John Doane



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John Doane Immigrant Ancestor see Family Tree
Born: 1590 Manchester, Lancashire, England


Married: 1630 Eastham Barnstable, MA


Died: 21 Feb 1684-85 Eastham, Barnstable, MA    




1. John Doane

2. Abigail Doane

3. Lydia Doane

4. Daniel Doane

5. Ephraim Doane

According to America's First Families " John Doane was deputy to the Old Colony Court at Plymouth; deacon in the first church at Plymouth."

According to  John Doane was an early settler of Plymouth Colony but probably did not come over on any of the first three ships, His name does not appear in the list of Plymouth settlers in 1627, and in the notice of his daughter, Abigail's death, "it is stated that he came to Plymouth in 1630."

"John Doane must have been known to the Pilgrims previous to his coming to Plymouth. There are strong suggestions that he was in partnership with Mrs. John Atwood who was of London until 1635. The Done family are found in London at this period and in former generations there were not a few John Dones."
"Several are the instances where the names of John Atwood and John Doane are associated. They had dealings with each other more than two years before the coming of John Atwood from London about 1635, and it may be that their partnership reaches father than the joint ownership of a houselot in Plymouth. Perhaps Mr. Doane was a partner in business in London with John Atwood. Mr. John Doane and Jr. John Atwood were partners in a dwelling house and enclosures near unto Playne Dealing in Plymouth previous to Dec. 30, 1636, not long after Mr. Atwood's arrival from London. In 1636, Mr. Atwood purchased the portion of Mr. Doane by the payment of three score pounds. they had further dealings with each other, and June 2, 1639, John Doane promised at the Court of Assistants to pay John Atwood the sum of L3.17 sterling within a year and Mr. Atwood promised to forbear until that time."

"Deacon John Doane had frequent grants of land from Court, which must have been because of his many services in behalf of the Colony. He was continually rendering services as Deputy from Plymouth or Eastham and serving on committees where interests were at stake and on the Grand Jury. His original grant at Eastham was because he was one of the 'Purchasers' or 'Old Comers;' but his various grants art Jones River, now Kingston, at Rehoboth, to the north of Taunton, etc. etc., were undoubtedly because of his many public services." "The Doane Family" pg. 11.

"About this time (1642) there was a desire on the part of many in Plymouth to take up new lands. the new charter had given three parcels of the land into the hands of the 'Old Comers', and these people were on the lookout, for land which could be more profitably cultivated. Nauset or Eastham was one of the three tracts reserved to the 'Purchasers' on the transfer of the Warwick Patent to the Colonists in 1641. Affairs at Plymouth had not been prospering as formerly. There was not sufficient upland. There was without a doubt a slight division in the Church, which made those persons of similar minds and ambitions to thank of removal to Nauset."

"In 1644 the movement towards the new settlement at Nauset began, but the final removal was in 1645. the leaders in the enterprise were Ex Governor Thomas Prence, Deacon John Doane, Nicholas Snow, Josiah Cook, Richard Higgins, John Smalley (Small) and Edward Bangs."

"Deacon Doane settled on the north of Town Cove. The early records do not show the amount of land laid out to him at the time of the settlement. The History of Eastham says: 'He took possession of about two hundred acres, and his house stood near the water.' At various time after he became a resident of Eastham he had land granted him by the Court as well as by the town. It is claimed that stone posts bearing his initials, and marking the boundaries of his large farm were standing as late as 1844."

"In Eastham town affairs John Doane was an important man. he was appointed by the
Court June 1, 1663, to solemnize marriages and to administer oath to witnesses. He was a deacon of the First Church there and served the town as selectman for many years. In 1649, 1650, 1651, 1653 and 1659 he was a Deputy to the Colony Court of Eastham as he had been in 1642 and 1643 for the town of Plymouth."

"On Dec 2, 1681, John Doane conveyed by deed, in which he is styled 'Gent., Tayler,' his Eastham homestead to his daughter Abigail."