FFF~Week #30

Ancestor: My maternal 2nd-great-grandfather (John E. Doyle)


  1. Born circa 1847 in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Christopher Doyle and Catherine Hanlon.
  2. Have not found a marriage record for John and Kate Fitzgerald in Cincinnati.  However, I did find one in Jeffersonville, Clark, Indiana (across the Ohio River from Louisville, Kentucky).  The date given is June 1870; there is no return.  Of note, their first son, William, was born in July 1870. johndoyle1
  3. I have found John in a number of Cincinnati directories (you can search those online).  He worked as an engineer until the turn of the century when he and his sons opened a dance hall!  It was called Doyle’s Dance Academy.
  4. John died in February 1916, almost one month after his wife Kate died.
  5. John and Kate had 7 children: William, Mary, Edward, Bernard, Julia Gentle, Harry, and Hazel.  I have not found anything else on Mary except her name on the census, and Harry and Hazel died young.

Shout-out to New St. Joseph Cemetery in Cincinnati, Ohio: If you don’t know about this and think you might have ancestors buried here, do a search! That is correct; the burials at New St. Joe are online. This database has been a huge resource for me with my Cincy ancestors. Neat thing about it? Once you find your ancestor, you can search just by their plot and see who else is buried along with them.  For example, John Doyle’s plot is Section 8, Lot 34, Part W, Range 16.  I searched using those 4 values only and found the following people: Catherine (his wife) and sons William, Edward, and Bernard.  The cemetery has added what details they know, including date of death, date of birth, age, parents, etc.  I did a search for John’s father Christopher who died in 1865 and found that he was buried in the Old St. Joseph Cemetery, along with: Hazel Doyle, Margaret Maloney, and Edward Moloney.  I wondered where Christopher’s wife had been buried; I knew she survived a good 20 years after he passed.  I found her in the north part of the plot whereas Christopher, et al., were in the south part.  A word of warning, though, if you go to visit the actual cemeteries: There is no access to Old St. Joe, but you can see it from the street.  The New St. Joe Cemetery is HUGE. I finally found John, his wife, and sons; there is only one marker, a ground marker, that says “Catherine.”  The office will give you a map of the grounds and point you in the general direction if you have the plot identified from beforehand searching.

ETA: As it turns out, I do have John’s birth date, 14 July 1846.  And his death certificate:

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