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Why so much interest in the Doane family?

The reason is simple, two of my great-grandmothers, both maternal and paternal, were Doans. On my paternal side, Harriet Fernetta Doan, my great-grandmother, was the 2nd great-granddaughter of Titus Doane, Sr., great-granddaughter of Titus Doane, Jr., grand-daughter of Isaac Doan, daughter of Linus and Hannah (Doan) Doan. Harriet was born in Ohio in Dec. of 1854 and came to Canada Jan. 1855. The family must have been to Ohio visiting for Christmas when Harriet was born, as they lived in Welland County, Ontario. Harriet and John Haines/Hines were married in Welland, Ontario in 1872 and relocated first to Elgin County and then to Essex, Ontario between 1894 and 1897.

On my maternal side, Jessie Izillia Doan, my great-grandmother, was the 3rd great-granddaughter of Titus Doan, Sr., born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, came to Ontario in 1793, 2nd great-granddaughter of Titus Doane, Jr., great-grand-daughter of Isaac Doan, grand-daughter of Linus and Hannah (Doan) Doan, daughter of Allan Clark Doan, Harriet’s brother. Jessie Doan was born in Pelham Twp., Welland County on May 24, 1875. The family was living in Essex according to the census in 1891. She married Robert Fairbairn on Nov. 1, 1893 in Essex, Ontario.

My 2nd/3rd great-grandmother, Hannah Maud Doan, was the daughter of William Doan, brother of Isaac.
Therefore, I have less surnames to research, and I have more Doan genes than any other. The Doane family history is readily available, as is the case for most ‘gateway ancestors’ , and I find their history interesting, so if I post alot of information about the Doane/Doan family, I’m not playing favourites.

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Elijah Doane

My sixth great-grandfather, Elijah Doane, was born in Cape Cod, Massechusets, on April 3, 1694, the son of Daniel Doane, Jr. and Mehitabel Twining. His family was the first New England family to go to Pennsylvania in 1695 after getting a certificate of removal from the Middletown Monthly Meeting. His family was the first in the family to leave Cape Cod and the first to forsake the church and join the Society of Friends.
He grew up in Wrightstown, Bucks County and was married to Catherine Wilson on Nov. 4, 1718 out of unity of the Society of Friends. On Nov. 4, 1728, he made an apology to the Society for marrying out of unity and it was accepted.
His death was announced in the Philadelphia Gazette implying that he died quite suddenly while in that city. Widow Catherine appointed administratrix on estate, 1736, 9, 25.

Children, from records of Wrightstown Monthly Meeting :
i Ann,’ b. 1718, 9, 24.
ii Mary, b. 1721, 2,24.
iii Rebecca, b. 1723, 6, 12.
iv Joanna, b. 1725, 3, 8.
93 v Titus, b. 1727, 3, 29.
vi Catherine, b. 1729, 11, 3.

The Doane Family – Descendants of Deacon John Doane by Alfred Alder Doane, 1902

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Black Sheep Canadian Ancestors – The Quaker Loyalist Turncoats

This is a story about two brothers, born into the Society of Friends at Sugar Loaf, Upper Canada, who turned their backs on their religion and country in McKenzie’s Rebellion 0f 1837. They had come full circle from the previous generations of Doanes , who were branded Tories in Pennsylvania during the Revolutionary war, and killed, exiled or hung for their actions.

Joshua Guillam and his brother, Joel P. were sons of Jonathon Doan, who had come to Sugar Loaf in the Niagara district from Bucks County, Pennsylvania in the early 19th century, probably to escape the prejudice of being a relative of the notorious Doan Gang of Plumstead, Bucks County. Most of the Doanes in the region left the state. Jonathon Doan removed to Yarmouth Township in 1813 and was a respectable farmer, miller and tanner and agent for the Baby lands in the township. He was a prominent member of the Society of Friends and had a meeting house on his property. Jonathon placed many Quaker families from Pennsylvania on Baby lands in the area.

Joseph went on to be a farmer, and in 1832 When Joel started his own tannery, Joseph joined him. They were well-known in their community for being reformists and when a meeting was held to muster up men to join in the rebellion in December of 1837, Joseph and Joel were very outspoken and Joseph was elected Lieutenant.

In the next days Joseph and Martin Switzer persuaded men in the area to gather arms and ammunition and distributed them to 50 men under the command of David Anderson and Joel supplied the provisional wagons. they headed to Scotland, near Brantford where they met up with loyalists under Allan Napier MacNab. the rebels fled and Joseph and Joel reached the United States, with a 100 pound bounty on their heads.

In the U.S., Joseph joined the rebels and reached Detroit, and was ready to cross to Windsor where he heard that 600 rebels were ready to join him, with settlers in London already revolting. The rebels raided Windsor on Dec. 4, led by Generals Bierce and Putnam and burned the steamer ‘Thames’ killing several people.

When the rebels were dispersed by Col. Prince, twenty-five had lost their lives and Joseph and Joel were court-martialed, along with 42 of their fellow rebels in London under Henry Sherwood. Joseph was found guilty of treason and sentenced to death. He joined six other rebels whose sentences were not commuted and hung on Feb. 6, 1838. He was buried in the Quaker burial ground in Sparta, Ontario and Joel went on to marry his widow.

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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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Deacon John Doane

Deacon John Doane


IN MEMORY OF JOHN DOANE

FOUNDER OF THE DOANE FAMILY IN AMERICA

BORN ABOUT 1590 – DIED FEBRUARY 1 1685

CAME TO PLYMOUTH ABOUT 1630 WHERE HE WAS DEACON OF THE CHURCH; DEPUTY TO THE GENERAL COURT; ONE OF THE ASSISTANTS TO THE GOVERNOR; MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE TO REVISE THE LAWS IN 1636; ONE OF THE FOUNDERS OF EASTHAM IN 1644; DEACON OF THE FIRST CHURCH HERE AND DEPUTY TO THE COURT.

ERECTED BY HIS DESCENDANTS 1907


(plaque in Eastam Town Hall)

MR. JOHN DOANE WHO CAME TO PLYMOUTH ABOUT 1630. HE WAS ONE OF THE LEADERS OF THE COLONY, TWICE ASSISTANT TO THE GOVERNOR, MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE TO REVISE THE LAWS IN 1636 AND DEACON OF THE CHURCH AT PLYMOUTH. IN 1644 HE REMOVED TO NAUSET AND WAS ONE OF THE FOUNDERS OF THE TOWN NOW EASTHAM. HE SERVED THE TOWN AS DEACON OF THE FIRST CHURCH, JUSTICE OF PEACE, MEMBER OF THE FIRST BOARD OF SELECTMEN, DEPUTY TO THE COLONY COURT AND HELD MANY OTHER IMPORTANT PUBLIC OFFICES. A MAN OF WISDOM, INTEGRITY AND DEEP PIETY, HE GAVE HIMSELF UNRESERVEDLY TO THE WELL BEING OF HIS FELLOW MEN AND THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE COMMUNITY. HIS HOUSE STOOD ON THE NORTH SIDE OF TOWN COVE WHERE HE DIED FEBRUARY 21ST 1685 AGED ABOUT NINETY FIVE YEARS. FEW MEN HAVE SERVED THEIR TOWN SO LONG AND FAITHFULLY.

THIS TABLET IS ERECTED TO HIS HONOR BY THE DOANE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA AUGUST 26, 1916

This monument is in position JD on the EHS 1776 Cove survey map. A bronze plaque is attached to a large boulder. The boulder is approximately 52″ W, 52″ H and 22″ D. The gravestone plaque indicates John Doane died February 1, 1685. The Town Hall plaque indicates he died February 21, 1685.

John Doane 1685 – Homesite


1869 Marker

DEA.JOHN DOANE

B. 1590

Here 1644

D. 1685

1869 Marker – back side

DEA John Doane

1644

Erected by Hon. John Doane 1869


1994 Memorial Plaque PLACED BY THE DOANE FAMILY ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA TO COMMEMORATE THE 350TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PILGRIM SETTLEMENT AT NAUSET IN 1644. IN THAT YEAR SEVEN FAMILIES REMOVED FROM PLIMOUTH PLANTATION TO FORM THE COMMUNITY THAT WAS INCORPORATED AS THE TOWN OF EASTHAM IN 1651.
WE REMEMBER THESE PILGRIM SETTLERS AND THE MANY GENERATIONS OF THEIR DESCENDANTS WHEN WE GATHER HERE.

BANGS COOK DOANE HIGGINS PRENCE SMALLEY SNOW

Doane Rock, on original property in Eastham.


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