It was required by law that immigrants had to have resided in the province for at least two years prior to petitioning for land. So on the 26th of December, 1826 William Joyce filed a petition for land in the Province of New Brunswick
Five other men also applied on the same petition as William, they were: John McGrath, Patrick Deering, Patrick Flinn, Lawrence Parkinson, Michael Cunningham and Daniel Brophy. Two hundred acres of land was granted to William and was located on the east side of the Nerepis Road at Petersville, bearing the lot # 38. formerly occupied by John Ferguson. Grant # 2738. Each of the petitioners received 200 acres of land. William would later, around 1851, petition for and be granted another 100 acres which was also located at Petersville, in Queens County. Petersville was located eight miles northeast of Welsford.
William and Mary were members of St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church . Although we have no date of death for either William or Mary, they were still alive at the time of the 1871 census, but not in the 1881 census. William was 80 and Mary was 82 years. Prior to his death, William owned and operated a farm on his property. William and Mary are buried in Petersville although we have been unable to locate their graves. Many gravestones in the Catholic Cemetery are weather worn and unable to read.
The following information was obtained from a paid genealogist in Limerick, Ireland. However, although the dates match, I'm not 100% sure that it is our William and Mary because there was never any mention made of any children other than Richard.( Others may want to follow this lead.)
William Joyce married Mary Nealon on November 17, 1817 At St. Mary's Church in Limerick City in Limerick County, Ireland. These children were baptized on the following dates.
Catherine Joyce --- September, 9th 1818. Sponsors were: Patrick Cavanagh and Margaret Downes.OUR William and Mary had one known son, Richard D. Joyce. He was born in urban Ireland, on March 29, 1823. William married Margery (Margaret Elizabeth) Cullinan in West Saint John, New Brunswick on the 17th of June, 1850 at The Church of the Assumption. The witnesses were: Margery Cullinan Sr. and Thomas Moore. Margery (Margaret) was born in rural Ireland, on March 19, 1831. Richard was a farmer and prior to moving to Saint John.
According to St. Ignatius Church Parish records which are kept at St Vincent-de-Paul Church in Oromocto, New Brunswick, both Richard and Margery are buried in the Catholic Cemetery in Petersville, Margery died on Oct. 18, 1904 and Richard died on March 30, 1907. RICHARD and MARGERY JOYCE had the following twelve children: William, . John, . Kate, Richard, Hugh, Michael, Patrick, Thomas, Martin, Peter, Joseph and Jane.
William had been employed as a stevedore until his death on June 27th, 1910. Cause of death was by drowning. He had been living on a houseboat called, "Reporter". He is buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, Sand Cove Road, West Saint John. Coroner was: F. Lincoln Kenny. The undertaker was I.O. Beatteay.
Obituary for William Joyce as it appeared in the Saint John Globe, Tuesday June 28, 1910. William Joyce Drowned At West Saint John - Aged Labourer Met Death Trying To Board Old Schooner On Which He Lived.
Another tragedy was added today to the list of fatalities which have recently shocked the people of Saint John. At 8 o'clock this morning the body of William Joyce was found lying in the mud in Dunn's Slip. He had been Evidently drowned while trying to board the old schooner on which he has made his home. The time of the accident is a mystery. For some time past, Joyce and his son Richard, have made their home on board the schooner "Reporter", which is tied up at Dunn's Slip. The son was arrested on Friday last on a charge of intoxication and is now serving his sentence on the chain gang. The only other occupant of the floating house was Daniel McNulty or Daniel Dowd as he is better known. Dowd went on board at 4 PM on Monday and knew nothing of the tragedy until this morning, when he was going ashore and found the body lying in the mud. He notified Sargeant Ross, who had the remains removed to the wharf and then notified Coroner Kenny. The latter viewed the body and gave permission for its' removal to Beatty's Undertaking Rooms. An examination of his clothes showed ten dollars in cash, the remains of Seventeen dollars which he received last Friday, for his work as a city labourer. The condition of the body showed that he had been drowned and he had only one slight scar on his head. As there was no robbery, it is evident that the man's Death occurred accidently, while trying to board the vessel. The last definate knowledge of his movements ends at 12:30 pm on the Monday When the deceased crossed on the Ferry Boat to the West Side. He had been drinking in Fairville in the morning but went across to the city in company with John Flaherty, with the intention of going to the police court to pay his son's fine and secure his release. On account of his condition he deceided not to face the magistrate and returned to the Ferry Boats. Here he had another drink with John Flaherty and Michael Tibedeau and is supposed to have taken the next Ferry Boat back. After that, no definate knowledge of his movements was attainable by the police who were investigating the case. William Joyce is survived by his son, Richard and several brothers in West Saint John, one in Fairville and one in Boston, as well as, two sisters. He is buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, Sand Cove Road in Saint John.
The many friends of John Joyce will learn with regret of his death which occurred at his residence 239 Prince Street, West Saint John, yesterday. He had been in failing health for several months. Mr. Joyce was born in Petersville, Queens County, a son of the late Richard and Marjorie Joyce. He came to Saint John as a young man and has since resided on the West Side where he was well known and respected. He was a contracting mason and was actively engaged in his trade until his retirement several years ago. He was a member of the Holy Name Society of The church of The Assumption. He is survived by one son, Frederick J. West Saint John; four brothers, Michael, Richard and Martin of West Saint John and Patrick of Fairville, and one sister, Mrs. John Lyons of West Saint John. The funeral will be held from the late home at 239 Prince St. West Saint John on Friday morning at 8:30 to the church of The Assumption for a High Mass of Requiem at 9 am. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, West Saint John.
Funeral of John Joyce - The funeral of John Joyce was held this morning at 8 am, from his residence at 239 Prince St. to the church of The Assumption where solemn High Mass of Requiem was celebrated by Rev. F.M. Lockary with Rev.T. Beck as deacon And Rev. R.B. McGillvary as sub deacon. Following the Mass, the final absolution was pronounced by Father Lockary, with prayers at the grave by Father Beck. The funeral was largely attended and many spiritual and floral offerings were received. Three grandsons, Justin J., Godfrey A., and Cecil M. Joyce and three nephews, Fred G. Keleher, Charles Joyce and John Quinlan acted as pallbearers.
Mary Jane ( Goodine ) Joyce, wife of John Joyce, died March 5, 1950 at the age of 89 years. Cause of Death was Cerebral Thrombosis. She was a sister to Catherine Goodine, wife of John’s brother, Michael Joyce and also a sister to Susan Goodine, wife of John’s brother, Richard Joyce.
Catherine Lyons died on Nov. 23, 1937. Cause of death was arteriosclerosis. She had a bad fall and fractured her right femur. She had resided at 236 Winslow St. Obituary as it appeared in the Saint John Evening Times Globe Nov. 24, 1937. Mrs. Catherine Lyons Passes At Residence. -
Many friends will regret to learn of the death of Mrs. Catherine Lyons, which occurred at her residence 236 Winslow St. West Saint John yesterday afternoon. She had been in failing health for the past five months. She was born in Petersville, Queens County, a daughter of the late Margaret (Margery) and Richard Joyce and had come to Saint John about sixty years ago. She was a member of the congregation of the Church of The Assumption. Surviving are one daughter, Catherine (Mrs. George Quinlan), Saint John; four brothers, Richard, Patrick, Richard and Martin; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. The funeral will be held from her residence 236 Winslow St. on Friday at 8:40 am to the Church of The Assumption, for a High Mass of Requiem at 9AM. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, Sand Cove Road. West Saint John.
Richard worked as a teamster for 40 years prior to his death on Feb. 22, 1941 at the age of 81. He had resided at 237 Rodney St. The cause of death was pneumonia following carcinoma of the rectum. Obituary for Richard Joyce as it appeared in the Evening times Globe - Richard Joyce Dies At Residence
The death of Richard Joyce occurred Saturday at his residence 237 Rodney St. West Saint John. He had been in failing health for several months and had been seriously ill for three weeks. Born in Petersville, Queens County, he was the son of the late Richard and Elizabeth Margaret Joyce. He was a member of the Church of the Assumption, in West Saint John. Mr. Joyce is survived by seven sons: William, Hugh, John, Alfred,Stephen, Edward and Thomas, all of this city; three daughters, Mrs. Michael Burns of Old Town, Maine, Mrs. Frederick Leavitt, West Saint John and Miss Catherine Joyce at home; three brothers, Patrick, Michael and Martin, all of Saint John. The funeral will be held Tuesday at 8 o'clock from his residence to The Church of The Assumption where at 9 am a High Mass of requem will be celebrated. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, Sand Cove Road, West Saint John.
Michael married Catherine (Kate) Goodine on May 7th 1889 at The Church of the Assumption in West Saint John, New Brunswick.. Michael was 25 and Catherine was 17. The witnesses were: Catherine Joyce and Martin Joyce. Michael Joyce and Kate Goodine Joyce had the following ten children: Michael, Walter, James, Vincent, Frances, Raymond, Charles, Frederick, Grace, and Loretta.
Michael Joyce died on February 12, 1945 in Saint John where he had resided. He was a member of the Church of the Assumption and a member of the Holy Name Society. He worked for the Public Works Department. The following obituary appeared in the Saint John Globe newspaper - MICHAEL JOYCE , WEST SIDE, PASSES.
Was Retired Employee of City Public Works Department . Funeral Wednesday.
The death of Michael Joyce occurred this morning at the residence of his son, Vincent M. Joyce, 80 Rodney Street, West Saint John, following an illness of six weeks. Born in Petersville, Queens County, he was a son of the late, Richard and Mary (Margery) Joyce but resided in West Saint John for a great part of his life. He was a retired employee of the City Public Works Department, being in retirement for the past ten years. He was a member of the Holy Name Society, Of the Church Of the Assumption. Surviving are eight sons, Michael, West Saint John, James L., New York, Walter J., Milford, Vincent M. and Frank J. West Saint John, CPL. Raymond L., Canadian Army, overseas, Charles N. and Frederick K. West Saint John, And two daughters, Mrs. M.T. Bonner (Grace) of West Saint John, and Mrs. Harold Brown (Loretta) of Saint John, and two brothers, Patrick, of Fairville, and Martin Joyce, Saint John.
Michael Joyce's wife, Catherine Goodine died on April 27th 1939. She had the following brothers and sisters: John, Mary Jane (Jane), Susan, Margaret, Elizabeth, Mary, Julia, Jim, Fred, Walter and Simon. Catherine was a charter member of the Women’s Society of the Sacred Heart, and the women’s auxillary, Canadian Legion, B.E.S.L, Carleton Branch. She was very gentle and gracious and loved to play Bingo. Catherine (Goodine) Joyce’s parents were: Anastasia Russell and Frederick Goodine. Anastasia’s parents were James Russell and Nancy Howland. Frederick (Godin) Goodine’s parents were John Goodine and Bridget Mazerolle.
MICHAEL and CATHERINE had the following children: Mike, Walter, James, Vincent, Frances, Raymond, Charles, Frederick, Grace and Loretta.
Patrick was married to Jane Cassidy on January 7th, 1885 at the Church of The Assumption in West Saint John, New Brunswick. Witnesses were: William and Catherine Joyce. They had at least two children: Jane Elizabeth and John.
He was employed as a butcher and was very well known and respected in the Petersville community. His wife was named Agnes. Thomas Joyce died on March 17, 1933, at the age of 65. Cause of death was carcinoma of the bladder. He is buried in the Catholic Cemetery in Petersville. The following obituary appeared in the Saint John Globe on March 18, 1933 - T.R. JOYCE SUCCUMBS IN GENERAL HOSPITAL.
Friends will regret to learn of the death of Thomas R. Joyce of Petersville, Queens County, which occurred yesterday at the hospital following a lengthy illness. He was the son of the late Richard and Margery Joyce and was very well known and respected in the Queens County Area. Surviving are five brothers, Patrick, of Fairville, Michael, John, Richard and Martin of Saint John, and two sisters, Katherine Lyons and Mary O'Neill. Funeral services will be held from The O'Neill Funeral Parlours at 669 Main St. at 2 PM on Monday to Petersville, In Queens's County, for interment at the Catholic Cemetery.
Prior to expropriation in 1953, Raymond Joyce (son of Michael Joyce and Catherine Goodine Joyce), and his wife, Lil, operated a canteen on the Joyce property. Although the village of Petersville is long gone, there is still a stretch of highway that is affectionately known as JOYCE’S HILL.
There are several tombstones in the Catholic Cemetery in Petersville and many are so weather worn, that they can't be read. Several of Our Joyces are definitely buried there, including : William and Mary, Richard and Margery, and their sons, Peter and Thomas.