and lived at Lake Shore, Utah, are also descendants of JOHN and ELIZABETH (TILLIE) HOWLAND, original settlers of Plymouth, Massachusetts and celebrants at the Pilgrim's First Thanksgiving.


  1. I just saw your post from 2007 about a DAR Insignia. It belonged to a woman in my Chapter, Quassaick (Newburgh, NY). Mrs. Sherman joined the DAR on Dec 7, 1893 and died in 1936. If you could email me a photo of the Insignia I would love to add it to our Archives! Jennifer Minus, Quassaick Chapter Historian,

  2. I just saw your 2007 post abotu a DAR Insignia. It belonged to Mrs. Sherman of my DAR Chapter, Quassaick (Newburgh, NY). She joined the DAR on Dec 7, 1893 and died in 1936. We would love to have a photo of her Insignia for our Chapter Archives, can you email it to me? Jennifer Minus, Quassaick Chapter Historian,


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