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Solomon Joy
Cass Twp.

Solomon Joy was born in the state of Vermont on Dec. 21, 1815, and was a son of Comfort and Martha Joy, nee Rodway likewise natives of the Green Mountain State, where they died. He received a liberal education in Vermont, and in 1845, came West, locating in Illinois, where he followed farming nine years, then settled in Cass Township, Clayton County, on a farm of 175 acres. He also owns 400 acres in Fayette County, of finely cultivated land. He has made farming a financial success, and has retired from active life, and is enjoying the fruits of his toil. He was married in 1841 to Lucy, daugher of Gileo and Loraine Newcomb, nee Nelson, natives of Vermont. One child blessed this union--Henry, born Sept. 20, 1842; he enlisted in 1862 in the Union army, and died soon after. Mrs. Lucy Joy died in 1843, and in 1844 Mr. Joy again married, Mary, daughter of Moses and Sarah (Dake) Nelson, natives of Vermont. To them have been born eight children, of whom Fannie, born Feb. 23, 1845, married D. C. Goodrich, of Nebraska; Lucy C. born Sept. 27, 1847, is the wife of Frank Emerson; Lewis N. born Dec. 6, 1850, and Mary, born Feb. 5, 1859, are living. Mary is blind, but is a college graduate. The deceased are: Nelson P. born April 2, 1853; Martha C. Oct. 30, 1855; Elmer E., June 16, 1861, and Orrin L., May 16, 1872. Mr. Joy has been Township Assessor, Trustee, and was elected Justice of the Peace, but declined to serve. He affiliates with the Republican party, and in religious sentiment is a Free-Will Baptist. His wife is a member of the Methodist church.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa, 1882, p. 698


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