The Doyle Family
Doyle, James
(-1815)
O'Neill, Ann
Aylward,
Doyle, Patrick O'Neill
(1802-1848)
Aylward, Ann
(1800-1866)
Doyle, Bridget
(1839-1932)

 

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Doyle, Bridget

  • Born: 15 Nov 1839, Guelph, , ON, CAN
  • Died: 9 Mar 1932, Kansas
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Bridget was the baby of the Doyle family being born on November 15, 1839. The 1851 and 1861 censuses for Puslinch Township show her as living at home with her mother Ann, brothers and sisters but by 1866 when her mother died, she would have been left alone. John and Michael were at Doyle's Corners (Maynooth), James was in Pennsylvania, Mary Ann was married in Elora, Ann was dead and Ellen was in Loretto Convent, Guelph. When her brother James decided to move to Louisburg, Kansas, Bridget left her home in Puslinch and moved with him. She was a school teacher and one article describes her as "well-educated, cultured and refined".

Living with James, who became a real estate developer in Louisburg, must have rubbed off on Bridget since the record books show several land transactions. During 1877-1879 she bought up Lots 3-10 in Block 38, Downtown Louisburg in separate parcels for about $120. In 1881 she sold all the lots to the school board for $300. She fared even better on the lots she purchased in Block 37 during 1877 and 1878. She paid approximately $175 for Lots 2-10 and sold them in 1884 for $2320.

On July 24, 1882, Bridget sued a James Murray to collect on a note. This Mr. Murray apparently had borrowed $300 from her for 18 months at 10% interest. She alleged he sold a material part of his property with the intent to defraud her and she obtained a court judgment with interest. She ran an attachment on 25 head of cattle that Mr. Murray owned which were appraised at $631. The cattle were sold for over $700 and Bridget collected her money.

In January 1896, her brother Michael traveled to Louisburg to help Bridget sell her property and household effects and she was to move to Leavenworth but by 1897 she was living in Paola, Kansas. The school kids there called her "Biddy" and used to tease her and peek in her windows to see the chickens she kept in the house. The 1912 Paola City Directory states that Bridget lived at 607 East Shawnee. T.H. Kinsella in his book on the early days in Kansas says that "The infirmities that came with the burden of years caused Bridget to lead a life of seclusion".

On September 26, 1915, she went to live with the Little Sisters of the Poor in Kansas City, Missouri. It has been rumored that her great niece, Ellen Sullivan, gave her no choice in the move and Bridget put a curse on her. She was 76 years old at the time and perhaps was a bit senile. At any rate, she stayed with the Little Sisters until her death on March 9, 1932 in her 93rd year. There is no record of her burial in the Kansas City area. So presumably Ellen Sullivan had the remains brought to Salina for burial, since Ellen's husband was a funeral director there.

The Doyle Family came from County Carlow, Ireland - - For additional information please contact John Meehan (jjmeehan13@hotmail.com) or Charlene Deam (tcdeam@verizon.net)


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