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Doyle, Edward Joseph

  • Born: 10 Feb 1869, Maynooth, Canada
  • Marriage: Byrne, Margaret Elizabeth on 29 May 1900
  • Died: 9 Oct 1917, Hespeler, Ontario, Canada
  • Buried: Hespeler Roman Catholic Cemetery

bullet  General Notes:

He was a very genial, handsome man and enjoyed a good time much to his father's displeasure. One Saturday, when Edward was in Guelph, he went into Bonds Stationery Store to buy some ink. He took a liking to the girl who waited on him, Margaret Elizabeth Byrne (Lizzie) , so every Saturday he went to the same store for more bottles of ink until the romance started. M.P. considered her a very low class person, since she was a shop girl, and in his eyes any woman who worked outside the home was not respected. She had to work to support herself since her mother died when she was two, and her father moved to New York state and left her with an old aunt. Even though his father disapproved, Edward and Lizzie were married 29 May 1900 in St. John's Church, Arthur, Ontario, and their witnesses were her sister, Bridget and his brother, Thomas. After a honeymoon in Kings Mills and Detroit, they settled on one of M.P.'s farms, North-half Lot 14 Con 14, Puslinch Township.

The relationship between M.P. and Edward's wife was never cordial. He never spoke to her after the marriage. One day Edward decided it was too rainy to do any farm work and invited friends in for a game of cards. His irate father, burst in the door and ordered Edward to get to work. Lizzie told M.P. that it was her home, and ordered him out.

Conditions may even have deteriorated, because Edward and his young family moved to Fort William where he worked on the railroad and where Monica Agnes was born 12 June 1907. By 1909, when Vincent was born, they were living in Hespeler and Edward was working in Preston. They found a house in Preston and Mary Catherine was born there 8 Dec 1911.

When M.P. died in 1912, relations between Edward's family and the rest of the Doyles could resume without friction. They moved to one of M.P.'s farms called "Coles Mill", which was Lot One, Con 3, Puslinch Township, and Edward went back to being a farmer.

1917 was a sad year for the Doyles. Edward's mother died in May and Edward, himself, began to suffer from heart trouble.

Lizzie was pregnant again and on 9 Oct, when she was giving birth to Edward Joseph II in one bedroom, Edward was hovering close to death in another. He succumbed two days later at the age of 48. The Requiem High Mass was celebrated in St. Mary's Church, Hespeler and interment was in the Hespeler Roman Catholic Cemetery. His five brothers and Lizzie's cousin, John Davis, were the pallbearers.

Lizzie and her young family carried on with the farm as well as they could, but life was very difficult for them. On 6 Aug 1925, Lizzie, Monica, Mary and Edward moved to Buffalo where one of Lizzie's brothers lived. The two oldest boys, Pat and Frank, went to the Arthur area to work.

Lizzie died in Buffalo 6 June 1945 at the age of 67, and was buried in Calvary Cemetery in that city.

Edward Joseph Doyle (1869-1917) and Margaret Elizabeth Byrne (1878-1945) had eight children of whom only five survived to maturity.

bullet  Marriage Notes:

Edward married Margaret Elizabeth Byrne on 29 May 1900. (Margaret Elizabeth Byrne was born in 1887 and died on 6 Jun 1945.)

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