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Jane (Clark) Collier (abt. 1585 - aft. 1666)

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Jane Collier formerly Clark aka Clarke
Born about in Suffolk, Englandmap [uncertain]
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married 16 May 1611 in St. Olave, Southward, Surry, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died after in Duxbury, Plymouth Colonymap
Profile last modified 23 Aug 2019 | Created 3 Aug 2011 | Last significant change: 23 Aug 2019
16:18: Sue Hall edited the Biography for Jane (Clark) Collier (abt.1585-aft.1666). (add cemetery category) [Thank Sue for this]
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The Puritan Great Migration.
Jane (Clark) Collier migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640). (See Great Migration Begins, by R. C. Anderson, Vol. 1, p. 448)
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Disputed Origins

A previous version of this profile claimed, without source, that she was born/christened 20 Oct 1591 in Sutton Courtenay, Berkshire, England, daughter of John Clark and Elizabeth Hobson. Problems with this theory:

  • This birth location is significantly distant from her documented marriage in Surrey.
  • Strong circumstantial evidence suggests she was widow Clark(e) at her marriage, and this was not her maiden name. See below.

Until her origins can be confirmed, her parents are being detached.

What was her maiden name?

She was Jane Clarke on her 1611 marriage record to William Collier.[1] But she was likely a widow at that time:

"John Insley Coddington has suggested that when William Collier married her, Jane Clark was a widow, and that by her Clark husband, she had a daughter who married a Walker [TAG 51:93-93]. Coddington further suggests that Sara, daughter of William Walker baptized at St. Olave's, Southwark, on 10 November 1622 was the grandchild of Jane Collier who married Nathaniel Warren. If this solution proves to be correct, it would explain the 1650 land transaction in which William Collier granted to "my kinsman William Clark" [PCR 12:182]"[2]


As Jane Clarke, she married William Collier at St. Olave, Southwark, Surrey, 16 May 1611.[3]

She died after 28 June 1666 when she consented to a deed made by her husband.[4]

The Great Migration Begins lists twelve children, most christened at St. Olave, Southwark between 1611 to 1625. Two were christened at St. Mary Magdalen, Bermondsey, Surrey in 1622 and 1625. Eight of those children died young and were buried at St. Olave before 1625. Surviving children that emigrated with their parents:

  1. Mary christened 18 Feb 1611, married at Plymouth 1 April 1635 to Thomas Prence.
  2. Rebecca christened at St. Olave 10 January 1614, married at Plymouth 15 May 1634 to Job Cole.
  3. Sarah christened St. Olave 30 April 1616 married at Plymouth 15 May 1634 to Love Brewster.
  4. Elizabeth christened at St. Olave 9 March 1618, married at Plymouth 2 November 1637 to Constant Southworth.


  1. Unless otherwise, cited, information on this profile is drawn from Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins, Boston: NEHGS 1995), Vol. 1, pp 446-50; membership required
  2. Anderson, p 448-449, also citing The American Genealogist, 51:92-93, Plymouth Colony Records 2:94, Mayflower Descendant, 3:141,
  3. Anderson, citing "The American Genealogist," vol. 49 pp 215-216
  4. Anderson, citing Plymouth Colony Land Records 3:152

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On 11 Mar 2018 at 11:48 GMT Jillaine Smith wrote:

This profile claims specific birth dates, locations and parents, in a region of England far from the documented location of her marriage. In addition, there is evidence she was a widow Clark when she married. What is the source for the parents listed here?

On 11 Mar 2018 at 11:43 GMT Jillaine Smith wrote:

Sharon, Anderson's profile of William Collier (wife of Jane) lists no child name Ruth-- and he does list all the children christened to this couple. Their daughter Rebecca married JOB Cole, who was a brother to one Daniel Cole. What is your source for Daniel's wife being a Collier?

On 11 Mar 2018 at 10:45 GMT Jillaine Smith wrote:

This profile has an unusually high number of profile managers. I'd like to invite you to assess your current focus on this profile, and consider "downgrading" to Trusted List if you do not plan on actively working on improving this profile; you will still receive notifications to changes on the profile. Thank you. -- Jillaine, co-leader, PGM project

On 11 Mar 2018 at 04:40 GMT S (Glennon) G wrote:

Was there ever a daughter for this couple named Ruth? I'm not certain as to the validity of it but there is a story that they had a daughter named Ruth that married a Daniel Cole.

On 2 Feb 2015 at 23:18 GMT Jane Hanson wrote:

Your dates seem more plausible than the one I have of marriage in England in 1563. I do not have the provenance for that information but suspect it is incorrect if your information about a death date after June 28, 1666 in Duxbury is correct. I assume you are extrapolating this from a will?

On 2 Feb 2015 at 19:45 GMT Jane (Harriss) Naus wrote:

Clarke-3361 and Clarke-197 appear to represent the same person because: I believe these are the same person...

On 2 Feb 2015 at 19:37 GMT Jane (Harriss) Naus wrote:

Clark-5037 and Clarke-197 appear to represent the same person because: These are the same person, however I cannot find any link to the daughter Elizabeth Collier Christian... you will want to verify.

On 25 Jan 2014 at 11:43 GMT Bob Tonsmeire wrote:

It is not possible that Jane Clarke Collier [Clarke-197] was married to both William Collier and Adam Batten. We have her giving birth to children with different fathers in the same year and on different continents. I suggest that this profile be split in two.

Jane is 17 degrees from Tanya Lowry, 10 degrees from Charles Tiffany and 11 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.