Ephraim Doe and his sister Mary Ann entered the orphanage in 1859 when their father was charged with stealing sheep and their mother Bridget nee Norton was tring to run a farm alone. After five months in the orphanage, the children with their parents moved to Bishopsbourne where their father began to create a farm. In 1867, he was charged with manslaughter and sent to Port Arthur. The children moved to live in the Latrobe area with their mother. Young Ephraim became a farmer at Sheffield, Paradise and Wilmot. He joined the Christian Brethren Church and religion became an important part of his life. He married Caroline Byron and they had 12 children. Caroline died at Wilmot in 1903 and he then married a widow, Rose Arnold nee Ballam in 1905. Ephraim died in 1934.