Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A Doyle Anniversary

Elizabeth "Bess" Laws and Andrew Doyle were married 148 years ago today, on November 11, 1861, in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland, England. I'm so happy they were. I can't count the number of descendants they have - I don't know them all!

In this photo, Elizabeth is the lady in black sitting on the right as we look at the photograph. Her husband, Andrew, is the gentleman in black, also sitting on the right.

When they married, Elizabeth was 16 and Andrew was 25. He was a widower and her family opposed the marriage. She must have been pretty strong-willed, don't you think, to go against her parents' wishes when she was only 16? I know she passed on some of those strong-willed genes....

They immigrated to America in 1869-1870. Andrew came first, in 1869, then Elizabeth followed in the fall of 1870 with their children, William (Pap), Elizabeth Jane, Robert, and Martha. They lived first in Arnot, then moved to Pardoe, then Croton, and finally settled in Stoneboro, all in Pennsylvania.

They had 10 more children - Margaret, Andrew, Mary Ann, George, Isabell, Ida, John, Emma, Fred, and Frederick - after moving here.

Happy Anniversary, Gramma and Grampa Doyle! I love you.

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