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Doane, James Cutler

American, 1788 - 1878


James Cutler Doane was the son of Elisha Doane [1762-1832] and his wife Jane Cutler [1765-1823] of Cohasset, MA. The Doanes were subjects of portraits now in the NGA (1943.1.3 and 1943.1.4). Elisha was born in Wellfleet, MA, the son of Elisha [1725-1783] and Hope Rich Doane [1725-1766]. The elder Elisha was a wealthy merchant, from whom the subject received a substantial inheritance. Elisha the younger graduated from Harvard College in 1781. On 24 June 1783 he married Jane Cutler, daughter of John and Mary Clark Cutler of Boston. Elisha married secondly on 4 July 1825, to Elizabeth Cushing [1772-1841], daughter of the Hon. Charles and Elizabeth Sumner Cushing. Elisha Doane was survived by 4 of his seven children, including James Cutler Doane and Maria Foster Doane. The Doanes settled in Cohasset, where Elisha, in addition to running shipping business, also owned a grist and flour mill, a rope walk, and salt works. [Information from Dr. Ellen Miles' forthcoming systematic catalogue volume on American Paintings; see also sources and references recorded on CMS]


Doane, Alfred Alder. The Doane Family: Deacon John Doane, of Plymouth; Doctor John Done, of Maryland; and their Descendants. Boston, 1902:422-423

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