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DOYLE, Thomas

Thomas DOYLE, deceased, was for many years one of the prominent and representative citizens of Saratoga township, Marshall county. He was born near Shirleysburg, Huntingdon county, Pennsylvania, October 4, 1811, and on emigrating westward he first located in Macon county, Illinois, twelve miles east of Decatur. In the keystone state he had married Hannah SMALLEY, who was also a native of Huntingdon county, and they came by team to this state. He was in limited circumstances, and after spending ten years in Macon county he went to Peoria, where for a year he was engaged in teaming. In 1848 he purchased a tract of land nine miles north of that city, where he made his home for four years.

It was on the 15th of September, 1852, that Mr. DOYLE, with his family, settled upon land in Saratoga township, Marshall county, his farm adjoining the one on which his son Wesley now lives. For the one hundred and sixty acres he paid two thousand dollars, but had to go in debt for much of the amount. There he made his home for eight years, and after renting land for three years went to Missouri. He traveled over much of the state with the view of locating, but, as the war broke out, he returned to Saratoga township, Marshall county, and became the owner of one hundred and sixty acres of land on section 27, where his daughter, Mrs. CLARK, and her husband now reside. This became his permanent home, and he gave his entire time and attention to its cultivation and improvement until about twelve or fifteen years before his death, when he laid aside business cares, living retired while his son attended to the duties of the farm. He was quite successful and rendered assistance to each of his children as they started out in life. In politics he was an adherent of republican principles, and religiously both he and his wife were faithful members of the Methodist Episcopal church. His death occurred August 20, 1877, and after surviving him for five years she also died on the old homestead and was laid to rest by his side in the Saratoga cemetery.

In the family were the following children – Mary Ann, wife of David SAYLOR, of Nuckolls county, Nebraska; Wesley S.; Owen, of Saratoga township; Florence, who died at an early age; Simeon, of Whitefield township, Marshall county; Matilda, wife of Joseph CLARK, whose sketch may be found on another page of this work; Franklin, a minister of the Methodist Episcopal church, now located in Johnson county, Nebraska, and Eliza, wife of Alfred BETZ, of Whitefield township.

Wesley S. DOYLE, the second of the above family, remained under the parental roof until twenty-six years of age, but after attaining his majority was dependent upon his own resources. His first purchase of land consisted of eighty acres of the farm on which he now resides, and to which he has since added another eighty acre tract just north of the old farm. He was married September 29, 1870, the lady of his choice being Miss Mary Ann SAYLOR, who was born and reared in White county, Indiana. She is a sister of David SAYLOR, who had been a resident of Saratoga township for eleven years previous to their marriage. She engaged in teaching for some time both in Indiana and in Marshall county. By her marriage with Mr. DOYLE she has one daughter, Eva, now the wife of Peter LEWIS, of Whitefield township. She is a consistent member of the Saratoga Methodist Episcopal church. In his political views Mr. DOYLE is a stanch republican, and has acceptably served in several minor township offices.

Extracted May 2011 by Norma Hass from The Biographical Record of Bureau, Marshall and Putnam Counties, Illinois, 1896.

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