Genealogytrails Harrison County, Missouri
Biographies "J"

James H. Joyce
a leading and well known farmer of Cypress Township and member of a pioneer family of Harrison County, was born on the farm where he now lives, October 2, 1870, the son of W. W. and Sarah (McKibbon) Joyce.  W.W. Joyce came to Missouri from Ohio in 1856, but returned to Ohio and lived there until 1865, when he again came to Harrison County and settled in Cypress Township, where Mr. Joyce did general farming and dealt extensively in stock and at the time of his death in 1894, owned 500 acres of land.  Mrs. Joyce died in 1891 and both she and her husband are buried in Burris Cemetery.

Mr. and Mrs. Joyce were the parents of the following children:  Cornelia J. Barlow, of Springfield, Colorado; R.J. of Bridgeport, Missouri; James H., the subject of his sketch; George K., of Bethany, Missouri; and Mary Maude Abbott of Kansas.

James H. Joyce received his education in the district school of Cypress Township and attended the Pattonsburg High School two terms and has made his home in Cypress Township all of his life.  He has owned the home farm of 120 acres since 1896, but has added land to his farm until he now owns 280 acres where he lives and he also owns forty five acres east of Bridgeport and a farm near Coffey, Missouri, making a total of 361 acres in his possession.  Mr. Joyce does general farming and raises cattle and hogs.  The farm is well improved with a good two story, six room residence, two barns for stock and other building.
Mr. Joyce was married December 15, 1920 to Stella Skinner, a daughter of W.H. and Sarah Skinner.  Mrs. Skinner lives in Bethany, but her husband died in 1914 and is buried in Bethany.

Mr. Joyce is a progressive and enterprising citizen and he is well and favorably known in Harrison County.

[Source: History of Harrison Co. Mo., Geo. Wanamaker, 1920]

Isaac Johns
was born in Warren County, Ohio, November 16, 1827, and is a son of John and Mehitable (Minton) Johns, natives of Pennsylvania and of Welsh and English descent.  They were married in Pennsylvania, and then located upon a farm where they remained four years.  They then resided in Ohio until 1844, at which time they moved to Indiana, where they died in 1862 and 1874 respectively, both having lived to the advanced age of eighty.  Isaac is one of a family of sixteen children, and grew to manhood upon his father's farm.  He received a common school education during his youth, and at the age of twenty two left home and went to Portland, Ind.  where for eighteen months he read medicine with Dr. Slaven.  In the fall of 1851 he attended a course of lectures and in the spring of 1852 went to California by water.  There he was interested in mining eighteen months and then turned his attention to the mercantile and lumber business. 

In January 1857, he returned to Parke County, Ind. and the following April came to Harrison County, Mo., where he has since engaged in farming and now owns 290 acres of good land.  October 20, 1862 he married Miss Matilda A. Dehart, a native of Indiana, who died December 1, 1872, leaving four sons. Mr. Johns was married a second time to Mrs. Charlotte Shaw, whose maiden name was Muir, and who was born in Canada April 11, 1845, whither her parents had emigrated from Scotland when young.  By this marriage four children were born:  Alice M., born May 8, 1876; Isaac T., born October 22, 1877; J.N., born August 20, 1879, deceased October 19, 1881 and M.C., born August 7, 1882.  Mr. Johns is a Republican in politics.  His first wife was connected with the Missionary Baptist Church and his second wife is a member of the sect known as Latter Day Saints.
Source: History of Harrison and Mercer Counties, Goodspeeds, 1888

A.J. Jeffries
was born in Fayette County, Ohio, October 8, 1830, and is a son of Isaac and Nancy (Fent) Jeffries, natives of Delaware and Tennessee, and of English and German descent, respectively.  They accompanied their parents to Ohio when young, and were there married and engaged in farming in Fayette County many years.  In 1858 the father came to harrison County, Mo., and made his home with our subject, where he died.  The mother lived with A.J. Jeffries until her return to Ohio, where she made her home with her eldest married daughter whom she accompanied to Illinois.  She died, and was buried in  McLean County of that State.  Mr. Jeffries is buried in Mercer County, Mo., near Pleasanton, Iowa.  Of a family of ten children, four are supposed to be living; one son in Missouri, on in Ohio, Caleb P. and our subject.


A.J. Jeffries, the fourth child, was reared in his native county.  At the age of sixteen, not being satisfied with the management of the farm, he induced his father to allow him the control of same, and for four years managed it successfully.  In 1850 he went to California, where he spent two years and then returned to Fayette County.  November 7, 1852 he married Miss Minerva Rupert, a native of the county, and a daughter of Henry and Rachel (Fent) Rupert, natives of Kentucky and Tennessee,.  Mr. Jeffries remained in Fayette County two years after his marriage and then came to Clay Township, Harrison County, Mo. where he entered 160 acres of land, and has since resided.  To his original tract he has since added land until he is now one of the substantial and well to do farmer citizens of the county, his property being the result of his own labor and good management.  He is not only the wealthiest man of his township, but also one of the first men of his county.  He is  a Democrat in politics, and during the war served in the home militia, and is an Ancient Member of the I.O.O.F  Mr. and Mrs. Jeffries have seven living children: William H.; Emily, wife of John Carrico; Louisa J., wife of Newton Brown; Isaac N.;  Rachel I., wife of LeRoy Brown; Delanie I., wife of William Hamilton and Minnie E., wife of Sebastian C. Davis.
Source: History of Harrison and Mercer Counties, Goodspeeds, 1888


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