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Below is a family biography included in Biographical Record of Oakland County, Michigan published by Biographical Publishing Company in 1903.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Joseph Kyle, deceased, who was one of the prominent farmers of Oakland County, Michigan, owner of 320 acres of fine land, near Orchard Lake, in section 29, West Bloomfield township, was born in 1830 in County Tyrone, Ireland. His father, Henry Kyle, a farmer of County Tyrone, reared a family of five children, as follows: William, who came to America before his brother Joseph; Rachel, who accompanied William to America and later married Thomas Foster, also a native of County Tyrone, — they died in Philadelphia, leaving these children, Thomas, Mary Jane, Eliza, Rebecca and Emma; Joseph, the subject of this sketch; Robert, who was married to Tessie Little of Ireland and now lives in New York City, with the following children, — Harry, Mary, Robert, Jessie, John, Sadie and Joseph, of whom John and Joseph reside in Ireland; and Mary, deceased, who was the wife of William Kinley, now of St. Louis, Missouri, and the mother of three children.

In 1855 Joseph Kyle came to America and in the same year settled in Oakland County, Michigan, where he rented a farm in West Bloomfield township for five years. In 1860 he was united in marriage with Elizabeth Robertson, who was born in County Derry, Ireland, and is the estimable daughter of Andrew Robertson, who came to America in 1875, bringing with him another daughter, Ann, who now resides in Detroit. Mr. Robertson died May 21, 1889. A family of five children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Kyle, as follows: Henry, born in 1861, now operating a farm in West Bloomfield township, Oakland County, who was married to Flora Duval; Mary Jane, Annie and Libbie, born, respectively, in 1863, 1866 and 1871, who reside on the old homestead; and William, born in 1875, who resides in St. Louis, Missouri.

In 1865 Mr. Kyle bought a farm of 180 acres in section 29, West Bloomfield township, which by his industry and good management he increased to 320 acres before his death. There he engaged extensively in farming and stock raising and became one of the wealthy and prominent men of his township. Mr. Kyle was very highly respected and widely known for his industry and honesty. In politics he was a Democrat. In religion he was a Presbyterian and in every relation of life was a good man and a first class citizen. His estimable wife survives him and is one of the most highly esteemed ladies of the neighborhood, where she is well known for her many good qualities, her kindness of heart and her bounteous hospitality. Mr. Kyle died August 25, 1889, at the age of 59 years, and was buried in the North Farmington Cemetery.

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