Hello Laura, I have the following information on Deacon John (Sir Knight) Doane:
His mother and father were:(per a researcher I had contact with quite awhile ago.)
John Doane b. 1575 England, his wife was Lydia Unknown and I know of two of their children:
1.) Deacon John (Sir Knight) Doane, b. 1590 Devonshire,England, d. February 21, 1685 in Eastham, Barnstaple Cty., MA.He married Abigail Anne Perkins b. 1590 Hillmorton Warwickshire, England, d. June 01, 1654 in Eastham Barnstable, MA.They were married 1628 in Eastham, MA.
1 - Lydia Doane, b. 1630 MA. 2-Abigail Doane, b. 01/13/1632 in MA. 3 - Ephraim Doane, b.1634 MA. 4 - John Doane II, b. abt.1635 MA. 5 - Daniel Deacon Doane, b. abt.1636
2.) Martha Doane, b. 1600 Somerset, England, d. abt. 1633 in Plymouth, MA. she married in 1624 to Joseph Harding in England.
Their child: 1 - Joseph Harding
In the notice of his daughter Abigail's death found on page 21 of this book, it is stated that he "came to Plymouth with his wife in 1630."This notice, printed in a Boston newspaper in 1735, is tolerably good evidence as to the time of his arrival in the Plymouth Colony. Mr. Nahum Mitchell, author of the History of Bridgewater, Mass., in a letter dated Jan. 26, 1849, says: "Mr. John Doane came over to New England about 1629, when history informs us that thirty-five of Leyden Company, with their families, arrived at Plymouth.He no doubt was one of these and a member of Mr. Robinson's church."John Doane was a prominent man in Plymouth as soon as his arrival there about 1630.He was one of the few who bore the title of "Mr."The Pilgrims were very careful to give no titles where they were not due.The late Amos Otis, genealogist of Early Barnstabe Families, says: In the Plymouth Colony the Governor, deputy governor, the magistrates and assistants, the ministers of the church, school-masters, officers in the militia, men of great wealth or connected with the gentry or nobility were entitled to be called Mister and their wives Mistress; this rule was rigidly enforce in earlier Colonial times, and in all lists of names it was almost the universal custom to commence with those who stood highest in rank and to follow that order to the end. (This is from the Deacon John Doane and His Descendants.)
That kind of gives people the real idea about when he arrived and how.