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Doyle, Patrick O'Neill

  • Born: 16 Mar 1802, Borris-Idrone, CAR, Leinster, IRL
  • Marriage (2): Aylward, Ann on 30 Jan 1826 in Parish of Leighlin Bridge, County Carlow, Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin
  • Died: 4 Aug 1848, Guelph, , ON, CAN
  • Buried: St. Joseph's Cem, Guelph - Blk A, Sec 12, Grave 40

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Patrick O'Neill Doyle was born 16 Mar 1802 in Borris, which is a town of 400 in the south of Car low County, Ireland. His parents, James Doyle and Ann O'Neill, were married 2 Feb 1797 in Sacred Heart Church, Borris and their witnesses were Pat Byrne and W. Kelly. James Doyle died about 1815.

"The Doyle Ancestry" which follows was given to me by Barbara Doyle of Mecosta, Michigan. The author is unknown and some of the material is incorrect, but since it pertains to Patrick Doyle and his descendants, it should be included.


"Patrick Doyle, came to Guelph, in 1828, from County Carlo, Wicklow Township, town of Maynooth. He lived on the Boris Estate in Ireland. Note: I believe this should be Borris-Idrone, Carlow, Leinster, Ireland. Patrick died at the age of 33 from what was then called "Summer Complaint". His first wife's name was Rodey and she died before he left Ireland. He then married Aylward; to whom 8 children were born: 6 in Ireland and 2 in Canada-4 boys, 4 girls. Bridget and Ann in Canada, Patrick, James, Michael, John, Mary and Ellen. The latter is a Loretta nun at Guelph Sr. Desails. Took the family 9 weeks on sail ship to cross the ocean.

Michael Doyle was married in Maynooth which he named after their town in Ireland, in 1861, to Kathryn McDonald who at the age of 17 years was school teacher in Maynooth. John, James, Michael and Edward were born in Maynooth after which the family moved to County Wellington near the city of Guelph in Ontario.

Angus McDonald came to Arnprior, Ontario from Glengary, Scotland. He was Hiland Scotch. He married Cass, who was Orange Irish and joined the church for him; raising the whole family Catholic.

Patrick Doyle took up 100 acres for Thomas Rodey, brother of his first wife, from the Canadian government and sent for him to come from Ireland. 50 acres of this farm was later purchased by Michael Doyle then later years still bought the other 50 acres from James Lynch."

Patrick married Ann Aylward, who was born in 1800, on 30 Jan 1826 in the Parish of Leighlin Bridge, County Carlow, Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin before two witnesses, Martin Doyle and Ann Lynch. Leighlin Bridge is a town 10 miles up the River Barrow from Borris.

Patrick and Ann had three children in Ireland before they emigrated. John Patrick was born 27 Dec 1826, James Patrick 15 Aug 1828 and Mary Ann 8 Dec 1830. Although the countryside was ideal for agriculture, conditions in Ireland were intolerable and many were forced to seek other horizons. As Upper Canada (Ontario) needed immigrants to settle newly surveyed lots, land companies advertised extensively in the British Isles. One of these, the Canada Land Company, was opening up several areas in the 1820's, one area being Puslinch Township.

The following is a sample of the advice given to the emigrants: "Every young farmer or labourer going out who can pay for the passage of two should take an active young wife with him. As the settlers must scramble about in all weathers, stout flannels and coarse clothing must not mind fashion. The best coat and breeches are those that can come farthest through the brush with fewest holes in them. Above all things, do not take your decanter or your corkscrew. You are going to a country where you may literally swim in whiskey or gin and pretty nearly in brandy and run but resolve never to taste either. Drinking is the great vice of the country."

Patrick and Ann left Ireland in April of 1831 with their three young children. Extensive research has failed to find them on any ships' lists; the records are very sparse for that time period. The fare to New York was seven pounds and the voyage across the Atlantic took from six to eight weeks. The ships were ancient, leaking and overcrowded and the passengers slept on the floor. There were no sanitary facilities and hundreds died of cholera, dysentery, exposure and malnutrition.

Patrick's brother and sister, John O'Neill and Joanna, also immigrated to Canada. John married Mary Leigh and Joanna married Thomas Roddy; their families will be detailed later in this volume. Since there are gaps of many years in the registers of Sacred Heart Church, Borris, County Carlow, it is impossible to know how many other children there were in James and Ann Doyle's family. Contact has been made with descendants of an Owen Doyle, who was baptized in 1803 and was the son of James and Ann Doyle, so it may be assumed that he was another brother of Patrick.

On arrival in Canada, Patrick and his family proceeded to Puslinch Township which is five miles south of Guelph in the County of Wellington, Province of Ontario. Patrick may have had relatives or friends in Puslinch since it was said later that he was brought out by the people of the west side of the township. He purchased the north or rear half of Lot No. 13 in the 4th Concession (Clergy Sale 2292) from the commissioner of Crown Lands Officer in York (Toronto) who was the Honourable Peter Robinson. The lot was 100 acres and he paid 15 shillings per acre which amounted to 75 pounds, there being 20 shillings to 1 pound. As one can well imagine, the whole new survey of Puslinch was nothing but bush and poor Patrick settled on the wrong lot; the one belonging to Mr. McWilliams.

To The Honourable Peter Robinson Commissioner for Crown Lands York

Humbly the Petition of Patrick Doyle showeth Honourable Sir that by your jurisdiction I have settled on Lot No 13 on the 4th Concession of the New Survey in Puslinch and has relinquished all claims on McWilliams Lot as laid before your Honourable Sir. And I have only to request that you will be pleased to indulge me for some time without paying an instalment which will enable me to buy a Yoke of Oxen. Your Charitable Consideration Honourable Sir will be gratefully remembered by your ever respectful Servant.

Patrick Doyle.

C.C.L.O. llth July 1832 Sir

In reply to your letter respecting your occupying lot 13 in 4th Concession Puslinch I have to observe that you mention the whole lot 200 acres and that it is necessary you should let me know without loss of time which half you are on in order that your name may be entered on the Plan for it. I cannot extend the time for paying the 1st Instalment longer than until the middle of December next which if you are then unable to pay I would recommend you leasing the lot in order to secure you a sufficient title and do purchase hereafter. Mr. Patrick Doyle.

Signed Peter Robinson

1 To The Honourable Peter Robinson

Commissioner of Crown Lands Officer York


I beg leave to state that in reply to a former petition of mine you have permitted me to occupy Lot No 13 in the 4th Concession of Puslinch. Your letter, Sir, was dated July the llth and brought to me by John Hanlon in which you desire to know which half I live on and that you would allow me time for the first instalment until Dec. next.

I wish to make known to you Sir that I am living and improving in the North or Rear half of said lot and has now 7 acres cleared and means to be ready to comply with your orders in paying at the time aforesaid. I further wish to be permitted to hold the front half of lot No 13 on the fifth Con. and as I have no tall timber on the lot I am living on I wish it for convenience and as the latter lot is in bad shape and not likely to be bought by any other person. I hope you will have the goodness to indulge me to have it for Rails and Lumber and will pay instalments on both lots by December next agreeable to your letter. Your kind indulgence Sir shall be respectfully and gratefully remembered by

Your Obedient and Obliging Servant Patrick Doyle

Puslinch September the 8th 1832

This is to certify that Patrick Doyle is residing on the lot No 13 rear half on the 4th Concession of the Township of Puslinch New Survey and has an improvement of nearly 20 acres thereon.

I am Sir, Your Obedient Servant Roland Winfield

On 20 Nov 1835, Patrick asked the Crown Lands Office to send him the location ticket since he had paid the first instalment of 7 pounds 10 shillings. They issued him his location ticket and memorandum of sale on 4 Dec 1835. There were to be nine more instalments due on 4 Dec each year from 1836 to 1844; the total of all ten instalments, including the interest, amounted to 95 pounds.

Four more children were born to Patrick and Ann in Puslinch. Ann was born 27 Feb 1833 and baptized 24 Mar with John Clear and Mary Cahill her godparents. Ellen was born 10 June 1835 and baptized 24 June with Bernard McTague and Mary Carroll her godparents. Michael Patrick was born 27 Sep 1837 and baptized 11 Oct with Andrew Farrell and Ann Aylward his godparents. Bridget was born 15 Nov 1839.

An Act of Parliament obligated townships to hold an annual meeting, so on 4 Jan 1836, the residents of Puslinch Township held their first meeting at the inn on Lot 18 Near Aberfoyle known as Flynn's Hotel. At this time three men were appointed as a board of commissioners, one of them being Patrick Doyle. Sixty three years later the following two letters, pertaining to this first meeting, were published in the Guelph Mercury. The first one was written by Patrick's son, Michael Patrick, and the second by David Stirton. Mr. Stirton farmed near the Doyles, was a Reeve, Member of Parliament, and wrote a chronicle called "Pioneer Days in Wellington". Unfortunately the newspaper with Mr. Stirton's original article is non-existent.

The Late Patrick Doyle

To the Editor of the Mercury, July 3, 1899.

Dear Sir: On my return from the west, I was surprised to read a statement in your paper^by Mr. Stirton, about the late Patrick Doyle of Puslinch. If all Mr. Stirton's statements about the pioneers of Puslinch are as misleading as this one about the aforesaid Doyle, the young generation will not be truthfully informed of the incidents of the early days in Puslinch. It is not true that the late Patrick Doyle went from Hamilton's Tavern to Flynn's and helped to club some Scotchmen, nor was he a representative of the south-west part of the township, as he lived in the north-west corner and was brought out by the people of the west side of the township. I trust Mr. Stirton will put himself right on this matter and retract what he has written about a man who is not now alive to defend himself, otherwise I shall have more to say on this subject.

M.P. Doyle, Borris Farm, Puslinch. Mr. Stirton's Explanation - Guelph July 5, 1899.

To the Editor of the Mercury:

Dear Sir: I observe a letter in the Mercury of Tuesday last signed by M.P. Doyle, in which he takes me to task for making certain misleading statements about his father, the late Patrick Doyle, of Puslinch, in connection with a fight or riot on the night of the first township municipal election in Puslinch in 1836. I am very glad that Mr. Doyle has called my attention to the Matter as I find, on looking over my original article that I was in error when I stated that the man alluded to (a Peter Armstrong) succeeded in getting Mr. Doyle and his followers to go back to Flynn's to club the Scotchmen. So far from this being the case as regards Mr. Doyle, it was quite the contrary. From the statements made to myself by Mr. Doyle, and also at Hamilton's Hotel, I believe he used his utmost efforts to prevent them going back, and when he failed in preventing them from going, he went to his home. My only excuse for having made this mistake is that when the proof or article in question was sent to me from your office for correction or amendment, I was so ill that my family sent it back without my seeing it, and when I did see it in your daily edition I saw several errors. I then tried to have it righted in the Weekly but as the issue came out a day earlier on account of the 24th of May happening on the day of the publishing of the Weekly, I was prevented from giving that attention to the matter which otherwise should have been given to it. As an old personal friend of the late Mr. Doyle, you can well imagine my sincere regret at having given cause of offence to those of his family who are still left, and I trust that this explanation will be accepted in the spirit in which it is given. I will not attempt to bandy words with Mr. M.P. Doyle about the south-west or north-east of certain parts of Puslinch; nor will I say anything about my credibility as a describer of early days or people. My position in life is, or has long been, before the public, and I am quite willing to leave it in their hands.

I may here mention that I have in the first municipal minute book of Puslinch a statement of fines imposed on the parties engaged in the fight alluded to, so that there was some reality in the matter to those engaged.

I remain yours truly,

D. Stirton. Guelph, July 5, 1899.

Patrick died 4 Aug 1848, a young man of 46. The burying ground at that time was up on the hill beside St. Bartholomew's Church in Guelph, now called The Church of Our Lady. On 30 Dec 1862, his coffin was removed from the hill and placed in Block A, Section 12, Grave 40 in the new St. Joseph's Cemetery.


Record of the Inventory of the Estate of Patrick O'Neill Doyle of Puslinch deceased - taken August 28, 1848.

Pounds Shillings Pence
Value of Land (deed not taken out) 356 0 0
Farming Stock - Grain, etc. 340 15 0
Crops 87_ 10 0
784 25 0

January 30, 1849

Edmund F. Heath Exec. Thomas C. Jarmy Exec. James E. Doyle Exec.

The Last Will and Testament of Patrick O'Neill Doyle of Puslinch in the District of Wellington, province of Canada, Farmer.

In the name of God, Amen, I, Patrick O'Neill Doyle of Puslinch, considering the uncertainty of this mortal life, but being of sound mind and memory, do make and publish this my Last Will and Testament, in manner and form following that is to say-I give and bequeath unto my Executors hereinafter named, and the survivor of them, all my real estate, whatever and whichsoever, as also all the personal estate I may be possessed of at my death consisting of Miles Nolan debt. Stock, farming implements, tools, grain of any description whatever, upon trust and use nevertheless and for the intents and purpose hereinafter mentioned concerning the same, that is to say, that after payment of all my just debts and funeral expenses, as also necessary for the proving of this Will and all other expenses as may be just and necessary to dispose of my property in this the following manner.

To allow my wife Ann Doyle the use and occupation of my farm in Puslinch being number Thirteen in the fourth Concession of Puslinch, free of all rent for the term of her natural life and to enable her to use and occupy the same to allow her taken from the stock and implements on the farm the following - namely - one span of Horses, one Yoke of Oxen - Three Cows - one wagon and harness -one plough and harrows with such other little articles as my Executors may think proper and the remainder of my personal estate to be sold and the proceeds with any other monies in their hands to be applied to the payments of the instalments due to the Crown on my said farm in Puslinch. I give and bequeath to my son John Doyle all the right and interest I may have at the time of my death to Lot No 11 in the 6th Concession of the Township of Peel in the District of Wellington subject to his clearing twenty acres of land of Lot No 12 which said lot I give and bequeath to my son James Doyle, that is my interest that I may have in the said lot and I further direct my Executors at the death of my said Wife to dispose of and sell my farm in Puslinch to the best advantage and from the proceeds to pay my son Michael the sum of Sixty Two Pounds Ten Shillings and then to divide the residue of my estate among my other children who may be then living share and share alike and I do hereby nominate and appoint Edmund F. Heath of Puslinch Esquire Thomas C. Jarmy of Puslinch Farmer and my son James Doyle Executors in trust of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all others by me made in Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this Twenty Ninth day of July in this year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty eight.

Patt O'N Doyle

In addition to this my Will I desire and request that my Executors therein named allow my Daughter Mary to have the Cow called hers as also the service and also my daughter Ann to have the Heifer and two sheep - also that my son John resign all his claim against Francis Parker to my Executors before he claims his right to the Lot in Peel left to him in my Will.

Patt O'N Doyle In the presence of Edmund Kirkland and John Doyle.

Even though Patrick bought two farms in Peel Township, on 22 Feb 1847, after his original farm in Puslinch, he only paid the first instalment on his Puslinch farm which he did in 1835. It was not until 1850 that his executors paid the second instalment of 13 pounds, 17 shillings and 6 pence to the Crown Land Office in Elora, Andrew Geddes, District Agent. In 1853 the third, fourth and fifth instalments totalling 46 pounds, 4 shillings and 9 pence which equaled $185 were paid to Mr. Geddes.

In the 1851 census for Puslinch Township, Ann Doyle was listed as a widow 51 years of age and her son James, 23, as a farmer. The other children living there were Ann 19, Ellen 17, Michael 14 and Bridget 12. The other two children, John 25, was not married and Mary Ann 21, was married and living away from home in Peel township. By the 1861 census only James and Bridget are home with their mother. Ann had died on 16 Oct 1860, Ellen entered Loretto Convent on 28 Feb 1858, and was known as Sister De Sales, and Michael was in Maynooth (Doyle's Settlement).

In the 1861 Agricultural Census for Puslinch James Doyle still had 20 acres not cleared. Of the remaining 80 acres, 50 were under crops, 28 under pasture and 2 under orchard or garden. The cash value of the farm was $4,000 and farming implements and machinery $300. He had 20 acres in fall wheat, 10 acres of peas, 10 acres of oats, 5 acres of potatoes and 5 acres of turnips. He had 15 tons of hay, 40 pounds of wool and 30 yards of flannel. He owned 4 oxen, 7 steers or heifers, 5 milking cows, 2 horses over 3 years of age, 10 sheep and 20 pigs with total value of all the live stock, set at $600, as well as 300 pounds of butter and 6-200 pound barrels of pork.

On 30 Sep 1863, Ann Doyle, the owner, and John Doyle, the tenant took out a fire insurance policy with the Puslinch Mutual Insurance Company. The policy mentioned a frame dwelling house on the south end of the lot, a log house on the north end of the lot, a frame barn, an old log barn and a log stable. The value of all buildings, grain and livestock is recorded as $2110 and the premium for 3 years was $1.40.

Ann Aylward Doyle died suddenly 25 Oct 1866, and was buried on October 28 beside her husband and daughter, Ann in Block A, Section 12, Grave 38, St. Joseph's Cemetery.

bullet  Marriage Notes:

Patrick married Rodey.

Patrick next married Ann Aylward, daughter of Aylward and Unknown, on 30 Jan 1826 in Parish of Leighlin Bridge, County Carlow, Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin. (Ann Aylward was born in 1800 in Parish of Leighlin Bridge, County Carlow, Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin, died on 28 Oct 1866 in Guelph, , ON, CAN and was buried in St. Joseph's Cem, Guelph - Blk A, Sec 12, Grave 38.)

Martin Doyle and Ann Lynch were the witnesses

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