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Ann Doane (Perkins)

Also Known As: "Ann (Perkins?) Bryant Doane", "Abigail Doane", "Ann", "Abigale"
Birthplace: of, Kent, England
Death: Died in Eastham, (Present Barnstable County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts)
Place of Burial: Eastham, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Perkins and Judith Perkins
Wife of John Bryant, of Kent and Deacon John Doane
Mother of Thomas Bryant, of Plymouth Colony; Stephen Bryant, of Plymouth Colony; John Bryant, of Scituate; Lydia Hicks; Abigail Lothrop and 7 others
Sister of John M Perkins, II; Elizabeth Sargent (Perkins); Mary Bradbury, Salem Witch Trials; Thomas Perkins, Reverend / Deacon; Sgt. Jacob Perkins and 4 others

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About Ann Doane

Ann (possibly) Perkins was born in 1596 in Kent Co., England.

Her parents are not known.

She died on June 1, 1654 and was buried in Cove Burying Ground, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts (then the Plymouth Colony).



  1. John (?) Bryant (d before 1625 in Kent, England) by 1613 in Kent, England and had at least 3 children.
  2. John Doane (c 1590- 1686) by 1630. John had five children. He survived Ann and married Lydia next.

Children of John Bryant

  1. Mary Bryant
  2. Thomas Bryant. (d abt 1632) On January 2, 1632, the following entry as found in the Plymouth court records: "Thomas Bryant, the servant of Samuel Eddy, was brought before the Governor, Mr. Will Bradford, Mr. John Doane, Steve Hopkins and Will Gilson, assistants, because the said Thomas had run away and absented himself five days from his master's service and being lost in the woods and found by an Indian was forced to return; and for his offense was privately whipped before the Governor and council as fore-mentioned.". Thomas disappears at this point from history's pages.
  3. Stephen Bryant (b Bef 1620 -d bef 1701). Married Abigail Shaw.
  4. John Bryant (about 1620 - ). Married Mary Lewis. "The youngest of Anne's boys, John Bryant, eventually became the head of the line now known as the John Bryant line of Scituate, Massachusetts. Over a period of 45 year, the colony records outline the life of this cantankerous man, whose chief interest seems to have been the colony's legal court."

Children of John Doane

  1. Lydia born about 1625 and died by June 1677. She married Samuel Hicks in Plymouth on September 11, 1645 and had two children. Their burial places are unknown.
  2. Abigail was born about 1631 and died in Norwich, Connecticut on January 23, 1734/5. Her burial place is unknown. She married Samuel Lothrop as his 2nd wife in the early 1690s, but had no children. He died about 1700.
  3. John was born about 1635 and died on March 15, 1707/8. He was buried in Cove Burying Ground, Eastham. He married: 1. Hannah Bangs in Eastham April 30, 1662 and had six children. 2. Rebecca Pettee on January 14, 1684/5.
  4. Daniel was born about 1637 and died in Eastham, Mass. On December 20, 1712. He was buried in Cove Burying Ground, Eastham. He married: 1. (poss. Constance Snow) by 1669 and had nine children. 2. Hepsibah (Cole) Crispe after July 28, 1682 and had one daughter.[2]
  5. Ephraim 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.[3]


Torrey's New England Marriages - Doane, John (-1686, 1 Jan. 1685, 1685/6) (ae 88 in 1675) 1/wf Ann [Perkins?] (-4 Dec 1648 +) ; by 1632, by 1627? Plymouth?Eastham. 2/wf Lydia___ by 1 April 1659: Eastham.

Anderson's The Great Migration says under marriages for John Doane  (c.1590 - 1685/6):

  1. (1) By 4 December 1648 Ann ___ (and by 1625 if she is mother of his children) (signed a deed dated 4 Decmber 1648, she died in 1659. 
  2. (2) By April 1659 Lydia___ She was living 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 was deeded by him to his daughter Abigail. 

Children are: Lydia b. 1625, Abigail b. abt 1631, John b. abt 1635, Daniel B. abt. 1637 and Ephriam b. abt. 1642. 


  • Eugene Aubrey Stratton, Plymouth Colony: Its History and People, 1620-1691 (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Publishing, 1986), pp. 76, 77, 283
  • Doane Family Association


Biographical notes


"This story begins in 1630 in Kent County, England, with a widow named Anne Bryant. Anne's husband had died, leaving her with three young boys: Thomas Bryant (?), Stephen Bryant and John Bryant. Among the family friends and neighbors was a lawyer, John Doane, a widower with a son also named John. The elder John offered to give Anne's three lads a chance in the New World if she would marry him and go there with him (?). John was a capable man, highly regarded, and his influence would give the three Bryant boys opportunities they otherwise would not find. So Anne consented. The six of them boarded a little ship known as the Handmaid, on August 10, 1630  and two months later, October 29, 1630, they landed in Plymouth Colony." ...

"... Following a practice common in those days, John and Anne bound out two of the Bryant boys to good friends. Thomas Bryant was bound out to Samuel Eddy, and Stephen Bryant to John Shaw. Offering boys financial opportunities and connections independent of, and supplementary to those, which their own parents could offer them as they grew up. The third Bryant boy, John, being the youngest, stayed with his mother and stepfather. "


The 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.[6]

From "The Doane Family" vol. II by A.A. Doane et al..., p.1

Ann was probably the mother of John Doane's children and came with him from England.

She likely died between May 18, 1678 and Dec. 2, 1681

Last name is possibly "Perkins". Alternate first or middle name is "Abigail".


Note from Pam Wilson on June 16, 2014: There seems to be some confusion about her parentage. I've removed her as the daughter of John Perkins.

Note from Erica Howton on June 18, 2014: Do not confuse her with Agnes Colbyson. There is no evidence they are same person. I've removed her as the daughter of Henry Perkins


John Doane 1st married Ann by 4 December 1648 (and by 1625 if she was the mother of his children) (signed a deed dated 4 December 1648. She died by 1659. Their five children: Lydia Hicks, Abigail Lothrop, John, Daniel, & Ephriam. Source: Anderson's great Migration Study Project.

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Ann Doane's Timeline

October 16, 1592
Warwick, Hillmorton, Co, Eng
October 16, 1592
Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England
October 16, 1592
October 16, 1592
Warwick, Hillmorton, Co, Eng
Kent, England
Age 17
Age 19
Cranbrook, Kent, England
Age 22
Kent, England