|Doyle, Michael Patrick
Doyle, Michael Patrick
M.P. and Catherine's second child was another son born 22 Apr 1865 and was named after his father. He was not the apple of his father's eye since he would not conform to all his edicts. Rumour has it that M.P. sent him to St. Michael's College in Toronto and as a prank one day, he got into the confessional and started hearing confessions. The penitents were aghast at the strange penances and the hoax was uncovered. M.P. was so infuriated that he brought him home, beat him senseless and declared that when he recovered he was free to go anywhere on a one way ticket. His mother, Catherine, nursed him back to health, and advised him to go to Pentwater, Michigan where her two brothers, Elihu and Angus McDonald were living with their families. Angus' wife was Mary Theresa Doyle, a first cousin once removed to Michael. Michael knew them since they had been in the lumbering business in the Maynooth area before moving to Michigan. He would also know the John Roddy family who had moved there from Maynooth when the prosperity declined.
Michael Patrick Doyle (1865-1936) and Catherine Murphy (1868-1902) had five children: one daughter and four sons.
Michael Doyle (MP's second son), wife Catherine Murrphy and their first two children starting
at the left are John Joseph Doyle born on Nov 17th, 1891 and Ellen Catherine Doyle born on Feb 4th, 1889.
Ellen Catherine was born 4 Feb 1889 and baptized in St. Simon's Church, Ludington, Michigan on 27 Mar, her sponsors being Martin and Ellen Roddy. Ellen's mother died when she was thirteen and she and her four brothers came up to Puslinch to stay with their Doyle grandparents. M.P. was willing to keep them, but Michael desired his family to stay together in Kansas so Ellen was destined to take her mother's place and help raise the four boys. She moved to Salina from Kansas City, Missouri when she married Joseph John Sullivan 24 Nov 1915. He was born 23 Dec 1891 in Tampa, Kansas to John Sullivan and Mary Byrne, both of whom were first generation Kansans. Joseph's father died when he was nine days old and his mother supported him by housekeeping for a priest. He became a very successful undertaker in Salina. Ellen and Joseph had three sons of their own and adopted a daughter. John Joseph Sullivan was born 6 Sep 1916. He married Frances Williams 12 Oct 1938 in Salina and was killed in an automobile accident 9 Oct 1940. They had no children. George Leonard Sullivan was born 6 Sep 1917 and married Virginia Idle 25 Apr 1942 in Dallas, Texas. They had three sons: John Mark 9 Dec 1942, Michael George 12 Apr 1944 and David Newell 30 July 1952. Leo Edward Sullivan was born 17 Oct 1920 and remained single. Mary Jo Sullivan was born 21 Feb 1936 in Leavenworth, Kansas and was adopted in May of 1936. Mary Jo married twice - first to Bobby Jean Kersey 5 Feb 1955 and then to Donald Pf annenstial 23 Oct 1967. She had four children by her first husband and two by her second. On 30 Jan 1964, Joseph was returning home to 748 Sherman Street, Salina from the grocery store when he collapsed and died of a heart attack. He had been semi-retired for two years due to a heart condition. The funeral mass was celebrated at St. Mary, Queen of the Universe Church, and burial was in Mount Calvary Cemetery. His wife, Ellen, lived another four years, dying in St. John's Hospital on 30 Mar 1968 after a long illness. During her life she was very active in community affairs. She was a charter member of the Sacred Heart Guild, a founding member of the St. John's Hospital Auxiliary and a charter member of the Kansas State Society for Child Welfare Administration. Her funeral mass was celebrated at the Sacred Heart Cathedral and she was buried beside her husband in Mount Calvary Cemetery.
Their attendants were John and Ellen Roddy
Michael married Catherine Murphy, daughter of John Murphy and Susan Kellagher, on 28 Mar 1889 in St. Simon's Church, Ludington, Michigan. (Catherine Murphy was born on 29 Aug 1868 in Riverton, Michigan, died on 22 Jan 1902 in Fort Scott, Kansas and was buried on 24 Jan 1902 in Lot 75 at St. Mary's Cemetery, Fort Scott, KS.)
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