Alexander Boyle

Alexander Boyle

Alexander Boyle has an entry among index cards kept by Nathaniel R. Perkins, MD, who examined thousands of men who were going into the war, 1914-1918. Given by Mrs N. R. Perkins in accordance with instructions from her late husband, Dr. Nathaniel P. Perkins of 1122 Adams St, Dorchester.

Alexander Boyle, 498 Norfolk Dorchester

Alexander Daniel Boyle

Alexander Daniel Boyle was born on December 25, 1895, a Christmas arrival for his father Murdoch, a carpenter and his mother Margaret.  By 1900 the family was living in West Roxbury, and by 1910 they had moved to 18 Merrill Street, Dorchester, near Seaver Street and Franklin Park.  In 1910, Alexander had younger sisters Mary, Isabelle, Helen and brother Archie.  Alexander graduated from Mechanic Arts High School in 1915.

When Alexander filled out his draft registration in June of 1917, the family was living at 498 Norfolk Street, Mattapan.  Alexander was described as 5 ft., 10 in. tall, of slender build, with gray eyes and blond hair.  He as an architectural draftsman for J. J. Mastrangelo in Boston.  He enlisted in the US Naval Reserve Force on December 10, 1917, and was assigned to the Navy Yard in Boston, where he served as a Carpenters Mate 1 Class until the war was over.  He was discharged September 30, 1921.

Alexander returned to live with his family, and again he worked as a draftsman into the early 1920s.  He married Evelyn Cannon of 16 Crowley Avenue, Dedham, August 8, 1921, and the new couple moved in with Evelyn’s parents.  By 1923 Alexander was listed as an architect in city directories.  His office was first on School Street and later on East 3rd Street in South Boston.  HIs World War II registration said that he was working at the Buckley Iron Works in Roxbury.

The 1930 Census reports that Alexander and Evelyn were still living at 16 Crowley Avenue, but now with son Clifford, 7 years of age and daughter Evelyn, 3.  Evelyn’s brother Hugh Cannon and his wife Cornelia were also living in their home.  In 1940, Alexander, Evelyn and their 2 children were living there.  In the mid to late 1950s Alexander and Evelyn moved to 392 Hatherly Road, Scituate.

Evelyn died in August, 1961, and Alexander died in January of 1971.  His funeral was arranged by his brother-in-law Hugh Cannon out of his Dedham funeral home; Alexander’s  service was given at St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church in Scituate; and he was buried in the Brookdale Cemetery in Dedham.


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US Census on 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940

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World War I service record.  Military, Compiled Service Records. World War I. Carded Records. Records of the Military Division of the Adjutant General’s Office, Massachusetts National Guard.


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March 27, 2022

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