Fonds 74-004 - Doane family fonds

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Doane family fonds

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  • 1802-1908 (Creation)
    Doane family

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6 cm of textual records

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The Doane family were a Quaker family who settled in York County, probably in East Gwillimbury Township, as early as 1815. According to the 1878 Atlas of York County, the family held land on concession 3, lot 15, in that township, more or less equidistant from Sharon and Queensville Post Offices. Other members of the family branched out to North King Township (third concession, near the Holland River), to Pickering Township, Toronto, the United States, and in one case, to the Baptist Mission at Cocanada, Madras, India.

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The fonds consists of the papers and correspondence of the Doane Family, which settled in York County, in King Township. The papers deal with family matters, and are particularly valuable for those interested in the Society of Friends. Some of the correspondence originated in the U.S.A.

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Box 1

Folder 1: Miscellaneous undated and dated

  1. Family tree of the Webb family (relation being Elizabeth Webb and Seneca Doane), 2 pages
  2. 'from a memoir of William Penn - born 1644 died 1718' 10 pages an anonymous essay on Penn's life, his acceptance of Quaker faith, and the establishment of the Quaker colony in America.
  3. poem - 'Reflections on Flax' - original and copy, 2 pages.
  4. unsigned, anonymous letter, family and Quaker news, written on Seventh day evening 24th 5 minutes after 5, 2 pages.
  5. rate bill of school levies, showing names of ratepayers and amount levied, signed Nathan Dennis, 2 pages.
  6. promissory note, John Scott to Andrew Saunders, 10 May 1783.
  7. scrap account, circa 1810.
  8. Obligation of Elijah Hawley to George Hill and Wing Rogers, 16 Aug 1813, 2 pages.
  9. scrap account 23 Nov. 1894 1 page
  10. two letters to Mrs. Cleland, from Lotties Clubine a) 8 Feb 1897, re Cleland's illness - sympathies, 2 pages b) 12 April 1898, written from Newmarket, regrets for missing Mrs. Cleland's school classes, 4 pages.
  11. anonymous letter 'to dear sister', written from Younge Street (King Township?) family news, 2nd mo 23. 2 pages.

    Folder 2: Nathan Bostwick (husband of Esther Doane)

  12. the estate of the late Nathaniel Bostwick, 1811- 1813, in account with Quetton F. St. George, signed at York, 1 April 1815.
  13. receipt re Esther of Nathan Bostwick, 10 June 1815, 1 page
  14. Letters of Administration to the Estate of the late Nathan Bostwick in the Township of East Gwillimbury, by Robert Baldwin Esq., Surrogate for the Home District, 27 Feb. 1815, 4 pages.
  15. account on Nathan Botwick Estate with the Surrogate and Registrar of the Home District, undated, 2 pages.
  16. receipt e estate, 22 July 1814, 2 pages.
  17. receipt re estate of Nathan Bostwick, signed W.W. Baldwin, 4 Aug 1819.

    Folder 3: William Doane

  18. obligation paid to Wm. Doane, 14 April 1807; on reverse - date of promissory note of John Scott, in favour of James Pellard, 28 Sept. 1802.
  19. obligation of William Doane, by Ebenezer Doane, (both of King Township), 21 July 1814.
  20. letter of George W. Doane to Wm. Doane re estate of Jonathan Doane, including copy of J, Doane's will, written from New York, 9 June 1819.
  21. obligation of Wm. Doane to Peter Ives, 9 Feb 1831.

    Folder 4: Esther Doan Bostwick (Doan)

  22. undated letter from Seneca Doan to his mother, resettlement, potato crop, written in the early autumn.
  23. undated from Seneca Doan to his mother, re his wife Betsy's illness, high death rate.
  24. letter to Esther from her sister Anna Rogers in Pickering Township, family news, 8 June 1841.
  25. receipt for Esther, 1 Feb. 1847.
  26. letter to Esther, from her son Elwood Bostwick, re illness, family news, mentions his brother Elijah 19 March 1848
  27. letter from Seneca Doan to Elijah W. Bostwick at Pickering, written from "Yongs Street", 19 March 1848 - inside, it is addressed to Dear Mother.
  28. letter to Esther from her granddaughter Ester Sarah Bostwick, relating to life in the Friend's Seminary, 12 June 1850.
  29. letter to Esther Doan, from Elijah W. Bostwick, written from Pickering, regards family news, building of Grand Trunk Railway, 31 July 1854.
  30. last will and testament of Esther Doan, with notation 'Acted on this fifth day of the first month 1860 by Sarah Rogers and Nuldah Nuntly' will dated 29 July 1856.
  31. letter from Wing Rogers, bible talk, family news, 9 Sept. 1857.
  32. letter from John Chantler, written from Innisfil Township, bible talk, 5 Dec. 1858.

    Folder 5: Seneca Doan

  33. letter written by Seneca to "Friend" re schooling of son of late Elijah Winn, written from Yonge Street (Newmarket) undated.
    34.undated letter to his wife Betsy and children.
  34. undated letter from Phebe Holmes requesting money.
  35. undated letter from Seneca Doan Bostwick, (nephew), written from Toronto, family news, work on Merchants Express Freight from Sarnia to Toronto.
  36. document from Surrogate Court of United Counties of York and Peel, re: guardianship of Wm. Penn Winn (see #33), and Mary Adeline Winn, 1860 (also spelled Wyne).
  37. medical account of Seneca Doan with Dr. H. Llyod, 18 Oct 1857; 4 & 9 Oct 1858.
  38. copy of indenture, by Wm Doan Rorke to Seneca Doan, 2 March 1845.
  39. Wm. Penn Winn to Seneca Doan, written from Rockwood Commercial Academy, re: school life, request fro money for necessities, 6 Feb 1858.
  40. anonymous to Seneca Doan, re: Wm Penn Winn's desire to visit home and neglect his study, written from Rockwood 14 March 1858.
  41. inventory of personal property of Augustus Rogers by S. Doan and Eli Llyod, 3 Nov 1858
  42. W. P. Winn indented to McKracken & Bell, sent to Seneca Doan, 5 Nov 1860.
  43. E. W. Bostwick to Seneca Doan, requesting money, written from Pickering, 15 Nov 1864 or 1896.
  44. promissory note to Anna L Rogers, 28 June 1860; reverse - miscellaneous receipts, 11 Dec 1866; 25 Aug 1868; 1872.
  45. receipt and statement of account of M. A. Winn, re: funds due her by her father's will, 28 Oct 1867.
  46. Phebe Holmes to Seneca Doan, 2 Sept 1868 - family illness, marriages, written from Sparta.
  47. Phebe Holmes to Seneca Doan, written from Sparta, with news from St. Thomas relatives, weather report, land in Aurora, 30 March 1869.
  48. Theodore Huntely to Seneca Doan, written from Orillia, re: Friends, 14 June 1872.
  49. Emmeline Doan to Seneca Doan, written from Wallace, family news, requesting replies, 19 Dec 1872.
  50. Elwood Scott to Seneca, written from Farmers' Institute, Tippecanoe County, Indiana, re: scenery and land use, Quaker's meetings, 3 Sept 1875.
  51. C. G. Bowerman to Seneca Doan, written from Bloomfield U.C., re: illness of Brother Elwood Scott, 11 Sept. 1876.
  52. Samuel Bolton to Seneca Doan, written from Bolton, re: activities of Friends, 3 Feb 1878.
  53. Various receipts re executors of estate of Seneca Doan, 1901-1908.
  54. Martha to Seneca, written from Cocanada Baptist mission in Madras India, describing her trip to India, her studies and missionary life, 10 Feb 1890.

    Folder 6: Rachel and Lucinda Doane

  55. Susanna Hussey to Rachael Doan, written from Greenwood, re: Friends' activities, and references to the starving south (Greenwood is in the northern United States, perhaps in New York State), 4 Nov. 1866.
  56. Jamina Holmes to Rachel and Lucinda, written from Sparta, re: weather conditions, family news, 3 June 1867.
  57. Susanna Hussey to Rachel Doan, written from Hillier (Ohio or New York) re Friends' activities on tour, family news; at that time Susanna was a resident of Mt. Pleasant in Jefferson County, Ohio, 16 April 1866.
  58. Susanna Hussey to Rachel Doan, written from Maple Grove, (Marshall County), Iowa re: family news, Friends' activities, 24 June 1867.
  59. Susanna Hussey to Rachel Done, written from Greenwood, re: news of family and Friends' tour, 11 Nov. 1868.
  60. Phebe Holmes to Rachel and Lucinda Doan, written from Sparta, family news, 2 May 1870.
  61. Annie Bailey to Rachel and Lucinda Doan, written from Yarmouth Nova Scotia, family news, 18 June 1873.
  62. 'Frone' to Rachel Doan, written from Toledo, Ohio, family news 21 Nov 1900.
  63. Emmeline (Dennis?) to (niece?) Lucinda Doan, written from (Newmarket?), family news, 8 June 1862.
  64. Rachel Doan to Lucinda Doan, written from Brock Street Grand Trunk Railway station, enclosing Rachel's Toronto address, family news, 22 Feb 1872.
  65. plate re: correspondence

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