Descendants of

David Joyce and Elizabeth F. Thomas 

1. David1 Joyce , born 1825; died 4 Dec 1894; buried 7 Dec 1894 in Clinton, Clinton, Iowa.  He married in New York Elizabeth F. Thomas , born 1829 in LeRoy, New York; died 7 Apr 1895 in Clinton, Clinton, Iowa; buried 10 Apr 1895 in Clinton, Clinton, Iowa. 

Notes for David Joyce

      Burial: Oakland Cemetery 

Notes for Elizabeth F. Thomas

      Obituary:  The Clinton Morning Age Tuesday April 9, 1895 Vol. 2 # 157  Mrs. D. Joyce's Death The Death Angel Could Not Be Stayed  A Short Illness - Grief Over Her Husband's Death - A Charitable Life  The Angel of Death entered the home of Mrs. D. Joyce, Sunday morning at 8 o'clock and wafted the soul of Mrs. Joyce across the silvery waters.  Mrs. Joyce was born in LeRoy, N.Y. in 1829 and was 67 years of age.  She was married to David Joyce in her native state and soon they started for the west to make their fortune and fully succeeded.  Mr. Joyce was a lumber king and amassed a large fortune in the lumber business.  Mr. Joyce died in Minneapolis, Dec. 4, 1894.  His death was a great shock to his wife and ever since her grief has seemed greater than she could bear.  The immediate couse of her death was heart disease.  Mrs. Joyce was very charitable and every year she gave large amounts for benevolent purposes, in her gentle and quiet way.  She had many true friends and her death has thrown a shadow of grief over many hearts.  The date of the funeral has not yet been set, as a brother, in LeRoy, N.Y., is being waited for.     

      Burial: Oakland Cemetery 

      Children of David Joyce and Elizabeth F. Thomas were as follows:

+    2          i      William Thomas2 Joyce , born 2 Jan 1860 in Salisbury, Connecticut; died 4 Mar 1909; buried in Clinton, Clinton, Iowa.  He married Clotilde Gage .  

Generation 2 

2. William Thomas2 Joyce  (David1), born 2 Jan 1860 in Salisbury, Connecticut; died 4 Mar 1909; buried in Clinton, Clinton, Iowa.  He married in 1884 Clotilde Gage , born 1861; died 10 Jul 1940 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois; buried 13 Jul 1940 in Clinton, Clinton, Iowa, daughter of James P. Gage  and Helen Julia Buck .  

Notes for William Thomas Joyce

      Wolfe's History of Clinton County 1911 p. 1060 William Thomas Joyce In the untimely death of William Thomas Joyce, of Chicago, whose demise occurred March 4, 1909, the industrial world lost one of its most progressive and successful workers.  Trained in the lumber business, he rose to a postion of importance and the many interests with which he was identified throughout the Northwest are monuments to his ability and prodigious energy.  He will be sadly missed in the lumber trade, in which he was long a powerful and influential factor.  Mr. Joyce was born at Salisbury, Connecticut, January 2, 1860, the son of David and Elizabeth F. (Thomas) Joyce.  The family moved to Lyons, Iowa, now a part of Clinton, where the son was reared.  He attended the Lyons schools, later taking a course at the Shuttuck school, at Faribault, Minnesota, finishing with an academic training in Chicago.  The elder Joyce was on of the pioneer lumbermen of the Middle West.  He carried on a large and lucrative business, and his efforts had much to do with the early development of the trade.  Broad and liberal minded, he enjoyed a popularity so great that he was elected mayor of Lyons without a dissenting vote.  He gave liberally to charity and was ready at all times to support any movement tending toward the betterment of the public good.  The senior Mr. Joyce directed the education of his son with a view of having him engage in the lumber business, so when he left school in 1880, William T. began to work for his father.  His training was thorough, as he studied every department of the trade.  He clerked in the mill office, worked in the woods, mastered the details of the retail lumber yards, and was then sent on the road as a salesman.  His father, no doubt, intended the son to succeed him in business, and when the elder Joyce passed away the young man was well equipped to assume complete control of his parent's vast interests.  Before the death of his father, whose demise occurred December 4, 1894, William T. Joyce had practically assumed control of affairs.  The various interests were located in different parts of the country, and the immense business built up by the father was perpetuated by the son.  The subject not only kept the numerous enterprises intact, but extended and increased them.  At the time of his death he was president of four railroads; the Manistee & Grand Rapids Railway Company, the Minneapolis & Rainy River Railway company, the Tremont & Gulf Railway Company and the Groveton, Lufkin & Northern Railway Company.  Of his many lumber interests, Mr. Joyce was president of the following Southern companies; Southern Investment Company, Tremont Lumber Company, Winn Parish Lumber Company and the Louisiana Lumber Company, Ltd., all operating in Louisiana, and the Trinity County Lumber Company, operating in Texas.  In the North, he was president of the Northern Investment Company, the Itasca Lumber Company, the Deer River Lumber Company, the William T. Joyce Company, the W.T. Joyce Company, which operates twenty-nine line yards; the Joyce-Watkins Company, doing a lumber, telephone and telegraph pole business, and the Joyce Lumber Company of Clinton, engaged in the wholesale business.  He was also president of the Garland Hotel Company, which owns and operates the Park Hotel, at Hot Springs, Arkansas.  In addition to these concerns, he was interested in the Victoria Lumber & Manufacturing Company, of Victoria, British Columbia; the Mississippi River Logging Comapny; the St. Paul Boom Company, and was a stockholder in the Corn Exchange National Bank and the Illinois Trust & Savings Bank, of Chicago, and the Interstate Trust & Banking Comany, of New Orleans, and in a number of other prominent institutions.  Mr. Joyce controlled yellow pine mills, the combined yearly output of which was one hundred and fifty million feet.  The timber back of the Trinity County Lumber Company's mill alone amounts to over five hundred million feet, and other tracts acquired from time to time give these concerns the assurance of long life in the trade.  Mr. Joyce established general headquarters for his vast and rapidly increasing interests in Chicago in 1897, and since that time he was a conspicuous figure in lumber and financial affairs of the city.  Mr. Joyce was married, in 1884, to Clotilde Gage, of a prominent Lyons family, who, with their two sons, David Gage and James Stanley, who survive him.    The eldest son, David Gage Joyce, was associated in business with his father some time before the latter's death.  He and his brother, James Stanley, a graduate of Yale University, are the successors to the Joyce interests.  These young men, only twenty-five and twenty-four years of age respectively, have talent and ambition and the future holds forth much promise to them.  Mr. Joyce was a member of the Chcagio Union League, Chicago Athletic, Chicago Yacht and the Midlothian Country Clubs.  He was also a thirty-second-degree Mason and a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.  Home life always appealed strongly to Mr. Joyce and his domestic relations were of the happiest.  His private office was adorned with portraits of his family, of his homes, which included the old family residence at Chapinville, Connecticut, a roomy New England mansion, and the Joyce residence at Lyons, Iowa, as well as a handsome Chicago home situated at No. 4614 Woodlawn avenue, in the exclusive Kenwood district, where the surviving members of his family now reside.  While vast interests required much of his attention, Mr. Joyce found time occasionally for relaxation and he sought recreation in foreign travel.  Mr. Joyce inherited a large fortune and he could have lived in luxury, but he was a man of ambition and devoted the best efforts of his life to the development of the country's resources.  The business interest left to him were in good hands and under his careful management their value was greatly increased.  For his children he had a great and lasting affection and one of his fondest desires was to give them the best preparation for life.  Their education was wisely planned and it is believed that these young men can successfully direct and develop the many interests that came to him at the death of their grandfather.  Mr. Joyce was a man of great executive ability.  He gathered about him lieutenants skilled in the management and direction of the Joyce interests.  Mr. Joyce was a retiring disposition and while his donations to charity wre large and frequent, he studiously avoided any publicity pertaining to them.  To Cornell College he gave liberally, one of his gifts being a fifty-thousand-dollar endowment for the chair of economics and sociology.  Loyalty was characteristic of the man.  It was shown in his interest in Clintoin, where his father was so long in business, by his appreciation of the state of Iowa, where he spent so much of his life, and by his liberal support of the fraternal organizations to which he belonged.  He expressed his regard  for his parents by the erection of a mortuary chapel and an imposing obelisk to their memory.  The ties of home and family were ever dear to him.  A beautiful sentiment was manifested by keeping in his possession the home in the East, where he was born, and also the home in Clinton.  This great, generous-hearted man did not live for himself alone, and while many of his kind deeds will have no public record, his larger benevolences cannot be concealed.     

      Burial: Oakland Cemetery 

Notes for Clotilde Gage

      Obituary: The Clinton Herald Thursday July 11, 1940 Mrs. Clothilde G. Joyce, native of Clinton and for many years a prominent resident of this city, died at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Chicago where she had made her home most of the time in recent years.  Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Joyce family home, 1818 North Third street, where the body will repose after noon Saturday.  The Rev. F.G. Williams, pastor of Grace Episcopal church will officiate.  Burial will be in Oakland cemetery.  Mrs. Joyce was the wife of the late W.T. Joyce, prominent Clinton lumberman, whom she married in 1884 and the mother of James Stanley Joyce, Chicago,and the late David Gage Joyce.  She also was the sister of Mrs. R.C.A. Flournoy and grandmother of Beatrice Clothilde Joyce, daughter of James Stanley Joyce.  Mrs. Joyce was the daughter of James P. and Helen Julia Buck Gage, who moved to the old town of Lyons from Jackson county in 1858 after having moved to the United States from Canada in 1854.  Her father was one of the founders and first president of the First National bank of Lyons and in 1873 established what then was known as the Farmers and Merchants National bank. 

      Children of William Thomas Joyce and Clotilde Gage were as follows:

+    3          i      David Gage3 Joyce , born 1885; died 27 Aug 1937 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois; buried 30 Aug 1937 in Clinton, Clinton, Iowa.  He married Beatrice R. (---) .

+    4          ii      James Stanley3 Joyce , born 1886; died 1944; buried 7 Jan 1944 in Clinton, Clinton, Iowa.  He married (1) Peggy Hopkins ; (2) Nellie (---) .  

Generation 3 

3. David Gage3 Joyce  (William Thomas2, David1), born 1885; died 27 Aug 1937 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois; buried 30 Aug 1937 in Clinton, Clinton, Iowa.  He married Beatrice R. (---) .  

Notes for David Gage Joyce

      Obituary:  The Clinton Herald Saturday August 28, 1937 p. 5 David Gage Joyce, 52, son of Clinton's pioneer lumberman, William Joyce, Jr., died suddenly yesterday afternoon in his apartment at the Hotel St. Clair in Chicago.  Funeral services will be held at 5 o'clock Sunday afternoon in Chicago.  The body will arrive in Clinton at 1:45 p.m. Monday and will be taken directly to Oakland cemetery where a brief service for friends and relatives will be held.  Joyce and his brother, James Stanley, succeeded in 1909 to the lumber business founded by their grandfather, William T. Joyce.  Their father, William, Jr., died in 1909.  Surviving are the widow, Beatrice R., and a daughter, Beatrice G. 

      Children of David Gage Joyce and Beatrice R. (---) were as follows:

      5          i      Beatrice G.4 Joyce .  

4. James Stanley3 Joyce  (William Thomas2, David1), born 1886; died 1944; buried 7 Jan 1944 in Clinton, Clinton, Iowa.  He married (1) on 23 Jan 1920 in Miami, Dade, Florida Peggy Hopkins , born 1894; (2) in 1926 Nellie (---) .  

Notes for James Stanley Joyce

      Obituary:  The Clinton Herald Wednesday January 5, 1944 p.10 Funeral services for James Stanley Joyce, millionaire lumberman, will be held Friday at 2 p.m. in the Joyce family home, 1818 North Third street.  The Rev. F.G. Williams of Grace Episcopal church will officiate.  Interment will be in the family lot in Oakland cemetery.  Joyce, Chicago lumberman and president of the Tremont and Gulf Railroad company of Chicago, was the former husband of Peggy Hopkins Joyce, from whom he was divorced in 1921, according to Cushman B. Bissell, attorney for Joyce.  Bissell said that Joyce's widow, the former Mrs. Nellie Vail of New York, whom he married in 1926, will receive $250,000 under an agreement, relinquishing all further claim to the estate.  Her divorce against Joyce has been pending in Chicago since 1929, the attorney revealed.  The remainder of the estate, Bissell said, estimated at $5,000,000, will go to the Joyce's niece, Mrs. Beatrice Clothilde Joyce Richardson, of Coronado Beach, Calif.

The Advertiser Tuesday April 12, 1921 p. 6 Chicago newspapers this morning featured the culmination of the romance of James Stanley Joyce, formerly of Clinton, and Peggy Hopkins Joyce, former "Follie" girl whom he married at Miami, Fla., on January 23, 1920.  The Tribune says:  Joyce wants back his freedom and the fortune he gave her in money and jewels and property.  Through Attorneys Alfred S. Austrian and Frank P. Leffingwell, Joyce filed suit in superior court yesterday to annul his marriage to the much married Peggy.  In the suit he names numerous co-respondents, socially prominent in America and in Europe.  Peggy, who has been the wife of two other multi-millionaires, and who is known as a dancer, singer, movie star, artist's model and dress model, is charged with marrying Joyce for his money and with being the wife of Philbrick Hopkins at the time she married Joyce.  They went to Europe on their honeymoon, the Chicago lumber king and the movie queen.  The bridegroom returned alone and inserted notices in New York papers that he would not be responsible for his wife's debts.  The honeymoon tour had covered most of Europe, and diverse places in Europe are mentioned in the bill.  Among the co-respondents name are one Barton French, Henri Letellier, former owner of the Journal of Paris; "one Maurice, whose first name is to your orators unknown", one "E. James," Evans-Spaulding, and "diverse other persons."  The romance with Barton French is said to have occurred at Torquay, England, and various other places during June and July 1920.  A Pullman car episode with Letellier on the train entering and leaving Venice, Italy, is recorded in the bill as are incidents at "various other places on the continent of Europe, in or about the months of July, August, September and October, 1920."  On October 10, 1920, in London, England - and also on other dates, it is charged - Maurice was the defendent's partner.  "At various times and places in London, during October and November," Peggy was intimate with James, the bill declares.  The alleged affair with Spaulding occurred at 423 Park avenue, New York City, during November, December and January, and at Palm Beach during February and March.  "And said defendent has at diverse other times and places to your orator unknown since the performance of the said alleged marriage ceremony," the bill goes on, "had improper relations with diverse other persons whose names are to your orator unknown."  Peggy is 27 years old, but she has been getting married since she was 17.  She is slight, decidedly blonde, has blue-grey eyes, and is bewitchingly pretty. 

      Children of James Stanley Joyce and Peggy Hopkins were as follows:

      6          i      Beatrice Clotilde4 Joyce .  She married (---) Richardson .


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