Doyle, James Patrick
- Born: 15 Aug 1828, Borris-Idrone, CAR, Leinster, IRL
- Died: 15 Aug 1882, Detroit, Wayne, MI, USA
- Buried: St. Joseph's Cem, Guelph - Blk C, Sec 31, Grave 23
James Patrick Doyle, Patrick and Ann's second child, stayed home on the farm with his mother after his father's death in 1848. He was recorded as the farmer there in the 1851 and 1861 censuses. He was not content to stay on the farm though, and took an active part in the McGee scheme of colonization of 1854 and 1855 and in the settlement of a large colony around Maynooth, which at that time was called Doyle's Corners or Doyle's Settlement. He received free grant lots of Lots 61 and 62 (50 acres each) on the east side of Hastings Road in 1856. He was back and forth from Puslinch to Maynooth during the period from 1856 until 1865, being on the Puslinch Township Council for the years 1860, 1861, and 1862.
When he left Canada for the States, James spent some time in the oil regions of Pennsylvania, then about eight years in Missouri, and finally settled in Louisburg, Kansas in 1870. The American government was anxious to settle the west after the cessation of hostilities in the American Civil War. He and Colonel Charles Sims purchased an interest in the town site and acted as real estate agents. They developed a new survey in 1871 as an extension of Louisburg. This survey consisted of twelve blocks; each 240 feet square, and it was called Sims and Doyle's addition with a street named after each man.
There were several other land purchases including a farm of 160 acres, and another of 19 acres, but they were all part of a real estate agent's transactions. In addition to the new survey he owned many more blocks of land on the edge of the town. On March 11, 1872 Charles and Maggie Sims gave James Doyle power of attorney for them.
A November 1879 newspaper stated "Joe Keenan purchased this week from James Doyle of Louisburg a fine section of land up in the kingdom of Wea". Another newspaper clip dated June 28, 1880 printed, "James Doyle, leading real estate man in Louisburg spent three days in Paola this week". He devoted much of his time and means to the building up of Louisburg and was extremely well liked.
When he heard that his sister Ellen (Sister M. De Sales) was seriously ill with tuberculosis at Loretto Convent in Guelph, he came back to see her and the rest of his family in October of 1882. Newspaper clippings mentioned how pleased everyone was to have a visit from the man who "at one time was a respected farmer and resident of Puslinch". He started his return to Louisburg on December 1 by train but he caught a cold and disembarked in Detroit where he booked in at a hotel. When his condition deteriorated into pneumonia he was taken to St. Mary's Hospital which was run by the St. Vincent De Paul nuns.
His brother Michael heard of his illness by telegraph and hastened to Detroit and remained with him from December 8 until his death on Friday the 15th at the age of 54. Michael brought James' remains back to Guelph the next day where they were placed in the Chapel of Loretto Convent and prayers were said for the repose of his soul. After a funeral mass on December 18, the large mournful cortege proceeded to St. Joseph's Cemetery headed by the City Band in uniform who played dirges along the route. Burial was in Block C, Section 31, Grave 23 in St. Joseph's Cemetery.
He composed his last Will and Testament in Detroit on December 6 when he realized he was seriously ill. His first bequest was the sum of one thousand dollars to Miss Ellen Neagle of Puslinch, his affianced wife. He must have just become engaged to her on this last visit since he had not been back to Puslinch for seventeen years. Ellen was the teacher at Downey's School and one wonders if they planned to marry the next year since James was already 54. He bequeathed $500 to his sister Ellen (Sister Mary de Sales), $150 to Christopher Doyle's widow (Christopher was his brother John's son who was killed from a fall off his horse in Australia) , and $100 to his sister Bridget. He ordered the remainder of his estate to be converted into cash and to be equally divided between his brother Michael, his sister Mary Fitzpatrick and his sister-in-law Charlotte Doyle, wife of his brother John. He appointed his friend William Schwartz as his executor.
Nothing more is known of his real estate dealings in Louisburg. No doubt his partner, Charles Sims, carried on and fulfilled the provisions of the will which stated that all assets should be converted into money to be distributed to the heirs.
Ironically, his friend Charles Sims committed suicide in 1883 leaving a wife and two little ones. He was considerably older than his wife and the story was that he was extremely jealous.