Fifth Generation


564. Capt. Benjamin Irving Joyce was born on 23 February 1879 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He served in the military in World War I, US Navy. Served as an officer. He served in the military in World War II, US Army. Army Ship Pilot Benjamin died on 5 December 1971 at the age of 92 in Seattle, King County, Washington, USA. "RITES SET FOR CAPT. BENJAMIN JOYCE, 92"
Capt. Benjamin I. Joyce, 92, of the Four Freedoms House, 747 N. 135th St., one of the oldest licensed masters on the West Coast, died Saturday.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Green (?) Lake Funeral Home. There will be cremation.
A native of Swan's Island, Me. Captain Joyce left Boston in 1892 (?) and sailed around Cape Horn in the halibut vessel "New England", which was built by his father, Capt. Hanson Joyce. The ship arrived in Vancouver, B.C. that year and Captain Joyce came to Seattle in 1898.
Captain Joyce went to Alaska during the Gold Rush. He received his master's papers in 1902. Before World War I he sailed on commercial vessels between here and Alaska. He was a Navy lieutenant during the war.
Captain Joyce was a pilot for the Northland Transportation Co. and retired in 1955 as a pilot for the Alaska Steamship Co.
During World War II, Captain Joyce was a pilot on Army ships going to Alaska. He was known as the 'Lemon Drop Kid" because his pockets were full of lemon drops for the youngsters aboard ship.
Captain Joyce was aboard the "Alki" in November 1917, when she was wrecked and was aboard the "Spokane" when she was wrecked the following month.
He was a Mason, a member of the Masters, Mates & Pilots Local 90, the Order of the Eastern Star, the Woodland Park Methodist Church and the Veterans of World War I, Barracks 3000. He was a life member of the Puget Sound Historical Society.
Surviving as his wife, Lola; two daughters, Mrs. T. W. Haapala, Portland, and Mrs. Dorothy Gregory, Seattle; four sons, George B, Everett, Capt. Benjamin W., Lynnwood, Capt. James E., Bothell, and Capt. Emery H. Joyce, Seattle; a step-son, Richard Morcroft, Vancouver, and a sister, Mrs. Mabel Phillips, Seattle.
Benjamin, James and Emery are pilots. Benjamin also is a retired Navy commander and Emery is a retired Coast Guard captain.
Remembrances are suggested to the Operation Fund, Royal Arch Masons, Children's Heart Foundation. He was cremated. Moved to Seattle, Washington about 1898 by sailing around Cape Horn in the Halibut vessel "New England"..

Capt. Benjamin Irving Joyce and Isabel Beatrix Collier were married on 4 June 1901 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Married by Rev. J. Irving. Isabel Beatrix Collier, daughter of John Monkman Collier and Catherine Hill, was born on 9 June 1883 in Leeds, England, UK. She immigrated in 1893 to Canada. She died on 10 January 1943 at the age of 59 in Seattle, King County, Washington, USA. As near as I can ascertain.... Isabel Beatrix Collier who married Benjamin Irvine JOYCE, was actually born out of wedlock in Leeds, Yorkshire, England. Her mother, the former Catharine HILL appears to have been or become unstable after her husband John Monkman Peacock COLLIER's death in 1881. In 1891, their son Edwin had died, thier 2 girls Elizabeth and Ethel were living in Atwick, Yorkshire with George and Elizabeth COLLIER, their paternal grandparents. In 1883, Catharine gave birth to Isabel Beatrix, and the child's real last name is most likely Yewdall. This assumes that freebmd records are (as they claim) complete for this period. In 1891, the now unstable Catharine is living with her sister in Lockwood, Yorkshire and Isabella Beatrix COLLIER is living in the south of England with the former servant of the HILL family (Catharine was born a HILL). Isabel's age was grossly mistranscribed on the census, which is why she has not been found before now. Her birthplace is given as Leeds, which agrees with her Canadian marriage reg, but her birth (if she is the Yewdall) was actually registered in Wharfedale, Yorkshire - an area that includes Ilkey where John and Catharine were married.

I am fairly sure this is accurate, but cannot be positive without seeing her birth certificate. I have tried unsuccessfully to make contact with the current Benjamin Joyce, who I know is interested in the family history. If you are in contact with him ,he may have access to her birth certificate. I would sure appreciate a scan of it, if possible.

Capt. Benjamin Irving Joyce-2510 and Isabel Beatrix Collier-2521 had the following children:

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Catherine Alice Joyce-2524.

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Dorothy Joyce-11238.

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George B. Joyce-11241.

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Capt. James Edgar Joyce-11245.

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Capt. Emery H. Joyce USCG-11247.

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Capt. Benjamin W. Joyce USN-11243.

Capt. Benjamin Irving Joyce and Lola Norcroft were married. Lola Norcroft was born on 19 February 1886. She died on 3 June 1975 at the age of 89.