George Joyce


According to later accounts, George Joyce (Joice) was born about 1753.

In his twenties during the War for Independence, we seek information on his wartime activities. However. afterwards, he was accorded a land bounty right in conjunction with the Albany militia regiment.

In 1787, his accounts were paid from the city treasury.

In 1788, his first ward holdings were valued modestly. The first census in 1790 showed his household with two men and four females. A decade later, the census showed five children, another adult man, and a slightly younger woman as living in his household.

His wife was known as "Julia Filia" and their child was baptized in the Albany Lutheran church in December 1788. We seek information on his wife and children.

A number of sources identified him as a cartman. Assessment rolls from 1799 on valued his house and lot on Pearl Street in the second ward. Beginning with the first directory in 1813, he was called a cartman with the address of 1 North Pearl Street - an address placing him near the city's northern boundary.

Seventy-eight-year old George Joyce died in Albany in July 1831. At that time, his residence was near the North End waterfront at the corner of Lumber and Montgomery Streets. His will passed probate in November.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of George Joyce has not been assigned a CAP biography number. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 6/10/09