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THOMAS JOHN COYLE

The records of Coyle genealogy indicate the identification of the family with Ireland back to a period where authentic history becomes merged into tradition. When the new world began to attract many of their race to its unknown possibilities they followed the tide of emigration across the ocean and one branch became established near the rock-bound shores of New Brunswick. In that province, near the city of St. John's, Thomas John Coyle was born in 1856, and from there he came to California at the age of nine years, accompanying his parents, an industrious and honorable Irish couple, who long since have passed away. Owing to the scarcity of schools in that period and the poverty of the family it was not possible for him to enjoy the abundant educational advantages given to the young people of the present century, but in spite of his deprivations in that respect he became the possessor of broad information acquired through reading and observation. In the great school of experience he proved an apt pupil, and as a result be gained a breadth of knowledge not always acquired through collegiate instruction. His early years gave him much of adventure and privation. The laborious tasks incident to a freighting business earned him a livelihood for some years and he also drove a stage through mining districts not then reached by any railroad. As the years passed he witnessed the slow but steady development of the state; he saw the first railroads built through some of the mining regions, and he witnessed the upbuilding of large cities and the transformation of broad prairies into profitable ranches. Upon eventually retiring from business cares he came to Sacramento, purchased property, established his home and here, in 1905, five years later, occurred his death. In his passing from earth he left many hearts to mourn him and to reflect with pleasure upon his upright character. His benevolent disposition and kind heart are remembered by those to whom by example he indicated an existence of loyal citizenship.

In 1886 Mr. Coyle married Elizabeth Krenkel, a native of Sonora, Cal. Her father, Bernard F. Krenkel, was born in Germany, and died in California, where her mother now lives, the latter being rugged notwithstanding her eighty-nine busy and active years. The family of Mr. and Mrs. Coyle comprised eleven children, and eight of these are still living, namely: Thomas J., Jr., Nellie E., Francis J., Morris E., Joseph C, Charles G., Albert B. and Dorothea R., all of whom have the honor of claiming California as their native commonwealth. Since the death of Mr. Coyle the family have continued to reside in Sacramento. Having spent her entire life in the state, Mrs. Coyle is familiar with its history and peculiarly solicitous concerning its advancement, for she possesses the true and loyal spirit noticeable in every native daughter, and she has reared her family to share her enthusiastic faith in the commonwealth. 


Source:
History of Sacramento County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011