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            A prominent resident of Tuolumne County, California, who is also a public official, is John B. Doyle, the clerk and auditor of the county.  Although an old resident of the county, his birth took place in Janesville, Rock County, Wisconsin, July 11, 1857.  His father, Edward Doyle, was born in Killkeny, Ireland, in 1829, coming to America when he was fourteen years of age, completing his education in New York City.  In 1856 he married Miss Ann Pryor, also a native of Ireland, in Granville, Washington County, New York.  Mr. and Mrs. Doyle removed to Wisconsin and in 1859 started to California by way of Pike’s Peak, located finally in Tuolumne County, at Columbia.  Here Mr. Doyle engaged in mining and farming, taking out considerable gold which, however, was sunk in other enterprises.  His farming was very successful, enabling him to secure for his family a comfortable home, and at the time of his death, July 4, 1899, he was the owner of five hundred acres of land.  Mrs. Doyle had passed away in 1890, and both of them had been devout members of the Catholic Church, good and worthy citizens.  Their family of five children grew to maturity with the exception of one, and our subject is the oldest.  The others are O. J., on the homestead; E. J., living in Sonora; T. P., a musician; and F. J., who died at the age of seventeen of apoplexy.

            Our subject was educated in the schools of Tuolumne County and then engaged in farming.  In 1886 he was elected one of the supervisors of the county, which office he filled satisfactorily until January, 1899, when he was elected to the office of county clerk and county auditor, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of the former official.  His public service has been very acceptable to all classes, although in politics Mr. Doyle is a Democrat.

            The marriage of Mr. Doyle took place in 1886 to Miss M. E. Duffy, and two sons, Edward and John, have been born of this union.  Socially he has long been an active member of the I. O. O. F., and is also connected with the Chosen Friends. He is well and favorably known in the community, where his honesty and ability in the public service are recognized.  He has made the county his study for so long a time in official capacity that he is considered peculiarly fitted for the position which he now fills.



Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.

Source: “A Volume of Memoirs and Genealogy of Representative Citizens of Northern California”, Pages 576-577. Chicago Standard Genealogical  Publishing Co. 1901.

© 2010  Gerald Iaquinta.




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