I am looking for info on these and other Koyl's from Canada and Michigan. Would love to find Levi's parents and siblings. Can anyone help?
Printed in 1927/28, in a Brown City, MI newspaper.
"LAST GOODLAND PIONEER PASSES
Levi Koyl, 92, Sleeps Peacefully
Away--Was Among The First Settlers Here
Levi Koyl, 92, well known figure in this community for many years, and one of the earliest Thumb pioneers, answered the final summons early Wednesday morning, passing quietly away at the home of his son, Howard Koyl on East Main street.
The infirmities of old age are thought to have been the chief cause of death, although Mr. Koyl had been suffering from a slight cold, the first indication of which was noticed Monday night. Tuesday night he did not seem to feel badly and an hour before his death talked cheerfully to his son, who gave him a dose of medicine. He was just worn out and slept peacefully away.
He retained all of his faculties to the last. Only last Sunday his granddaughter visited him and played some hymns for the aged man, among them being his favorite, "There is Sunshine in My Soul Today", which he enjoyed thoroughly.
Mr. Koyl is the last of the original Goodland pioneers who came to this country when it was a trackless forest and hewed for themselves homes out of the wilderness.
The deceased was born in Kitley, Ontario, April 27, 1836. On October 31, 1864, he was married to Mrs. Koyl, an Irish colleen, who survives her husband and who though 84, is still in fairly good health and active in all ways.
About 60 years ago Mr. Koyl came to Michigan, taking up land along the Burnside-Goodland line. Here after he had cleared some of the land and before he had finished their log cabin he was joined by Mrs. Koyl and their two young children. The family lived in a shack until the home was built.
At that time there were no roads and the nearest neighbors lived a long walk through the woods. Mrs. Koyl recalls, but says that in spite of the hardships and incoveniences they enjoyed life and that she wishes that the old times could be recalled.
A few years ago they went to reside at Burnside and for the past 11 years they had been spending the summers at their home there and the winters with their son Howard, here.
Mr. and Mrs. Koyl celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary last October.
Fifty-three years ago the deceased, together with Mrs. Koyl, joined the Reorganized Church of Latter Day Saints and had lead a consistent, Christian life since. He was a great Bible student and could quote countless passages of scripture. Bringing these truths into his everyday conversations with all whom he met, Mr. Koyl undoubtably did a great deal of good, of which he was unaware.
As the agent in this territory, of the Chase Bros Nursery company for the past 30 years, Mr. Koyl had a wide aquaintance and a host of friends. In spite of his advanced age he would walk long distances and was about almost to the last.
He had felt, however, for some time past, that the end was near and said that he was ready to go. Some time ago he paid a visit to the Banner office and said at that time that he thought he only had a short while more to live.
The deceased is survived by his widow; three sons, Lorn and Howard of Brown City, and Joseph of Imlay City; two daughters, Mrs. Cora Johnson of Port Huron, and Mrs. Wm. Muir of Detroit; 20 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 12 o'clock Friday from the Howard Koyl home, and the deceased will be laid to rest in the Goodland Cemetery, seven miles south of Burnside, beside his oldest daughter."
Goodland and Burnside are villages and townships in Lapeer County, MI. Kitley was a town in Kitley Twp., Leeds Co., Ontario, Canada. The definition of 'colleen' is a young Irish girl. Cora's last name was Johnston.
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