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Edward Doyle, the Elder (or Sr. or I), is the furthest back my Doyle ancestry has been positively traced. He may or may not have been the immigrant. Some Doyle family researchers believe he was from Wexford County, Ireland. He and his family lived in Fairfax County in the northern neck of Virginia. He owned a 246 acre farm on the north run of the Pohick River, bordering Edward Washington, brother of George Washington, first President of the United States. He also gave 40 acres to his son James, 80 acres to his son, Edward, and 77 acres to his daughter. Edward was once brought to court for destroying part of another man's nose. (Apparently, he punched the guy.) He married Priscilla Connell of Stafford County, Virginia. He died in Prince William County, Virginia. After his death, Priscilla married Solomon Nicholls.
Edward's son, James, bought 388 acres from his grandfather, Simon Connell, and then sold it and moved to Washington County, Maryland. Edward's son, Edward Jr., moved to Kentucky.
Following is the family of Edward Doyle I:
Edward Doyle Sr. (~1700/4-1741) m. Priscilla Connell (~1705/1764+) about 1720
Edward (1735/1833) m. Elizabeth Vance in 1760 or 1761 and Jane Fitch Haynes on 1-20-1801
Edward the Younger, son of Edward the Elder, was born in Fairfax County, Virginia. He married Elizabeth Vance Matthews, the widow of William Matthews, whom she had married in 1754. Elizabeth was born in Cavon County, Ireland.
Edward and his family were in Winchester, Frederick County, Virginia until 1767 and Berkely County, Virginia in 1771. On 3-3-1767, they sold 90 acres of land in Frederick County for 100 pounds. Between 1771 and 1778 they started moving west and were in Bullskin Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania for several years. In 1771, he had a 426-acre farm there. They were neighbors of Colonel William Crawford there. While there, Edward helped petition the building of a road in 12/1784 between Broad Ford to Christian Perkey's mill, and then to Redstone Old Fort in the areas of Salt Lick and Springfield townships. It was approved and subsequently built to be 25 feet wide.
Edward participated in the American Revolutionary War, but his son, John, took his place when he was of age.
They moved to Harrison County, Kentucky about 1794, where Edward was a farmer. That same year, he gave power of attorney to his trusted friend, William Mounts, to return to Fayette County, Pennsylvania and sell his mills and 25 acres of land on Mounts Creek in Bullskin Township. In 1796, Edward turned over all his lands, tools, furniture, horses, cattle, etc. to his sons Alexander and Simon. According to William Perin’s history of Harrison County, Edward accumulated a great fortune.
Edward's son, John, was a famous soldier who fought in many battles and wars against the British and Indians, including the Revolutionary War, Battle of Fallen Timbers (1794, Ohio), and Battle of the Thames (War of 1812). He served a three-month tour of duty at a fort on the Ohio River about 12 miles below Pittsburgh. After this service, he returned to his father's farm.
He volunteered for his second tour of military duty as a light horseman in 4-1781 to serve under Colonel (later General) George Rogers Clark to go to the Falls of the Ohio (Louisville) to fight Indians and guard the Kentucky frontier. He served with Captain Benjamin Wholey and spent some time guarding boats and ammunition on a small island in the Yohogany River at a place called the Broad Ford, about 40 miles from Pittsburgh. About two months later, he joined the light horse under Captain Benjamin Fields. John provided his own horse and saddle and marched with his unit from New Store, on the Monangahela River, below Redstone Old Fort, to the mouth of Wheeling Creek, where they embarked themselves and their horses on boats and descended the Ohio River to Louisville. There he was positioned under the command of Colonel John Floyd, along with 27 soldiers, at Floyd's Station on Bear Grass Creek. An engagement with the Indians on Floyd's Fork of Salt River resulted in some fatalities. A day or so after the engagement, they went out to bury the dead, and the Indians ambushed them. Seventeen soldiers were killed or captured, and three were wounded. One of those wounded was Captain Sturgus, who died soon afterward. John Doyle's horse was shot from under him, and he escaped by foot. About three days later, Colonel Clark ordered out his regular troops, and they buried the dead. John was in no more engagements with the Indians under Clark during that enlistment. He returned to his father's farm.
In 1782, John again returned to the Falls of the Ohio. In April of 1783, there was a call for rangers to serve a two-year enlistment. Six months later, his commander, Captain Haynes (Hynes), became crippled and could no longer perform his duties. John was commissioned by the Government of Virginia as Captain of Rangers. His unit performed the reconnaissance missions on the Green River in Kentucky, the Saline River in Illinois, and the Wabash River in Indiana. There was only one significant engagement reported by Captain John. That was the Battle of the Saline. He had about 34 men under his command and had a battle with Indians. Sixteen Indians were killed, and the balance were driven off. His unit lost one man, and seven were wounded.
After the Battle of Saline, John went to Vienna, on the Green River in Kentucky. In September of 1784, General Clark sent for John and gave him command of a small company of "spies." In that role, he accompanied Clark in his expedition up the Wabash River and spied for him. Nothing significant happened until the army had marched 40 or 50 miles above Vincennes, when the Indians sued for peace. John returned again to Vienna and remained there until he was discharged. In the vicinity of Vienna, they had frequent skirmishes with the Indians as attempts were made to steal horses and attack the early settlers.
After his service along the Ohio River, John remained at his father's Pennsylvania farm until he was commissioned as Captain, First Company of Foot, County of Fayette, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on 5-1-1789. He raised a company and went out with General Harmar to Fort Wayne, Indiana, where their force was defeated.
John moved to Mason County, Kentucky after 1790 and fought as a member of the Kentucky Militia with General Anthony Wayne on 8-20-1794 at the Battle of Fallen Timbers in Ohio. Dean Doyal of Newport News, Virginia has a surviving artifact of that conflict. It is a powder flask that was hand-carved by John and carried by him at Fallen Timbers.
At the close of John's military service, he adopted the life of a farmer, and upon formation of Lewis County, Kentucky, he was appointed one of the first justices of the peace and held that office for many years.
In 1813, John became so incensed at Brigadier General William Hull's surrender at Fort Detroit on 7-5-1812, that he again enlisted as a soldier under General Isaac Shelby and participated in the Battle of the Thames, across from Detroit, on 10-5-1813. It has been reported he often told his children that he was at the beginning and the end of the Indian wars of the northwest. He was a strong, vigorous man who was seldom sick. In his entire military career, he was never wounded.
Edward's alleged sons George and Daniel were in the 4th line of the Pennsylvania infantry. George died in Fayette County, Illinois.
Edward and his children misspelled their own names as "Dial" and "Dyal." These misspellings have carried through to some of his present-day descendents.
Elizabeth died in Harrison County, and Edward remarried to the widow Jane Fitch Haines on 1-20-1801 in Fleming County, Kentucky. In March of 1802, Edward was ordered to show cause as to why his children shouldn't be bound out as apprentices "as the law directs in the case of poor orphans and other children whose parents are not capable of bringing them up." The case was dismissed in May of 1802, and that's when they probably moved to the Lewis/Mason County area.
Edward lived until the age of 98. He went blind in his old age. He was the oldest of the direct ancestors I have identified. He and his wife are buried in a small family cemetery in the woods on Quick's Run in Martin, Lewis County, Kentucky, at the site of the farm he once owned.
Following is the family of Edward Doyle, Jr.:
Edward Doyle, Jr. (1735/1833) and Elizabeth Vance (~1727/1796-1801) m. about 1760-1761
John (11-27-1762/12-8-1845) m. Christina Davis on 4-6-1797
William (1761-1764/1810-1820) married Elizabeth Welker? about 1789
Edward III (~1765/10-1796) m. Betsy ? about 1791
Simon (~1773-1775/~1806) m. Nancy Rawlings on 12-1-1796
Alexander (1770-1775/1839-1840) m. Elizabeth Rawlings about 1798 and widow Sally Dickson on 9-8-1836
Elizabeth ("Eliza") (pre-1776/?)
George Washington (1772/1840) m. widow Elizabeth ? and Elizabeth Thomas in 1820
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Edward III, son of Edward Jr., was born in Virginia. He married his wife Betsy about 1791 in Pennsylvania. Edward, like his father, was a farmer. Unlike his father, however, he could write his own name.
All of Edward's children moved to Livingston County, Kentucky. Alexander moved back to Campbell County after his wife died.
Edward died young, as did his wife and all their children. Edward and his children all died in their 30s or 40s. Edward died in Harrison County, Kentucky. His wife remarried to William Swales in Jefferson County, Kentucky on 1-21-1800 and then moved to Campbell County, Kentucky, where she had four or five children by him.
Following is the family of Edward Doyle III:
Edward Doyle III (~1765/10-1796) and Elizabeth ? (~1770/1816) m. about 1791
Alexander (~1791/1836-1837) m. Judith McGlasson on 5-8-1813 and Mary Kyle on 12-2-1824
William (~1793/1829) m. Ruth Peyton on 2-2-1816
Mary ("Polly") (~1794/11-20-1827) m. William Howard on 12-2-1817
Alexander, son of Edward III, was born in Bullskin Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania. He was a farmer. He married Judith ("Judy" or "Juda") McGlasson, who had been born in Buckingham County, Virginia and was living in Campbell County, Kentucky. On 8-31-1813, he enlisted as a private in the War of 1812 with his uncle John Doyle ("Dial" or "Dyal"). They enlisted in the Kentucky Mounted Volunteer Militia in Newport, Kentucky. Alexander was in Captain Thomas Ravenscraft's company under commander William Mountjoy. He was mustered out of service on 11-8-1813. About 1817, he and his family moved to Livingston County. Judith died young there, and Alexander and his children moved back to Campbell County about 1820. He remarried to Mary Kyle of Boone County and had three sons by her. He died in Campbell County.
Alexander’s daughter, Ruth, married her uncle (a non-blood relative) after his wife died.
Following is the family of Alexander Doyle:
Alexander Doyle (~1791/1835-1837) m. Judith McGlasson (~1795/1820-1824) on 5-8-1813 and Mary Kyle on 12-2-1824
Nancy J. (1814/1-30-1898) m. William Tungate on 7-9-1833
Alfred (1815/1875+) m. Ann Kirkpatrick on 6-22-1835
Elizabeth (~1816/1832+) m. Jonathan Lilly on 11-29-1832
Ruth (~1817/1850+) m.William Howard on 10-20-1835
Martha (1818/7-26-1894) m. John Laughlin on 4-8-1840 and Harrison Leopold 1850-1855
John C. (1820/1-1901) m. Sarah Ann Preston in 1843, Catherine Preston in 1850, and Edna ? in ?