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Ephraim Doane

Also Known As: "Done", "Deane", "Dunne"
Birthplace: Plymouth, Plymouth Colony
Death: Died in Eastham, Barnstable County, Province of Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Deacon John Doane and Ann Doane
Husband of Mercy Doane and Mary Doane
Father of Namesake of Patience Doane; Patience Doane; Apphia Doane; "Elder" Hezekiah Doane; Thomas Doane and 4 others
Brother of Lydia Hicks; Abigail Lothrop; John Doane, Jr. and Dea. Daniel Doane
Half brother of Thomas Bryant, of Plymouth Colony; Stephen Bryant, of Plymouth Colony and John Bryant, of Scituate

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About Ephraim Doane

Ephraim Doane was born about 1642 and died in 1700 in Eastham, Mass. He was buried in Cove Burying Ground, Eastham, as was his 2nd wife Mary.

He married:

  • 1. Mercy Knowles at Eastham, Mass. On February 5, 1667/8 and had eight children.
  • 2. Mary (Smalley) Snow as her second husband after April 1692 but had no children. She died in 1703.

“Ephraim Doane does not appear to have been prominent either in town or church affairs. Only a little of his life can be gleaned from the public records."


“On March 3, 1662-3, he and three others were fined twenty-five shillings each, for trading of liquor with the Indians, and he and Thomas Ridman were fined fifty shillings each, for permitting the Indiane to have liquor in their boats, ‘it appearing that one of the Indians was drunk thereby.’ Oct. 29, 1669, he was before the court for ‘horribly slandering and belying his neighbours’ at Eastham and was fined ‘the sume of twenty shillings for telling two lyes about the same.’ June 6, 1678, he was again before the court to answer to the complaint of ‘Jawannum, late wife of James Pequin of Billingsgate, as suspected by her and Nicholas, to have been an occasion of the violent death of the said Pequin, her husband.’

“He settled within the limits of Eastham. He took the oath of fidelity before Mr. Freeman in 1670, and was admitted a freeman June 5, 1684. His name appears in Truro June 17, 1690, and is in a list of the legal inhabitants of Eastham in 1695. He was a surveyor of highways in Eastham in 1691 and again in 1692. He made lis will Dec. 17, 1699, and desires his wife's children, by her former husband, John Snow, of whom there were nine, to share equally with his own children, after the decease of his wife Mary.”


The Will of Ephraim Doane, proved 19 Apr 1700.

In ye Name of God Amen, ye seventh day of December in ye year of ye Lord one thousand six hundred ninety and nine, I Ephraim Doane of ye Town of Eastham in ye County of Barnstable in ye province of ye Massachusetts Bay in N. England being sick and weak of Body but of good and perfect memory, Thanks be to Allmighty God and calling to Remembrance ye uncertain Estate of this Transitory Life and that all flesh must yield unto Death when it shall please God to call, do make constitute and declare this my last will and Testiment in manner and form following: Revokeing and Annulling by these presents all and every Testiment and Testiments will and wills by me heretofore made and declared either by word or writing, and this is to be taken only for my Last will and Testament and no other, flrst and principally I give and comitt my Soul to God my creator and my Body to ye earth by decent burial and tuching such worldly Estate as ye Lord in mercy hath Lent me, my will and meaning is that ye same shall be bestowed and Imploid in manner and form following that is to say, flrst I will that all those debts and duties as I owe in Right or contience to any manner of person or persons shall be well and truly contented and paid or ordained to be paid within convenient time after my decease by my executrix hereafter named.

It. I give and bequeath unto my well beloved wife Mary Doane all my moveable estate (after my debts are paid) and ye use and Improvement of ye one half part of my now dwellinghouse and ye land thereunto adjoining and belonging with ye one halfe of ye Barn and all other ye appurtinances belonging to messuage with ye one half of all my meadow Land Iying within ye Township of Eastham during ye Terme of her natural Life and that what of my moveable Estate shall be Left after my sd wifes decease and debts paid my will and meaning is that ye same shall be divided among ye children. That is to say ye children which I had by my former wife, and ye children which my now beloved wife had by her former husband John Snow deceased, I say to be divided among sd children by Equall proportions.

It. I make constitute and ordain my well beloved wife Mary Doane executrix. In witness whereof I do hereunto sett my hand and seal ye day and year above mentioned.

ye mark of Ephraim Doane [seal]


Joseph Doane

Mary Snow [her mark]

Jona Sparrow


Will of John Doane

In his will dated May 18, 1678, inventory taken May 21, 1686 and sworn by Abigail Doane May 29, 1686, he named his "loving wife," daughter Abigail, sons John, Daniel and Ephraim, and granddaughter Margaret Hicks, and left the remainder of his estate to "all my sons and daughters". He described himself in the will as "aged eighty and eight or there about" and in the inventory he was said to have died February 21, 1685/86, "aged about a hundred years" - a typical overstatement of age which occurred in those times.

Alternate Data at time of merge on 11/28/09:

Birth Date(s): c. 1646

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Ephraim Doane's Timeline

Plymouth, Plymouth Colony
January 28, 1667
Age 25
Barnstable, Barnstable, MA, USA
February 15, 1667
Age 25
Age 26
July 18, 1670
Age 28
Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA
August 16, 1672
Age 30
Eastham, (Present Barnstable County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts)
September 4, 1674
Age 32
Eastham, Barnstable, MA, USA
April 16, 1676
Age 34
Eastham, Barnstable, MA, USA
August 1680
Age 38
Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA
April 1682
Age 40
Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA