Letter - to Eleanor, from a Joy descendant 1984
[original one-page typed letter:]
Cherry Hills Dr. West
Nov. 10, 1984
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?
Copyright 2002 Gabriel Brooke, (website). Transcription and editing: John Thomas, (website). Design and production: Marc Kundmann, (website).