Niagara Peninsula Branch – The Doan Gang: my notorious ancestors

Date(s) - 19/03/2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Speaker: Janet Hodgkins
A band of brothers, known as the Doan Gang, became notorious in Pennsylvania during the American Revolution. They robbed wealthy Patriots, scouted for the British forces, rescued prisoners of war from their jail cells, stole horses to equip the British cavalry, spied and generally created mayhem throughout the state and beyond. By war’s end, they were wanted dead or alive. Of the six Doans, four ended up dead and two escaped to Upper Canada where they lived in peace to old age. One of the gang, Aaron Doan, was my 4th great- grandfather.
Bio of Janet Hodgkins, UE
• Grew up in Wainfleet Township where she and her husband raised their two sons and where she still resides on part of her grandparents’ farm.
• Graduated from McMaster University with a B.A. in Honours History.
• Graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an M.L.S. (Master of Library Science)
• Had a career at the Welland Public Library as Children’s Librarian where she told lots of stories.
• Is a Director of the Colonel John Butler (Niagara) Branch of the United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada, and is proud to claim 5 UEL ancestors and 6 ancestors who served in the War of 1812.
• Has been President of the Wainfleet Historical Society for over 10 years.
• Enjoys genealogy (of course), sewing (including her own and her husband’s historic period attire), baking (with an interest in culinary history), and reading (often historical fiction and classic novels).
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