A possible missing generation?

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Ruth Devonshire was supposedly born somewhere between 1597 and 1600, so how could she have given birth to Gideon Tilghman in 1652 at such an advanced age? My guess is that there is a generation missing between Ruth, her husband Christopher and this Gideon fellow. Has anyone not stopped to consider the near impossibility of a 17th century woman having children at age 50+? Because it seems that Gideon and his siblings were all born well into the 1650s, which is nearly impossible. There must be a generation missing in there somewhere. Has anyone thought to look into this at all?
WikiTree profile: Gydeon Tilghman
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The menopause can occur up to 55 years of age, though the average is 51. If she was alive at that age, she was probably capable of producing a child.

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If you read the biography, you see that there is speculation on the birth dates as well as marriage date of the parents. If you have any primary sources showing correct birth  (or marriage) dates, please feel welcome to add them to the profiles of the parents and correct the dates, or if your speculation recarding the missing generation proves to be correct, add the correct parents. But please do not forget sources

by Juha Soini G2G6 Pilot (101k points)
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My guess would be that the immigrant maybe wasn't quite the same person as the one in the Visitation book.  Unless there's a source.  "The Noble Tilghman Family and Its Splendiferous 1000-Year History" might not count.
by Anonymous Horace G2G6 Pilot (568k points)

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