Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Sarah passed away almost exactly a year later than her husband on March 3, 1896.  From the censuses I gather that she had at least four children: 
·        Mary Ann born in Pennsylvania December 6, 1832
·        Caroline born in Pennsylvania about 1836
·        Edwin born September 22, 1841 in Illinois
·        Emma born about 1854 in Illinois  

Kansas State Historical Society provided me with this obituary.  It comes from the Atchison Daily Champion on March 4, 1896, on page 1

Mrs. Doyle of Lancaster, Died Monday, Aged Eighty Years.
Mrs. Sarah E. Doyle, who was eighty years and six months to spare, died of heart failure at her home near Lancaster Monday.  It lacked only four days just a year since her husband died.  They were old and respected pioneer citizens of Atchison county, having lived here since 1858.  They leave a son and a daughter.  The daughter's home is in Washington, Tex(Territory), but she is now at Lancaster.  Funeral at 1:30 Thursday, from the M.E. Church at Lancaster.

Here's what I learn from Sarah's obituary.  The article mentions that Mrs. Sarah E. Doyle only had one son and one daughter living at the time.  I believe the son that was still living would be Edwin and the daughter is Mary Ann. 
We know that Mary Ann Doyle Church was living in Dayton, Washington at this time.  The article mentions that she came for her mother’s funeral.  That must have been a long train ride, but it also shows the love and respect she had for her mother.  Mary Ann only lives three more years before she passes on herself.  Also, I learned a new word!  Octogenarian means one who is between the age of 80 and 89. 
I also was able to get a copy of some burial records for Lancaster Cemetery.  Four of the Doyle family are buried here. 

·        John S. Doyle 1808-1895
·        Sarah E. Doyle 1815-1896
·        Edwin B. Doyle 1841-1915
·        Emma S. Doyle, daughter of John and Sarah Doyle, died 1888

This looks like I need to add another cemetery I want to visit!  I will just have to add it to the list.  Maybe I will win the trip that is giving away!  That would be FABULOUS!!

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