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Obituaries of the Joyce family
in the towns of Somersworth and Dover, Strafford Co., New Hampshire
Elizabeth Joyce James H. Joyce Katherine A. Joyce Margaret Joyce Hannah Celia Lawlor Elizabeth Parsons
Elizabeth Joyce, Foster's Daily Democrat, December 12, 1972

Brookline, Mass. -- Elizabeth Joyce Broderick, 85, of Longwood Towers, 20 Chapel Street, died Monday.

She was born in Somersworth N.H. March 23, 1887. She was the founder, 1918, and owner of the Joyce Letter Shop. She was a member of the Advertising Club of Boston for nearly 50 years and was very active in many Catholic and Civic organizations.

Survivors include two nephews, James Buckley of Westfield, N. J., and Lt. Colonel William Heckendorn of Omaha, Nebraska; four nieces, Mrs. Joyce Foster of Wheaton, Illinois, Mrs. Elizabeth Hitchcock of Phoenix, Arizona, Mrs. Linda Boon and Mrs. Catherine Mahoney, both of Atlanta, Georgia, and two cousins, Mr. John Mahoney and Mrs. Peyton Moss, both of New York.

The funeral will be held from the Eastman Funeral Home, 876 Beacon Street, corner of Park Drive, Boston, Thursday at 9 am to be followed by a funeral Mass at St. Ignatius Church, 8 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, Newton, at 10 am. Interment will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Rollinsford, at 12:30 p.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited.

Calling hours at the funeral home are Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9.

It is earnestly requested that flowers be omitted.

James H. Joyce, Somersworth Free Press, January 26, 1928

The death of Col. James H. Joyce of this city at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Walter Broderick, Chestnut Hill, Mass., on Friday marked the close of an active life. He had been seriously ill for several months undergoing several surgical operations, and gradually declined until the end came.

Mr. Joyce was born in this city September 4, 1860, a son of James and Elizabeth (Parsons) Joyce. The father served during the Civil War in the New York Heavy Artillery, and escaped all injury except a wound in his ankle. He was born in Ireland and came to this country in early manhood. He died in August 1864 from a stroke of lightening. The mother, Elizabeth Parsons Joyce, was also a native of Ireland. She lived to extreme old age. Passing away June 20, 1911, in her 97th year.

As soon as he was old enough the subject of this sketch went to work in the local mills and continued in that kind of employment here and elsewhere until he went to work for the late Charles S. Blaisdell as clerk in the latter's store in Berwick. Mr. Joyce later went into the grocery business in this city on his account. He was earnest and ambitious and began the study of law in a local office, later entering the Boston University Law school. Trouble with his eyes, however, compelled him to give up study, and in later years he devoted himself to the real estate and insurance business, in which he was highly successful.

He held several public offices, was deputy sheriff for several terms, city tax collector, overseer of the poor, and for a number of years, and up to the time of his death, he was a clerk of the municipal court. He was a member of Stephen J. Wentworth Camp, Sons of Veterans, and served as Division commander of the organization, thereby gaining the title of Colonel. He also was a founder of Division 5, A.O.H., and active in its affairs.

Mr. Joyce was twice married. His first wife was Miss Annie Barrett, a daughter of Robert Barrett, who died nine years later. They had two children, of whom one, Mrs. Walter Broderick, survives. His second marriage was to Miss Hannah Lawlor daughter of Fintan Lawlor, who survives deceased, as also do their children, Mrs. Daniel McGuirk of North Andover, Mass., Mrs. George Murray, Miss Margaret Joyce, and Miss Alicia Joyce of Brookline, Mass., James H. Joyce, Jr. of Chestnut Hill Mass., Fintan Joyce U.S.A. at present assigned at Honolulu and Master Laurence Joyce.

Of a strong personality, Col Joyce was frank and outspoken in the expression of his views on any subject. He had the courage of convictions and was earnest in maintaining them. There was nothing of the hypocrite or time-server about him. He was always interested in politics, in earlier years as a Democrat and latterly as a Republican and an influential party worker. In his death Somersworth lost a devoted and worthy citizen. In his social relations he was genial and companionable, and in his home he was a kind and devoted husband and father.

The funeral service was held at the Holy Trinity Church Sunday afternoon, the pastor, Rev. F. H. Howat, officiating. The church choir furnished the music with a solo by Thomas Brennan of Dover, Miss Margaret Lang being at the organ. The bearers were chosen from Division 5, A.O.H.--Henry Lang, Michael Riley, James Riley, James Casey, John McGreal and Patrick Quinlan, and the interment was in St. Patrick's cemetery in Rollinsford. Beside the members of the immediate family, there were many present from Boston, Lowell, Natick, and Greenfield, Mass., as well as from several places less remote.

On Monday morning the solemn requiem mass was celebrated by Rev. Howat, with music by the choir of the Holy Trinity church.

Katherine A. Joyce, April 12, 1934

The funeral services of Mrs. Katherine Joyce Murray were held last Friday at the Sacred heart Church, Newton, of which she was a member. A cousin of Mrs. Murray, Rev. Daniel Golden of St. Paul's Cambridge, said the funeral mass and was assisted by the following priests: Rev. Flynn and Rev. Bowen of Sacred Heart Parish, Rev. Dorr and Rev. Dunn of Wellesley, Rev. Scully of Lawrence, Rev. Duggan of St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Brighton, Rev. Oscar O'Gorman and Rev. Sheehan of St. Ambrose Parish, Dorchester, and Rev. Cronin of St. Catherine's Parish, Somerville.

The bearers were George Dempsey, Arthur Fain, and Francis Murphy of Natick, John Carraher of Boston, Frederick Higgins of Lawrence, and John Whalen of Brookline. The ushers were Fred Quigley, Merrill Sproul, and Dr. Edward Sheehan of Newton, and Harry Gavagan of Brookline.

Mrs. Marie Murray of West Roxbury, well known for her beautiful voice rendered the solos during the mass.

The interment was in the family lot at Rollinsford, and Rev. J. J. Happny of Somersworth officiated at the services at the grave.

The death of Mrs. Murray as the result of an accident which occurred on April 4th, at Rocky Mount, North Carolina, when the car she was driving hit a soft shoulder on the road, and turned over several times. Her mother Mrs. Hannah L. Joyce, a long-time resident of Somersworth, was with her at the time, and was instantly killed when the accident happened. They were on their way to Florida for a few weeks' vacation.

Immediately following the accident, Mrs. Murray was removed to the Park View Hospital at Rocky Mount and upon examination was found to be paralyzed, due to the blow to her spine. She had not lost consciousness, however, and told the priest who attended her and her mother, as well as the doctors, just what had happened, and whom to call for notification of the accident.

Doctor Coleman, one of the foremost back specialists in the country, was hurriedly called from Richmond, Virginia, but after a consultation with six other doctors, decided the case was hopeless. They did, however, perform a slight operation, and gave all the medical aid and attention that could possibly be given. She was conscious almost until the end, and her death came on April 10th, at three o'clock in the morning.

Mrs. Murray was for many years a resident of Somersworth, and leaves besides her husband, George I. Murray of Newton, four sisters and three brothers, all former residents of Somersworth--Mrs. Elizabeth Broderick of West Newton, Mrs. Daniel McGuirk and Mrs. William Heckendorn of Brookline, Mrs. Francis Buckley of Natick, and James H., Fenton L. and Lawrence R. Joyce of Newton.

Margaret Joyce, Foster's Daily Democrat, August 5, 1958

Somersworth -- Mrs. Margaret Joyce Heckendorn, 60, wife of William R. Heckendorn and daughter of the late James H. and Hannah Joyce of Somersworth, passed away on Monday at her home in Greenwich, Conn. She was a native of this community.

Besides her husband she leaves a son, Lt. William S. Heckendorn, USAF, stationed in Bainbridge, Ga.; one daughter Mrs. Carl Mahoney of East Orange, N.J.; two sisters, Mrs. Helen McGurick of Brookline, Mass., and Mrs. Elizabeth Broderick of Chestnut Hill, Mass.; three brothers, James H. Joyce of Boston, Fintain and Lawrence Joyce, both of Indianapolis, Ind.

The deceased was a school teacher in the Boston public schools. She lived in Natick, Mass., for may years. Friends may call at the Frank E. Reily Funeral home, Arch street, Greenwich, Conn., Tuesday afternoon and evening or at the Raymond Roberge Funeral home, High street, this city, Wednesday evening from 7 to 10. A solemn high Mass of requiem will be held Thursday morning in Holy Trinity church with interment in St. Patrick's cemetery, Rollinsford.

Hannah Celia Lawlor, Somersworth Free Press, April 12, 1934

This community was shocked and saddened last Thursday when news came of the tragic occurrence whereby a former Somersworth woman lost her life, and her daughter was fatally injured.

Mrs. James H. Joyce of Newton, Mass and her daughter Katherine, Mrs. George I. Murray of Newton Highlands, left home on Friday March 30, for a few weeks stay in Miami, Florida, and were guests over Easter of Mrs. James A. Conley and Mrs. Michael Wallace in Washington. Tuesday night they had reached Rocky Mount, North Carolina when on turning out to allow a truck to pass Mrs. Murray lost control of the car in the clay shoulder of the highway, and it was overturned. Both women were thrown from the car. Mrs. Joyce died almost instantly and Mrs. Murray suffered a broken back. She was taken to a hospital where an emergency operation was performed in an attempt to save her life, but to no avail, and she passed away early Tuesday morning.

Mr. Murray and his wife's brother, James H. Joyce of Newton, left for Rocky Mount by train immediately after they were notified of the accident, and Mr. Joyce returned North with his mother's body, which on arriving in Boston Saturday afternoon, was taken to the home of her daughter Elizabeth, Mrs. James Broderick, of West Newton. Another daughter Alicia, Mrs. Francis Buckley of Natick went to Rocky Mount on Thursday, remaining there until her sister's death.

Mrs. Joyce whose maiden name was Hannah Lawlor was a member of a family who were well known in Somersworth for many years. She was born here on July 30, 1867 her parents being Mr. and Mrs. Fenton Lawlor and lived here during nearly all of her life. She was educated in our schools and in her early womanhood was married to James H. Joyce of this city. His death occurred six years ago, and soon afterward Mrs. Joyce went to Massachusetts to make her home, that she might be near her children.

Besides the daughters and son mentioned Mrs. Joyce leaves four other children, Helen, Mrs. Daniel McGuirk, and Margaret, Mrs. William Heckendorn, both of Brookline and Fenton L. and Lawrence R. Joyce of Newton. Another daughter, Nora, died in infancy. Mrs. Joyce is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. M. J. Golden of Dorchester and Miss Ellen M. Lawlor of Lowell.

Accompanied by a large number of relatives and friends, the body was brought here on Sunday, and funeral was held that afternoon at Holy Trinity Church. The pastor, Rev. J. F. Happny, officiated. Rev. Frank Scully of South Lawrence was seated in the sanctuary. The choir furnished the music, and Edward A. McKeon sang "Ballad of the Trees and the Master," Lanier-Monroe, and "Lead, Kindly Light," with Miss Doris Lamb at the organ.

The interment took place in the family lot in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Rollinsford, and the bearers were James J. Casey and James Riley of this city, Michael J. White of Dover, Dr. Patrick Moran of Manchester, Francis Buckley of Natick, and John Golden of Dorchester.

The very large attendance at the funeral including many persons from out of town, gave evidence of the place which Mrs. Joyce held in the hearts of those who know her.

The body of Mrs. Murray who was about 40 years of age has been taken to her home and the funeral will be held Friday morning at 10 o'clock at Sacred Heart Church in Newton with interment in Rollinsford.

Elizabeth Parsons, Foster's Democrat, June 17, 1910

Mrs Elizabeth Joyce, one of our most esteemed and probably the oldest resident in the city died at about 7 o'cl'k last night at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Patrick Casey, No. 25 South street with whom she has made her home for the past few years. The deceased was a very remarkable woman and retained the use of her faculties in a marked degree. She had been failing for about ten weeks and the cause of her death is given as simply a general breaking up due to old age. The deceased's maiden name was Elizabeth Parsons daughter of Walter and Mary (Ball) Parsons and was born at Louisburgh County Mayor, Ireland. She was 98 years old last December. She was twice married her first husband being Thomas Cronan whom she married at her home in Ireland when she was eighteen years of age. A few months after their marriage they immigrated to this country, landing in Halifax, N.S., and from there they went to Kennebunk, Me. After a short residence there they came here to Somersworth, where with the exception of 2 years residence in Buffalo, N.Y., she has always lived; perhaps being one of the first Irish settlers in this place. Her first husband was a stone mason and while at work on a contract of stone work on a canal in Buffalo was drowned. A few years later she married James Joyce, who in 1863 enlisted in the Civil war. He served about a year, was wounded and returned home with a shattered ankle, being laid up for some time. After recovering from his wound, he went to work on the railroad as a section hand, and while at work, two weeks later was killed by lightning at Rollinsford during a severe thunder storm.

She was left with a family of seven children for whom she labored hard and successfully reared. Of these children three, Mrs. Thomas Hayes of Syracuse, N.Y., Col. James H. Joyce and Mrs. Patrick Casey both of this city. The funeral services will take place tomorrow at 9 a.m. from Holy Trinity church. Interment will be at Rollinsford.

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