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Over the last few years I've made friends with several wonderful people on Facebook and Windows Live. The following women contributed input and support to my story of THE JAMES DOYLE FAMILY. Their support has helped my dream to be fullfullment. If you are interested in helping me please contact me via the E Mail Address at the bottom of this page.

  • Cailin Meehan
  • Maureen Meehan
  • Virginia Doyle
  • Gina Deen
  • Aisling Doyle
  • Theresa Meehan-Currie
  • Mel O'Connor
  • Michele Kerrigan
  • My Doyle ancestors immigrated from Borris, County Carlow, Ireland. Other Doyles immigrated from other parts of Ireland e.g., Wexford, Cork, Limerick, Kilkenny, Dublin, Galway, Claremorris and Donegal. Thereas Meehan-Currie's ancestors are from Donegal. Other Meehan's immigrated to Australia and others to Europe and South Ameria.

    Cailin Meehan was my first supporter on Facebook and represents the future of Ireland. Cailin, is a gorgeous young lady, who believes in enjoying life to the fullest and has been a source of inspiration to me. Cailin is currently going to school in the UK but is proud to be a Meehan.

    Maureen Meehan's maiden name was Ryan and she was from Castlebar which is 22 miles from Claremorris. Maureen was christened Mary but called Maureen. Her father is Paddy Ryan and her mother is Margaret (Baby) Ryan. Maureen is helping in my effort to learn about Ireland and document both Ireland and the Irish people. Maureenís husband, Pat Meehan, is from Ballindine, County Mayo, Ireland which is 5 miles from Claremorris his Dad (Johnny) still lives there. Ballindine is their ancestral home. Johnny's brothers immigrated to the USA in the 1950ís and are now living in St Louis, Boston and New York. The population of Ballindine was 233 in 1996 and was 249 in 2006. Folklore tells us that Ballindine got its name from this fort - "Baile an Daingin" meaning "Town of the Fortress" and that the Souterrain, just outside it, was connected underground to the ruins of the old Church in Cloonmore about two miles away to the east and also to the ruins of the old church in Garryduff, three miles west. Maureen wrote a blog on the Claremorris, County Mayo, Ireland that started my blogging on Ireland. This is a fantastic Blog.

    Gina Deen is from England (UK) and has been a source of information on County Clare. She is a blogger and photographer and I've used many of her photos in my blogs. Please visit her Blog Site at BT - The Crafty Gardener, I promise you will enjoy her blogs.

    Virginia Doyle is from Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada and links her ancestors back to County Carlow, Ireland. Virginia has been a friend and support for several years.

    Theresa Meehan-Currie lives in Augusta Georgia and has been helping me research the Meehan Family. Her branch is from County Donegal, Ireland.

    Mel O'Connor is from Sturgeon Bay, Ontario, Canada and has been a friend on Windows Live and Facebook for several years. She and her father Gary have helped me by adding their branch of the OíConnor Family to my Genealogy WEB Site.

    Michele Kerrigan is the Chief Executive for GROW in Ireland, which is a mental health organisation. Michele is also working on her Masters in Voluntary and Community Sector. Grow is also in America, New Zealand, Australia and the Philippines. Michele is currently working on establishing GROW in Northern Ireland and have it constituted as a charity in the North. Michele lives in north Dublin and is currently working on her Masters.

    The Great Famine (An Gorta Mor) which ocurred between 1846 and 1848 resulted in over 1 million Irish people perished from starvation and disease, while another 1 million left Ireland. Many Canadian immigrants from Ireland (including, no doubt, some Meehans) boarded what were called "Coffin Ships" and travelled to Canada. These ships were filled with tragedy and disease. Many of the passengers died, and others were not allowed off the ship. Those who did survive settled in the Eastern Provinces of Canada. Patrick O'Neill Doyle was born 16 Mar 1802 in Borris, which is a town of 400 in the south of Carlow 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. "Patrick Doyle, came to Guelph, in 1828, from County Carlow, Wicklow Township, town of Maynooth. He lived on the Boris Estate in 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.

    For a period of time, perhaps from the late 1700s through the mid-1800s, there were also many Irish who were "transported" mostly to Australia and New Zealand. Some of these had been accused of such trivial offenses and stealing a shirt, or pick-pocketing. Others may have been involved in what were considered "political" crimes, or were perhaps involved in the Whiteboys or Ribbonmen. A few also would have been transported to South Africa. The practice stopped in about 1860.

    The one thing we all have in common is our name and the fact that we love . This famous surname is one of the most ancient names of Ireland. Numerically, with some twenty thousand nameholders, it is also one of the most popular, being twelfth in the table of numerical strength of Irish surnames. Originally the Clan Doyle, derived from the pre 10th century Gaelic 'Dhubh-ghall' (The dark stranger) was found mostly in the counties of South-East Leinster, (Wicklow, Wexford and Carlow) and surprisingly it largely remains so today, the name being rare in other regions. There is a traditional belief that the ancestor who gave his name to the family was a descendant of one of the Norsemen who settled in Ireland in pre-Norman times, and this is probably partly true. However if the original nameholders were dark, this suggests that a more likely explanation is that they were either 'Celts' (Olde English fleeing the Anglo-Saxon invaders of Northern England), or possibly Danes, who were much darker than the Norsemen, and who had established themselves in Ulster, the West of Scotland, and the Isle of Man. The surname is not included in the 'Gaelic Genealogies' which supports the view of 'Viking' entry. Be that as it may, the 'Doyle's', the clan is never known as O' Doyle, have made their mark on Irish history, and particularly in the Catholic Church. The Scottish form of Doyle is (Mac) Dougall, and this name was also used in the same way as a byname distinguishing darker-haired Danes from fair-haired Norwegians. The best-known bearer of the name is probably Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, (1859 - 1930), the creator of Sherlock Holmes, whilst an outstanding churchman was J K L Doyle, Bishop of Kildare (1786 - 1834). The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of O'Dubhghaill, which was dated 978, in the "Annals of the Four Masters", during the reign of Brian Boru, High King of Ireland, 940 - 1014. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

    The Doyles are to be found along the coast of Ireland - tending to support the view that they were originally Viking arrivals by sea. The main cluster of Doyles was and is in SW Leinster (the counties of Wicklow, Wexford, and Carlow). It was said that when the Normans took possession of Wexford in the 12th century, they settled most of the Danes in places now known as Kosslare and Ballymore where they followed their old pursuit of fishing.

    These Doyles, notably William Doyle at Girtin in Kilninor parish, were later substantial landowners in north Wexford, that is until the Cromwellian confiscations. Afterwards, the failure of the Jacobite rebellion in 1690 saw many Doyles flee into exile. During the 1798 Irish Rebellion, much of the heaviest fighting took place in Wexford. The Doyles here were involved on both sides. Many Doyles enlisted as United Irishmen and took part in the Rebellion. Others such as Sir John Doyle upheld the British Government side. Early 19th century records for Wexford did show a sizeable number of Protestant Doyles who had a stake in the status quo. But the most famous Doyle from Wexford at this time was JKL Doyle. At the age of 33 he became the Catholic Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin and led the campaign for Catholic emancipation in Ireland (which was finally passed in 1829).

    However, there had begun the steady flow of emigration which reached a flood in the mid-19th century at the time of the potato famine. The population of SW Leinster (Doyle country) dropped by more than 20 percent at that time, due to death or emigration. In the 1880's, Michael Doyle of Tagoat in Wexford was an active Land Leaguer. This Michael was also the father of Canon Patrick Doyle, a parish priest of Ferns and later President of the renowned St Peter's College in Wexford. Later the Doyles of the area were split again in their loyalties - during the convulsions of the Easter Rebellion and the Anglo-Irish and subsequent Treaty conflicts.

    England and Scotland. The whimsically named village of Bramblestown in Kilkenny nurtured a unique family. Between 1756 and 1856 came a dynasty of military men, most of whom ended up settling in England. In 1911, a descendant, Colonel Arthur Doyle, did his utmost to sort them out in his book, One Hiundred Years of Conflict: Being Some Records of the Services of Six Generals of the Doyle Family.

    John Doyle was the Irish forefather of a generation of Doyles who were to contribute greatly to the artistic and literary world in London. Foremost among these Doyles was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes.

    But most Doyle immigrants were poor and came with little of their advantages. They headed for the industrial towns of Lancashire or to Glasgow. The lives of few were recorded. Dan Doyle, son of an Irish immigrant, did become Scotland's first footballing superstar in the 1890's.

    America Perhaps the first Doyles to reach America had been indentured servants from Ireland, John Doyle into Maryland in 1677 and Edmund Doyle into Pennsylvania in 1683. Doyles of more substance came later. Edward Doyle bought land in Bucks county, Pennsylvania in 1730 in what is now called Doylestown. Around the same time Dennis Doyle arrived from Ireland. He settled in Albemarle county, Virginia and, before his death, had amassed an extensive estate along the Moorman river where he grew tobacco. His son John fought in the Revolutionary War and later moved to Kaskaskie in Illinois where he had been granted 400 acres of frontier land.

    The main influx of Doyles came in the mid 19th century after the potato famine. The statistics show that most Doyles settled in New York, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania on the Eastern Seaboard. Their best known legacy is probably their bars. Doyle's Cafe is an institution in Boston. John Doyle, father and son, have run bars in Philadelphia since the 1930's. Mike Doyle once famously ran twenty bars in that town, including Slainte which is the first sign visitors see greeting them on leaving the train station.

    A number of Doyles ventured further afield. John Doyle from Wexford settled in Iowa. As did Bobbie Doyle who had entered the country via Canada. Dennis Doyle, born in Kilkenny, reached Minnesota in 1856 and gave the name of Kilkenny to the village in which he settled. "He represented Le Suear county in the state legislature and for forty one years dispensed justice in the village and town of Kilkenny. He lived to see his little claim grow and become a thriving little city and the country which, when he arrived was the heart of a virgin forest, develop into the finest farming country in the world."

    Robert Doyle, also from Kilkenny, settled in Oshkosh, Wisconsin in the 1870's. From these roots came the Doyles who rejuvenated the Democratic Party in Wisconsin, including Jim Doyle the present Governor. Manville Doyle, who as a little boy had met Abraham Lincoln, set off from Illinois for California in 1850 and became a leading banker in the new state. Doyle Drive, built in the 1930's to connect with the Golden Gate Bridge, was named after a descendant. Thomas and Mary Doyle from Boston reached San Francisco in the early 1850's. Thomas died soon after in a boating accident. But Mary remained to raise a family.

    Geraldine Hoff Doyle

    Geraldine Hoff Doyle, a World War II factory worker whose bandana-wearing image in a wire-service photo is said to have been the model for the woman depicted in the 1942 "We Can Do It!" poster, has died. She was 86. The iconic wartime poster became an enduring symbol of women's power from the Rosie the Riveter era.

    Doyle died of age-related causes Sunday at Hospice House of Mid-Michigan in Lansing, said her daughter Stephanie Gregg.

    Doyle was a 17-year-old high school graduate when she took a job at the American Broach & Machine Co. in her hometown of Ann Arbor, Mich., in 1942, a time when millions of women across the country were going to work to replace men who had gone to war. "She had just graduated, and some of the young men had left school to volunteer to fight," Gregg said. "A couple had been killed, and she felt she wanted to do something for the war effort." Doyle was operating a metal-stamping machine when a United Press photographer took a picture of the tall, slender and glamorously beautiful brunet wearing a polka-dot bandana over her hair.

    Her photo, according to an account on the Pop History Dig website, was seen by Pittsburgh artist J. Howard Miller, who was commissioned by the Westinghouse War Production Coordinating Committee to create a series of morale-building posters to inspire Westinghouse factory workers. Miller's "We Can Do It!" poster portrays a woman in a red-and-white polka-dot bandana and a blue uniform, rolling up a sleeve over a flexed right bicep. Gregg said her mother, who was not as muscular as the woman depicted in the poster, had no idea her photograph had been used as a model for Miller's poster until the mid-1980s. "She was tickled to recognize that she was the inspiration for so many women," said her daughter.

    Doyle, who was born July 31, 1924, in Inkster, Mich., actually worked in the factory only a couple of weeks; a cello player, she quit after learning that the woman she had replaced had injured her hand on the metal press, her daughter said. She then got a job at a bookstore in Ann Arbor, where she soon met her future husband, Leo H. Doyle, who was in dental school. They were married in 1943 and had six children. Doyle also worked as the office manager at her husband's dental office until she was 75.

    The "We Can Do It!" poster image has been reproduced frequently in recent decades on a variety of items, including on a U.S. postage stamp issued in 1992. "You're not supposed to have too much pride, but I can't help to have some in that poster," Doyle told the Lansing State Journal in 2002 after she was invited to speak at the Michigan state Senate. "It's just sad I didn't know it was me sooner," Doyle said. "Maybe it's a good thing. I couldn't have handled all the excitement then." Doyle appeared at a number of poster signings and events at the Michigan Women's Historical Center and Hall of Fame over the years.

    "She was a very gracious woman," said former executive director Gladys Beckwith.

    The poster, Beckwith said, "represents Rosie the Riveter, a really strong woman who has taken on a non-traditional role and is happy in it and is contributing to the war effort. It's a very significant image, one that has endured."

    Doyle's husband of 66 years died in February. A son, Gary, died in 1980. In addition to her daughter Stephanie, Doyle is survived by her other daughters, Jacqueline Drewes, Deidre Doyle and Lauretta Doyle; her son, Brian Doyle; her sister, Virginia Watson; her brother, Clifford Hoff; 18 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.
    Copyright © 2010, Los Angeles Times

    Canada. A number of Doyles came to Canada after the 1798 Rebellion failed, Arthur Doyle to Newfoundland and Laurence Doyle to Nova Scotia (his son became a lawyer and political figure in Halifax). Patrick Doyle, born in Newfoundland, started out as a sea captain plying the waters between St. John and Bristol. Later he was strongly involved in the work of the Benevolent Irish Society which did much to alleviate the plight of poor Irish Catholic immigrants. The Irish and Doyle influx into Canada increased after the potato famine.

    Australia. The first Doyle to arrive in Australia was probably Michael Doyle, convicted in London to seven years transportation and onboard the third convict fleet which arrived in 1791. The numbers swelled after the Irish Rebellion of 1798, with a total of twenty Doyles being arrested, tried, and transported to Australia between 1800 and 1806. One of these Doyles, however, soon prospered through land holdings in New South Wales. Andrew Doyle began accumulating land along the Hawkesbury river in 1804. His possessions were greatly expanded by his son Cyrus and his family moved into the elite pioneer families of the new colony. More Doyles arrived in the 1850's. John Doyle was the son of Doyle immigrants during the gold rush in Western Australia. He became a pioneer of the timber industry in Queensland, starting his own sawmill on the upper Mary river in the 1890's. The present Doyle's Timber and Hardware stores are run by fourth generation descendants.

    There are at least two different versions of the Doyle Crest. The one in the upper left corner is the one that my family has had for years. On Facebook is another version as show on the right. You can view this by clicking on the name Doyle - . Facebook is also a great way of meeting and connecting with other Doyles.

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