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Constance Doane (Snow)

Birthdate: (32)
Birthplace: of, Eastham, Barnstable , Massachusetts
Death: June 16, 1678 (28-36)
Eastham, Barnstable , Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Eastham, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Nicholas Snow and Constance Snow, "Mayflower" Passenger
Wife of daniel doane; Deacon Daniel Doane and Dea. Daniel Doane
Mother of Constance Shaw; Child Doane; Daniel Doane, Jr.; Joseph Doane; Constance Shaw and 7 others
Sister of Capt. Mark Snow; Mary Paine; Child Snow; Sarah Walker; Lieut. Joseph Snow and 8 others

Managed by: Larry Odebrecht
Last Updated:

About Constance Doane


'Deacon Doane

married twice, but the name of his first wife is not known.

She is believed to have been the mother of all his children except the youngest."

10 Children:

  1. A son drowned in a well, September, 1667.
  2. Joseph, born about 1668.
  3. Constant (son), March 7, 1669-70.
  4. Israel, born about 1672.
  5. Daniel, see forward.
  6. Nathaniel, died in Harwich in 1758.
  7. Constant (daughter), died May 2, 1720; married George Shaw.
  8. Rebecca, married Benjamin Myrick, of Eastham.
  9. Abigail, married Timothy Dimock and settled in Mansfield, Connecticut.
  10. Ruth, died before March 15, 1722; married Nathaniel Mayo.


NEHGS, Vol 127, April 1973 page 102:

"The authority for naming Constant SNOW as the first wife of Daniel DOANE appers to be a notebook on Eastham families kept by Josiah PAINE, for half a century the town clerk of Harwich. The notebook is now in the possession of the Eastham Public Library. Mr. PAINE did not cite the sources of his information unless it came from individuals, so it may be assumed that he found some evidence for his statement; however no one had discovered where he found it.

It should be noted that the MAYFLOWER SOCIETY doesn NOT accept lines of descent through the first wife of Daniel DOANE."

For some reason the marriage of Daniel and Constance and their children were not recorded in the Eastham, Barnstable Massachusetts records.



  • Constance Snow1
  • F, #161702, b. 22 July 1646, d. 28 July 1682
  • Father Nicholas Snow1 b. 25 Jan 1600, d. 15 Nov 1676
  • Mother Constance Hopkins1 b. 11 May 1606, d. Oct 1677
  • Constance Snow was born on 22 July 1646 at Eastham, Barnstable, MA.1 She married Daniel Doane, son of John Doane and Ann Perkins, circa 1665 at Eastham, Barnstable, MA.1,2 Constance Snow died on 28 July 1682 at Eastham, Barnstable, MA, at age 36.1
  • Family Daniel Doane b. 20 Dec 1636, d. 20 Dec 1712
  • Child
    • Daniel Doane+1 b. c 1666, d. 1 Sep 1743
  • Citations
  • 1. [S11597], Submitted by tjh617.
  • 2. [S14] Unknown author, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, by Clarence Almon Torrey., p. 223.
  • From:


  • Constance Snow Doane
  • Birth: 1646
  • Death: Oct., 1682
  • *References* -- The Mayflower Families, Vol. 6, "Stephen Hopkins", p. 9-10, 23-24, 83-84.
  • Family links:
  • Parents:
  • Nicholas Snow (____ - 1676)
  • Constance Hopkins Snow (1606 - 1677)
  • Spouse:
  • Daniel Doane (1636 - 1712)
  • Children:
    • Constance Doane Shaw (1669 - 1741)*
    • Joseph Doane (1669 - 1757)*
  • Siblings:
  • Mark Snow (1628 - 1695)*
  • Mary Snow Paine (1630 - 1704)*
  • Sarah Snow Walker (1632 - 1697)*
  • Joseph Snow (1634 - 1722)*
  • Stephen Snow (1636 - 1705)*
  • John Snow (1638 - 1692)*
  • Elizabeth Snow Rogers (1640 - 1678)*
  • Jabez Snow (1642 - 1690)*
  • Ruth Snow Cole (1644 - 1716)*
  • Constance Snow Doane (1646 - 1682)
  • Burial: Cove Burying Ground, Eastham, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 76351343
  • From:


  • DOANE, Daniel
  • b. 1636 Plymouth, Plymouth, Mass.
  • d. 20 DEC 1712 Eastham, Barnstable, Mass.
  • Parents:
  • Father: DOANE, John
  • Mother: PERKINS, Ann
  • Family:
  • Spouse:COLE, Hepzibah
  • Family:
  • Marriage: ABT 1664 Eastham, Barnstable, Mass.
  • Spouse: SNOW, Constance
  • b. 1646 Eastham, Barnstable, Mass.
  • Children:
    • DOANE, Daniel
    • DOANE, Rebecca
    • DOANE, Joseph
    • DOANE, Constant
    • DOANE, Israel
    • DOANE, Ruth
    • DOANE, Nathaniel
    • DOANE, Abigail
  • From:


  • Constance Hopkins (baptized May 11, 1606 – October 1677), also sometimes listed as Constance. She was probably born in Hursley, England since her baptism record is there along with older sister and younger brother. Constance was the second daughter of Stephen Hopkins, by his first wife, Mary. Some believe she was named in honor of Constance (Marline) Hopkins. Constance, at the age of fourteen, along with her father and his second wife Elizabeth (Fisher), accompanied by brother Giles, half-sister Damaris as well as two servants by the name of Edward Doty and Edward Lester were passengers on the Mayflower on its journey to the New World in 1620. Along the way her half-brother Oceanus was born, the only child born on the Mayflower journey. Her headstone marker, placed in 1966 by descendants, states in part “Wife of Nicholas Snow, Eastham’s first town clerk 1646 – 1662”.
  • Constance married Nicholas sometime before the Division of Cattle which occurred May 22, 1627. Nicholas came to Plymouth on board the ship Anne in 1623 and was made a freeman at Plymouth in 1633. The inventory of Nicholas Snow's estate made at his death lists a wide variety of cooper's and carpenter's tools; this may indicate his trade. He was town clerk at Eastham and held several other local government offices.
  • .... etc.
  • Children of Constance and Nicholas Snow
    • Mark b. Plymouth, May 9, 1628, married (1) Ann Cooke daughter of Josiah Cooke, married (2) Jane Prence, daughter of Thomas Prence
    • Mary b. Plymouth, 1630, married Thomas Paine
    • Sarah b. Plymouth, 1632, married William Walker, who came to the colony on the ship Elizabeth, in 1635
    • Joseph b. Plymouth, 1634, Joseph Snow married Mary Higgins she was the daughter of Richard and Mary (Yates) Higgins
    • Stephen b. Plymouth, 1636, married (1) Susanna Rogers (Deane), daughter of Stephen Deane, married (2) Mary Bigford (Cottle, Bickford), daughter of Edward Cottle and Judith, last name unknown
    • John b. Plymouth, December 11, 1638, married Mary Smalley, a twin daughter of John Smalley and Ann Walden
    • Elizabeth b. Plymouth, 1640, married Thomas Rogers, son of Joseph Rogers, the son of Pilgrim, Thomas Rogers
    • Jabez b. Plymouth, 1642, married Elizabeth, last name unknown, she was possibly the daughter of Ralph Smith
    • Ruth b. Plymouth, 1644, married Lieutenant John Cole Sr., son of Daniel Cole and Ruth Chester
  • Josiah Paine, a Town Clerk and historian of Harwich wrote “Nicholas and Constance had a dau. named for her mother who was the first wife of Daniel Doane of Eastham…”
    • Constance (unproved), b. Plymouth, married Daniel Doane
    • Two unknown children
  • Constance had 72 grandchilden.
  • .... etc.
  • From:


  • 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.[1]
  • John Doane stated he was born in England and in his 1678 will he stated he was age about eighty-eight years of age making his birth year being about 1590. Nothing else is known of his English ancestry. There is no record of John Doane being in Leiden, Holland, although he was a Plymouth church deacon.[2]
  • .... etc.
  • John Doane's earliest known wife was called Ann in a 1648 deed, but in a later deed (of 1659) his wife was Lydia.[2]
  • John Doane married:
  • 1. Ann (poss. Perkins) by 1625 and had five children. She died on June 1, 1654 and was buried in Cove Burying Ground, Eastham.
  • 2. Lydia ___ by April 1, 1659 and died between May 18, 1678 and December 23, 1681. Her burial place is unknown.
  • Children of John and (probably) Ann Doane:
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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]
    • Ephraim .... etc.
  • From:


  • The Doane family: 1. Deacon John Doane, of Plymouth, 2. Doctor John Done, of Maryland, and their descendants. With notes upon English families of the same name (1902)
  • Pg.1
  • 1 JOHN1 DOANE came over from England and settled in Plymouth. He was the founder of the Doane family in America. Nothing is yet known of his history in England, but the same is true also of the greater number of the Pilgrims who repaired to these New England shores before the middle of the seventeenth century. .... etc
  • Of John Doane's eraly life, of his parentage, the place of his nativity, the family name of his wife, the name of the vessel on which he came nothing whatever has yet been discovered. .... etc.
  • .... His wife's name appears as Abigail. They were undoubtedly interred in the old cemetery at Eastham, the first burial ground of the town. .... etc.
  • Children of Deacon John Doane:
    • 2 i LYDIA,2 b. ---- .
    • 3 ii ABIGAIL,2 b. Jan. 13, 1632.
    • 4 iii JOHN,2 b. about 1635.
    • 5 iv DANIEL,2 b. about 1636.
    • 6 v EPHRAIM,2 b --- .
  • 2 LYDIA2 DOANE (John1) .... etc.
  • 5 DANIEL2 DOANE (John1 ) was born probably at Plymouth, about 1636, and died at Eastham, Dec. 20, 1712, in the seventy-sixth year of his age. He was twice married. Nothing is known of his first wife. The marriage is not recorded on Eastham records. She doubtless was the mother of all the children, except the daughter Hepzibah. His second wife, whom he married after July 28, 1682, was Hepzibah Crisp, widow of George Crisp,(*) and daughter of Daniel and Mary Cole of Eastham. She was many years his junior, and survived him.
  • .... Dea. Daniel Doane was buried in the old Town Cove burial ground where a small slatestone still legible marks his grave, and bears this inscription :
    • Here Lyes ye Body
    • of Deacon Daniel
    • Doane DecD DecR
    • ye 20th 1712
    • In The 76 Year
    • Of His Age.
  • .... etc.
  • There is no list of Daniel Doane's children on the Eastham records, but the following one, made up from his will and other sources, is correct except perhaps as to the order of their births.
  • Children of first marriage :
    • SON,3 b. ---- ; drowned in well, Sept., 1667.
    • 12 JOSEPH,3 b. about 1668.
    • CONSTANT3 (son), b. Mar. 7, 1669-70.
    • 13 ISRAEL,3 b. about 1672.
    • 14 DANIEL,3 b ---- .
    • 15 NATHANIEL,3 b ---- .
    • CONSTANT,3 b. ---- . m. Jan. 8, 1690, George Shaw of Eastham; d. at Eastham, May 2, 1720, s. of Jonathan Shaw. His will dated Feb. 28, 1718-19, was proved May 21, 1720. Ch., from Eastham records: 1. Elkanah, b. Oct. 7, 1691. 2. Rebecca, b. Mar. 10,1693; m. ---- Young. 3. George, b. Dec. 29, 1695. 4. Hannah, b. June 20, 1698. 5. John, b. Oct. 6, 1700. 6. Jonathan, b. Feb. 17, 1704.
    • REBECCA,3 b. ----. ; m. Benjamin,2 s. of William1 Myrick of Eastham.
    • ABIGAIL,3 b. ---- ; m. Mar. 17, 1702-3, Timothy Dimmock; settled in Mansfield, Conn. Ch., from Mansfield records: 1. Timothy, b. June 2, 1703. 2. John, b. Jan. 3, 1704-5. 3. Shubael, b. May 24, 1707. 4. Daniel, b. Jan. 28, 1709-10. 5. Israel, b. Dec. 22, 1712. 6. Ebenezer, b. Nov. 22, 1715.
    • RUTH,3 b. ---- ; d. before Mar. 15, 1722; m. July 13, 1710, Nathaniel4 Mayo, b. July 1681 (Nathaniel,3 Nathaniel,2 Rev. John1). Ch., from Eastham records: 1. Elizabeth, b. Sept. 29, 1712; m. Nov. 24, 1739, Judah Rogers. 2. Nathaniel, b. Aug. 4, 1714; m. 1st, Sept. 19, 1734, Hannah Horton ; m. 2nd, Jan. 24, 1748, Mary Randall. 3. Abigail, b. Sept. 24, 1716; d. Mar. 8, 1724. 4. Ruth, b. Nov. 17, 1719.
  • Child of second marriage :
    • HEPZIBAH,3 b. ---- ; uum. Non compos mentis.
  • 6 EPHRAIM2 DOANE (John1) .... etc.




Constance Snow (1646 - bef. 1682)


Constance Snow's Profile Family Tree & Genealogy Tools Constance Snow aka Doane Born 22 Jul 1646 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts Daughter of Nicholas Snow and Constance (Hopkins) Snow Sister of Mark Snow, Mary (Snow) Paine, Sarah (Snow) Walker, Joseph Snow, Stephen Snow, John B. Snow Sr., Elizabeth (Snow) Rogers, Jabez Snow, Ruth (Snow) Cole, Samuel Snow and Unamed Infant Snow [spouse(s) unknown] Mother of Daniel Doane, Constant Doane, Joseph Doane, Constance (Doane) Shaw, Israel Doane, Nathaniel Doane and Abigail Doane Died before Jul 1682 in Eastham, Barnstable, MA Profile managers: Chet Snow [send private message], Michael Foos [send private message], and Kenneth McIsaac [send private message] Snow-1847 created 20 Jun 2013 | Last modified 10 Apr 2016 This page has been accessed 1,622 times.


[hide] 1 A Genealogical Controversy 2 Sources 3 Kathys_Nelsons.ged Data 3.1 Sources 3.2 Acknowledgments A Genealogical Controversy

Constance Snow has been the object of several genealogical controversies. She is believed to have been the daughter of Nicholas Snow and Constance Hopkins Snow and to have been born shortly after their move from Plymouth to the new Cape Cod settlement of Eastham, Massachusetts in 1644/45. Records were not well kept in this new town as it was just being formed when Constance was born but the Snow genealogies say Nicholas & Constance Snow had a daughter who lived, born in 1645/1646, in Eastham MA.

Some genealogists say this daughter was named Hannah Snow; others say Constance Snow. No "Hannah Snow" has ever been proven to be a daughter of Nicholas and Constance Hopkins Snow either, although the name "Hannah" was common in the Snow family. In the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, "Mayflower Families Genealogies in Progress: Stephen Hopkins" Volume: pp 4-5, it states: "Josiah Paine, town clerk and historian of Harwich, wrote that Constance [Snow] had a daughter named for her mother who was the first wife of [Dr.] Daniel Doane of Eastham.". This is the only contemporary source, cited by Governor Wm. Bradford in 1651, that confirms Constance's parentage and marriage.[1]

Equally controversial was Constance's marriage in 1666 when she was 20 or 21 years old. Josiah Paine, a Snow brother-in-law, and a Harwich town clerk and historian, kept a notebook in which he recorded Constance Snow's being Constance and Nicholas' daughter and her marriage to her family's neighbor, Daniel Doane, but no marriage certificate has been found in Eastham town records. The Barnstable County Courthouse, where other local records were kept, burned in 1827, limiting what remains available.

The couple had a son, Daniel, born in 1666 and then twins, born March 7, 1669, named "Constant" and "Constance," which reinforces the idea that their mother was Constance Snow but the Mayflower Society has never accepted the twins' descendants as Mayflower families due to lack of official marriage documentation. The same is true for the 5 other Doane children born before Daniel's second marriage (to Hepzibah Cole Crisp, married after 28 July 1682, when her first husband, George Crisp, died).[2]

It can be presumed that Constance Snow [Doane] died between the birth of her last child (Nathaniel Doane) in 1680 and Daniel Doane's re-marriage in July 1682. Again, no official death record has been found, in part due to the 1827 courthouse fire. Thus, at present, Constance Snow Doane's existence is confirmed only by her nephew Josiah Paine's contemporary but unofficial notation; this is not enough for the Mayflower Society but her 9 children and their descendants would say otherwise. She merits having them listed with her here but noted as "unproven" kin.

Note after Merge: On one profile, from "Kathys_Nelsons.ged," Constance's death was given as December 22, 1690. This may have been a typo for "December 22, 1680," a real possibility as her last child was born in 1680 and many women then died in childbirth or shortly thereafter. As no sources were given for this date, we have preferred using "before July 1682" as the given death date.[3]

Sources; cites "The Doane Family," III ed 1976, Vol. 2. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900. Author: Yates Publishing - Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004.Original data - This unique collection of records was extracted from a variety of sources including family group sheets and electronic databases. Page: Source number: 1182.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: GAK. Note: Text: Birth date: 1646 - Birth place: MA - Marriage date: 1666... "Descendants of William Cromartie and Ruhamah Doane and Related...," by Amanda Cook Gilbert, Volume 1, 2013 edition, pg. 21 says: "xiii. Constance Snow was born in 1638, married Daniel Doane, born about 1636." and on pg. 22 concludes: "William Bradford, writing in 1651, stated that Constance Hopkins [Snow] had 12 children, 'All of them Liviing.' Only 9 can be documented with existing records. Constance, wife of Daniel Doane, is quite probably one of the 'three missing children' but, unfortunately, there is no conclusive proof." [4] Doane Family Association of America, "Doane" Vol. II, pg. 2 General Society of Mayflower Descendants, "MFIP Stephen Hopkins" pp 4-5 states "Josiah Paine, town clerk and historian of Harwich, wrote that Nicholas and Constance had a daughter named for her mother who was first wife of Daniel Doane of Eastham". A. A. Doane "Doane " Vol. I pg 26; "Dawes-Gates and Allied Families" 2:305 A.E. Stratton, "Plymouth Colony" (Ancestry Pub SLC UT 1986). See quote from "MFIP" above. MAYFLOWER INCREASINGS by Susan Rosser not listed as a child spouse: Doane, Daniel (~1636 - 1712) - m. Bef 1666 ↑ "Mayflower Families Genealogies in Progress: Stephen Hopkins" Volume: pp 4-5; Josiah Paine's contemporary notebook is in the Eastham Public Library. See:; cites "The Doane Family," III ed., 1976, Vol. 2. ↑ Note added by Chet Snow, September 23, 2104. ↑ See: . Kathys_Nelsons.ged Data


Source: S-2066269351 Repository: #R-2139873689 Title: Ancestry Family Trees Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members. Repository: R-2139873689 Name: Address: The Chrisman Pedigree, website created by Lonnie Chrisman, The Doane family : I. Deacon John Doane, of Plymouth, II. Doctor John Done, of Maryland, and their descendants : with notes upo. Family Data Collection - Marriages. Edmund West, comp. Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2001. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900. Yates Publishing. Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004. American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI). Godfrey Memorial Library, comp. Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 1999. Acknowledgments

Thank you to Kathleen Nelson for creating WikiTree profile Snow-1847 through the import of Kathys_Nelsons.ged on Jun 16, 2013. Thank you to Michael Foos for creating WikiTree profile Snow-2141 through the import of Atha.ged on Dec 17, 2013. Thank you to Ken McIsaac for creating WikiTree profile Snow-2177 through the import of McIsaac Heritage_2012-03-03_2013-12-14 C_2013-12-18_2013-12-18.ged on Dec 18, 2013. Thank you to Chet Snow for researching and writing this profile's biography after merging Snow-2141 and Snow-2177 on September 4, 2014.

Birth: 1646 Death: Oct., 1682

  • References* -- The Mayflower Families, Vol. 6, "Stephen Hopkins", p. 9-10, 23-24, 83-84.

'Constance Snow

Born in Massachusetts, USA on 1651

to Nicholas Snow and Constance Hopkins.

Constance married Daniel Doane and had 8 children.

She passed away on 1706 in Eastham, Massachusetts, USA.

Family Members


Nicholas Snow 1600-1676

Constance Hopkins 1608-1676


Daniel Doane 1640-1712


Daniel Doane 1668-1743

Joseph Doane 1675-1757

Constant Doane 1712-1719

Israel Doane 1667-1667

Rebecca Doane 1680-1722

Ruth Doane 1683-1721

Nathaniel Doane 1677-1758

Abigail Doane 1674-1728

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Constance Doane's Timeline

Eastham, Barnstable , Massachusetts
Age 18
Eastham, Cape Cod, Plymouth Colony
Age 20
Eastham, (Present Barnstable County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
June 27, 1669
Age 23
Eastham, Cape Cod, Plymouth Colony
March 7, 1670
Age 24
Eastham, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States
Age 26
Eastham, Cape Cod, Plymouth Colony
Age 27
Eastham, (Present Barnstable County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
Age 30
Eastham, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States
June 16, 1678
Age 32
Eastham, Barnstable , Massachusetts