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James Martin Boyle

James Martin Boyle, (deceased), a veteran of the Civil war, and for many years an honored resident of Carroll county, was born in Zanesville, Ohio, April 17, 1830, and died December 9, 1901, at Lanark, as the result of a stroke of paralysis. He was buried in the cemetery at Lanark, the funeral services being conducted by Rev. B. A. Dickens and attended by members of the Methodist church, Shiloh Post G. A. R., Modern Woodmen, Ancient Order United Workmen, Old Settlers' Association and Boyle Hose Company, to all of which he belonged. His father died when he was five years of age and his mother in 1874. He grew to manhood in his native state, but after his marriage went with his wife to Dubuque, Iowa, where he resided for a time, then moving to Galena, Illinois, and thence to Freeport. Soon afterward he located at Shannon, Carroll county, coming there in 1861, when the townsite was a cornfield, before the completion of the railroad.

On May 15, 1861, Mr. Boyle enlisted in Company G, One Hundred and Forty-second Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and was honorably discharged October 26, 1864. He was a charter member of the G. A. R. Post at Lanark, and was also a charter member of the local lodge of the A. O. U. W., which he joined April 11, 1883, the number of his policy showing that only sixty policies had been previously issued. He had served twenty-four years as captain of Boyle Hose Company of Shannon.

By occupation Mr. Boyle was a tailor and was a workman of ability and reliability, connected for thirty years with J. G. Sheller, of Lanark. He performed his full duty as a man, a citizen and a soldier, and was a kind husband and father, a true friend who was interested in the welfare of his community. His death came as a shock to his friends and acquaintances and his loss was widely mourned.

Mr. Boyle married Elizabeth Lamoin Eldred and children were born to them as follows: Mrs. Ella Welch and Mrs. Della Sherman of Cushing, Nebraska; Mrs. George N. Leland, of Kansas City, Missouri; George B. and F. B., of St. Paul, Nebraska; Miss Mahala and Bell E., all of whom survive.

Mrs. Elizabeth L. Boyle was born at Elyria, Ohio, December 23, 1832, and she died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Mayme Leland, of Kansas City, Missouri, November 26, 1907, and her remains were brought to the Boyle family lot in Lanark, for burial, the services being conducted by the Rev. Z. T. Levengood, of Lanark. She was one of a family of eight children, who were left orphans in youth. Mrs. Boyle was a charter member of the Woman's Relief Corps at Lanark and at the time of her death was its oldest member. A devout Presbyterian, kind and charitable to all, during her last sickness, when she was confined to her bed eight months with chronic bronchitis, she exhibited a high degree of patience and Christian fortitude. She left seven children, eighteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Transcribed by Carol Parrish
Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Carroll County, Vol. II, Munsell Publishing Company, 1913, p. 748-749.

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