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Jane Cooke was born abt 1604 (probably) in Probably Leyden,Holland. (601)(602) (603) No absolute birth
or death records have yet been found for Jane, and as can be seen there are some prior discrepancies on
her birth date. The most recent and exhaustive Cooke study suggests a 1604 date, and the rationale for this
date assumption. She died after 1631, prior to 1640 in Plymouth, MA. (604)(605) (606) Her latest suggested
death date as Experience remarries in this year, though it is noted that she was certainly dead before
Bradford prepared his accounting of Mayflower families Parents: Francis Cooke Mayflower and Hester Le
She was married to Experience (1) Mitchell after 22 May 1627 in Plymouth Colony, MA.(607) (608) Notes:
Rosser, Mayflower Increasings: "m. aft. 22 May 1627, Plymouth, Experience Mitchell . . ."
This date reflects that she was still single in the May 22, 1627 Division of Land.
Rosser: There is much controversy over the children of the two marriages of Experience Mitchell: "MFIP
(Mayflower Families In Progress) , Cook:3 states Elizabeth Mitchell was b. 1628 and Thomas Mitchell c
1631. These two have been accepted by the General Society of Mayflower Descendants as Jane Cooke's.
Since Thomas was the only Mitchell child known to have received land from grandfather Francis Cook,
doubt is cast on the remaining Mitchell children who were born later than Thomas."
Ralph Wood takes exception, however, in his MF5G:12 volume, 1996, and includes Mary "presumed, quite
safely, as a daughter of Jane, based on Mary's approximate date of birth.". Mary is born about 1632,
presuming Jane married about 20. There is then a near 10-year span before the rest of Experience's
children are born, presumably, by his second wife, Mary,.
Another observation is that if Jane died very early in their marriage, Experience was left with near infant
children--quite a hardship in any event, and especially so in those days. Many such men would hasten to find
a new wife and mother for such small children, and female companionship for themselves, however,
Experience doesn't remarry until 1640/1. Children were: Elizabeth (3) Mitchell, Thomas Mitchell