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Col. Elisha Doane

Male 1725 - 1783  (57 years)


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  • Name Elisha Doane 
    Prefix Col. 
    Born 23 June 1725  Eastham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 25 January 1783  Boston, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Elish died of apoplexy
    Notes 
    • From The Doane Family:
      “Elisha Doane was an ensign of his father’s company at Louisbourg after the surrender of that stronghold in 1745. He was a prominent man in Wellfleet and in Barnstable County; a Justice of the Peace; a Colonel of militia; Precinct treasurer from 1760 to 1762; district clerk and treasurer from 1763 to 1778; a Representative to the General Court from 1766 to 1768, 1781 and 1782; a selectman from 1763 to 1771. He was a Massachusetts Senator for a number of years, and it was said commanded more respect, and exerted greater influence in that body than any other member. He was largely engaged in the whale fishery in his early life, but later was occupied in other affairs and spent the most of his time in Boston. He accumulated a large fortune, estimated at £100,000. In Dwight's Travels it is said: ‘Col. Doane of Wellfleet, and Thomas Boyleston of Boston were estimated by their fellow citizens the two richest men in the Province of Mass. Bay.’
      “At Wellfleet he lived in as much style as the situation and times could afford. He was famous for his hospitality and entertained freely. There was no tavern in the town and when any stranger of standing and respectability visited the place, he was at once invited to become the guest of Colonel Doane, and the family papers contain many amusing accounts of the length of time which some of the guests found pleasurable, but with which the family were quite content. Among his wedding presents to his wife was a coach, the first one ever seen in Wellfleet. It could be used there but little, however, on account of the poor roads, which were hardly up to that class of carriages. The latter part of his life Colonel Doane resided chiefly in Boston, where he was engaged in commerce, and where he had a handsome house and delighted in receiving and entertaining his friends. He was a man of great charm of manner, it was said, but of strong character and the strictest integrity. His remains were placed in the Doane Tomb, No. 12, under Kings Chapel, corner of Tremont and School streets, Boston. His first wife, Hope, was buried in the Duck Creek burial-ground at Wellfleet. She was a ‘gentle woman, universally respected, whose death was lamented by all, especially by the poor, to whom she was a great friend.’” [1]
    Person ID I24080  Schirado
    Last Modified 8 February 2004 

    Father Capt. Elisha Doane,   b. about 1699,   d. 7 December 1759, Wellfleet, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 60 years) 
    Mother Hannah Cole,   b. 15 December 1693, Eastham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 February 1786, Wellfleet, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years) 
    Married 26 February 1718/9  Truro, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Elisha Doane of Cape Codd and Hannah Cole of Eastham were married at Cape Codd the 26th of February: 1718/19 by Mr. John Avery pastor of the church in Truroe
    Family ID F7541  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse 1 Hope Rich,   b. 7 May 1725, Eastham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 June 1766, Wellfleet, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years) 
    Married 22 February 1743/4  Wellfleet, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Hannah Doane,   b. 5 February 1748/9, Wellfleet, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 August 1839, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
    Family ID F17573  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse 2 Ann Doane,   b. 8 September 1744, Boston, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 July 1849, Jamaica Plain, Boston, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 104 years) 
    Married 25 December 1768  [1
    Family ID F17588  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S67] Alfred Alder Doane, (Boston, 1902).

    2. [S230] (Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants).


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