Person:John Doane (4)

Deacon John Doane
m. abt 1589
  1. Deacon John Doane1590 - 1685/6
  2. Anne Doaneabt 1600 - 1678/79
  3. Martha Margaret Doaneabt 1600 - 1633
  • HDeacon John Doane1590 - 1685/6
  • WAnn Perkins1600 - 1654
m. abt 1620
  1. Lydia Doane1626 - bef 1678
  2. Abigail Doaneest 1631 - 1734/35
  3. John DoaneAbt 1635 - 1707/08
  4. Daniel Doaneabt 1636 - 1712
  5. Ephraim Doane1638 - bef 1699
  • HDeacon John Doane1590 - 1685/6
  • W.  Lydia (add)
m. abt 1658
Facts and Events
Name Deacon John Doane
Gender Male
Birth[1] 1590
Marriage abt 1620 Massachusetts, United Statesto Ann Perkins
Other  Speculative Wife?: Ann Perkins (1) 
with Ann Perkins
Marriage abt 1658 to Lydia (add)
Death[2] 21 Feb 1685/6 Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States
Occupation? Governor's Assistant
Reference Number? Q6229533?

Much has been written in the A.A. Doane book about John Doane. He was likely aboard one five ships sailing to Massachusetts Bay Colony in the spring of 1629, his final destination being the Plymouth Colony. He was in business with John Atwood of London, who represented agent James Sherley in 1641. He was chosen Deacon of the church at Plymouth in 1634 and was involved in the rewriting of the laws of the colony in 1636. John moved to Eastham on Cape Cod, around 1645.

Deacon John Doane was one of the few who bore the title of "Mr." In 1633, he was on the list of Freemen. By 1632/33, he began serving on the General Court. He preferred to be a Deacon in the church, rather than an Assistant to the Governor. In 1644, Deacon John Doane was the among those leading the enterprise of new settlement in the Nauset (now Eastham) area of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.[8]

The date John Doane arrived in Plymouth has never been determined. The best estimate is the year 1630. Gilbert Doane, a noted New England genealogist, spent many years trying to find some of John Doane's history prior to Plymouth without success. In his will dated 18 May 1678, John Doane declared his age "eighty-eight years or thereabouts." He died 21 February 1685 about ninety-five years old. He had a wife, Ann, who was probably the mother of Ephraim, usually called his youngest child. Later he had a wife, Lydia, who died before he did. The inventory of his estate was signed by Abigail Doane, sometimes identified as his wife, but this Abagail is his daughter, as deeds clearly show. That John Done was a man of responsibility from the time of his arrival in Plymouth is shown by the fact that he was addressed as "Mr." upon his arrival in the colony. This title was used by the Pilgrims only when addressing government officials, clergy, school masters, nobility and men of great wealth. He was one of eight men who signed the incorporation of Plymouth in 1633 and was on the council until he was chosen Deacon. This was in accordance with the Pilgrim policy of separation of church and state; however he was appointed and served on many committees and advisory positions. In 1645 he was one of the leaders of the opening of a new settlement at Nauset. Other leaders in the group included Nicholas Snow and John Smalley. A stone erected in 1869 in Eastham marks the site of his house by Nauset bay.


Abstract made from will published in Mayflower Descendant, p. 3:177, will of "John Doane of Eastham 'aged eighty and eight years or there about.'", dated 18 May 1678, mentions "my Loving wife", "daughter Abigail Doane", "son John Doane", "son Daniel Doane", "son Ephraim Doane", "granddaughter Margaret Hicks", witnessed by Samuel Freeman and Gershom Hall. Proved 2 June 1686, inventory 21 May 1686, of "mr John Doane deceased the 21th of ffebruary 1685[/6] aged about a hundred years [sic]".

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John Doane John Doane (c.1590 - 1685/6) He arrived in Plymouth Colony on an unknown ship sometime between 1628 and 1632. During his long life he is considered a person of note in Plymouth Colony serving in many government capacities associated with the colony government, such as government committees and deputy for Plymouth as well as Assistant Governor in 1632/33. He left government service for a time in the 1630s to serve as deacon in the Plymouth Church.

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  1. Library of Cape Cod History & Genealogy (vol 1-105). (Yarmouthport, Mass. (1912-1923): C.W. Swift), 198.

    In will dated 18 May 1678 declared age to be 88 or thereabouts so born about 1590. Will dated 18 May 1678, proven 2 June 1686.

  2. Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants. Mayflower Descendant: An Illustrated Quarterly Magazine of Pilgrim Genealogy, History and Biography, 3:177.

    Inventory taken 21 May 1686, of "mr John Doane deceased the 21th of ffebruary 1685[/6] aged about a hundred years [sic]".

  3.   Title: John Doane probate records Barnstable Co, MA.
  4.   John Doane, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.
  5.   John Doane, in Anderson, Robert Charles. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995).

    Origin: Unknown. Migration: 1630. First Residence: Plymouth. Removes: Eastham 1645
    Birth: Abt 1590 (based on age given when he wrote his will)
    Death: Eastham 21 Feb 1685/6 [MD 3:178, citing BarnPR 1:11], "aged about a hundred years" [sic]
    Marriage: 1) by 1648 Ann___; 2) by Apr 1659 Lydia ___

  6.   Doane, Alfred Alder. The Doane Family: I. Deacon John Doane, of Plymouth, II. Doctor John Done, of Maryland, and Their Descendants: with Notes Upon English Families of the Name. (Boston, Massachusetts: A.A. Doane, 1902).

    To America 1629/1630ish - with his wife.... but no authoritive sources ref'd. Possibly from Wales.. knew Pilgrims in London? Declared himsef age 88 in 1678.

  7.   Savage, James. A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England: Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before May, 1692, on the Basis of Farmer's Register. (Boston: Little, Brown, and Co, 1860-1862), 2:55-56.

    JOHN, Plymouth 1630, an Assist. 1633, but not after, as he declin. the civ. office on being chos. deac.; rem. 1644 to Eastham, there was deac. and d. 21 Feb. 1686. His age was great, perhaps 95. One report of his d. makes it in 1707, and age 110, but it is not support. by any authority; and prob. the f. and s. possib gr.s. of the same name were confus. by the reporter of the childish exagger. His w. Abigail had, beside Daniel, bef. ment. John; Ephraim; Lydia, wh. m. 1645, Samuel Hicks; Abigail, b. 13 Jan. 1632, at the age of 60, bec. sec. w. of Samuel Lothrop, outliv. him many yrs. and d. 23 Jan. 1735. Above 3 yrs. bef. a century sermon (I presume on her entry upon the hundredth yr.), had been preach. in her room by Rev. Joseph Lord. See Boston Weekly Journal of 1735.

  8. This information is probably somebody's summary of the same book, since the comment about the title of "Mr." comes from page 2, and subsequent pages lists his standing and offices in Plymouth. The complete book can be viewed online at The Doane Family by A. A. Doane. --Jrich 11:56, 17 October 2008 (EDT)