I am seeking contact with anyone who already has, is now, or will be willing to research the family (ancestors and descendants) of John Boyle (a/k/a John Boyles). He was born circa 1751, in either Pennsylvania, or possibly in Northern Ireland, and I BELIEVE his father was a Henry Boyle.
John married an Elizabeth Bratton, born ca. 1754, probably in Bethel Township, Chester (now Delaware) County, Pennsylvania to James and Rachel (MNU) Bratton, who moved to Mifflin County about 1772.
John Boyle was a soldier of the Revolution. Source is Heritage Quest Online: Series: M805 Roll: 112 Image: 84 File: S40011 Pages: 7 Affidavit at p. 3: “On this 22nd day of June in the year of our Lord 1818, before the subscriber, one of the associate judges of the Court of Common Pleas in and for [Huntingdon] County in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania aforesaid, personally appears John Boyle aged 67 years, resident in Huntingdon County in Pennsylvania aforesaid, who being by me first duly sworn according to law, doth, on his oath, make the following declaration, in order to obtain the provision made by the late Act of Congress, entitled “An Act to provide for certain persons engaged in the land and naval service of the United States in the Revolutionary War” That he the said John Boyle enlisted in the Town (now Borough) of Carlisle in Cumberland County Pennsylvania with Lieutenant Thomas Campbell of York County in the Company commanded by Captain William Cross in the fourth Pennsylvania Regiment commanded by Col. William Butler in the Pennsylvania line; That he continued to serve in the said corps, in the service of the United States until in the month of August 1781 when he obtained a furlough and was discharged in the month of April 1782 by Captain (formerly Lieutenant) Thomas Campbell in Huntingdon (then Bedford) County in Pennsylvania aforesaid; which discharge he put in hands of David Dunkan in order to draw the lands that this applicant thought himself entitled to and he never seen it since, this transaction took place in the year 1795. That he was in the battles of Brandywine, Germantown, and in the year 1778 was detached under the command of Gen. Sullivan to Schoharie, and in the year 1779 was in the Battles of Newtown & Appletown with the Indians and also in a number of skirmishes with both the British Army & with the Indians. That he is in reduced circumstances, and Blind having lost the sight of his eyes, and stands in need of the assistance of his Country for support and that he has no other evidence now in his power of his said services. That he hath no pension heretofore allowed him by the laws of the United States to his knowledge & if any such exists, he doth hereby fully and entirely release the same to the United States. Sworn to & subscribed & declared before me, the day & year aforesaid. Before David Stewart
“At a Court of Common Pleas held this day to wit the 16th day of August 1820 at Huntingdon in and for the County of Huntingdon . . . .[John Boyle] served as a soldier in the Revolutionary War for the space of four years and three months. .. . . the said declarant also states that he is in the 69th year of his age that he has for the last 18 years been totally deprived of sight by reason of a cataract in his eyes and has been unable to do anything toward the support of himself and wife that his family consists only of his wife Elizabeth 66 years of age who by reasons of old age and other infirmities is unable to do anything towards their support. Schedule of Property
“John Boyle Junior being duly sword deposeth and saith that he is well acquainted with John Boyle the above named Pensioner & his circumstances of property and estimates the same to be worth $18.95 which in the opinion of deponent is the almost extent of its value his beds & bedding excepted.” Sworn 16 Sept 1820
From the federal census: 1800 Warriors Mark Township, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania; 0-0-0-1-0; 0-0-0-0-0 (suspect census error) 1820 Antis, Huntingdon (now Blair) County, Pennsylvania; "Sr."; 0-0-0-0-0-1; 0-0-0-0-1
John and Elizabeth had children John (Jr.), Henry and William, born about 1773, 1784 and 1794, respectively, and likely some daughters who are still awaiting discovery. John Boyle (Jr.) married a Mary MNU (born ca. 1774) and they appear in the 1850 census for Blair County, PA. Henry married Elizabeth Cherry (b. ca. 1785), and they, too, are in the 1850 census. William married a Catherine MNU (b. ca. 1798) and they are also in the 1850 census.
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