Hosea Joyce

Hosea JOYCE (c. 1647 – 1712) was Alex’s 9th Great Grandfather; one of 1,024 in this generation of the Shaw line.

Hosea Joyce was born about 1647 in Lynn or Sandwich, MA.  His parents were John JOYCE and Dorothy COTCHET.  He married, first, about 1665, Martha [__?__].  He married Elizabeth CHIPMAN .  Hosea died  15 Feb 1712 in Yarmouth, MA

Martha [__?__] died 3 Apr 1670 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. Her parents and origins are not known to me at this time.

Elizabeth Chipman was born 24 June 1648, Plymouth, MA. Her parents were Elder John CHIPMAN and Hope HOWLAND. Elizabeth died after February 1711/12.

Children of Hosea and Martha:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Martha Joyce ~1667
John Godfrey
before 10 Mar 1741
2. John Joyce bef. 1670
Yarmouth, Mass
Margaret Miller
5 Feb 1701/02 Yarmouth, MA<
Esther White
7 Nov 1707 Yarmouth, MA
10 Jan 1715
3. Dorcas Joyce 1671
Yarmouth, Mass
Prince Howes (son of Jeremiah HOWES)
8 Aug 1695
14 Nov 1757

Children of Hosea and Elizabeth:

Name Born Married Departed
4. Samuel Joyce 1 Jun 1676
Unmarried 29 Jul 1741 Ancient Cemetery Yarmouth Port
5. Thomas Joyce 3 Jun 1678 Yarmouth Marcy Bacon 19 Mar 1718/19, Barnstable, MA 20 Apr 1743 Suicide
6. Mary JOYCE 19 Sep 1680
29 Sep 1709
 28 Jun 1778.
7. Lydia Joyce c. 1684
Ebenezer Howes
(son of Jeremiah HOWES)
20 Nov 1706 Yarmouth, MA
5 Nov 1755
8. Mehitable Joyce c. 1687
Thomas Storrs
14 Mar 1708 Mansfield, CT
3 Oct 1776
Mansfield, CT
9. Hosea Joyce Yarmouth Aft. his father’s will Feb 1712
10. Dorothy Joyce c. 1690
John Oates
12 Dec 1717 Yarmouth

Genealogical notes of Barnstable families (1888) – He married first Martha, and had John and Dorcas. His wife Martha died April 3, 1670, and he married Elizabeth Chipman before 1676, and had Samuel, June 1, 1676 ; Thomas, June 3, 1678, and Mary, Sept. 19, 1680. The above is all that can now be obtained from the Yarmouth record, which is mutilated and a part of the leaf gone. By his will it is ascertained that he had ten children, two by his first wife Martha, and eight by his second wife Elizabeth Chipman.

1693 – Joseph Howes, John Hawes, John Hallet and John Miller were appointed a committee “to agree with some fit person to teach school.” The school was “to be kept in five squadrons” the boundaries of which are thus defined : ”

1st, beginning at Jonathan Hallet’s, and round the said town to Hosea Joyce’s, Joseph Ryder’s, Samuel Hall’s and Joseph Maker’s, from Sept. to Jan. 3 ;

2nd, beginning at John Godfrey’s and all Nobscusset and Zach. Paddock’s, from Jan. 4 to April 1;

3rd, beginning at widow Boardman’s to Sawquetucket Mill or River, from April 11 to June 19;

4th, Bass Pond squadron, from Thomas Folland’s, Benj, Matthews’, and all the east side of Bass River, from June 20 to July 17 ;

5th, South Sea squadron, beginning at Thomas Bill’s, all the west side of Bass River and South Sea, from Thomas Batter’s, from July 15 to last of August.”


1. Martha Joyce

Martha’s husband John Godfrey was born about 1659 in Taunton, Bristol, Mass. His parents were Richard Godfrey and Jane? Turner. Jane was the daughter of John Turner and Jane [__?__], but her given name is not certain. John died 7 Aug 1735 Yarmouth, Mass

2. John Joyce

John’s first wife Margaret Miller was the daughter of John Miller.

John’s second wife Esther White was born 1685 Yarmouth, MA. Her parents were Jonathan White and Hester Nickerman. After John died, she married John Drake of Yarmouth, and removed to East Greenwich, R. I., about 1726; Esther died 23 Jul 1738 in Yarmouth, Mass.

3. Dorcas Joyce

Dorcas’ husband Prince Howes was born 1669 in Yarmouth, MA. His parents were Jeremiah HOWES and Sarah PRENCE. Prince died 2 Oct 1753 in Yarmouth, Mass.

Prince was named for his maternal grandfather, Gov. Thomas PRENCE (Prince). Soon after marrying, Prince built a house in New Boston., Dennis, Barnstable, Mass the first one on that side of the brook and meadow. For 150 years there was a footbridge only over the stream. A 1706 account book of his shows his penmanship to have been very rudimentary. His will mentions daughters Dorcas and Desire

Dorcas Joyce Hawes Headstone — Howes Cemetery Dennis, Barnstable, Mass

Prince Howes Headstone  – Howes Cemetery , Dennis, Barnstable, Mass — Here lyes Buried the body of Mr Prince Howes Who departed this life OCTOeY 9 AD 1753 in ye 84th year of his age

Children of Dorcas and Prince:

i. Desire Howes b. 22 May 1696 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 3 Apr 1775 in Yarmouth.; m. 17 Feb 1719 in Yarmouth to Jonathan Hallett (b. 1693 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. – d. 24 May 1783 Yarmouth) Jonathan’s parents were Jonathan HALLETT and Abigail DEXTER.

ii. Mary Howes b. 10 Feb 1698 in Hokonum, Yarmouth, Mass.

iii. Prince Howes b. 1 Feb 1700 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.

iv. Dorcas Howes b. 11 Mar 1702 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.

v. Jeremiah Howes b. 26 Apr 1704 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.

vi. Thomas Howes b. 27 Jun 1706 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.

vii. Lot Howes b. 24 Dec 1708 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.

viii. Ebenezer Howes b. 1710 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.

ix. Sarah Howes b. 1711 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.

4. Samuel Joyce

Samuel Joyce Headstone Ancient Cemetery Yarmouth Port Barnstable County Mass

5. Thomas Joyce

Thomas’ wife Marcy Bacon was born 30 June 1690, Barnstable, MA. Her parents were Jeremiah Bacon, b. 7 May 1657, Barnstable, MA and Elizabeth Howes, b. about 1667, Yarmouth, MA . Her maternal grandparents were Jeremiah HOWES and Sarah PRENCE.   Marcy died 18 April 1759, Yarmouth, MA.

Thomas had one son Jeremiah a cripple, died unmarried in 1755, and five daughters noted for their beauty. He was a man of wealth, became melancholy, and from fear of starvation committed suicide April 20, 1743

Thomas and Mercy Joyce were members of the West Parish Church in Yarmouth and their children were baptized there as Jeremiah, Elizabeth, M[ercy], Mary, Dorcas and Sarah Joyce. Thomas’s brother-in-law and sister, John and Dorothy (Joyce) Oats, were also members.

In his will dated 3 Oct 1737, Thomas Joyce of Yarmou th, yeoman, gave half of his estate, both real and personal, to his beloved wife, Marcy Joyce, for her lifetime, and named her sole executrix. He listed his daughters as Elizabeth, Mercy , Mary, Dorcas and Sarah, and bequeathed 50 pounds to each as they became 18 years of age or were married. He gave his son, Jeremy, the remainder of his estate, real and personal, half at the age of 21 years, the rest when his mother died or remarried . Witnesses were Thomas Smith, John Oats and John Oats, Jr. The will was presented for probate 12 May 1743.

The probate judge ruled that they widow, Mercy Joyce, was incapable of performing the duties of executrix and in her place appointed their son , Jeremiah Joyce, as administrator. The inventory, dated 25 May 1744, was taken by Jonathan Hallett, Ebenezer Taylor and Joseph Hamblen, and amounted to 606 pounds 18 sh, Onl Tenor. When son Jeremiah Joyce of Yarmouth made his will, 22 March 1755, probated 6 May 1755, he named his five sisters as Elizabeth Taylor, Marcy Hallett, Mary Joyce, Dorcas Taylor and Sarah Bray. ”

6. Mary JOYCE (See James GORHAM Jr‘s page)

7. Lydia Joyce

Lydia Joyce Howes Headstone — Howes Cemetery Dennis Barnstable County Mass

Lydia’s husband  Ebenezer Howes was born 1674 Yarmouth.  His parents were Jeremiah HOWES and Sarah PRENCE. Ebenezer died 8 Jan 1726/27  Yarmouth, Mass.

Ebenezer’s first wife Sarah Gorham was born 16 Jan 1677/78 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. Her parents were Joseph Gorham and Sarah Sturgis. Her grandparents were our ancestors  Capt. John GORHAM and Desire HOWLAND.  Sarah died 9 Sep 1705 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.

He held the rank of captain in the militia. He lived and died on the ancestral acres, where Almond T. Howes later lived, or a little back of there. He owned a large property of land, and was prosperous and influential. As the youngest son, he retained his father’s homestead per custom of the day.

8. Mehitable Joyce

Mehitable’s husband Thomas Storrs was born 27 Oct 1686 Barnstable, MA. His parents were  Samuel Storrs (1640 – 1719) and  Esther Egard  (____ – 1730). Thomas died 4 April 1755 Mansfield, CT

Mehetible Joyce Storrs Headstone — Olde Mansfield Center Cemetery Mansfield Tolland County Connecticut — Findagrave # 11591274

9. Hosea Joyce

Hosea, whom his father cut off in his will by giving him his “small gun”

10. Dorothy Joyce

Dorothy’s husband John Oates was born in England. Some say John Otis was born about 1684 in Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire. His parents were Stephen Otis (1652 – 1689) and Mary Pittman (1657 – 1689) John died 1762 in Bristol, Lincoln, Maine. His descendants write their name Otis, and reside principally in Maine.

John and Dorothy (Joyce) Oats were members of the West Parish Church in Yarmouth and their children were baptized there as Jeremiah, Elizabeth, M[ercy], Mary, Dorcas and Sarah Joyce. Thomas’s brother-in-law and sister, Thomas and Mercy Joyce, were also members.

John Oates Bio - The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 6

John Oates Bio – The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 6

John Oates Bio 2



Genealogical notes of Barnstable families  Being a reprint of the Amos Otis Papers originally published in the Barnstable Patriot in 1861; Revised by Charles  F. Swift Largely made from notes made by the author (1888)


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  9. Jill Lemaster-Moore says:

    Working on my line with Hosea’s daughter Dorcus. How can his first wife Martha have died in 1670 but given birth to Dorcus in 1671? Seen so much back and forth on who her mother is – so confused.

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