letter excerpt The Dix Family Archive
The Clemens

Augustus D. Clemens, Jr.
1) Genealogy and Biography...
2) Mr. A. D. Clemens Dead

Mary Bordley Clemens
Obituary: Mrs. Mary B. Clemens

Augustus Ducas Clemens

Eleanor Collins Clemens
1) San Antonio Debutante Becomes Maryland Bride
2) Debutante Announcement
3) Engagement Announcement
4) Brides Are Busy
5) Wedding Announcement
6) from Eleanor in Italy 1950s(?)
6) to Eleanor, a Colonial Dame
7) to Eleanor, from a Joy descendant

Elizabeth 'Becky' Rogers
1) A Bird in Hospital Cage
2) Death Claims ‘Becky’ Rogers
3) Miss Elizabeth Rogers – ‘Becky’ Rogers Service Friday

The Family Home
Living room


Letter - to Eleanor, from a Joy descendant 1984

[original one-page typed letter:]

12236 Cherry Hills Dr. West
Sun City, AZ 85351

Nov. 10, 1984

Mrs. Eleanor Dix
Westhampton Beach, N.Y. 11978

The gentleman from NBC said that you, too, are a descendant of Thomas Joy, builder of the first State House in Boston.

As you can see, I am of that line, also, through Samuel Newell Joy who was born in Vermont, and who later moved to Wisconsin where my dad was born. Samuel had three sons and a daughter. I am the grand-daughter of his son, Charles Byron; daughter of Reuber Avery and one of my sunts [sic] traced the direct line from Samuel back to Thomas. I believe I am the 11th or 12th generation.

Over the years I have heard from Helen Lee Bourne, who was born a Joy, and who brought the whole family, as far as she was able, together in a very fine geneology. However, she died several years ago, and I have lost touch with whomever is carrying on her work, if ther[e] is such a person.

My husband and I have four sons - and two grand-daughters who have the Joy name - among the 10 grand-children total. We moved to Sun City in 1976, and my husband died last January. But I have grown accustomed to life in Arizona, and believe I will stay here. My sons and grandchildren all live in the Mid-west; three in Wisconsin and one in Minnesota.

I would be very interested in hearing of the direct line of your family, for, according to Helen Lee, we are all descended from Thomas Joy, who had a large number of suns [sic]. Do you have any idea of anyone carrying on the geneology, who might have an up-dated chart?


Helen Joy Dwinell


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