Birth: Experience Mitchell was born about 1603 (based on his
estimated date of marriage).
Death: He died in Bridgewater by May 14, 1689, the date
his inventory was taken.
Ship: Anne or Little James, 1623
Life in Holland: Experience is believed to be the son of
Thomas Mitchell who lived first in Amsterdam as a member of Francis
Johnson’s congregation, and then moved to Leiden. He married Maria
Tromdin and after her death, Margaret (Williams) Stocking, widow of
Christopher Stochin/Stocking after April 15, 1606, in Amsterdam.
Experience had a nephew, Thomas, who lived in Amsterdam, with whom he
corresponded in later life.
Life in New England: Experience came to Plymouth as a
singleman. He was on the 1633 list of Plymouth freemen. He served on a
number of juries and in 1658 was Duxbury’s surveyor of highways. He
moved to Duxbury by 1639 and to Bridgewater between 1684 and 1689.
Family: Experience married (1) Jane Cooke after May
22,1627. She died sometime before 1641 and he married (2) Mary _____.
The two oldest Mitchell children can be confidently attributed to Jane,
and the last child as born to Mary. However, the other seven are more
problematical. Due to the gap between the birth of the third and fourth
children, it is generally believed that Jane died during that period.
Children of Experience and Jane Mitchell: