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Doyle, James Eugene

    The James Doyle and Sarah Ellen Lynch Story

  • Born: 23 Dec 1867, Maynooth, Ontario, Canada
  • Marriage: Lynch, Sarah Ellen on 30 Sep 1891 in The Church of Our Lady, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
  • Died: 6 Jun 1951, Detroit, Michigan
  • Buried: 8 Jun 1951, Holy Sepulchre Catholic Cemetery, Southfield, Michigan, 16/343/11

bullet  James Doyle Story

The third child born to Michael Patrick Doyle (M.P.) and Catherine on 23 Dec 1867 in Maynooth was named James Eugene. He was confirmed at The Church of Our Lady in Guelph on October 21st, 1880. He stayed home and farmed with his father and as he matured, took a fancy to Sarah Ellen Lynch, who lived nearby. She was born 21 July 1868 and was the daughter of Thomas and Ellen Farrell Lynch. Her baptism was in The Church of Our Lady on 8 Mar 1879 and her sponsors were Andrew and Catherine Farrell.

James Eugene Doyle and Sarah Ellen Lynch, were married September 30th, 1891 at The Church of Our Lady, Guelph and Edward Doyle (his brother) and Katherine Lynch (her sister) were their attendants. They went to Detroit and boarded a boat to Cleveland for their honeymoon. Sarah’s brothers, Martin, Thomas and James were all reported to have lived in Cleveland at one time so perhaps she visited them. On their return, they settled on one of Michael Patrick’s (M.P.'s), who was Grandpa Doyles Dad, farms - Lot 14, Concession 5, Puslinch Township. It was a hard life for the young couple with children coming along quickly and having to comply with Michael Patrick (M.P.) Doyle's orders concerning the farming activities. James never argued with his father but kept out of his way whenever possible. Many a time Sarah would tell M.P. that James was in one of the back fields when in fact he was sleeping in his bed. M.P trusted and respected Sarah and in many cases, it was Sarah (Grandma Doyle) who made the major decisions in the family.

James and Sarah sold their farm in Puslinch to Frederick Marriott on 22 Nov 1938 for $1800. This seems like such a paltry sum for 100 acres of good farm land, but at that time Canada was still in the grips of the Depression. When M.P. Doyle died in 1912, this farm was valued at $6000, they all had to sign a Quit Claim Release, since M.P. had given the farm to Sarah for Sarah and James natural lives and then to their children.

The Doyles had no money to buy a house in Detroit. Maureen Seitz remembers that they lived with Uncle Joe and Aunt Ida Doyle when they first moved to Detroit. Then they rented, first at 427 West Grand Boulevard (a duplex) from 1922 to 1923, then 2214 McKinstry Avenue and 1510 Artillery Avenue during 1924. By 1938 they were living at 1021 Rademacher, then 1317 Rademacher and in 1942 at 8085 Sorrento. In 1944, Uncle Tom (Thomas Harvey Doyle) bought their first home – 14010 Rutherford. This is the home that I remember and considered my home in Detroit.

This picture was taken on Grandpa James and Grandma Sarah Doyles 50th Wedding Anniversary, September 30th, 1941, at 8085 Sorrento in Detroit.
In the back row starting at the left are Aunt Marie Doyle, Uncle Leo Doyle, Uncle Tom Doyle, Uncle Joe Doyle and Aunt Jo (Josephine Doyle Matson).
Seating in the front row are Aunt Gert (Gertrude Eileen Doyle Lanouette), Grandma Sarah Ellen Lynch Doyle, Grandpa James Eugene Doyle, and Aunt Verne (Catherine Veronica Doyle Crimmins).
Kneeing in the front is Mom (Marguerite Mary Doyle Meehan).
Not shown in the picture are Aunt Irene (Irene Mary Doyle Clair) and Uncle Jim (James Francis Doyle).

On Sept 30th, 1941, James and Sarah were married 50 years. On the occasion of their Golden Wedding, a High mass was celebrated in their honor at Holy Redeemer Church, Detroit. An open house followed at their home and was attended by 100 relatives and friends, reference.

Three months before their sixtieth wedding anniversary, Grandpa James suffered a stroke and passed away ten days later, June 6th, 1951, in his 85th year. He was buried June 8 in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Detroit. After his death, Grandma Sarah stayed in the house on Rutherford in relatively good health until the summer of 1954. She died of heart trouble on Aug 7th and was buried on the 10th beside her husband in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. They are buried in 16/343/11&12.

bullet  Marriage Notes

James married Sarah Ellen Lynch, daughter of Thomas Lynch and Ellen Farrell, on 30 Sep 1891 in The Church of Our Lady, Guelph, Ontario, Canada. (Sarah Ellen Lynch was born on 21 Jul 1868 in Maynooth, Ontario, Canada, died on 7 Aug 1954 in Detroit, Michigan and was buried on 10 Aug 1954 in Holy Sepulchre Catholic Cemetery, Southfield, Michigan, 16/343/12.)

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