Mitchell of Plymouth, Massachusetts
Experience Mitchell [a] b abt 1608, Leiden, Holland, d 4 Sep 1689, Bridgewater, Plymouth, MA. He md [1] Jane Cooke 1 Jun 1627, Plymouth, MA, [2] Mary abt 1641. Jane Cooke was daughter of Francis Cooke and Hester Mahieu.
Children of Experience Mitchell and Jane Cooke were:
  • Elizabeth Mitchell b 27 Aug 1628.
  • Thomas Mitchell b abt 1630, Plymouth, MA, d bef May 1687.
  • (prob) Mary Mitchell b abt 1632, Plymouth, MA; md James Shaw.
Elizabeth Mitchell b 27 Aug 1628, Plymouth, MA, d 5 Dec 1684, Bridgewater, Plymouth, MA. She md John Washburn 6 Dec 1645, Duxbury, Plymouth, MA, son of John Washburn and Margery Moore.

a. As to the origins of Experience Mitchell prior to his arrival in Leiden, little is known. Experience Mitchell sailed on the Anne from Leiden, Holland to Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1623. He was admitted freeman in Plymouth about 1633, and by 1639 he had removed to the Duxbury section of Plymouth. His first wife was Jane Cooke, daughter of Mayflower passenger Francis Cooke, whom he married in Plymouth in 1627. They had three children before her death just before and by 1641. Experience then remarried to Mary, surname unknown, abt 1641, and they had five children, Sarah, Jacob, Edward, John, and Hannah. Because of the approximate 10-year gap in the ages of the last two-named children, John and Hannah, some researchers believe Experience may have married a third time. His sister was almost certainly Constant Mitchell (see notes regarding this probable relationship on Fobes lineage page).

ANC: The Great Migration Begins, by Charles Robert Anderson, an ongoing research project under the auspices of NEHGS, profile of Experience Mitchell.

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