James Doyle1

ID# 2477, (1837-1907)
Descendants of James Doyle (1837-1907)
Brother of Michael Doyle
2nd great-granduncle of Faye Louise Doyle
     James Doyle was born in April 1837 in Co Wexford, IrelandG.1,2,3,4 He was the son of James Doyle and Ellen Burn.4 He was baptized on 22 July 1837. He immigrated before 1861 to South Crosby Twp, Leeds County, Ontario. He was a guard at the Kingston Penitentiary in Kingston, Frontenac County, Ontario, between 8 August 1868 and 1 January 1891. In 1885 his salary was $500/year.5,6 He married Margaret E Fitzgerald, daughter of Garrett Fitzgerald and Ann Downs, on 11 September 1871 in Kingston, Frontenac County, Ontario.4,7 They lived in Portsmouth, Frontenac County, Ontario.

On 15 Oct 1890, James was on duty as a guard in the Kingston Penitentiary hospital when two prisoners who had been working as hospital orderlies escaped. Shortly thereafter, James was recommended for retirement due to poor health which had left him "so feeble in the discharge of his duty as to render him unfit for his duty here". He retired, with a gratuity of $829, on 1 Jan 1891. The prisoners at the penitentiary made a black thorn walking stick for him on his retirement.8

He and Margaret E Fitzgerald immigrated in 1892 to Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio.2 He died on 26 October 1907 of heart disease in Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio, at age 70.9,7 He was buried on 29 October 1907 in Calvary Cemetery, Toledo, Lucas County, OhioG.9,10

Research Note: James' birth date is not proven. Records (census, employment, death, etc) give many different birth years (1835-1845); two specify April as the month; the Civil Service List of 1885 says 10 Apr 1839. The most likely years are 1837 or 1839 as they appear in two records, other dates appear in only one.1,11,4,6,2,5
Last Edited=28 Aug 2018

Children of James Doyle and Margaret E Fitzgerald


  1. [S6] 1861 Census (Crosby South, Leeds, Canada West), Library & Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario C-1044.
  2. [S708] James Doyle, 1900 Federal Census (Toledo, Ohio), Ancestry, http://www.ancestry.ca
  3. [S715] James Doyle, Death Certificate 68570 (1941), Ancestry, http://www.ancestry.ca, (gives place of birth).
  4. [S716] James Doyle & Margaret Fitzgerald, Marriage Registration unknown number, Ancestry, http://www.ancestry.ca
  5. [S803] Dept of Secretary of State, Civil Service List of Canada 1885 (Ottawa: Maclean, Roger & Company, 1886); digital image. Google, Google Books (books.google.ca: accessed 29 Apr 2010).
  6. [S714] James Doyle, 1891 Census (Portsmouth, Frontenac Co, Ontario), Ancestry, http://www.ancestry.ca
  7. [S1383] Johannah Fitzgerald, Family Bible ( c 1875); Martha McGeein, Bethesda, Maryland. Original entries apparently by Johannah Fitzgerald, later entries by unknown person(s) and by Gertrude Doyle McGeein.
  8. [S1290] Kingston Penitentiary, Warden's Letter Book, Oct - Dec 1890, Canada's Penitentiary Museum, 555 King St West, Kingston, Frontenac County, Ontario.
  9. [S1443] Calvary Cemetery 1905-1921 Interments: burial of James Doyle; page 37, Calvary Cemetery, Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio. Viewed 2 Feb 2012, at familysearch.org, database: Ohio, Diocese of Toledo, Catholic Parish Records, 1796-2004, img 38.
  10. [S1087] James Doyle burial, in Immaculate Conception 1868-1924 Deaths, p. 198, FamilySearch website, www.familysearch.org.
  11. [S712] 1871 Federal Census (Portsmouth, Frontenac Co, Ontario), Ancestry, http://www.ancestry.ca
  12. [S713] James Doyle, 1881 Federal Census (Portsmouth, Frontenac Co, Ontario), Ancestry, http://www.ancestry.ca
  13. [S717] James Doyle, Birth Registration 001648 (12 Aug 1872), Ancestry, http://www.ancestry.ca
  14. [S721] Ellen Doyle, Birth Registration 007118 (17 Aor 1874), Ancestry, http://www.ancestry.ca
  15. [S718] Elizabeth Doyle, Birth Registration 005548 (25 Apr 1876), Ancestry, http://www.ancestry.ca
  16. [S719] Annie Mary Doyle, Birth Registration 006228 (14 Oct 1878), Ancestry, http://www.ancestry.ca
  17. [S720] Michael Doyle, Birth Registration 007773 (20 Jan 1881), Ancestry, http://www.ancestry.ca
  18. [S1393] John Joseph Doyle, Death Registration 50759 (2 Aug 1949), FamilySearch website, www.familysearch.org.
  19. [S722] Catherine Doyle, Birth Registration 008922 (23 Aug 1885), Ancestry, http://www.ancestry.ca
  20. [S723] Margaret Mary Doyle, Birth Registration 007796 (20 Sep 1887), Ancestry, http://www.ancestry.ca
  21. [S724] Ellen Doyle, Birth Registration 009758 (15 May 1889), Ancestry, http://www.ancestry.ca
  22. [S1094] Thomas Doyle baptism, in Immaculate Conception 1894-1908 Baptisms, p. 2, FamilySearch website, www.familysearch.org.