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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

John Doyle of Illinois not married to Evaline

This is the beginning of the presentation given by Renee Durfee at the John D. Lee reunion in September 2007.

Looking at Ancestral File and Family Search, many entries show John Doyle married to Evaline. There was a John Doyle who married an Evaline and lived in Tennessee. Both John D. Lee's ancestor and the John Doyle of Tennessee were Revolutionary War veterans. Initially there was some confusion, but as more records have become available, it was discovered that the John Doyle of Illinois was not the John Doyle who married Evaline.

Records of John Doyle of Illinois and the other John Doyles who participated in the Revolution have been combined, creating multiple errors in genealogical information. There were at least three other John Doyles who took part in the war, a major from Pennsylvania who returned to Pennsylvania, John Dyal/Doyle who also served with George Rogers Clark and moved to Kentucky, and the John Doyle from Maryland who moved to Tennessee and married Evaline.

In order to separate the John Doyles it is necessary to identify what is known about the John Doyle who was John D. Lee's grandfather. A succinct compilation of the information available for John Doyle is given by the Illinois State Genealogical Society stating that John Doyle was buried in Randolph County, Illinois. He settled near Kaskaskia, and taught in one of the earliest schools in Randolph County. He was a scholar. He was listed in the 1810 Census of Kaskaskia. He served as a soldier with Col. George Rogers Clark.*1

It is general knowledge that he had at least two daughters, Elizabeth Doyle Reed Lee and Charlotte Doyle Conner. According to probate records in Randolph County, Illinois, John Doyle died in Randolph County in October 1819.*2

Deposition regarding John Doyle's death signed by James Conner, Charlotte Doyle Conner's husband.

John Doyle was educated and could sign his name. This signature is taken from court records in Randolph County.

The John Doyle who married Evaline was found in Revolutionary War Pension Applications.
A summary of the information is included in this letter to May Doyle Saunders.

According to the information in the folder, John Doyle, who married Evaline, died at the age of 70 on June 3, 1837 in Knox County, Tennessee. His Revolutionary service was with Col. Smallwood's Maryland regiment. The only child listed was a son named William.

"Signatures" from John Doyle of Tennessee's Revolutionary War Pension application

The John Doyle married to Evaline made marks for his signature instead of signing his name.*3

Because of the difference in death dates, residence, Revolutionary War service, children and signatures, John Doyle of Illinois was not the John Doyle of Tennesee who was married to Evaline.

*1 Devanny, Mrs. John S. and Illinois State Genealogical Society. Soldiers of the American Revolution Buried in Illinois. Springfield, Illinois: The Society, 1976. 64. FHL US/CAN Book 977.3 M2s
*2 Probate Records, Randolph County, Box 28.
*3 Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Applications. Letter sent to Mrs. May Doyle Saunders in Chattanooga, Tennessee on February 17, 1937. FHL US/CAN Film 970848

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