Charles Francis Doyle was born c. 1843 in New York, and lived in Cohoes for his entire life. His father died before he turned 16, and in 1860 he worked as a clerk, though he later became a lawyer, marrying Celia A. Mills. He served as mayor of Cohoes between October 13, 1885, and April 13, 1886, and died in 1899. His son, Charles Francis Doyle, Jr. (1878-1902), received a bachelor's degree from Yale and a law degree from the Albany Academy; he died soon after entering the firm McLean & Doyle.
Elizabeth L. Giles, the daughter of Gilbert and Magdalen Giles, was born c. 1855, and lived in Cohoes, New York, where she participated in the Boys' Excelsior Lyceum literary society.