Joyce Family Timeline

Nov 30th, 2013 | By | Category: Joyce Family Timeline

This page will be updated as more information becomes available.   Much of the information published here has been received from Dennis Joyce.

Norman Connections

I have been doing some searches trying to find out where the de Jorse Norman family came from and decided that I’d look at the Domesday Book which was commissioned by William the Conqueror to document Norman Britain in the late 11th Century.

It was here that I found the following  reference to the village of  Burton Joyce in Nottinghamshire –

Burton Joyce

Bertune: Roger de Bully; Geoffrey Alselin. Church.

Owned by the Jortz de Bertun family. The 13th century tomb of Robert de Jortz de Bertun is in the church

Then a search on Burton Joyce itself brought me this information –

An introduction to the village of Burton Joyce, in the rural heart of Nottinghamshire.

Very little remains of burh-tun, the fortified farmhouse high on the hill above the present day village.

The village names of BURTON JOYCE and BULCOTE are said to be derived from BURTUNE JORZ and BOUCOT.    BURTUNE could either mean the farm on the hill or the farm in a fortified place , JORZ was added later as around 1160-1380 the chief owners were the de Jorz family

A Richard de Jorse appears in the early Sherwood Forest Records. He was one of the families who were Lords of the Manor of Burton for about two hundred years. The name has many variants – Jorse, Jors, Jorz, Jort, Jortz, Jorce and Joice, until it eventually became Joyce.

In the time of King John (around 1200) Geoffrey de Jorz was the keeper of Sherwood Forest and in 1331 a Jorz family member was the Sheriff of Nottingham (possibly Sir Robert?) Is it possible that this was the Sheriff who actually locked horns with the legendary Robin Hood?

So here are some of the questions that we don’t yet know the answer to.

Was Thomas de Jorse related to Robert de Jortz de Burton who was settled in what is now the village on Burton Joyce in Nottinghamshire in the late 1100’s?  Is it possible that the de Jorse family spread from Notts to Wales from which Thomas then sailed to Ireland in 1283.   Was Geoffrrey de Jorz around 1200 an ancestor of Thomas de Jorse of Wales and Galway?

Here is a link to a PDF of a book “The Antiquities of Nottinghamshire” – page 29 of the PDF or 18 of the book itself describe the village of Burton Joyce as well as the lineage of Robertus de Jortz.


1160-1380 The de Jorz family arrives in Nottinghamshire after the Norman Conquest and establishes a fortified farmhouse on a hill above the present day town of Burton Joyce

Thomas de Jorse I died 1317   1st Joyce in Ireland and head of Clan (2 sons) Edmund & Richard

1235 The Joyces, as followers of Maurice Fitzgerald, settled in Ireland c. 1235.  Per Mark

1282 Thomas de Jorse arrives from Wales in Thomond, Co. Clare

1285 Thomas marries Nora O’Brien from great clan of O’Brien & move to North Connaught in Barony of Tyrawley

1289 Thomas and Hugh Joy[ce] served as jurors in 1289 survey of manor of Adrahan.  Hugh forms separate branch of Joyce family from which I am descended in Northern Mayo?

1300 Thomas (MacThomas) may have made headquarters in Tyrawley at Castlekirke 14 miles south of Rosserk Abbey at a spot across River Moy from Foxford, Co. Mayo, a castle  originally built by William Barrett, senior, of Bac and Glen

1305 WD Joyce p. xiv mentions, “Thomas the Englishman” who became a cardinal in 1305 and for most of the rest of his life served in the Vatican as representative of the English king.  Two of Cardinal Jorz’s brothers, served successively as archbishops of Armagh in Ireland.

1310 Thomas leaves Tyrawley for north of Clifden where colony established that led to Renvyle  Castle of Castle Currah

1311 Edmund “MacThomas born to Nora & Thomas while en route to Clifden

1315 Joyce received mountain lands west of Galway that are Joyce Country

1317 Thomas deJorse dies in 1317 with 2 sons: Edmund and Richard.

Renvyle Castle

On the northern shore of Connemara facing the Atlantic, Renvyle Castle, a 13th / 14th century tower house, is said to have been started by a member of the Joyce Clan. Legend has it that there was a wedding taking place of one of the Joyce’s, when it was interrupted by a rival family, the O’Flaherty’s, and the guests were massacred all but one that escaped to give the recount of the attack, the castle then being taken over by the O’Flaherty’s.

The O’Flaherty’s remained at the castle and it was there that the marriage of Gráinne O’Malley (Granuaile), a legendary Irish pirate queen, to Donall O’Flaherty, the heir to one of the oldest and most powerful Gaelic clans in Connaught took place.

The marriage ended with the controversial murder of Donall. Suspicion surrounds such clanns as the Joyces and also Granuaile’s own family. The O’Flaherty’s then left their home Renvyle Castle and moved to the site that is now Renvyle House Hotel.

According to Walter BellMarilyn Bardsley

“While Grace was busy trying to replenish and maintain her husband’s estate, Donal O’Flaherty was still up to his old ways. His spending habits had not improved and his aggressive temperament became worse. The McWilliamship had already been lost to another member of the O’Flaherty family who had defeated the British in a recent battle. The loss of the McWilliamship title and his wife’s success on the sea upset the truculent Donal.

Donal stayed true to his warring ways and made a failed attempt to violently take land from the Joyce clan. Angered by such an act, the Joyce clan sought revenge against Donal and launched an attack against him at Cork’s Castle.

The heavily fortified castle, which was located on an island in the middle of a lake, had once belonged to the Joyce clan. Donal and his men successfully defended the castle, despite repeated assaults by the Joyce clan. Because of his courage during the ferocious battle, the Joyce clan nicknamed Donal “The Cock.” But the Joyce clan still wanted their revenge. Legends tell that, sometime later, Donal O’Flaherty was mysteriously killed while on a hunting trip.�

Upon learning of her husband’s death, possibly at the hands of a rival clan, Grace O’Malley and her men prepared for another attack by her husband’s killers. The Joyces attacked again, only to encounter another savage and defiant defense of the Cork’s castle. But they were repelled a final time by the stalwart widow of Donal O’Flaherty. Grace got her revenge for her husband’s murder. Her indomitable courage and leadership in the battle earned Grace the nickname “The Hen.” Cork’s Castle has since been known as “Hen’s Castle.””

Edmund (MacMara) 1317 – 1346 ,  4  – had four sons: Walter, Richard, Edward, and Rickard.  Latter 2 settled in Leinster.

1330 Edmund, eldest son, marries unnamed daughter of O’Flaherty, Prince of Iar Connacht.  It is believed Joyces of Joyce Country descended from them.  Richard, Thomas’ younger son, sued by mother.

1340 -1440 Rosserk Friary founded by Joyces (Hugh branch?), 4 miles north of Ballina

Walter 1346 – 1378, 8 – son of Edmund

1350 pp. 238-9 Joyces in Galway, 1350 per Blake

1350 per WD Joyce p. 36 By mid 1300s Joyce became a very large tribe.  Per Knox, Thomas deJorse either brought fairly large number of male relatives and their families with him from Wales or they followed along later.

1366 per WD Joyce p. 41 Little is recorded of the Joyces from 1366 Statutes of Kilkenny until 1500

Sir Ulick 1378 – 1404, 16 – son of Walter

1392 pp. 238-9  John Joyce, 1392 Provost of Athenry per Blake

1400 Joyces founded homestead in Foxford on River Moy near Ballina at Castlekirk 14 miles south of Rosserk Abbey

Thomas 2nd 1404 – 1432,  32 – son of Ulick

Tiobid (or Theobald) 1432 – 1465 , 64 – son of Thomas 2nd

1440 – Rosserk Friary also known as Rosserk Abbeya friary in County Mayo, Ireland and a National Monument is founded by the Joyce family for the Observatine Franciscans (Friars of the Third Order Regular, TOR).

Rosserk Friary is one of the finest and best preserved of the Franciscan Friaries in Ireland. Rosserk Friary and Moyne Abbey are located close to each other, north of Ballina on the west side of Killala Bay. Both were burnt by Sir Richard BinghamElizabeth I of England‘s governor of Connacht, in 1590 in reformationist zeal.

Giollo (or Gill) 1465 – 1490, 128 – son of Theobald

1484 In December King Richard III established charter for Galway

1485 (235) William Joyes (Shioy or Joy), native of Galway, Archbishop of Tuam 1487-1501

1487 William Joyce appointed Archbishop of Tuam – British Joyce family served thru 1501

Theobald 2nd 1490 – 1524, 256 – son of Gill

1498 (73) Galway population little more than 3,000

1507 (200) Artur Lynch Mayor and William Josse (Joyce) and Antony Lynch, both Bailiffs of  Galway – both drowned in River Corrib 11/25/1507

Edmond 2nd 1524- 1550, 512 – son of Theobald

1525 (202) William Martin Mayor and Henry Jose Bailiff with Walter Lynch of Galway

1542 (204) Henry Jose (Joyce) Mayor with Edward and Patrick French Bailiffs of Galway

1548 (205) Dominick Lynch Mayor and John Jose Bailiff with Dominick French of Galway

Ulick 2nd 1550 – 1570, 1,024 – son of Edmond 2nd

Theobald (of the Castle) 1570 – 1600, 2,048– son of Ulick 2nd had 2 sons, Edmond (3) and Miles who lived in Renvyle Castle

1580 (252) St Nicholas Church has Joyce’s marble altar – later converted by O’Hara Family

1582 (208) Robooge French Mayor with Walter Joyce Bailiff with Edmond French of Galway

1584 Claus Joyce (Ear to Cheek) infamous as Robin Hood terrorist to Brits in Galway

1588 (93) Destruction of Spanish Armada off West Coast of Ireland

The War of 1589

Members of the Joyce clan were allies of Teige O’Flaherty who had been appointed by Elizabeth 1 as Chief of Iar Connacht.   It was a controversial appointement because as head of Eastern Uí Flaithbheartaigh (O’Falherty’s) he was not recognised by the Western Uí Flaithbheartaigh.

During the Mac an Iarla wars (c.1547–1583), County Galway was reduced to an extremely disturbed state, with much of the county east of Lough Corrib been repeatedly devastated. While the Eastern Uí Flaithbheartaigh’s, ruled by Murrough, generally had more cordial relationships with The Tribes of Galway, the situation was used to advantage when possible. However, disturbances never fully died out.

In 1584, Teige was residing on the island of Ballynahinch, County Galway when it was raided and seized by the descendants of Owen Ó Flaithbheartaigh (namely, Teige, the son of Teige na-Buile … and the sons of Donnell-an-Chogaidh), claiming that

that that island was their’s by right, and that Teige had seized and held it in violation of their right. Be the truth as t might, Teige, after their capture of it, made an irruption upon them, and left not a single head of cattle on their portion of the territory which he did not either kill or carry off with him. They, in return, committed great injuries against Teige, although they had not equal power with him.

In June, Teige pursued the descendants of Owen,

with the crew of a boat to the island of Aran … he overtook them at the break of day, and found them unprepared, in a state between waking and sleeping, at both sides of the forecastle of their boat. He set them a very hostile example on this strand; and indeed the island was not worth all that was done about it on that day, for Murrough Mac Hugh … the son of the Seneschal of Clann-Maurice, … and Murrough Salach, the son of O’Flaherty (Teige), were slain. Many of the descendants of Owen O’Flaherty were also slain, besides these gentlemen. Thus did they remain at war with each other, until they were mutually reconciled by the English in the ensuing autumn, when the island of Baile-na-hinnsi was given to the descendants of Owen O’Flaherty.

Warfare erupted again in the spring of 1589, this time with Murrough na dTuadh leading the clan and its allies against the Anglo-Irish and their allies. Accompanying him was Teige and another son, Urun, and their first cousin, Donnell mac Rory Ó Flaithbheartaigh. Once again, William Óge Martyn went forth to meet with Murrough, leading a military company. However, by the time he and Murrough met, Teige and his companions had already left,went upon a predatory excursion along the borders of Conmaicne and Machaire-Riabhach, precisely on Easter night.

The places mentioned were along the borders of County Mayo – County Galway, in the lordship of Baron Athenry, the then lord been Edmond I de Bermingham (1540–1612). His account of the events is as follows:

Teig O’Flaherty accompanied by three of his brothers and 500 more came to the borders where I dwell and there did prey and burn sixteen towns. The said Teig accompanied by a hundred more came to my town, (Milltown, County Galway), and there did assault my castle. I being well provided did put them from that purpose. I did kill two of his gentleman and had four of his men hurt and buried. He burned half of my town and all my corn and carried my prey with him. Two bands of soldiers being six miles east of me (Dunmore, County Galway) I did send unto them desiring they mgith make with my guide I having the enemy in sight until we met the soldiers brought them face to face at the gate of Carras in the barony of Kilmaine … there was a volley of shots from each side … they came to the push of the pike with great courage until Teig O’Flaherty was slain with eight of his company … divers others were killed in their flight …

Remarkably, an account from a Gaelic perspective survives, in the Annals of the Four Masters:

It was at this time that two sons of Murrough of the Battle-axes O’Flaherty, Teige and Urun, and the son of Murrough’s brother, i.e. Donnell, the son of Rory O’Flaherty, went upon a predatory excursion along the borders of Conmaicne and Machaire-Riabhach, precisely on Easter night. They had two or three hundred horse-boys on this excursion. They proceeded to take much booty and spoils throughout the country early in the morning of Easter Sunday. The people of the country came from every quarter in pursuit of them.

Unknown to Teige,

On the night before a company or two of soldiers had come, privately and unperceived, to protect the country; and these, upon hearing the loud report of the ordnance, and the clamour of the armed troops on the following day, retired to a narrow pass, which could not be easily shunned or avoided, and there lay in ambush for the Irish host. They saw Teige O’Flaherty approaching in front of the host, and his people in close ranks about him. The soldiers discharged showers of balls at the van of the Irish host, and slew by this volley Teige O’Flaherty, Urun O’Flaherty, and Teige Oge, the son of Teige O’Flaherty, together with a great number of their followers who were about them, of the chiefs of Joyce’s country, and the Clann-Donough. Such of the Irish host as were not killed by the first volley went away without panic or fear, and were not further pursued.’

Three days after the killing of Teige, Edmond, another son of Murrough was hung in prison in Galway. The annalist further commented that “were it not that these sons of Murrough of the Battle-axes O’Flaherty fell in the act of plunder and insurrection against the Sovereign of England, their death after this manner would have been a great cause of lamentation.”

Teige was survived by at least one child, Brian na Samthach Ó Flaithbheartaigh, who later gained notority of his own.

Pre-1596 William Joyce, married to Agnes Morris, finds buried treasure becomes wealthy

p. 239 Margaret of Bridges Joyce, dtr of John Joyce per Blake

Pre-1596 William Joyce’s grand-daughter, Margaret of the Bridges, marries Domingo de Rona of Spain and inherits his wealth

1596 William Joyce’s grand-daughter, Margaret of the Bridges weds Oliver Og French, Mayor of Galway

Ornate 16th century tomb in Galway’s St Nicholas of Myra church is for William Joyce?

Edmond 3rd 1600 – 1620, 4,096 – son of Theobald

Early 17th century Marcus Joyce founder of Merview (Mervue) branch of family (eminent wine merchants) with Galway home at corner of Market & Abbeygate streets buys land in Co. Mayo

1617, Carvowneglogh, Barony of Clanmorris, Co. Mayo Marcus Joyce per his 1647 Will acquired

1619 Clunemone, Barony of Clanmorris, Co. Mayo Marcus Joyce per his 1647 Will acquired

Thomas 3rd 1620 – 1640, 8,192 – son of Edmond 3rd

1622 p. 29 James Joies [Joyce], per Blake

1622 p. 267 Andrew Joyes [Joyce], per Blake

1625 Drunine, Barony of Clanmorris, Co. Mayo Marcus Joyce per his 1647 Will acquired

1625 Tawnlogh , Barony of Clanmorris, Co. Mayo Marcus Joyce per his 1647 Will acquired

1628, Magheryneglasson, Barony of Clanmorris, Co. Mayo Marcus Joyce per his 1647 Will acquired

1628, Agherconly, Barony of Clanmorris, Co. Mayo Marcus Joyce per his 1647 Will acquired

1629, Comnsheha, Barony of Clanmorris, Co. Mayo Marcus Joyce per his 1647 Will acquired

1629 p. 36 Andrew Joyes [Joyce], per Blake

1630 Knochnemolhalla, Barony of Clanmorris, Co. Mayo Marcus Joyce per his 1647 Will acquired

1630, Clomngannon, Barony of Clanmorris, Co. Mayo Marcus Joyce per his 1647 Will acquired

1630, Knockro, Barony of Clanmorris, Co. Mayo Marcus Joyce per his 1647 Will acquired

1630, Carrowrickard, Barony of Clanmorris, Co. Mayo Marcus Joyce per his 1647 Will acquired

1630, Corbally 1630.  These properties are in the barony of Clanmorris in co. Mayo, and unfortunately

1632, Carrowlihane, Barony of Clanmorris, Co. Mayo Marcus Joyce per his 1647 Will acquired

1635, Gortnerahie , Barony of Clanmorris, Co. Mayo Marcus Joyce per his 1647 Will acquired

1636 p. 45 Robert Joes [Joyce] and Walter Joyes [Joyce], per Blake

1636 p. 46 Henry Joyce, per Blake


Ulick 3rd 1640 – 1665, 16,384 – son of Thomas 3rd

1640’s W. Joyce (or his orphans) and P. Joyce (or his orphans) are only Joyces listed as owning property in Galway per Hardiman

abt 1640 Cornelius Joyce Father n/a wife Agnes Brown

1641 (108) Irish Rebellion begins 23 Oct – extermination of Irish Catholics

1642 In Dec John Joyce burned to death at Wicklow Castle, Dublin

1647 (122) Walter Joes [sic] Joyes or Joyce defense of town walls

1647 pp. 71-2 Henry Joyce, per Blake

1648 (246) Father Henry Joyce “for the town” at St. Nicholas Church Galway

1648 Richard Joyce I Goldsmith dies

1649 (269) James Quin & wife, Eleanor Joyes erected memorial tomb in St. Nicholas Church

1649 p. 73 Patrick Joes [Joyce] fitz Marcus; and James Joes ]Joyce] fitz Marcus, per Blake

1650 (127) Mayor Oliver Oge French knighted (married to Margaret Joyce)

abt 1650 Pierce Joyce born and died 1706, Galway, Galway

1651 (23) Rev. Henry Joyce, then warden

1652 (134) Famine for 2 years with 1/3 of population dead & ethnic cleansing begins-see Noone

1652 Oct 26 per Hardiman John Joyes with 87 others signed articles of surrender

1652 Oct 26 per Hardiman Richard Joyce, Walter Joyce, George Joyce, and Jn. Joyce among  very many others refused to sign articles of surrender.

1652 Oct 26 per Hardiman men absent for articles of surrender vote among very many are M.[arcus?] Joyce FitzMarcus, Pat. Joyce, FitzMarcus, Jas. Joyce FitzMarcus, and Walter Joyce FitzJohn

1652 In April Galway surrendered to Cromwell and faced confiscation of property and ethnic cleansing campaign that led to Hell or Connaught or Barbados

1652  p. 214 Anne Joyce, per Blake

1652  p. 60 Richard Flynne’s name is mentioned as signer of Galway Terms of Surrender per Martyn

1653  p. 228 Cromwellian Settlement in Galway, per Blake

1654 p. 56 To Hell or Connaught or Barbados begins, per WD Joyce

1654  Cornet George Joyce an officer in Cromwell’s Army

1656  p. 82 Oliver Og French,  per Blake

1663  p. 89 Henry Joyce, per Blake

1664  p. 98 Edmond Joyce, per Blake


Ulick 4th 1665 – 1687, 32,768 – son of Ulick 3rd

1667  p. 214 Sybillia Joyce,  per Blake

1668  p. 100 Augustine Joyce, per Blake

1671  p. 103 Richard Joyce, and Pat. Joyce, per Blake

1673  p. 106 Nicholas Joyce,  per Blake

1676  p. 254 John, Augustine, Walter Joyce,  per Blake

1678 Richard Smith II Goldsmith dies

1687 John Joyes granted freedom of the city [Galway] per Mark

Ulick 5th 1687 – 1706, 32,768 – son of Ulick 4th

1688 (248) Father Henry Joice among others elected vicar of St. Nicholas Church Galway

1689 Richard Joyce, wealthy goldsmith allegedly creates Claddagh Ring in Galway & bought Rahoon estate from Cromwellian, Col. Whaley (another source says William not Richard  Joyce).  Another Richard Joyce possibly was Richard’s father and source of family wealth. He had no sons.  When he died his estate was divided between his three daughters, one of  whom was married to Andrew Roe French, ancestor of the Frenches of Rahoon; another daughter married into the Lynch family; and the third daughter died unmarried, leaving her share of Richard’s estate to Andrew Roe French and his wife.”

1691 Garrison members of Tribes who owned land in Galway and Mayo protected by advantageous surrender of Galway provisions signed 22 July 1691

1691 July 12 Marcus and John Joyce killed in Battle of Aughrim

1691 July 12 John Joyce killed in Battle of Aughrim

1691 July 12 Galway surrenders

1691 (254) Catholic warden Rev. Henry Joyce St, Nicholas Church succeeded by Mathew Lynch

1700 Maurice Joyce born and died in 1754


Gill 2nd 1706 – 1731, 131,072 – son of Ulick 5th

1712 per WD Joyce p. 149 Photo of stone “cresseen” on side of road between Clonbur and Cong.  It reads as follows: “JOYCE, 1712.  Pray for the Soul!

1730 Pierce Joyce born his Father N/A and wife Frances Kelley, Merview, Galway

1730? Walter Joyce of Merview founds Galway’s first bank

Theobald 4th 1731 – 1751, 262,144 – son of Gill 2nd

1747 (305) Charter School Committee members include James & Walter Joyce among many

1748 Joyce, Walter, Lisdonough, co. Galway, gent – Index to Prerogative of Wills 1538-1810

1750 Maurice Joyce born his Father n/a and wife Ann Herrola

1751 p. 216 Bridget Joyce, dtr of Walter, 1751 per Blake

Giolla (Gill) Dubh 1751 – 1774, 524,288 – son of Theobald 4th an extensive land proprietor who lived in Vale of Glanglas which in 1888 was in possession of his successors

1754 Joyce, Walter, Galway, merchant – Index to Prerogative of Wills 1538-1810

P. 155 of The Irish Genealogist, 1999, there is this Death notice at Oxford in the County of Mayo, of a tedious illness, Mrs Joyes [Joyce], Wife of Martin Joyes [Joyce], Esq. from “Faulkner’s Dublin Journal, 1762, Sat. 24-Tues. 27 July Births , Marriages and Deaths” presented by H.F. Morris.

1764 (187) On 1 January 1764 Galway common council of many included William Joyce

1770 (257) Rev John Joyes of Oxford, co. Galway elected warden St Nicholas Church Galway

1771 About Year of Birth Luke Joyce, New Roods, Galway

1774 About Year of Birth Christophe Joyce, Limerick, Father Robert, Mother Bridget Fox


Theobald 5th 1774 – 1790, 1,048,576 – son of Gill Dubh had 2 sons: Gill (4) and Edward “Big Ned”

1774 Walter Joyce in Irish Volunteers, 1782 and Chevalier de St Louis with the Regiment of Berwick from 1774 to 1785

1777 Roger Joyce of Rupfield buried in Rosshill Cemetery, Clonbur

1779 About Year of Birth Oliver Joyce, Ireland

1779 About Year of Birth Robert Joyce, Ireland

1780 About Year of Birth Edward Joice, spouse Elizabeth Joice

1781 Joyce, Gregory, Galway town – Index to Prerogative of Wills 1538-1810

1782 Elinor Joyce born July 2, Father Edmond Joyce, Mother Mary Gehan

1782 About Year of Birth George Joyce, spouse Elinor McRaberty

1782 About Year of Birth Juddie Joyce (2), Ireland

1784 Dr. Matthew Joyce, nephew of Marcus, leases Mervue

1785 (290) Mr. Joyce’s extensive distillery at Newtown Smith

1785 About Year of Birth Di Joyce, spouse Nora Sheahan

1786 About Year of Birth Alexandre Joyce, Ireland

1786 About Year of Birth Peter Joyce (2), Ireland, Father Elijah, Mother Elizabeth Allen, Spouse Mary Ellen Jennings

1786 About Year of Birth Pierce Joyce, Galway,

1786 About Year of Birth Big Jack Joyce, Galway, established Leenane House

1786 Big Jack Joyce (1786-1856) established Leenane House “Big Jacky” “King of the Joyces”

1786 Pierce Joyce, Galway town, merchant town – Index to Prerogative of Wills 1538-1810

1787 James Joyce, Corcullentrough, co. Armagh, gent. – Index to Prerogative of Wills 1538-1810

1787 p. 173 Jane Joyce, dtr of Pierce married James Blake in 1787: they had 4 sons & 1 dtr – Francis, Henry Joseph, Pierce Joseph, Walter John, and Mary [TIG Merview Joyces by Mark]  per Blake

1787 About Year of Birth Patrick Joyce, 22nd Joyce Clan Chief Father Gill Joyce 4th

1788 About Year of Birth Nora Joyce, Kerry, spouse Margaret Courtney

1788 Nora Joyce born her Father n/a and mother, Margaret Courtney

Undated (282) reference to elegant dwellings & spacious stores built by Walter & John Joyce

Undated (282) Joyes’ or Joyce’s house at corner of Market & Abbeygate streets

Undated (283) Remainder of Dominick French house is in the Joyce Family


Gill 4th 1790 – 1812, 2,097,152 – son of Theobald 5th

1790 (306) Female Orphan Asylum mentions Mrs. J. Joyce as benefactor – maybe 1815?

1791 (258) Thomas and Walter Joyce sheriffs of town of Galway


1791 (312) The Amicable Society has Walter Joyce as an original member

1791 Joyce, Margaret, Galway, spinster – Index to Prerogative of Wills 1538-1810

1792 (261) Rev John Joyes re-elected warden of St Nicholas Church Galway died in 1805

1792 Joyces sold property in Co Mayo to Blakes of Towerhill

1792 About Year of Birth Harry Joyce, Ireland

1793 Joyce, Catherine, Galway town, spinster – Index to Prerogative of Wills 1538-1810

1794 Joye, James, Granny Ferry, co. Kilkenny, farmer – Index to Prerogative of Wills 1538-1810

1795 Walter & John Joyce’s warehouse built; after 1801 store, coal yard and Irish Provincial Bank belonged solely to Walter

1796 Thomas Joyce – Drumraney, Co. Westmeath – Irish Flax Grower

1796 Edward Joice – Templemore, Co. Donegal – Irish Flax Grower

1796 Edmond Joyce – Clare, Co. Galway – Irish Flax Grower

1796 James Joyce – Ross, Co. Galway – Irish Flax Grower

1796 Myles Joyce – Cong, Co. Galway – Irish Flax Grower

1796 Richard Joyce – Ross, Co. Galway – Irish Flax Grower Co Mayo1775 About Year of Birth;1848-64 Landholder Co. Mayo-Knockavanloman

1796 William Joyce – Ross, Co. Galway – Irish Flax Grower

1796 Austin Joyce – Islandeady, Co. Mayo – Irish Flax Grower 1775 About Year of Birth

1796 Austine Joyce – Kilmeena, Co. Mayo – Irish Flax Grower

1796 John Joyce – Killedan, Co. Mayo – Irish Flax Grower

1796 John Joyce – Meelick, Co. Mayo – Irish Flax Grower

1796 John Joyce – Shrule, Co. Mayo – Irish Flax Grower

1796 Martin Joyce – Drum, Co. Mayo – Irish Flax Grower 1775 About Year of Birth

1796 Myles Joyce – Annagh, Co. Mayo – Irish Flax Grower 1775 About Year of Birth

1796 Myles Joyce – Burriscarra, Co. Mayo – Irish Flax Grower

1796 Patrick Joyce, 1796 Flax grower and 1848-64 Landholder Co. Mayo  – Cushalogurt 1775 About Year of Birth

1796 Patrick Joyce – Burriscarra, Co. Mayo – Irish Flax Grower

1796 Patrick Joyce – Kilmainemore, Co. Mayo – Irish Flax Grower

1796 Peter Joyce – Addergoole, Co. Mayo – Irish Flax Grower 1775 About Year of Birth

1796 Richard Joyce – Islandeady, Co. Mayo – Irish Flax Grower

1796 Richard Joyce – Neal, Co. Mayo Mayo – Irish Flax Grower

1796 Walter Joyce – Neal, Co. Mayo – Irish Flax Grower

1796 Walter Joyce – Robeen, Co. Mayo – Irish Flax Grower

1796 Thomas Joyce, Mervue, Galway town. Merchant–Index to Prerogative of Wills 1538-1810

1796 James Joyce, Loughrea, co. Galway, Merchant  – Index to Prerogative of Wills 1538-1810

1798 (191) In August, French landed at Killala

1799 About Year of Birth Edmund Joyce, Balby-longhone, Father Richard

1799 About Year of Birth John Joyce, Spouse Eliza Lynch

1800 About Year of Birth Garrett Joyce, Limerick, Father Robert

1800 About Year of Birth Miles Joyce, Moira, Spouse Elizabeth McGowan

1800 Miles Joyce born his Father n/a and his wife Elizabeth McGowan

1800 Walter Joyce inherited Merview from his uncle, Dr. Matthew Joyce

1801 Rebecca Joyce, born Nov 15, Dundalk, Father Edward, Mother Elizabeth Joice

1802 Joyce, Martin, Derrigensla – Index to Prerogative of Wills 1538-1810

1800 Joyce, Mathew. Galway town, M.D. – Index to Prerogative of Wills 1538-1810

1802 About Year of Birth Thomas Joyce, Cork, Spouse Mary Ann Croke

1803 Walter Joyce retires from merchant life and went in business with Mark Lynch as banker.  Walter had brother, John

1803 Jane Joyce, born Apr 5, Dromore Parish, Down, Father George, Mother Elenor McRaberty

1804 Pierce Joyce born his Father n/a/ and his wife Margaret Neill

1805 Joyes,  Rev. John, Roman Catholic Warden of Galway– Index to Prerogative of Wills 1538-1810

1806 Walter Joyce bought estate Corgary from French Family

1807 Joyce’s Distillery operated on Nun Island in Galway by Patrick Joyce closed;  it was founded in 1700s by John Joyce

1808 Ralph Joyce born Father n/a mother & wife n/a married 1858, Kilcommon, Mayo

1808 Peter Joyce born and tried for highway robbery in 1836 with death sentence commuted to      transportation for life

1811 Joyce, James, Portadown – Index to Prerogative of Wills 1538-1810

Undated (282) reference to elegant dwellings & spacious stores built by Walter & John Joyce

Undated (282) Joyes’ or Joyce’s house at corner of Market & Abbeygate streets

Undated (283) Remainder of Dominick French house is in the Joyce Family


Patrick 1812 – 1837, 4,194,304: – son of Gill 4th

1814 Dominique Joyce b abt 1814 Father n/a Mother Bridget Duffy, Carass, Mayo

1817 Laurence Joyce b abt 1817 Father n/a Mother Mary Fitzgerald, Castleisland, Kerry

1818 John Joyce, Galway merchant banker died in 1818

1825 Walter Joyce residing in Merview House possibly owned “Curgurry” too.  Per The Orange Press he hosted dinner Daniel O’Connell who has “honor of dining with a few herring merchants and their wives.”

1830 Matthew Joyce b abt 1830 Father Felix Quinn Mother Margaret Joyce, ____ Mayo


John the Fair (Shane Ban) 1837 – 1856, 8,388,608 – son of Patrick whose only son died in 1856

1838 July 26 James Joyce appointed by Queen Victoria to Arts Council Galway 1800 Abt Year of Birth

1847 Per Nolan p. 115 A few days before Christmas 1847 evictions by John Walshe began. “Mary Joyce, whose husband and children were lying ill when they were evicted, had her hut pulled down 2 or 3 times by Walshe’s men.  Her husband and one of her children died later.”

1848-64 James Joyce, 1848-64 Landholder Co. Mayo – Drumgarve 1775About Year of Birth

1848-64 John Joyce 1775 About Year of Birth Flax grower and Landholder Co. Mayo – Knocknaboley

1848-64 Peter Joyce 1775About Year of Birth Flax Grower and Landholder Co. Mayo – Carrowbeg

1848-64 Austin Joyce Landholder Co. Mayo – Islands in Clew Bay, Forillan

1848-64 Thomas Joyce 1790 Abt Year of Birth, spouse Honora Joyce, Landholder Co Mayo – Carrowbeg

1848-64 Anne Joyce 1775About Year of Birth, Landholder Co. Mayo – Coolbarreen

1848-64 Michael Joyce 1775 About Year of Birth, Landholder Co. Mayo – Rosmondle

1848-64 Patrick Joyce Landholder Co. Mayo  – Cushalogurt- Mucklagh 1775 About Year of Birth

1848-64 Patrick, Jr. Joyce Landholder Co. Mayo. Islands in Clew Bay, Forillan 1775 About Year of Birth

1848-64 Patrick, Jr. Joyce Landholder Co. Mayo, Islands in Clew Bay, Inishraher 1775 Abt Year of Birth

1848-64 Patrick, Sr. Joyce Landholder Co. Mayo, Islands in Clew Bay, Forillan  1775 AbtYear of Birth

1848-64 Patrick, Sr. Joyce Landholder Co. Mayo, Islands in Clew Bay, Inishraher 1775 Abt Year of Birth

1850 Redmond Joyce was Deputy Vice-Chairman of Board of Guardians & Clifden Workhouse

1850 Liam/Deois Joyce highwayman around Galway hitting landlords circa 1850

1851 Thomas Joyce of Galway or Mayo arrives in Hobart, transported during famine

1852 A gravestone in St. Michael’s Church, Ballina for William Butler Joyce, 1852 is of particular interest and I have downloaded its image and transcribe writing as follows.  Below Isabella, his widow, “sometimes captain in the 5th Regiment of Dragoon Guards who died 5th January 1852 aged 73.”

1856 John the Fair’s only son died


Patrick 2nd of Mounterowen House, Leenane 1856 – ????

1860 Mary McAndrews – Father, John – Mother, Mary Joyce – July 22, Kilmore-Erris Baptisms

1860 James Joyce – Father,  Larry – Mother, Catherine Geraghty – Nov 18, Kilmore-Erris Baptisms

1860 Catherine Fallen – Father, Bryan – Mother, Bridget Joyce – Nov 4,  Kilmore-Erris Baptisms

1860 Mary McAndrews – Father, John – Mother, Mary Joyce – July 22,  Kilmore-Erris Baptisms

1882 Miles Joyce convicted of framed murder in Galway


John 2nd ??? ? – 1912

1864 Mary Joyce married Anthony Maurice Blake per Blake p. 155

1864 Patrick Joyce and Celia Moran were parents of Celia Joyce 16 Feb Bangor, Erris, 0059, Mayo /LDS

1864 Peter Joyce 5/25/64 Binghamstown Father David mother Biddy Lavelle/LDS

1864 Martin Joyce 10/25/64 Inishbofin Father John mother Anne Lavelle

1865 Honor Joyce b 2/6/65 Father Harry Mother Biddy Caulfield, Binghamstown, Mayo

1865 Richard Joyce – Father, David – Mother, Biddy Lavelle – 26 Nov 1865 Binghamstown, 0082/LDS

1865 Henery Joyce – Father, Harry – Mother, Biddy Caulfield – 2 Feb 1865, Binghamstown, 0080/LDS

1867 Peggy Joyce – Father, David – Mother, Bridget Lavelle – 14 Feb 1867 Binghamstown, 0080//LDS

1871 John Joyce 3/1/71 Ballyglass Father John mother Catherine Brewster

1873 Edward Joyce 6/3/73 Ballyglass Father John mother Catherine Brewster

1874 John Joyce and Mary Heskin were parents of Stephen Joyce 28 Nov Neale, Carn, Mayo/LDS

1878 Per Jordan, in Louisburgh, with Rev William Joyce, PP (Parish Priest) and at least one Flax Farmer in Shrule, John Joyce.

1870s James Joyce and P. Joyce were members of the Belmullet Board of Guardians- was this Patrick Joyce, Thomas’ father? Per Nolan

1880 Per LDS website Mary Joyce was born July 9, 1880 to Michael Joyce and Ann Flannery Joyce. Per EI  she arrived in US unaccompanied in 1901 age 12.

1907 On p. 49 Patrick Joyce, Camus Oughter, Rossmuck was an Evicted Tenant

1911 On p. 51, the 1911 Census shows family of Festy Joyce, Cloonnacartan in civil parish of Moyrus.


Patrick 3rd  1912 – 1934

John Edward 3rd living at this date 1992 at Newhal;l, Co. Clare

Next in line for chieftainship Dr. Peter of Kinvara

1991 Ann Joyce, Teacher, St Brendan’s Vocational School Belmullet

1992 Cecily Joyce Cunningham, Secretary of the Joyce Family, Ltd., Dublin

Nuf sed


One Comment to “Joyce Family Timeline”

  1. jort says:

    I tried to contact someone regarding the missing info on this website re: the Jorce / Joyce family I have a lot of proof and the genealogy of this family going back to 1050. if your interested , please contact me at I have spent thousands of hours on this family.
    You have missed a lot of key info.
    Robert Spencer

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