JOY, Obadiah, of Rehoboth, Bristol Co MA, and Putney, Windham Co VT

Obadiah Joy was born in Rehoboth, Bristol County, Massachusetts, 18 Jan 1726/27, the son of David and Ruth (Ford) Joy.[1] He died in 1816 in Portland Township, Chautauqua Co NY.[2]

On 26 Mar 1749,[3] he married Elizabeth Doyle, daughter of Bartholomew Doyle and his second wife, Elizabeth Sprague, a fifth-generation descendant of Richard Warren of the Mayflower.[4] On 31 Oct 1798, in Marlboro, Windham Co VT, he married as his second wife, Mary Park.[5] She was possibly a daughter of Amariah and Mary (Brigham) Park, who were resident in Marlboro when their son Josiah was born Mar 1781. Their daughter Mary was born 23 Aug 1765 in Grafton, Worcester Co MA.

The Vermont newspaper Federal Galaxy published a notice on May 27,1799. Affirming “Whereas Molly, my wife refuses to live, bed, board with me…” Obadiah Joy said that he would not pay any debts of hers after this date.[6]

Elizabeth was born at Rehoboth, Bristol Co MA ca 1730 and died probably at Putney, Windham Co VT, possibly say 1776.

Obadiah appears in 1759 and 1769 Rehoboth MA Polls and Rateables lists.[7] Several, possibly all but the youngest, of Obadiah’s sons served in the Revolutionary War. There are clear records for sons Joshua, Joseph, and Amos. Moses was known as “Major” Moses Joy. Joseph applied for a military pension, perhaps unsuccessfully. David’s grave stone in Cass Co MI states he was a veteran of the War of Independence, but any records known to his family in 1840 are now lost.  His brother Joseph was lieutenant of a company in the New York militia in 1780, for which this writer cannot find records; at age 72, brother Amos applied for a pension based on service in his brother’s company, and it seems likely David, probably a teenager, also followed his older brother to war.

At a town meeting Putney VT, 13 May 1777, Moses Joy was named one of the Surveyors of Highways. On 12 May 1778, Obadiah Joy was named a Surveyor of the Highways. A list of freemen who took an oath “In the State of Vermont” is on pages 461 and following of the “Book of Putney,” and while the date or dates the oath was given are not given, it clearly includes the names, in the order listed, Moses Joy, Richard Harding, “Obediah” Joy, Joseph Joy, Charles Jones, David Joy, and Obediah Joy Jr.

Obadiah was in the following censuses:

    • 1790, Putney, Windham Co VT, p 53, Obediah Joy: 1/0/2.
    • 1800, Putney, Windham Co VT, David Joy: 22011/11110
    • 1810, Putney, Windham Co VT, David Joy: 11211/01001/40/50

Obadiah died in Chautauqua Co NY, about 1816, [8] and was buried in a now disappeared burial site on the former Joy farm on Webster Road east of Portland Center.[9]

The family of Obadiah and Elizabeth (Doyle) Joy—documented descendants eligible for the Mayflower Society— was:

1. Major Moses JOY. Born in Dec 1749 in Rehoboth, Bristol Co MA, Moses died in Putney, Windham Co VT, on 30 Nov 1816. On 23 Nov 1775, he first married Lydia BURR in Rehoboth. She was born on 24 Jun 1754 in Rehoboth. On 9 Feb 1790, Moses second married Hannah TAFT in Putney, Windham Co VT.  1790 census: Windham Co CT, Putney, p 53, Moses Joy: 3/4/4.  Moses and Lydia had the following children:

i.            Cromwell (1778-)

ii.            Joshua (1782-)

iii.            Moses (1787-)

Moses and Hannah had one child:

i.            Lydia Burr (1791-)

2. Huldah JOY was born in 1751 in Rehoboth, Bristol Co MA. She died in Putney, Windham Co VT, on 13 Mar 1813. On 27 Mar 1773, Huldah married Abiah FULLER in Rehoboth, who was born there on 11 Jan 1748/9.  1790, Rehoboth, Bristol Co MA, p 508: 1/3/4. They had the following children:

i.            Bethiah (1774-)

ii.            Abiah (1775-)

iii.            Susannah (1776-)

iv.            Sally (1780-)

v.            Abel (1783-)

vi.            Joshua (1785-)

vii.            Nancy (1787-)

3. Relief JOY was born in 1753 in Rehoboth, Bristol Co MA. Relief died in Royalston, Worcester Co MA, on 7 Aug 1832. Relief married Daniel PECK. Born on 17 May 1741 in Rehoboth, Bristol Co MA, Daniel died in Royalston, on 27 Nov 1814. 1790, Royalston, Worcester Co MA, p 497:  3/3/5. They had the following children:

i.            Daniel (1772-)

ii.            Ichabod (1774-)

iii.            Sally (Died as Child) (1775-<1781)

iv.            Solomon (1776-)

v.            Royal (1778-)

vi.            Calvin (1779-)

vii.            Sally (1781-)

viii.            Moses (1783-)

ix.            Rebekah (1785-)

x.            Charlotte (1787-)

xi.            Lydia Burr (1789-)

xii.            Leaffee (1792-)

xiii.            Huldah (1794-)

4. Joshua JOY. Born in 1755, on 9 Sep 1786, he married Sarah SMITH in Rehoboth, Bristol Co MA. She was born on 22 Dec 1760 in Rehoboth. They have not been located in the 1790 census.

5. Joseph JOY. Born in 1757 in Rehoboth, Bristol Co MA, Joseph died in Putney, Windham Co VT, on 28 May 1837. In Mar 1779 when Joseph was 22, he first married Millicent CLAY in Putney. Going against his father’s Toryist views, he was an officer in the Revolutionary War.[10] 1810, Putney, Windham Co VT, p 453, Joseph Joy: 02101/01201. On 15 May 1781 Joseph second married Hepsibah DICKINSON, daughter of Azariah DICKINSON & Temperance SHIPMAN, in Putney, Windham Co VT. She was born on 25 Jun 1760 in Westminster, Windham Co VT. On 11 Mar 1819, he third married Lucinda DUTTON in Dummerston, Windham Co VT. Joseph and Millicent had the following children:

i.            David (1778-)

ii.            Polly (1780-)

Joseph and Hepsibah had the following children:

i.            Huldah (1788-)

ii.            Joseph (1794-)

iii.            Temperance (1797-1886)

6. Mary JOY was born in 1759. In Apr 1778 when Mary was 19, she married Richard HARDEN (also written Harding) in Putney, Windham Co VT. 1790, Putney, Windham Co VT, Richard Harden: 1/1/6. Born in say 1750s, Richard was from Topsham, Orange Co VT.

7. Capt Amos JOY. Born on 27 May 1761 in Rehoboth, Bristol Co MA, Amos died in Putney, Windham Co VT, on 14 Jun 1837. 1790 census: Windham Co CT, Putney, p 53, Amos Joy Jun: 1/3/2. On 16 Apr 1787 when Amos was 25, he married Rachel FLETCHER in Putney, Windham Co VT. Born on 28 Oct 1765 in Dunstable, Middlesex Co MA. They had the following children:

i.            Wilder (1789-)

ii.            Francis Fletcher (1791-)

iii.            Rachel (Died as Child) (1793-<1807)

iv.            Elizabeth (1795-)

v.            Lucinda (1797-)

vi.            Martha (1799-)

vii.            Rebecca S (1800-)

viii.            Nathaniel Cummings (1803-)

ix.            Thomas (1804-)

x.            Rachel (1807-)

xi.            Amariah (1809-)

8. Elizabeth JOY. Born on 29 Nov 1763 in Rehoboth, Bristol Co MA, Betsey died in Deruyter, Madison Co NY, on 20 Mar 1855. On 2 Sep 1777 when Betsey was 13, she married Charles JONES in Putney, Windham Co VT. 1790, Putney, Windham Co VT, p 110: 1/4/2.

9. David JOY. Born before 1 Apr 1764 in Rehoboth, Bristol Co MA, David died in Cass Co MI, on 1 Apr 1844; he was 80. On 25 Apr 1785 when David was 21, he married Mary DICKINSON, daughter of Azariah DICKINSON & Temperance SHIPMAN, in Putney, Windham Co VT. Born on 14 Dec 1761 in Westminster, Windham Co VT, Mary died in Chautauqua Co NY, on 1 Jun 1831. 1790 census: Windham Co VT, Putney, p 53: 1/2/3. 1800 census: Windham Co VT, Putney. David Joy: 22011/11110. 1810 census: Windham Co VT, Putney. David Joy: 11211/01001/40/50. 1820 census: Chautauqua Co NY, Portland Twp, p 125. David Joy, 110011/00011/01. 1830 census: Chautauqua Co NY, Portland Twp, p 430. Moses Joy: 210102001/31010001. 1840 census: Cass Co MI, p 223. Moses Joy, 01210011001/101101. They had the following children:

i.            Isaac (1786-1850)

ii.            Moses (1793-1854)

iii.            Ezra (1787-)

iv.            Dorrill (1790-)

v.            Polly (1774-)

vi.            Roxalana (<1790-1867)

vii.            Anna (1795-1845)

viii.            Obadiah (1803-)

10. Obadiah JOY Jr. Born in 1767 in Rehoboth, Bristol Co MA, Obadiah died in Putney, Windham Co VT, on 11 Dec 1846. On 21 Sep 1788 Obadiah married Content HOVEY in Putney VT. Born on 10 Mar 1772 in Oxford, Worcester Co MA. Content died in Putney, Windham Co VT, on 15 Jan 1841. 1790 census: Windham Co CT, Putney, p 53, Obediah Joy Jun: 1/1/1. They had the following children:

i.            Comfort (1788-)

ii.            Daniel (<1799-)

iii.            Waterman (<1799-)

iv.            Abigail (<1799-)

v.            Solomon (1799-)

vi.            Angelina (1803-)

vii.            Joshua (ca1805-)

viii.            Royal Dire (ca1807-)

ix.            Sabra (ca1810-)

x.              Lura (ca1815-)

© 2008, Kathy Alvis Patterson


[1] Many dates are from The Joy Genealogy, by Helen Bourne Joy Lee, passim.

[2] HC Taylor, MD, Historical Sketches of the Town of Portland, 1873.

[3] Rehoboth VR.

[4] Robert S. Wakefield, Mayflower Families: Vol 18:I Richard Warren, 2004, pp 1-4, 17, 74; Vol 18:2, family #347.

[5] Marriage Record sent by Pat Haslam, Certified Genealogical Record Searcher, of Stowe VT, 30 Aug 1988. Obadiah is named as the groom and was a resident of Putney. His son Obadiah cannot be the man who married Molly Park in 1798, as he had a living wife.

[6] Found at GenealogyBank.com by Rita Orton.

[7] Richard LeBaron Bowen, Early Rehoboth, Vol 4. Rehoboth MA, 1950, pages 91, 95, 107.

[8] HC Taylor, MD, Historical Sketches of the Town of Portland, 1873, pages 319-321. “Mr. Joy’s aged father d. in P. about 1816.”

[9] Chautauqua Co NY Cemeteries, p 140, cites Taylor, op cit., 301: “Old Mr Joy, father of Capt. David Joy, and a few others were buried in a field now belonging to Richard Reynolds, on lot 19, town 5… but the precise spot is difficult to determine.”

[10] Joseph Joy, MA, NY, Sea Service Private, Sergeant, Lieutenant. 7 Aug 1832, Windham County, VT, Anthony Mason, guardian for Joseph Joy, resident of Putney, non compos, at age 76. …In 2nd year of the Revolutionary War Joseph in May or June at Rehoboth MA enlisted under Capt. Bliss, for 6 months, “and this while a minor and contrary to the wishes of his father, who at that time was infected with Toryism, but he knows of no living witness by whom he can prove said service, excepting Obadiah Joy, whose affidavit is herewith transmitted. … approx. September of 1777 or 1778 he enlisted as a sergeant for 3 months under Capt. David Hill. …The said Joseph Joy in the year 1780 [very poorly written or overwritten] in the town now called Putney…mid June of that year and mustered at Brattleboro, to Fort Stanwix, then Fort Hunter, discharged in November and returned home. 2 Aug 1832, affidavit of Obadiah Joy of Putney, age 64. In the 2nd year of the Revolutionary War he and Joseph Joy now of Putney lived at Rehoboth, Mass., and in May or June Joseph enlisted as a private…”The company commander I think was Capt. Bliss,” and marched to Roxbury and Dorchester and served 6 months, that his father was inclined to be a Tory and opposed the said Joseph Joy going into the army and particularly did not like him to go under Capt. Bliss. …About the middle of June 1780 Joseph went from Windham County, Vermont into the service as a lieutenant and mustered at Col. John Sargent’s horse in Brattleboro…Captain’s name was Blakeley… Lieutenant commission for Joseph Joy, State of New York, appointed 1 Jul 1780, recorded 11 Sep 1780.

Published on October 17, 2008 at 9:14 pm  Comments (4)  

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  1. My Great Great Great Grandfather was Royal Dire Joy(Married Abigail Daby). He is buried about 30 miles from me in North Jay NY. Any information on Royal would be appreciated.
    His daughter (Mary) Angeline married William Smith of Jay NY and had my Great Grandfather George Smith (married Pheobe Bashaw). Their daughter, my Grandmother 1900-1978,Flossie Mae Smith married Guy Watson of Ausable Forks NY. Thank You All mentioned are buried in the North Jay Cemetery, North Jay, NY

  2. Hi there
    Looking at the Thomas Joy and his Decendants book My Great Great Grandfather left. Major Moses Joy was in my direct line.
    I came across a Readers Digest article on his marriage. Do you have a copy if not I will send it to you.
    Ron Joy

    • I have seen in an old book, not in Readers’ Digest, about him marrying the naked lady in the closet. Is that the story?

  3. I have been looking for the wife of Richard Harding of Topsham, Vermont. All I had was “Molly J” Thank you for this post!


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