HistoryThe Doans in Bucks Country - History of Black Leg Ranch
THE DOANS in Bucks County
The Life and Times of the
The Doan family first came to America in 1629 and branches of it sprang up throughout Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
Levi and Abraham Doan
By 1696 the first of the Doans had moved into Bucks County from Sandwich, Massachusetts and prior to 1726 Israel Doan, the grandfather of the infamous Doan Boys, was squatting on Indian land in Plumstead. At the time this area was deeply forested with great distances between cleared farms. Settlers found the Indians who frequented the area friendly for the most part and there was an abundance of deer and bear to hunt.
Joseph Doan, Sr., the Father of the outlaw Moses, lived on a farm on what is now Route 611 just south of Plumsteadville. He and his wife Hester had the dubious honor of fathering five of the six Doan outlaws: Joseph, Jr., Moses, Aaron, Levi and Mahlon. Abraham, their first cousin, was the sixth member of the band. Although at various times other outlaws and highwaymen joined up with them, these six were largely responsible for what became the Doan legend.
Original Homestead and sod houses of the Black Leg Ranch – About 1889
Pictured on back left is George Doan
Back Row: Harden Smith, David Israel Doan, Anna Bell Sawyer, George Doan, William Doan, Maria (Byer) Doan Smith, and Abraham Doan.
Black Leg Ranch Timeline
|American Generation||Name||Ranch Generation||Year|
|9th Generation||George Doan||1st Generation||1856-1932|
|10th Generation||Jewell Doan Sr.||2nd Generation||1893-1967|
|11th Generation||Jewell Doan Jr.||3rd Generation||1921-2002|
|12th Generation||Jerry Doan||4th Generation||1953-|
|13th Generation||Jeremy Doan||5th Generation||1979-|
|14th Generation||Jaxton Doan||6th Generation||2014-|
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