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Daniel Doane, Jr.

Birthdate: (77)
Birthplace: Eastham, (Present Barnstable County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
Death: September 1, 1743 (77)
Newtown, Bucks County, Province of Pennsylvania, (Present USA)
Place of Burial: Langhorne, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Dea. Daniel Doane and Constance Doane
Husband of Mehitable Doane and Mary Doane
Father of Daniel Doane, Jr.; Lydia Stradling; Eleazer Doane; Elijah Doane; Joseph Doane and 8 others
Brother of Child Doane; Constant Doane; Joseph Doane; Israel Doane; Rebecca Merrick (Doane) and 6 others
Half brother of Hepzibah Doane

Occupation: Carpenter
Managed by: Larry Odebrecht
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About Daniel Doane, Jr.

From "Doane Family" by A.A. Doane

Date of death: Sept. 1, 1743.

Birth: 1666 Eastham Barnstable County Massachusetts
Death: 1743 Newtown Bucks County Pennsylvania


  1. Daniel Doane (1687 - ____)*
  2. Eleazer Doane (1692 - 1757)*
  3. Joseph Doane (1697 - 1783)*
  4. Israel Doane (1699 - 1797)*

Spouse: Mehetabel Twining Doane (1661 - 1743)

Burial: Middletown Friends Cemetery (now) Langhorne, Bucks County, Pennsylvania


The Middletown Meeting sent committees to him in 1710/11, which were met with "unseemly expressions" and "contemptuous flouts", causing his disownment. He was accused of meddling in astrology and prediction, especially "as to ye man's wife that came to such an untimely end". He claimed not to be connected in any way to it.

The Doane Family and Their Descendants, Third Ed., 1976, p. 53

"Mr. Doan was of a self-reliant, independent, inquiring mind, and was led to study the teachings of the Friends who were then creating a sensation by their new doctrine. Charmed by their teachings, he united with the meeting at Sandwich, about 40 miles from his father's home, the oldest meeting in America. The precise date of his joining the Friends is not known, but in 1696 he applied for and received from the Sandwich Meeting the following certificate of removal for himself and wife:

"At a meeting of Friends at Sandwich in New England ye 17th of 3rd mo. 1696. We are to signify to all whom it may concern that our friend Daniel Doan and his wife Mehetabel, that as far as we know their lives and conversations have been as becometh ye truth, and as for his testimonial that he hath borne amongst us for ye blessed truth, we have great unity with it as witness our hands. Wm Allen, Israel Gaunt, Matthew Jones, John Ewing, John Jennens, James Stewart, and Abiah Jenkins.

"After an overland journey of nearly seven hundred miles Mr. Doane arrived in the Friends Colony in Pennsylvania with his wife and four small children, the youngest about two years old. In course of time, date unknown, he presented his credentials at the meeting in Middleton, Bucks Co., and was duly accepted in membership. He settled in, or adjacent to the village of Newtowne where he followed carpentering and farming, and prospered to an extent that gave him a competence in his declining years.
On Apr 4, 1702, he purchased of James Yates for seventy pounds sterling 78 acres of land situated south of present Newtowne Borough, and east of Newtown Creek. On Jan 2, 1713, he bought 22 acres adjoining the former purchase.
Although Daniel began well in Bucks Co. and was at first, it is thought a religious teacher among Friends, only a few years after his arrival in Pennsylvania his investigating spirit led him to study the stars and the influence of the planets upon one another. But reports "that Daniel Doane should meddle in astrologie" brought him into conflict with his Meeting, which lasted almost continually until he was disowned in 1711. He had a way of assuming the defensive which involved the frequent sending of committees to parley with him ' but Daniel, strong in his sense of the right of private judgment and of free toleration as to opinions, treated all charges and committees with "unseemly expressions" and "contemptuous flounts". From time to time, however, he would send in written apologies and other papers, one of which was as follows:

"In as much as many by their consulting the figure of conceptions and with revolutions and perfections presume to tell what is contingent to bear upon earth, either weal or woe, while they themselves are ye bitter source, and are shut up, under ye oxit of ye animated spirit and become fools to ye wisdom of Egypt; and inasmuch as it has mused the minds of many concerning me because I have done some things of that nature as to prediction, and some have inquisitus to see ye aphorisms and schemes by which I did work them and though I did never show it unto any, yet I do say ingeniously and without mental reservation, that I never was inclined, much less to study, any magick art or southing devinations or negromantic trick."

At length tired of Daniel and his doings, the Middletown Meeting, after many expressions of sorrow "that he is so wayward" and prayers "that he may be brought back to the truth" disowns "the said Daniel Doane to be one of us" and "we being clear of him, his wickedness lies upon his own head."He was bequeathed one pound of money in his father's Will dated Sept 18, 1712. This small allowance may have been on account of his having joined the Friends, but it is more probable that the sone received his share of his father's property before the removal to Pennsylvania.Daniel Doane was the first of the Doane family to migrate from Cape Cod. He was the first and only one of the early generations to forsake the church of his fathers. He was the founder of the largest and in some respects the most important branch of the family.His death is thus recorded on the records of the Middletown Meeting: "Daniel Doane Senior deceased ye first day of ye ninth (or eighth) month Anno 1743 and ye third day of ye week."His Will dated Oct 4, 1731, was probated Dec 31, 1743. The following is an extract:"To my beloved children, Daniel Doan, Elieser Doan, ElijahDoan, Joseph Doan, Israel Doan, Lydia Stradling, Rebecca Randall,and George Randall (my son in law) husband of my daughter Elizabeth deceased 5 shillings each. To my dear and loving wifeMary Doan the remaining all and singular of my whole estate,for ye maintaining, educating, and bringing up my children, born of my said wife Mary Doan, namely, Samuel, Mary, Thomas, Sarah, and Ebeneser Doan.

Children of first marriage from Middletown Meeting records:

  1. Daniel, b. 1687-8, 11, 23
  2. Lydia, b. 1690-1, 10, 30; m. 1715, 8, 5, in Friends Meeting at Middletown, Thomas Stradling, husbandman; about 1725 took certificate from Middletown to Buckingham.
  3. Eleazer, b 1691-2, 12, 21
  4. Elijah, b 1694, 4, 3Joseph b 1697, 2, 23
  5. Israel, b 1699, 3, 20
  6. Elizabeth b 1701, 8, 20 m at Middletown 1722, 8, 10 George Randall
  7. Rebecca b ___; m at Middletown, 1722, 8, 10 Joseph Randall,a brother of George

Children with second wife, Mary (children are identified in his will):

  1. Samuel
  2. Mary
  3. Thomas
  4. Sarah
  5. Ebeneser

The Doane Family, Vol II, compiled by the Doane Family Association of America, Inc., 1975, corrections to Vol 1

"first wife of Daniel Doan may have been Mehatebel, dau of William and Elizabeth Dean Twining, whose step grandmother was Ann Doane, 2nd wife of William Twining. His second wife was Mary (Hancock) Price, daughter Timothy Hancock of Evesham Twp, Burlington Co., N.J. and widow of Reece Price of Burlington Co., N.J. and later of Bucks Co., Pa.correction: Daniel Doane purchased 78 acres for 21 pounds and deed was dated June 4, 1702."On Sept 5, 1936, a marker was placed on the land once owned by Daniel Doan with the following inscription: "This tone marks the land of Daniel Doan purchased after his arrival in Newtown (Bucks Co., Pa.) in 1695. He was a member of the first Quaker Meeting in America at Sandwich, Mass., son of Deacon Daniel Doane of Eastham, Mass., grandosn of Deacon John Doane, immigrant from England to Plymouth in 1628. He and Stepehen Twining, his wife's brother were the first New Englanders in Newtown."Humphrey, Bucks County Births,1682-1800, pp. 70-71children of Daniel and Mehetabel:Daniel 24 11mo 1687/8 Middletown MMEleazar 21 12mo 1691/2 Middletown MMElijah 3 4mo 1694 Middletown MMElizabeth 20 8mo 1701 Middletown MMIsrael 20 3mo 1699 Middletown MMJoseph 2 2mo 1697 Middletown MMLydia 30 10mo 1690/1 Middletown MMHenry C. Mercer, "The Doanes Before the Revolution", Bucks County Historical Society, Vol 1, p. 174John Doane was a Pilgrim father, ariving in Plymouth before 1630 when his name first appeas on a tax list. He was born in 1590. Beyond the facts of Deacon John Doane having been the father of numerous children, having been governor's assistant in 1633, along with Miles Standish, and chosen deacon of the Plymouth church in 1634, and having heldped found the offshoot colony of Eastham in 1644, where his family afterward lived, we have little to say of the first John Doane. John had a son Daniel who had a son Daniel who was the Pa. emigrant. The records of the Middletown Friends MM stated that on the 3d month 17th day 1696 Daniel Doane and Mehetebel, his wife, brough a certificate of good conduct from the Friends meeting of Sandwich, Mass. Daniel, Jr. deserted the religion of of his ancestors and joined the persecuted sect of Quakers at Sandwich about 40 miles from his native town. Daniel's father cut him off in his Will with one pound sterling. Although Daniel began well in Bucks County, and was it appears at first a religious teacher among the Friends, about three years after his arrival a dark rumor "that Daniel should meddle in predictions by astologie," brought him into trouble with the meeting which lasted almost continuously until he was disowned in 1711. He had a way of assuming the defensive which involved the frequent sending of committees to parley with him whom he often met with "unseemly expressions and contemptous flouts". From time to time when it had gone to far, he would send in written apologies to meeting, one of those which it appeared "was not fit to read." There was trouble too "as to y man's wife that came to such an untimely end", as to which scandal Daniel declares in one of his numerous papers that "many mouths were open to speak things strange and ambiguous concerning me, but I was clear both at to action and thought." How far Daniel's astrological methods differed of Wiggins may best be seen in in his chief paper, worthy of Nostradamus himself, read before meeting in 1702 when the "rumors" had assumed their darkest character. (same quote as above) But soon after taking unto himself seven devils worse than the first, he proceeded to walk "loosely and vainly", and meet all attempts to recall him with "contemptuous flouts". so that finally,, tired out with Daniel and his dark doings, the Meeting in 1711 disowns the said Daniel "to be one of us" and "we being clear of him, his wickedness lies upon his own head." as cited at http://www.werelate.org/wiki/Person:Daniel_Doane_(4)

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Daniel Doane, Jr.'s Timeline

Eastham, (Present Barnstable County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
November 23, 1687
Age 21
Eastham, Barnstable County, Massachusetts
October 30, 1690
Age 24
Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States
December 21, 1691
Age 25
Barnstable County, Province of Massachusetts, (Present USA)
April 3, 1694
Age 28
Barnstable, MA
April 23, 1697
Age 31
Bucks County, Province of Pennsylvania
March 20, 1698
Age 32
Newton, Bucks County, Province of Pennsylvania
August 20, 1701
Age 35
Middletown, Bucks, Pennsylvania, USA