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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Bradley County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1890.  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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Hon. Charles Leonidas Hoyle, a prominent resident of Bradley County, Ark., was born in Catawba County, N. C, April 19, 1850, and is a son of Humphrey and Elizabeth (Dickson) Hoyle, who were born, reared and married in North Carolina, the last event taking place in the year 1844. To them a family of thirteen children have been born, whose names are here given: Jane E., Martha A., Abel T., Charles L., Henry D., Millard F., Frank, William D., James E., Ludia C, Ellen L., Robert L. and Ollie W. The family trace their ancestry back to Adam Hoyle, a descendant of a family of that name, which had resided for several generations at Weisbaden, Germany. Adam was born in 1678, and married Nancy Leister on the Rhine River, in 1704. His son Peter married Catherine Dales, in 1730, and in 1741 emigrated to the New World, and established a home for himself and family in Maryland, moving thence to Lincoln County, N. C, in 1744, where they resided until their respective deaths. Their second son, John Hoyle, was born in Nassau, Germany, in 1740, and in 1763 was married to Miss Margaret Castner, a native of Mecklenburg County, N. C, to which union were born thirteen children, Jacob Hoyle being their third son. His birth occurred in Lincoln County, in 1779, and about the year 1800, he espoused Miss Catherine Summay, to whom a family of six children was born, Humphrey H. being, among the number, his birth occurring in 1818, he being their youngest child. During the Revolutionary period, many of the members of this family figured conspicuously in the various conventions that met, and were members of the convention that met at Charlotte, N. C., at the time it declared itself free of British rule in 1775. Charles Leonidas Hoyle, the immediate subject of this sketch, was reared and educated in his native county, and having a desire to study medicine, he entered the Southern University of Alabama, and was graduated from this institution in 1874, and practiced his profession one year at Van Dorn, Ala. He then came to Bradley County, Ark., and has as fine a farm as there is in the county, which he has cultivated very successfully. He is a Democrat in his political views, and on that ticket was elected to represent Bradley County, in the State Legislature, during the session of 1887. In 1877 he was married to Miss Howell Tindall, a native of Bradley County, Ark., his family consisting of three children: Charley T., Metaphor S. and Robert L. Mr. Hoyle and his worthy wife belong to the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and he is a very liberal contributor to all worthy enterprises.

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This family biography is one of 64 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Bradley County, Arkansas published in 1890.  For the complete description, click here: Bradley County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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