Lee County Biography

John Hoyle
South Dixon Township


John Hoyle, a retired farmer living in the village of Eldena, has during his residence in this county materially added to its wealth by improving one of the most desirable farms in all South Dixon Township, and has accumulated sufficient property to preclude the necessity of engaging in any active business. He is a Pennsylvanian by birth, born April 14, 1826, the county of Somerset being his birthplace. His father, Peter Hoyle, was a native of the same county, and was a son of Adam Hoyle, who passed his entire life in Somerset County. His parents or grandparents had come to this country in an early day of the Colonial history of Pennsylvania. The father of our subject grew up amid the scenes of his birth, and early entered upon his career as a farmer. He was a drummer in the local militia for some years. He marrried Catherine Mossholder, who was likewise born and reared in Somerset County, being a daughter of Jacob and Tamar A. (Fritz) Mossholder, who were born, reared and died in Somerset County, the father spending his entire life on the old Mossholder homestead. They were stanch Lutherans in their religion. After the birth of their children, five sons and three daughters in all, and after the most of them had grown to manhood and womanhood, Peter Hoyle and his wife came to Illinois in 1856 to spend their remaining days here. They settled near Dixon, and there the mother died in 1863, when past sixty years of age. Mr. Hoyle subse­quently died at the home of our subject in South Dixon in August, 1870, at the age of sixty-seven years. They were in all things honest, God-fear­ing people, and their religion was that of their ancestors from the days of Martin Luther.

Our subject is the eldest of the eight children born to his worthy parents, who early trained him in the way he should go to grow into an upright man. There are two other surviving members of the family besides himself, his brother Edmund a farmer in Lancaster County, Neb., who has been married, but his wife is now deceased and a sister, Mrs. Margaret Swaby, who lives near Amboy. John Hoyle was married in the townsbip and county of his birth in Pennsylvania, to Miss Emily Deeter, who was born and reared in that neighborhood, and is a daughter of Samuel and Susanna (Sheetz) Deeter. Her parents were natives of the Keystone State, and lived and died on the old Deeter homestead owned by Samuel Deeter's father on coming to America from Germany. The parents of Mrs. Hoyle died in the faith of the German Reformed Church, in which they bad been bred. They had a large family of children.

Mrs. Hoyle has been an exemplary wife, her husband's stay and help, and a tender mother to their children, of whom they have had twelve. These nine are living: Joshua Hoyle, of whom see biography in this volume; Ellen; Sarah A, Lucinda; Allasuma; John Wesley Hoyle who is represented on another page of this work; Peter Samuel Hoyle, also a subject of one of the sketches in this book; Orpha J. and Etta Mabel the two latter unmarried and at home with their parents the others are all married and well settled in life.

Mr. Hoyle left the old home in Pennsylvania and began life anew in this state in the winter of 1864, bringing his family with him. A year later he purchased three hundred and twenty acres of land on section 35, South Dixon Township, now included in his son John's farm, upon which he made most of his improvements, and it is now in the hands of his sons. He retired to Eldena with his family in 1888 nad has not since been actively engaged in any active business. He is well thought of by all with whom he associates and is known to be a man of veracity, rugged honesty and independence of character. He and his wife early identified themselves with the religious elements of the community and are members of the Evangelical Association. In politics he is a Republican.

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** Family of John & Emily (Deeter) Hoyle

1. Ellen Hoyle 27 February 1848 Somerset PA d 27 October 1913/1915 in Meadville, Key Paha Co NE. buried in Union Cemetery, Springville NE, m John Henry Hartman in Dixon 19 October 1869. Children were Edward, John, Effie, Nettie, Nina, Eva & Fred.

2. Wilson Hoyle 06 January 1850 - d 1854 Somerset PA

3. Joshua Hoyle 04 December 1851 Somerset PA d 02 November 1928 in Palymra Twp., Lee Co. m Julia Fritz. Children were Wilson, Hattie, Lester, Clara, Bird, Fred and Jennie.

4. Sarah Alice Hoyle 24 March 1854 Somerset PA d 16 January 1932 m Henry Harrison Ringler

5. Lucinda Hoyle 08 July 1856 Somerset PA d 31 January 1927 in Bearden AR m Wm. Bechtelheime

6. Susan Hoyle 01 November 1858 Somerset PA d 1859 Somerset PA

7. Elisome Hoyle 26 March 1861 Somerset PA d 1935 m Ephraim Howard

8. John Wesley Hoyle 06 May 1863 Somerset PA d 07 July 1944 m Isabelle Elizabeth Fritz. Children were Ray, Hazel, Florence, Myrtle, Frank, Russell & Gladys

9. Peter Samuel Hoyle 10 June 1865 Lee IL d 1952 m Kathryn Ulrich (This Bio has Peter Samuel - but his own bio says Samuel Peter) Children were Mary, John Lloyd, William, Edward, Robert, George & Charles.

10. Mary Emma Hoyle 20 January 1867 Lee IL d 1869

11. Orpha Jane Hoyle 09 January 1870 Lee IL d 1960 m Jeremiah Glessner

12. Etta Mabel Hoyle 03 April 1875 Lee IL d 1951 m Charles Shoemaker

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