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Joseph Harding, Jr.

Birthplace: Duxbury, Plymouth, MA, USA
Death: Died in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph Harding, Sr. and Martha Harding
Husband of Bethiah Cooke
Father of Martha Brown; Capt. Joseph Harding; Josiah Harding; Amaziah Harding; Nathaniel Harding and 6 others
Brother of John Harding or Harden, Sr.? and William Harding

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John Doane

  • 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.
  • Per records of the time, Martha Harding died before October 28, 1633 with John Doane presenting her inventory and also was administrator on behalf of her son. She died without a will, leaving one son in the custody of Mr. John Doane and it has been thought she may have Doane's sister.[7]
  • .... 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 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]
  • 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]
  • John Doane died in Eastham, Massachusetts on February 21, 1685/6. He was buried in Cove Burying Ground in Eastham where his tombstone is existent as well as memorials in his honor.[6]
  • In 1869 the Doanes erected a memorial stone on the site of Deacon John's house in Eastham, Massachusetts. That site, overlooking Nauset Bay, is now a part of the Cape Cod National Seashore. In 1906, a perpetual lot in the Old Town Cove burial ground, including the grave site of Deacon Daniel Doane, a son, was set aside. The following year a memorial stone with a bronze tablet honoring Deacon John Doane was erected. In 1994 a granite stone and bronze marker commemorating the 350th anniversary of the founding of Nauset was dedicated at the homesite.
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  • 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)
  • [Oct. 28, 1633] At this Court John Done presented an inventory of the goods and chattels of Martha Harding deceased, who in behalf of her son was allowed the administracon of the said Martha.
  • — Ply. Col. Rec. Vol. i, p. 18.
  • Note. The widow Martha Harding was taxed in Plymouth in 1632, and was living there in March, 1633. It has been suggested that she was a sister of Mr. John Doane. Martha Harding's inventory was presented Oct. 28, 1633. It states that she died without will, leaving a son in the custody of Mr. John Done, in behalf of whom Mr. Done is allowed to administer. Her estate amounted to £20. 18.s 6. Her debts to £33. 9s 1. John Done charges her estate with £9. 9.s 1 money lent to, or paid out for Martha Harding. Phoebe Harding married John Brown, Jr., of Duxbury, Mar. 26, 1634. Winnifred Harding married Thomas Whitten in 1639. John Harding was probably the "Capt. Harding" sent to treat with the Narragansetts in 1645. In 1652, Joseph Harding of Eastham was presented to the Grand Enquest, "for carrying an Indian's gun into the smith's to bee mended in his uncle's name." Would John Doane have paid out over nine pounds for the widow Harding, if she was not a relative? Unless a relative, would Martha Harding have left a son to the custody of John Doane when she evidently had other children in Plymouth grown to manhood and womanhood?


Joseph is also asserted to have born in 1629, and to have died after May 31, 1687 in Eastham. He was the ward and presumed nephew of John Doane. He is among the inhabitants of Eastham admitted before 1675, and his sons Joseph, Amaziah and Josiah were householders in 1695.


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Joseph Harding, Jr.'s Timeline

Duxbury, Plymouth, MA, USA
December 13, 1662
Age 34
Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts
August 19, 1665
Age 37
Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts
July 8, 1667
Age 39
Eastham, Cape Cod, Plymouth Colony
Age 39
August 15, 1669
Age 41
Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts
November 1, 1671
Age 43
Eastham, Cape Cod, Plymouth Colony
October 9, 1673
Age 45
Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts
December 25, 1674
Age 46
Eastham, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States