Reported dates of birth don't particularly bother me (and I ignore middle initials!).But you are correct that he was consistent in reporting the same birth year ... the problem is there is no THOMAS DOYLE (any spelling variation) b in AL, in the 1880 census that fits 1857, so you look broader (+/- 5 yrs).
Agreed, we don't know if that is "your" Tom in Mobile -- the answer would be found in his death cert, obit -- or even Victoria/Mrgt's birth/death/marriage certs, where they list "their" father's name -- presumably Tom's sibling and then we can try to make a match.
What do you have on Victoria/Mrgt?Did they marry?
familysearch.org ---- free It searches all different spelling variations, etc. Do different searches -- scroll downward and find AL records, or search "only" w/parents' names (Doyle/Lunney)
WOO HOO!Victoria born in CUBA!
Name: Victoria Doyle Age in 1910: 20 Birth Year: 1890 Birthplace: Cuba Home in 1910: Hempstead, Nassau, New York Race: White Gender: Female Immigration Year: 1897 Relation to Head of House: Daughter Marital Status: Single Father's Name: William S Doyle Father's Birthplace: Alabama Mother's Name: Marja E Doyle Mother's Birthplace: New York Neighbors: View others on page Household Members: Name Age William S Doyle 541856 ALparents IRE & MASS!! merchant/woolen goods Marja E Doyle 40NYFRA GERM 2nd marriage "0" children Victoria Doyle 20CUBAAL & NY Daisy Doyle 16CUBAAL & NY
Totally missed that those girls were born in CUBA in 1900!Arrived 1898 per 1900 census ...
Here's where birth dates are often askew:
Name: MS. Victoria Doyle Arrival Date: ***7 Nov 1894**** Birth Year: abt 1890 Age: 4 Gender: Female Ethnicity/Race/Nationality: American Place of Origin: United States of America Port of Departure: Havana, Cuba Port of Arrival: New York, New York Ship Name: Yucatan Search Ship Database: Search the Yucatan in the 'Passenger Ships and Images' database
Wm Doyle391855 Mrs. Maggie Doyle22 Ms. Victoria4 Ms. Isabelle16 mos
US Passport applications -- woo hoo, again!
ame: William E Doyle Birth Date: 22 Dec 1856 Birth Place: Mobile, Alabama Age: 62 Gender: Male Residence: Floral Park, Li, NY Passport Issue Date: **8 Nov 1919 Father Name: ***********************Wm E Doyle Father's Birth Location: Ireland Father's Residence: Deceased Spouse Name: S Elizabeth Doyle b NYC Passport Includes a Photo: Yes father WM E, departed Liverpool, lived AL 1840-1860 (must have died in 1860?Lends itself to the Civil War?).
I'm emailing you the passport 2 photos :)
Wm traveling with first wife, Clara in 1914
1914 > April > 08 > Havana > 1 Wm. Doyle, 56, b AL, resident Flora Park, Long Island Clara, 47, b NY
Okay, not getting anywhere with the 1850 census ... 2 Doyle single bros living in a boardinghouse? "clerks" from IRE.Wm 22, Tom 20 ...