(This is my first foray into the 52 Weeks Challenge. Hopefully I can keep it going throughout the year...)
I know very little about Peter Doyle. His son, Heman, said Peter was born in Ireland, but Peter's US Army enlistment record lists Plymouth, England as his birthplace.
I don't know who Peter's parents were either, or when he arrived in the US. He was born around 1770 and married Rebecca Swena/Sweeney sometime before 1810. Their son, Heman, was born on 31 Dec 1809 in Arlington, Bennington, Vermont. Peter also had at least two other children, Aaron and Mary Paulina.
On 2 March 1814 in Bennington, Vermont, Peter enlisted as a Musician in Capt. William S. Foster's Co. of the 11th US Infantry. During the Siege of Fort Erie, Peter was wounded by a cannon ball and subsequently died from his injuries on 14 September, 1814. Due to Peter's service and death in action, his three children received a pension between 1821 and 1826.
Peter's widow, Rebecca, remarried in 1819 to Joseph S. Bacon. They had several children and eventually settled in Sauk Co., Wisconsin.
I do not know what happened to either Aaron or Mary Paulina. Peter's son, Heman, eventually came west to California with some of his Bacon relatives. Rebecca died in 1867; Heman died in 1881. Heman was my 4th great-grandfather.
I've seen several alternative spellings for Doyle, including: Dail, Doil, Dale and Doyel. Heman always went by Doyle, whether that was the actual original spelling/pronounciation I do not know.
I have tried to order Peter's pension records from NARA but they could find nothing. If anyone has any suggestions on how to get these records, I'd love to hear them.