Patrick Joyce of Belmullet County Mayo

Dec 11th, 2013 | By | Category: Joyce Biographies

Patrick Joyce was born in Belmullet, MayoCounty in 1833. His parents names are unknown at this point.  He had four brothers, named Henry (b.1835), John, James and Peter.

At the age of 14 Patrick and his brothers John and Peter were listed in 1850 on the S.S. Bark Pacific as crew, travelling together with no apparent relatives accompanying them. They departed from Galway and arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in June of 1850.

Patrick married Catherine Monaghan, (born in 1834 in Belmullet) in 1856 in Wheeling, West Virginia.  Catherine’s father was named Patrick Monaghan and mother was Ellen.  Her siblings included Julia, Mary, Mike, John, James, and Thomas.

After marrying, they lived in Decatur, Green, Wisconsin in 1860, Patrick worked as a farmhand in a farming community with many other Irish families, including more Joyces, Monaghans, and Barretts.

Patrick enlisted Sept 3, 1864, served during the Civil War in the 44th Wisconsin Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry and was discharged July 2, 1865 with pension and diagnosed heart disease..

Patrick and Catherine had eight children, four boys and four girls: Mary, 1857-1942, John,  1859-1909, James, 1861-1899, Henry, 1863-1944, Patrick 1865-1937, Nell(Ellen 1866-1958, Michael 1870-1888, Catherine 1873-1947, Julia A. 1876-1956

In 1880 they were among many of the same Irish community in Erin Prairie Wisconsin, including two of my Barrett GG grandfathers, and possibly Monaghan great uncles. They all owned land in the farming community there, and there were many other names common to the Belmullet area who were neighbours in this community. Patrick and Catherine continued living there as farmers in 1890, and 1905, and Patrick died there in 1906.  He is buried in Immaculate Conception Cemetery in New Richmond, St. Croix county, Row 14, grave 58 Zone J.

Patrick was survived by his wife and children John T. (who married Anna Padden) of Tower Minnesota, Henry E. of Richmond (who married Anna Meary) , Patrick W. of Erin (who married Mary Dixon) , Michael  of Idaho (who married Catherine Gillen), Miss Mary Joyce of Richmond, Mrs. Michael L. Barrett (Nellie) of Ashland Mrs. W.M. Casey(Catherine) and Mrs. Ed Early(Julia) of Richmond and one brother , Henry, who was listed at the age of 71 as “uncle” living with Edward Early and Julia (Joyce) Early in 1905 in Richmond, Sr. Croix.  Earlier in his life, at age 45, Henry was listed as a shoemaker in the 1880 census.

Reverend Father M.E. Boyce conducted the funeral service, assisted by Reverend father L. Trompeter of TurtleLake

Friends and neighbors who were pall bearers:M.P. Early, Bryan Dean, T.E. Riley, N.T. Loomis, Pat O’ Connell and John Gunning.

Biography from Debra Barrett

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