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Deacon John Doane – Plymouth Colony Records

JOHN DOANE

ORIGIN: England
MIGRATION: 1630
FIRST RESIDENCE: Plymouth
REMOVES: Eastham 1645
OCCUPATION: Yeoman, innkeeper. (On 4 June 1639 “Mr. John Done is allowed to draw wine until the next Court, that further order may be taken therein” [ PCR 1:127]; on 2 June 1640 “we present Mr. Done for selling wine contrary to order made by the Court. It was mistaken by the grand inquest, and so he was discharged by the Court the 3d September 1640, and appointed by the Court to be thus erased out” [PCR 1:156]. On 7 January 1644/5, Doane agreed to let James Cole “take off those wines he now hath in his hands” [PCR 2:79-80]).
CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: 2 January 1633/4: “Mr. John Done, being formerly chosen to the office of a deacon in the church, at the request of the church & himself was freed from the office of an Assistant in the commonwealth” [PCR 1:23].
On 18 April 1642, John Done, agent for the church of Plymouth, purchased from Mr. Ralph Smith a house, buildings, and garden plots in Plymouth, also six acres of upland in the new field [PCR 12:79-80]. The same year, Doane turned this property over to “Mr. John Reynor their teacher” [PCR 12:87].
FREEMAN: In “1633” Plymouth list of freemen, ahead of those made free 1 January 1632/3 [PCR 1:3]; in lists of 7 March 1636/7 [PCR 1:52]; in Plymouth section of Plymouth colony list of 1639 (as “Mr. John Done”), from which he was erased and reentered in the Eastham section of the same list [PCR 8:173, 177]; in Eastham section of lists of 1658, 29 May 1670 and 1 [blank] 1683/4 [PCR 5:278, 8:201, 208].
EDUCATION: Appointment to committee to revise laws indicates considerable education.
OFFICES: Plymouth Colony Council, 1 January 1632/3 [PCR 1:5]. Committee to divide meadow ground, 1 July 1633, 2 October 1637 [PCR 1:14, 67]. Committee to assess taxes, 2 January 1633/4, 2 March 1635/6 [PCR 1:26, 38]. Committee to collect money for building a mill, 5 July 1635 [PCR 1:35]. Committee to regulate prices and wages, 5 January 1635/6 [PCR 1:36]. Committee to revise laws, 4 October 1636, 6 May 1639 [PCR 1:44, 121]. Committee on trade with the Indians, 7 March 1636/7 [PCR 1:54]. Committee to lay out highways, 2 May 1637, 1 February 1640/1 [PCR 1:58, 2:7]. Committee on beaver trade, 7 June 1637 [PCR 1:62]. Coroner’s jury, 5 June 1638 [PCR 1:88].

Plymouth deputy to General Court, 4 June 1639, 7 June 1642, 27 September 1642, 6 June 1643, 29 August 1643, 10 October 1643, 5 March 1643/4, 5 June 1644 (but did not attend) [PCR 1:126, 2:40, 45, 57, 59, 60, 63, 68, 72]. Deputy for Nawset, 6 June 1649, 4 June 1650 [PCR 2:144, 154]. Deputy for Eastham, 5 June 1651, 6 April 1653, 7 June 1653, 7 June 1659 [PCR 2:168, 3:24, 32, 162]. Auditor, 7 September 1641, 3 March 1644/5 [PCR 2:24, 82]. Grand jury, 2 June 1640, 2 March 1640/1 [PCR 1:155, 2:11]. Petit jury, 7 March 1636/7, 2 October 1637, 2 January 1637/8, 6 March 1637/8, 4 September 1638, 3 March 1639/40, 5 October 1640, 6 September 1641, 7 December 1641, 3 Mary 1642, 1 November 1642, 5 November 1644, 3 March 1644/5, 1 March 1652/3, 2 October 1660 [PCR 3:200, 7:5, 7-9, 16, 17, 23, 25, 28, 29, 32, 38, 40, 64].

On 24 January 1641/2, “Mr. John Done” was one of four men elected to head committees to supply six muskets with shot, powder, and swords every Lord’s day “ready for service if need require” [PCR 2:31].

On 1 June 1663 the court appointed Mr. John Doane to “administer marriage in Eastham for the next year, also to administer oath to witnesses before grand enquest, and other witnesses” [PCR 4:43].

In Plymouth section of 1643 Plymouth Colony list of men able to bear arms [PCR 8:188].

It is very likely that the following service belongs to his son of the same name: Eastham selectman, 5 June 1677, 5 June 1678, 3 June 1679, 1 June 1680, 7 June 1681, 6 June 1682, 6 June 1683, 3 June 1684, 2 June 1685 [PCR 5:230, 257, 6:10, 35, 59, 84, 108, 129, 164, 168, 186].

Eastham constable, 7 June 1676 [PCR 5:196].

Eastham highway surveyor, 5 June 1672, 3 June 1673, 5 June 1677 [PCR 5:93, 115, 232].

Deputy for Eastham, 6 June 1682 [PCR 6:85].

ESTATE: “John Done” was assessed £1 7s. in the Plymouth tax lists of 25 March 1633 and 27 March 1634 [PCR 1:9, 27].

On 14 February 1633/4 purchased of John Coombs for £9 10s. “a dwelling house & misted with the inclosure & outhousing thereunto belonging” [PCR 1:25].

Allotted mowing ground, 14 March 1635/6, 20 March 1636/7 [PCR 1:40, 56].

On 30 December 1636 whereas “the now dwelling house with all & singular the outhousing, lands & enclosures in the use & occupation of John Done, of Plymouth, near unto Plain Dealing, were in parnership between the said John Done & John Atwood, late of London, gent., now know ye that upon accounts between the said Joh. & John, the said John Atwood, for & in consideration of threescore pounds, hath bought out the said John Done, his heirs & assigns, so that it remaineth wholly to the said John Atwood & his heirs forever” [PCR 1:47].

On 2 October 1637 granted ten acres “to belong to his house at Plymouth”, and one hundred acres at Jones River [PCR 1:65-66].

On 4 December 1637 he was granted ten acres [PCR 1:69].

On 4 February 1638/9 he was granted one hundred acres, partly to make up for portions of an earlier grant which he had remitted [PCR 1:111-12].

On 1 June 1640 he was granted ten acres of meadow [PCR 1:154].

On 2 November 1640 he was granted ten acres meadow in the North Meadow [PCR 1:166].

On 7 April 1642, “Mr. John Done” sold to Mr. William Bradford for four goats, a garden in Plymouth, also three acres of marsh bought of Thomas Willet [PCR 12:79].

On 19 February 1645/6, “Mr. John Done” sold to Mr. William Hanbury of Plymouth his dwelling house and garden places, barn and buildings, with all the fruit trees, the corn now growing in the garden excepted with some half dozen small fruit trees, to be given to Doane in the fall or spring [PCR 12:133-34].

On 6 October 1657, Mr. John Done and others petitioned to acquire land thirteen English miles from Rehoboth, and the court gave them permission to purchase it from the Indians [PCR 3:123]. On 1 June 1658, a portion of land was granted by the Court to “Mr. John Done” and others, between Bridgewater and Weymouth [PCR 3:142].

On 5 June 1666 the court, having granted him one hundred acres of upland at “Pottamumaquate Neck” and six acres of meadow there, ordered Lt. Freeman and Josias Cooke to view and buy it for him [PCR 4:131].

On 1 April 1659 “Mr. John Done” of Eastham, yeoman, “with the consent of his wife mistris Lydia Done,” sold to “Mrs. Allis Bradford Senior of Plymouth, widow, … all that his tract and parcel of land lying at Jones River in the township of Plymouth aforesaid, being an hundred acres” of upland and meadow, which had been sold to William Bradford Senior during his lifetime but not confirmed until this date [ PCLR 2:2:20]. By the time Bradford’s son Joseph took this land, the boundaries were lost and it had to be re-surveyed in 1699 [ PTR 1:268-69].

At an unknown date (but acknowledged 2 July 1669) “John Doan” of Eastham, husbandman, exchanged land with “Richard Higgens” of Eastham, Doane receiving three acres of meadow and Higgins receiving four acres of meadow at Billingsgate [PCLR 5:140].

On 23 December 1681 “John Done Gent., tailor, of Eastham” for “love and natural affection” gave to “my daughter Abigaill Done … my dwelling house with all the upland about the said house,” about twelve acres, with two acres of meadow, in Eastham [PCLR 5:89].

In his will, dated 18 May 1678 and proved 2 June 1686, “John Doane of Eastham, aged eighty and eight years or there about,” bequeathed to “my loving wife” my dwelling house in Eastham with all the upland and meadow about it and two acres at a place called the Acres, and all personal estate for life; to “daughter Abigail Doane” the house and land at her mother’s death; to “son John Doane,” sole executor, twenty-seven acres of upland, eight acres at Poche Island, all my right in Eastham being a town purchaser, also one hundred acres granted by the Plymouth court “by his majesty’s order invested with power to do equity and justice to his poor distressed subjects”, also my great table and form; to “son Daniel Doane” the land he now lives on and twenty acres near the dry swamp and four and a half acres of meadow; to “son Ephraim Doane” twenty acres of upland and four acres of meadow at Little Billingsgate; to “granddaughter Margaret Hicks” a trunk and a pair of sheets; residue at wife’s death divided equally among all the sons and daughters [ MD 3:177, citing BarnPR 1:10].

The inventory of “Mr. John Doane deceased the 21th of February 1685 aged about a hundred years” was taken 21 May 1686 by Joseph Snow and Joshua Bangs and totalled £10 16s. 7d. [MD 3:178, citing BarnPR 1:11].

BIRTH: About 1590 (based on age given when he wrote his will).
DEATH: Eastham 21 February 1685[/6] [MD 3:178, citing BarnPR 1:11], “aged about a hundred years” [sic].
MARRIAGE: (1) By 4 December 1648 Ann _____ (and by 1625 if she was the mother of his children) (signed a deed dated 4 December 1648 [ Dawes-Gates 304, citing Eastham TR]); she died by 1659.
(2) By 1 April 1659 Lydia_____ [MD 13:232, citing PCLR 2:2:20]. She was living on 18 May 1678 when she was named in her husband’s will, but was presumably deceased by 23 December 1681 when property he left to her in the will was deeded by him to his daughter Abigail [PCLR 5:89].

CHILDREN:
i LYDIA, b. say 1625; m. Plymouth 11 September 1645 Samuel Hicks [PCR 2:88], son of ROBERT HICKS.

ii ABIGAIL, b. about 1631; m. in early 1690s Samuel Lothrop of Norwich, son of Rev. John Lothrop; d. Norwich 23 January 1734/5 “in the 104th year if her age” [Norwich Hist 218, illustration of tombstone]. “Mrs. Abigail Lothrop died at Norwich Jan. 23, 1735 in her 104th year. Her father John Done and his wife came to Plymouth in 1630, and there she was born the next year. She lived single till 60 years old and then married Mr. John Lothrop [mistake for Samuel Lothrop] of Norwich, who lived ten years and then died” [Norwich Hist 578, citing Boston Weekly Journal]. (Ferris gives a birthdate of 13 January 1631/2 which is not found in the records, and may be an inaccurate calculation based on the tombstone [Dawes-Gates 2:305].)

iii JOHN, b. say 1635; m. (1) Eastham 30 April 1662 Hannah Bangs [MD 8:89], daughter of EDWARD BANGS; m. (2) 14 January 1684[/5] Rebecca Pettee [MD 8:89].

iv DANIEL, b. about 1637 (d. Eastham 20 December 1712 in his 76th year [MD 8:3]); m. (1) by 1669 _____ _____ (child b. 7 March 1669/70 [PCR 8:57; MD 19:111]); m. (2) after 28 July 1682 Hepsibah (Cole) Crispe. (Hepzibah Cole, daughter of Daniel Cole of Eastham, had married at Eastham 24 May 1677 George Crisp, and he had died there 28 July 1682 [MD 3:180]; in the distribution of the estate of Daniel Cole, dated 15 January 1694/5, the list of heirs included “Daniel Doan and his wife Hipsibath” [MD 23:67, citing BarnPR 1:107; see also Dawes-Gates 2:305].)

v EPHRAIM, b. say 1642; m. (1) Eastham 5 February 1667[/8] Mercy Knowles [PCR 8:57]; m. (2) after 1692 Mary (Smalley) Snow.

ASSOCIATIONS: Twice in the 1630s John Doane acted jointly with John Atwood of London. On 8 April 1633, as agent of Mr. John Atwood of London, John Doane sold to Henry Howland the remaining time of Walter Harris [PCR 1:12-13]. Doane and Atwood had held a piece of land as partners, but on 30 December 1636, probably not long after he had arrived in New England, Atwood bought out Doane [PCR 1:47]. They do not seem to have interacted after that date.

The widow Martha Harding may have been John Doane’s sister [Dawes-Gates 2:302].
COMMENTS: On 28 October 1633 “John Done” presented the inventory of Martha Harding [PCR 1:18], and on 11 November 1633, with Stephen Hopkins, the inventory of Godbert Godbertson and Sarah his wife [PCR 1:19].

On 11 November 1633 Mary Brown, daughter of PETER BROWN, deceased, was placed with “Mr. Joh. Done” for nine years [PCR 1:18]. On 10 October 1644, when Mary Brown had reached seventeen, her portion, which had been in Doane’s hands, was ordered given to John Browne of Duxbury [PCR 2:76].

On 7 June 1636 “John Done, yeoman, entereth an account of slander, & layeth it in an £100, against Helin Billington, widow” [PCR 1:41]; the defendant was fined £5 and ordered “to be set in the stocks & be whipped” [PCR 1:42].

A “John Done,” sixteen years old, sailed from London for New England on the True Love in 1635, and Pope thinks this is the son of the immigrant, but 1635 is very close to the year of birth of the son of the immigrant, so the 1635 passenger must be someone else.

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