Posted on June 15th, 2008
When I was about ten years old, my grandmother, Hersa Mae [Dodson] Hoyle, decided to go through some of her old photos and keepsakes. As she showed me her collection of old sepia toned photographs, she came across a rather battered old piece of parchment document that listed in very fancy German BlackLetter text a listing of my family’s history in America from “German Peter Hoyle” down to a “John Hoyle” who died just before the American Civil War in 1857.
She explained to me that those were my ancestors – people who had lived, as she put it, “In the olden days.” She coudn’t tell me much because it wasn’t her side of the family, but she pointed out that the names “Peter” and “John” seemed to be repeated each generation. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on June 10th, 2008
The surname “Hoyle” originally had Welsh origins, but over time became a relatively common English surname. Many American Hoyle families have their roots in the British Isles, and there are still many Hoyle families living in England and throughout the United Kingdom. Hoyle families can also be found in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and most former British colonies and Commonwealth nations. There are many prominent and influential Hoyle families living in both North and South America, residing in communities as far north as Alaska to southernmost Chile.
In the United States, most Hoyle families living in New England and the northern midwestern states have their roots in the British Isles. Even though “Hoyle” is clearly an English surname, the largest group of Hoyle families, however, are not descendents of British immigrants to the American colonies, but rather from settlers that came from Germany and other Prussian states. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on June 8th, 2008
I want to welcome all of my Hoyle cousins and namesakes, their families, and their friends to this new website. I hope that you’ll come to enjoy your visits here and that when you do stop by you’ll feel free to contribute and comment whenever the urge strikes.
My name is John Alan Hoyle. I live in Salem, Oregon – a city that I consider to be one of the most beautiful in America’s Pacific Northwest. I am a semi-retired grandfather. My work and my hobby is the creation of websites for small businesses and private individuals. I’ll tell you more about myself on another page at another time. All you need to really know – beside the fact that I love and admire my own family – is that I also have a life-long passion for the study of history and genealogy.
Today is Sunday, June 8th, 2008. This project actually gets off the ground about forty years late – but after years of promising my family that I would write our family story, I am actually putting pen to paper – or should I say “fingertips to keyboard” – thanks to two things. First is a technological format that simply did not exist forty, or even twenty, years ago – namely the Internet. Second – the fact that I have reached an age where I can live in semi-retirement and actually have time to do some of the things I’ve never really had time for before. Read the rest of this entry »