Found in "Gratiot County, Michigan: Historical, Biographical, Statistical" by Willard D. Tucker (1913) on page 498-99:
John W. Doane was one of theearly and influential first-comers in Pine River Township.He is now a resident of Mt. Pleasant, Mich.In October, 1854 he settled in the woods of section 8 and proceeded to transform the wilderness into a fertile farm.He always held a high place in the esteem of his townsmen as a neighbor and fellow-sufferer in the times that tried men's souls in Gratiot County.In official life he fully met the expectations most important being that of township treasurer in the years 1865, '84 and '85.He served a little over three years in the Civil War, a member of the 8th Mich. Infantry, and was discharged in 1864 with the rank of First Lieutenant.Mr. Doane was married December 10, 1857, to Lucinda, daughter of Amasa and Mercy Packard.One child-Ida-was born, who died at the age of two years.Mrs. Doane died November 4, 1860.Mr. Doane was again married, March 17, 1865, to Martha A. Packard, a sister of his first wife.Children born to them were Amasa, Erastus, Lucinda and Edith.The second wife died August 6, 1880.Mr. Doane married-third-Minnie L. Mey, April 3, 1881.She is the daughter of the late Julius Mey, of Pine River.