Thomas Boyle Family tree - and side branches

Notes for Henry John BOYLE


Unmarried at the time of the Stakesby ship’s journey to Canada from Ireland in 1823. Came with his brother Thomas and Thomas’ family.

Lake Dore is known as Eganville.

The Pembroke Observer and Upper Ottawa Advertiser carried the following notice in it’s Feb. 18, 1876 issue:”Died on Friday the 18th ultimo after a brief illness, Henry Boyle Esq. of the Township of Wilberforce.”

His tombstone (erected much later) erroneously has his death year as 1875. Since Henry’s land was not sold to Catherine until Mar. 28, 1876, it would make sense.

He worked as a carpenter in Canada but not known where he was trained. Also wrote with a good hand and with a good command of the language (apparently, better than Thomas’).

From Boyle Bulletin #8 - somewhere around age 25-30 (1828-1833), Henry lost his eye in a blasting accident while working on the construction of Rideau Canal. Some of the construction sites were not far from his land in Huntley, and it is believed one was at Malakoff (near Manotick).

Speculation that some type of political or natural disaster hit the Boyle families in Huntley causing some upheaval. Indirect references to both a plague and a forest fire in the 1840’s but no detailed evidence of either. Either case may explain the lack of a burial stone for Henry’s first wife.

Henry’s upper Canada land petition for Wilberforce (1853) for Lot number 20 in the 12th Range of the Township of Wilberforce, has him saying that he has lived on that for “upwards of eight years”.

Listed in 1851/1852 census as living in Renfrew County,Wilberforce township, page 1. Name erroneously spelled Henre (or something like that), age 40 next birthday, and a farmer.

LIsted in 1861 census as a 50 year old farmer living in Wilberforce, along with his (2nd) wife Catherine, and kids Robert (age 12), Elizabeth (age 10), Thomasine (age 6) and Edward (Age 5). None of the kids from his first marriage are with them at this time.

In the 1871 cenus, Henry is living with his 2nd wife Catherine, sons Robert and Edward, and daughters Elizabeth and Thomsasina in Wilberforce. He is listed as a farmer.

Henry passed away from a form of cancer, from what I can read.



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