Joyce is the maiden surname of my great grandmother, Margaret O’Brien (nee Joyce) (1869-1925). Margaret was born in 1869 at Napoleons near Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. Margaret was the eldest daughter of Edmund and Mary (neeMulhall) Joyce, the second of fifteen children in the Joyce family. Edmund and Mary were married in 1867 at Geelong, Victoria. Both died at Rochester, Victoria, Edmund in 1916 and Mary in 1923.
Edmund was born about 1833 at Whitegate, County Galway (now County Clare), Ireland, the son of Edmund and Catherine (nee Guinane) Joyce (see my previous post G is for…Guinane). A history of the Joyce family was published in the 1970s and my family have a copy of that history. Edmund Joyce is also mentioned in myWaitangi Day 2011 post.
|The Joyce Family. Edmund Snr (1833-1916) is in the middle row,
third from the left. Mary (nee Mulhall, 1844-1923) is sitting to the right of Edmund.