Biography of James Joyce
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Joyce, James, Potsdam, was born near Belfast, Ireland, October 24, 1820, and was only two years of age when his parents immigrated to this country. Hugh Joyce, his father, first settled in Waddington, working for Judge Ogden about six years, accepting as part pay about thirty five acres on the Ogden tract in Potsdam, which he settled on, adding by purchase, until at one time he owned 240 acres. He was a Republican, and married in Ireland when about eighteen years of age, Charlotte Welworth, also a native of Ireland, and they had six children: Alexander, died May 7, 1892, in Potsdam, aged seventy four years; John, a farmer of Madrid; Abigail, wife of John Bardon of Dakota; Jemina, wife of Isaac McCarthy of Madrid; Hugh, a rechanic of Canton and James. His father died March 3, 1868, and his mother December 15, 1887. The whole life of our subject was spent in the town. He worked for farmers three or four years, and in 1849 went to Wisconsin, from where the next spring he went the overland route to California. This being the time of the first discovery of gold, Mr. Joyce mined and speculated for seven years. Returning here in 1857, lie settled on his farm of 150 acres, where he has ever since made his home. Mr. Joyce is a staunch Republican and an honest, upright citizen. He married in 1859, Agnes, daughter of Thomas Philpot, a farmer of Potsdam, and they had six children, two died in infancy. A son, Melvin, eighteeen years old, was drowned in an inland lake in Michigan, September, 19, 1880. The others are: Emma, wife of Thomas Fisher, a farmer of Madrid: Minnie, wife of John R. Dawson, a manufacturer of Philadelphia; and William R., who assists on the homestead farm, Mr. Joyce and family are members of the Methodist church at Buck's Bridge.

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A memorial record of St. Lawrence County, New York
Edited by: Gates Curtis
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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