Guide to the Edward C. Joy Papers, 1839–1881

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Summary

Edward C. Joy (1806–1894) was born in Nantucket, Mass., to William Joy and Jedida Meader. He was captain of the Whaleship Lydia from 1833 until 1835, when she burned at sea, and of the Ship Constitution for her 1835–1839 voyage, after which he retired to a farm. The Edward C. Joy papers include a journal telling primarily of weather and farm activities; a grouping of genealogy notes; and copies of literary efforts, deeds, and bills.

Collection Details

Collection Number:
MS53
Title:
Edward C. Joy Papers
Date(s):
1839–1881
Creator:
Joy, Edward C., 1806–1894
Repository:
Nantucket Historical Association
Language:
Material is in English.

Information for Users

Restrictions to Access: No restrictions. Open for research.

Restrictions to Use: No usage restrictions.

Copyright Notice: Copyright is retained by the authors of items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation: [identification of item], in the Edward C. Joy Papers collection, Nantucket Historical Association.

Acquisitions Information:

Folder 1 gift of Benjamin Cartwright of Nantucket, Mass., in 1984 (Acc. 84-41B).

Sensitive Materials Statement:

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Related Collections

  • MS7 Joy Family Papers, Nantucket Historical Association

Subject Headings

  • Topical Terms
    • Agriculture—Massachusetts—Nantucket—19th century.
    • Weather—Observations—Massachusetts—Nantucket—19th century.
  • Personal Names
    • Joy, Edward C., 1806–1894.

Biographical Information

Edward C. Joy (1806–1894) was born in Nantucket, Mass., to William Joy and Jedida Meader. He married Elisa Wilson (1807–1834), daughter of Elihu Wilson and Mary Gardner. The couple had two daughters. After Elisa’s death, he married Lydia B. Gardner (1806–1899), daughter of Samuel Gardner and Lydia Bunker.

Edward C. Joy was captain of the Whaleship Lydia from 1833 until 1835, when she burned at sea, and of the Ship Constitution for her 1835–1839 voyage. He later retired to a farm.

Scope and Content

The Edward C. Joy papers include a journal telling primarily of weather and farm activities; a grouping of genealogy notes; and copies of literary efforts, deeds, and bills.

Contents

Folder 1: Journal of daily events, 1863–1874
Folder 2: Genealogy notes of Joy, Starbuck, Coffin, and Hussey families, undated
Folder 3: Edward C. Joy papers, 1839–1881

Processing Information

Processed by NHA staff.

Finding aid by Abbie Minard and Amelia Holmes, July 2018, with additional description by Sarah Lerner in September 2018 and Teddy Leane in June 2021.

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