IN MEMORY OF
John Doane 1685
FOUNDER OF THE DOANE FAMILY IN AMERICA
BORN ABOUT 1590 - DIED FEBRUARY 1 1685
CAME TO PLYMOUTH ABOUT 1630 WHERE HE WAS
DEACON OF THE CHURCH; DEPUTY TO THE GENERAL COURT;
ONE OF THE ASSISTANTS TO THE GOVERNOR; MEMBER OF
THE COMMITTEE TO REVISE THE LAWS IN 1636;
ONE OF THE FOUNDERS OF EASTHAM IN 1644; DEACON
OF THE FIRST CHURCH HERE AND DEPUTY TO THE COURT.
ERECTED BY HIS DESCENDANTS 1907
(plaque in Eastham Town Hall)
MR. JOHN DOANE
WHO CAME TO PLYMOUTH ABOUT 1630. HE WAS ONE OF THE LEADERS OF
THE COLONY, TWICE ASSISTANT TO THE GOVERNOR,
MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE TO REVISE THE LAWS IN 1636
AND DEACON OF THE CHURCH AT PLYMOUTH.
IN 1644 HE REMOVED TO NAUSET AND WAS ONE OF THE FOUNDERS
OF THE TOWN NOW EASTHAM.
HE SERVED THE TOWN AS DEACON OF THE FIRST CHURCH,
JUSTICE OF PEACE, MEMBER OF THE FIRST BOARD OF SELECTMEN,
DEPUTY TO THE COLONY COURT
AND HELD MANY OTHER IMPORTANT PUBLIC OFFICES.
A MAN OF WISDOM, INTEGRITY AND DEEP PIETY,
HE GAVE HIMSELF UNRESERVEDLY TO THE WELL BEING
OF HIS FELLOW MEN AND THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE COMMUNITY.
HIS HOUSE STOOD ON THE NORTH SIDE OF TOWN COVE
WHERE HE DIED FEBRUARY 21ST 1685 AGED ABOUT NINETY FIVE YEARS.
FEW MEN HAVE SERVED THEIR TOWN SO LONG AND FAITHFULLY.
THIS TABLET IS ERECTED TO HIS HONOR
THE DOANE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA
AUGUST 26, 1916
This monument is in position JD on the EHS 1776 Cove survey map. A bronze plaque is attached to a large boulder. The boulder is approximately 52" W, 52" H and 22" D. The gravestone plaque indicates John Doane died February 1, 1685. The Town Hall plaque indicates he died February 21, 1685.