Biography of John Joyce
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Joyce, John, Madrid, was born in Waddington, June 22, 1838, a son of James and Mary (McMurray) Joyce. James was born in County Down, Ireland, in 1791, and came to this country in 1823. He was employed with Judge Ogden for about a year, and was then employed by George Reddingron for eighteen years. About 1840 he bought the home farm of 100 acres in Madrid, to which he afterwards added sixty acres. Here he died July 3, 1863. The mother of John was of Scotch ancestry and a native of Ireland. They were the parents of eight children, four of whom are still living. Mrs. Joyce died August 20, 1802, at ninety two years of age. John was the youngest of the family and was educated in the common schools, and assisted ins father on the farm until the breaking out of the war. He enlisted August 11, 1862, in Company C, One Hundred and Forty secoud Regiment N. Y. Infantry, and served with them until September 20, 1863. Mr. Joyce was with the regiment at the siege of Suffolk, Vt, but soon after was taken ill with typhoid pneumonia and was obliged to withdraw from the service, and although after his recovery he was anxious to re-enlist he was rejected on account of weak lungs. He returned to the old homestead and three years later bought the farm. He now owns 164 acres, which he conducts as a dairy and sheep farm, with sixteen head of cattle and forty three sheep. Mr. Joyce has always been an active Republican. He is a member of William Dalzell Post No. 530, G. A. R. He married in 1868 Mary E., daughter of Alfred Emerson, of Madrid, and they have one son, Alfred E., now in his thirteenth year.

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A memorial record of St. Lawrence County, New York
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The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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