Dear Eileen: I am very pleased, too. I'll answer a few questions and then get into my surmisal.
Yes, my family was Methodist, at least I know that the Boyles were. Mary Ellen Faught was my grandfather Boyle's mother, so it figures. The Faughts stayed in Charlottetown. The only one that I know who went to the Boston area was Dorcas Cooke. (I need to check her death record.) My father had contact with someone named Gamble who was part of Dorcas's family. My father's middle name was Wellington for his Uncle Wellington Faught.
It was a long time ago that I got the marriage record for Richard and Mary Ann. As I remember I found the marriage record for both Dublin and Limerick. I'll change my tree to read Limerick.
If my Richard was the son of Michael why couldn't he have been the son of Mary Highfield, too? (You have John and Margaret (Viel) as the parents of a Michael.) We need to get a better dob for Mary Highfield. If Michael, b. 1775 and d. 1805, he would be the right age to have been Richard's father (1797). How many children do you figure Michael and Mary had?
I started reading about the German Palatine refugees last night. The movement away from the Palatinate started in 1709 during the War of the Spanish Succession when the French invaded southeastern part of "Germany." There was great famine. Looks like the Palatines also went to New York State and to England, as well as Ireland.
About my family. The Boyles were Protestants in co. Kilkenny, Ireland. They went to PEI about the same time that the Faughts were leaving Ireland. My g-grandfather, William Boyle, went into Charlottetown from Cornwall where his father and mother are buried. He was a tanner and did very well. His large duplex house is still standing. My grandfather went to McGill in Montreal and became a medical doctor. He took up practice in Carbonear, Newfoundland where he married and raised a large family. One of my uncles was Director of Physics for the National Research of Canada. Another was a medical doctor who became superintendent of two tuberculosis sanitariums in Mass. My grandparents went to the Boston area in retirement as their children had moved away. My father didn't go to the Boston area until the late twenties (from Alberta) because his parents were there. I was born in Boston in 1930 and am a retired high school teacher, as well as (since 1985) a professional genealogist. After writing eight books I decided that it was time to return to my own family. Ergo, the Faught search. (I have visited Charlottetown twice in the last five years where I have a third Boyle cousin still living.) My (second) wife, since 1964, was from Maine and so we retired here in 1985.
I'll see what Dorcas's death record says.
I am so glad that I found your message.