Joseph Boyce, Sr. (1609 - 1684) MP

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Birthplace: England
Death: Died in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
Occupation: tanner
Managed by: Peggy Fisher
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About Joseph Boyce, Sr.

According to the Genealogical and Family History of NH, p. 863, the name Boyce is of French origin being brought to England by the Huguenots, fleeing from persecution in France. The name was originaly spelled Bois which meant wood and was a surname taken by many who lived in or near a wood or handled wood.

From Genealogical and Family History of the State of New Hampshire, Vol. II, p. 863 : Joseph sailed on the ship "The Expedition" which departed London for Barbados in 11/1635. The passenger list for this sailing includes only men and it is possible that he was deported along with others in some sort of exile (maybe due to religious differences?).

He continued on to Salem, MA in 1639. It is probably that his wife Eleanor came to Barbados in a later ship before 1639 and that their first child Mary was born there.

He associated himself with the Quaker movement early on.

His name is found in records as early as 1640 in that part of Salem that is now Peabody, MA. -------------------- joseph boyce name is also spelled boyes or boyse. it is of french origin meaning wood, and probably dates back to the norman conquest. du bois is still a common name in france. -------------------- He name is also spelled Boyes and Boyse. It is of French origin meaning Wood, and probably dates back to the Norman conquest. Du Bois is still a common name in France. In Scotland, whence came most of the Boyes families of America, either directly or from the branches settled in Ulster province, Ireland, the family home is in Forfarshire. Joseph Boyes, who came to America, was a tanner by trade. He settled in Salem, where he was a proprietor in 1639. He was admitted to the church there April 7, 1640, and was made a freeman May 18, 1642. He sold his house and land in 1657. But little is known of him. His will was dated November 4, 1684, and proved February 18, 1694-5, bequeathing to his wife Eleanor, son Joseph; daughters Mary Southick; Hester (???); and Elizabeth Hanson; to Joseph's children, Joseph and Benjamin.

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Joseph Boyce, Sr.'s Timeline

1609
1609
England
1615
1615
Age 6
Of Salem, Ma
1634
October 4, 1634
Age 25
Burford, Oxfordshire, England
1640
1640
Age 31
Town of Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
1642
March, 1642
Age 33
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
1644
March 31, 1644
Age 35
Salem, Essex, MA
1647
May 16, 1647
Age 38
Salem, Essex, Ma
1684
November 4, 1684
Age 75
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
1920
February 9, 1920
Age 75
March 3, 1920
Age 75