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Boyle, Cornelius, 1817-1878



  • Existence: 1817 - 1878


Dr. Cornelius Boyle (1817-1878) of Washington, D.C., joined the Confederate Army following the Battle of Fort Sumter in 1861 April, and served until 1865 May 19. Owing to his reputation as a Confederate spy, Boyle was barred from returning to Washington--he instead left for Mexico, during which time he met Mexican businessman Eustace Barron ( -1867). In 1866, Boyle mapped Barron’s lands in Nayarit and Jalisco. He later laid out Barronville--a town intended for 200 families--near Tuxpan and San Lorenzo. These plans were scrapped upon the deposal of Emperor Maximillian in 1867, causing Boyle to leave for the United States. He soon reopened the Fauquier White Sulphur Springs at Warrenton, Virginia, but eventually returned to his medical practice in Washington, D.C. He married Fannie Greene Boyle ( -1869) in 1852; the couple had 7 children. He married Cherry Bethune Boyle circa 1875.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Cornelius Boyle papers

Call Number: WA MSS S-4396
Abstract: Correspondence, photographs, personal papers, printed material, and other papers by or relating to Cornelius Boyle, circa 1866-1878. Included are 15 letters from Cornelius Boyle to wife Fannie Greene Boyle, relatives, and business associates concerning his travels and efforts in Mexico; 9 letters between Boyle and collaborators in the promotion and colonization of Barronville in Jalisco; a manuscript plat map of Barronville; a topographical sketch of a nearby hacienda called San Lorenzo; and...
Dates: 1840-1878