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"History of Orange County" by Mrs. J.E. Pleasants. 1931 Vol. II, page 246-247
JOSHUA JAMES PYLE.
Joshua J. Pyle, who has been engaged in ranching in Orange county for many years, is one of the most successful and highly regarded citizens of this section of the county. He was born near Cross Creek, Washington county, Pennsylvania on the 20th of July, 1857, and is a son of William H. and Mary R. (Lyons) Pyle. The paternal grandfather, Joshua Pyle, who was of Irish descent, was one of the first settlers near Fort Pitt, now Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. William H. Pyle was born at Cherry Valley, Pennsylvania, October 4, 1814 and during his mature years followed the trade of carpenter. He was interested in military affairs and prior to the outbreak of the Civil war he was a captain of cavalry. His death occurred April 6, 1895. On September 5, 1837, he married Miss Mary R. Lyons, who was born in the Shenandoah valley of Virginia, September 8, 1816, and died February 26, 1892.
Joshua J. Pyle was reared and educated in his native county in Pennsylvania, where he lived until 1885, when he came to California and established his home in Westminster, where he was resided for forty-six years. For a number of years he drove cattle for Strong & Byram, early cattlemen of this district. For many years he has been engaged in farming and cattle raising on a very large scale and his home ranch comprising forty-five acres of excellent land, is one of the best farms in this section of the county and is located on Oak avenue. He is Past Grand of the Order of I.O.O.F. It is of unusual note that Mr. Pyle’s mother and father lived together for fifty-five years and his paternal grandfather and grandmother lived together sixty-six years and his maternal grandfather and grandmother lived together for sixty-two years.
October 7, 1884, Mr. Pyle was united in marriage to Miss Flora May Marquis, a daughter of Eli and Isabella Matilda (Reed) Marquis, both of whom were natives of Washington county, Pennsylvania. Mr. Marquis was a direct descendant of William and Margaret Marquis, who emigrated from Ireland to America in 1720, and settled at Winchester, Va. Isabella Matilda (Reed) Marquis was descended from Joseph Reed, who was born in Ireland in 1733 and came to America in 1763. He settled in that part of York county which is now Lancaster county, Pennsylvania. He became prominent in public affairs, having served as a member of the Pennsylvania Legislature in 1780-’81 and as a member of the Continental Congress in 1787-88. While a member of the Legislature he introduced a bill to abolish slavery, and the act became the permanent law of the state. He served as a colonel in the Revolutionary war. In 1870 he moved the Presbyterian minister. The Rev. Smith, from York to Washington County, Pennsylvania, his wagon being the first wheeled vehicle to cross the Alleghany mountains. For that service he was given two hundred acres of land, a portion of which is still in the possession of the Reed family. Mr. & Mrs. Pyle are the foster parents of eleven children, who have been the recipients of their kindness and care. Mrs. Pyle is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution at Santa Ana and the Santa Ana Women’s Club, and the Chicago Institute of American Genealogy. She is a woman of tactful and gracious manner and is extremely popular in the circles to which she belongs. Mr. Pyle’s success in business has been won through his persistent industry and his sound judgment in practical affairs and throughout the community of which he has long been a resident he is greatly esteemed for his genuine worth.