“My Notorious Ancestors: The Doan Gang” — Presentation by 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 the end of the war, they were wanted dead or alive. Four of the six did die while two escaped to Upper Canada where they lived in peace until old age. One of the gang, Aaron Doan, was my 4th great-grandfather and my first Loyalist ancestor.
Janet Hodgkins, UE, is proud to be descended from seven United Empire Loyalists. She belongs to the Colonel John Butler (Niagara) Branch where she is a Director and the Programme Chair. She is also the long-time president of the Wainfleet Historical Society. Janet grew up in Wainfleet Township where she and her husband, David Fowler, raised their two sons and where they still reside on part of her grandparents’ farm.