History of Erie County, Pennsylvania, 1884

John Boyle Biography

John Boyle, City Treasurer of Erie, was born in Lancaster Co., Penn., Jan. 28, 1821. At seventeen he engaged as an apprentice to the blacksmithing trade, in Dauphin Co.. Penn., but after following this occupation there for a few years, came to Erie and assisted in building the steamer "Michigan," and after its completion engaged upon it as its fireman, doing ship's armor duty, but after a few years retired, and soon after established himself in the blacksmithing business. He subsequently returned to the steamer Michigan, where he remained four years. Later he engaged in railroading on the L.S. & M.S. Ry., but retired from this at the end of seven years, when he carried on the hotel business for 19 years.

He was married in Detroit, Mich., in 1846, to Elizabeth Boyle, who has borne him two sons and two daughters - Margaretta G.; Henrietta, wife of Wm. Knoll, an insurance agent; John Edward, a journalist; and Joseph C., a literary student. Mr. and Mrs. Boyle are members of the Roman Catholic Church. The former has always been an active worker in developing the public and social life of this city. He served in the City Council, and has filled his present official position since the spring of 1880.

Source: History of Erie County, Pennsylvania; City of Erie; Chicago; Warner, Beers & Co.; 1884

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