Birth: 10 Jun 1810, Stoney Creek, Wentworth Co, Ontario Canada
Death: 2 Apr 1883, Clinton, Clinton Co, Iowa USA3,1
Burial: 6 Apr 1883, Clinton, Clinton Co, Iowa USA
Father: James GAGE (1774-1854)
Mother: Mary Jane DAVIS (1777-1852)
Information about this family was taken from
Mr. Stanley Mills' book, "The Mills and Gage Families, p. 79.
According to the 1860 United States Federal Census, James was a Grocer/Grocery Wholesaler. His worth was listed as real estate-$40,000. And personal estate $20,000.
OBIT - THE LYONS MIRROR --SAT APRIL 7, 1883
Mr. James P. Gage, whose illness had before been referred to in our columns, died on the evening of Monday, April 2nd at 10 o’clock, aged 72 years. He had been suffering from pleurisy for about a week, his condition being critical from the first. Mr. Gage removed from Hamilton, Ontario, to Iowa, in 1855, living on a farm near Sterling, Jackson County, for 3 years, when he came to Lyons and entered into business. For many years he was a leading grocer of this city, and almost from the outset hewas interested in banking affairs here - first in the State Bank; next in the First National Bank, of which he was President for almost 20 years and Vice President to his death. Several years ago he instituted the Farmers’ and Citizens’ Bank at Clinton, which he has since conducted, Mr. Lyall and Bidwell Gage, and later Bidwell and James Gage, Jr. being in that establishment with him. The funeral was largely attended at the family residence yesterday afternoon. Mr. Gage has been a very valuable and prominent figure in the business of our city ever since his arrival, enjoyed the esteem and confidence of an unusually wide circle of acquaintances, and will be greatly missed in Lyons, Clinton and elsewhere. Personal: Mrs. J. Lawrence and Mrs. Dr. Buck, of Palermo Ontario, and Mrs. J. Buck of Milwaukee, sisters of Mrs. Gage; Mr. and Mrs. Hagemann, of Chicago and Mrs. Wm. Lyall, of Minneapolis, came on to attend the funeral of Mr. J.P. Gage.
THE CLINTON HERALD --FRIDAY APRIL 6, 1883. The funeral of the late James P. Gage occurred this afternoon with services at the family residence on Sixth Street at 2 o’clock. Rev F.X. Miller and Sidney Crawford officiating. The remains were followed to Oakland Cemetery by a concourse of friends and acquaintances, assembled not only from this city and Clinton, but also from the country and from Jackson County. The ferry suspended operations, also the banks of Lyons and Clinton, during the hours of the burial ceremony.
HELEN JULIA BUCK, born in Lancaster County, PA, of a very old established family of American Revolutionary War, the British Loyalists. One of the first to arrive in a country that was unsettled in 1778 was Philip Buck UE, from Germany. Frederick Buck and his family settled in Philadelphia area. Later, son Philip and his family moved to Wyoming Co., NY and then the war brought a big change in his life. He was captured by the American Forces, held for 18 months and then released. Philip Buck is Helen Julia's Grandfather.
Philip Buck's wife with 6 children, along with 4 other women and 31 children had walked to Ontario, about 1778, to escape the harassment of the Americans. Philip found his wife, Anna Margarita (SAULTMAN) Buck, and his 6 children in Montréal, Québec. They were given land by the Crown and settled in Niagara, near the now Niagara Falls area. They had a total of 13 children, 12 lived to adulthood, and now are spread all over Canada and United States.
This is the family of HELEN JULIA BUCK, daughter of Philip BUCK and Julia BOEHM /BEAM, after she married JAMES PHILLIP GAGE. They had 10 children in Trafalgar Twp., Halton Co. Upper Canada, (Ontario), Canada.
Thanks to Loraine for sharing her family history with me.
Death: 10 Jul 1940, Chicago, Cook Co, Illinois USA
Burial: 13 Jul 1940, Clinton, Clinton Co, Iowa USA
OBIT THE CLINTON HERALD THURSDAY JULY 11, 1940 Mrs. Clothilde G. Joyce, native of Clinton and for many years a prominent resident of this city, died at 1 PM Wednesday in Chicago where she had made her home most of the time in recent years. Funeral Services will be held at 3 PM Saturday at the Joyce family home, 1818 North Third Street, where the body will lie in repose after noon Saturday. The Rev. F.G. Williams, pastor of Grace Episcopal Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Mrs. Joyce was the wife of the late W.T. Joyce, prominent Clinton Lumberman, whom she married in 1884 and the mother of James Stanley Joyce, Chicago, and the late David Gage Joyce. She also was the sister of Mrs. R.C.A. Flournoy and grandmother of Beatrice Clothilde Joyce, daughter of James Stanley Joyce. Mrs. Joyce was the daughter of James P. and Helen Julia Buck Gage, who moved to the old town of Lyons from Jackson County in 1858 after having moved to the United States from Canada in 1854. Her father was one of the founders and first president of the First National Bank of Lyons and in 1873 established what was then known as the Farmers and Merchants National Bank.
THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE THURSDAY AUG 1 1940 P. 27
The will of Mrs. Clotilde Gage Joyce disposing of an estate estimated at $500,000 was filed yesterday with Frank Lyman, clerk of the Probate Court. James Stanley Joyce, of Midlothian, son of Mrs. Joyce was named sole heir. He was formerly the husband of Peggy Hopkins Joyce. Mrs. Joyce, who was the widow of William T. Joyce, lumberman, died July 10 in her home at 4614 Woodlawn Ave.
Spouse: William Thomas JOYCE
Birth: 2 Jan 1860, Salisbury, Litchfield Co, Connecticut USA
Death: 4 Mar 1909
Father: David JOYCE (1825-1894)
Mother: Elizabeth F. THOMAS (1829-1895)
5. David Gage (1885-1937)
6. James Stanley (1886-1944)
5. David Gage JOYCE
Birth: Jul 1885, Iowa USA
Death: 27 Aug 1937, Chicago, Cook Co, Illinois USA
Burial: 30 Aug 1937, Clinton, Clinton Co, Iowa USA
1. OBIT THE CLINTON HERALD SAT AUG 28 1937 P 5 David Gage Joyce, 52, son of Clinton’s pioneer lumberman, William Joyce Jr., died suddenly yesterday afternoon at his apartment in the Hotel St. Clair in Chicago. Funeral services will be held at 5 o’clock Sunday afternoon in Chicago. The body will arrive in Clinton at 1:45 PM Monday and will be taken directly to Oakland Cemetery where a brief service for friends and relatives will be held. Joyce and his brother, James Stanley, succeeded in 1909 to the lumber business founded by their grandfather, William T. Joyce. Their father, William Jr., died in 1909. Surviving are the widow, Beatrice R. and a daughter, Beatrice C.
Spouse: Beatrice RUDOLPH
Death: 10 Feb 1948, Palm Springs, Riverside Co, California USA
Image to the right is an enhancement of Julia Buck's death record. Julia's death cert. was signed by her son Dr. A. (Anson) Buck that attended her.
She is listed as "relect of Philip Buck, farmer"
5. David Gage JOYCE (See above)
Spouse: Roberta A. Mc ACUFF
Marr: Aug 1912, Detroit, Wayne Co, Michigan USA
Other spouses: Beatrice RUDOLPH
6. James Stanley JOYCE
Birth: Dec 1886, Iowa USA
Death: 4 Jan 1944, Hot Springs, Garland Co, Arkansas USA
Burial: 7 Jan 1944, Clinton, Clinton Co, Iowa USA
1. THE CHICAGO DAILY TRIBUNE THURSDAY DECEMBER 4, 1941
Documents filed yesterday in County Court disclosed for the first time that James Stanley Joyce - whose marital troubles, including a divorce from Peggy Hopkins Joyce, frequently took him into the courts - inherited an estate valued at more than 8 million dollars from his mother, Mrs. Clothilde Gage Joyce. Mrs. Joyce died here on July 10 1940. Until these documents were made public record yesterday, it had been reported that Mrs. Joyce left her son, an only heir, an estate of $500,000. This was the estimated value of her property as filed with Probate Clerk Frank Lymann shortly after her death. But the inventories and transcripts of evidence taken during preliminary hearings on Illinois inheritance tax negotiations showed that her fortune was far greater. The same documents also disclosed that Mrs. Joyce who was 78 years old at the time of her death was a businesswoman of exceptional ability. Under her careful administration over a period of 32 years and through three national depressions, the family holding approximately doubled in worth. When her husband, William T. Joyce, lumberman, died in Chicago on Mar 4 1909, he left her an estate of $4,500,000. Experts who valued the estate for Attorney General George F. Barrett, said it was almost 100 per cent liquid and most of it consists either of US treasury notes and bonds or cash in banks. The court files show that federal inheritance taxes amounted to $3,241,114. The taxable cash value of the estate after federal taxes and other allowable deductions amounts to $4,598.376.96 according to the documents filed yesterday. Barrett's assistants have placed the state taxes on this amount at $609,772.79. A full inventory shows that Mrs. Joyce held only three small parcels of real estate; the family home at 4614 Woodlawn Ave. and two plots of land near Clinton, Iowa. The rest of the holdings consist of securities of which the largest items include: $4,091.857 in treasury bonds and notes, $2,529,000 in stock and interest in the lumber company $220,000 in cash in banks, $150,000 in city and state bonds considered preferred paper. The record on the William T. Joyce estate that was closed in January 1913 listed assets consisting chiefly of 19,980 shares of capital stock in the Joyce Lumber Company. Efforts to communicate with James Stanley Joyce, now a resident of Midlothian failed yesterday. His attorney, Cushman B. Bissell of the firm Lord, Bissell & Kadyk, refused to discuss the disclosures. James Stanley Joyce was 22 years old at the time of his father’s death. He was No 3 in the series of millionaire husbands of Peggy Upton-Archer-Hopkins-Joyce, marrying the former theater beauty in 1920. A year later they were divorced, Peggy obtaining the decree on grounds of cruelty. In 1926 Joyce married Mrs. R. N. Vail of New and three years later on Aug 9 1929 she also sued for divorce charging cruelty. This case is still pending although there have been a few spicy interludes during which Joyce introduced counterevidence to oppose the suit. Mrs. Joyce now receives $500 a month temporary alimony.
Obituary: THE CLINTON HERALD Wednesday January 5, 1944 p.10 Funeral services for James Stanley Joyce, millionaire lumberman, will be held Friday at 2 p.m. in the Joyce family home, 181 8 North Third Street. The Rev. F.G. Williams of Grace Episcopal church will officiate. Interment will be in the family lot in Oakland cemetery. Joyce, Chicago lumberman and president of the Tremont and Gulf Railroad Company of Chicago, was the former husband of Peggy Hopkins Joyce, from whom he was divorced in 1921, according to Cushman B. Bissell, attorney for Joyce. Bissell said that Joyce's widow, the former Mrs. Nellie Vail of New York, whom he married in 1926, will receive $250,000 under an agreement, relinquishing all further claims to the estate. Her divorce against Joyce has been pending in Chicago since 1929, the attorney revealed. The remainder of the estate, Bissell said, estimated at $5,000,000, will go to the Joyce 's niece, Mrs. Beatrice Clothilde Joyce Richardson, of Coronado Beach, Calif.
THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE January 5, 1944
Services for James Stanley Joyce, millionaire Chicago lumberman, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in his ancestral home in Clinton, Ia., it was announce d yesterday by Chucman B. Bissell, his attorney. Mr. Joyce, who was 58 years old, died suddenly of a heart attack Monday in Hot Springs, Ark., after a two months illness. Mr. Joyce was president of the Tremont and Gulf railroad and owner of the Joyce Lumber company which ha s headquarters in Omaha, Neb. Recently he lived at the Union League club. He was the third husband of Peggy Hopkins Joyce and was divorced from her on July 9, 1921. She was allowed $40,000 with $1,350 a month alimony. Mr. Joyce's death terminates his court battle with hi s second wife Mrs. Nelle M. Joyce, which had become the longest drawn out suit in Circuit court. Both Mr. Joyce and his wife gained repeated delays in the suit, which was filed Aug. 8, 1929, both apparently content with the temporary alimony of $500 monthly that Mrs. Joyce began receiving in 1930. Currently Mrs. Joyce is in Florida. Bissell said a will leaves Mr. Joyce's 5 million dollar estate to Mrs. Beatrice Joyce Richardson, daughter of his brother, David, who died in 1937. Under a pre-nuptial agreement with Mrs. Joyce, his widow has waived all rights to the estate, but will receive $250,000 within one year after her husband's death, Bissell added. James and David Joyce had inherited the lumber company from their father, William T. Joyce, who founded it.
THE NEW YORK TIMES Wednesday January 5, 1944 p. 18 CHICAGO, Jan. 4 -
James Stanley Joyce, Chicago lumberman, died of a heart attack yesterday in Hot Springs, Ark., after a two month illness. He was 58 years old. Mr. Joyce, president of the Tremont & Gulf Railroad and owner o f the Joyce Lumber Company, which has headquarters in Omaha, Neb., recently lived at the Union League Club here. He was the third husband of Peggy Hopkins Joyce, their marriage ending in divorce on July 9, 1921. His death terminates litigation with his second wife, Mrs. Nelle M. Joyce. Both Mr. Joyce and his wife, gained repeated delays in the suit, which was file d Aug. 8, 1929, both apparently satisfied with the temporary alimony of $500 monthly which Mrs. Joyce began receiving in 1930. Cushman B. Bissell, Mr. Joyce's attorney, said a will leaves Mr. Joyce's $5,000,000 estate to his only heir, Mrs. Beatrice Joyce Richardson, daughter o f his brother, David, who died in 1937. Under an anti-nuptial agreement with Mrs. Joyce, hi s widow has waived all rights to the estate, but will receive $250,000 within one year after her husband's death. Mr. Bissell added. There are no other survivors. James and David Joyce had inherited the lumber company from their father, William T. Joyce, who had founded it.
THE NEW YORK TIMES January 18, 1944 p. 21 CHICAGO, Jan. 17 -
The will of James Stanley Joyce, lumberman, was filed in the Cook County Probate Court today, disclosing an estate of $4,010,000. Mr. Joyce, third husband of Peggy Hopkins Joyce, and later third husband also of Mrs. Nelle Vail Joyce, died Jan. 3 at the age of 58. Neither woman is a beneficiary under Mr. Joyce's will. The entire estate will go to his niece, Mrs. Beatrice Joyce Richardson of Chicago, daughter of his late brother, David, and the nearest heir by law. The second Mrs. Joyce (Nelle Vail) is mentioned at length in the testament. Since 1929 she and Mr. Joyce had be en battling in Cook County Circuit Court over a divorce suit, which she filed. Mr. Joyce contested it on the ground that actually she never was his wife, because he charged, she fraudulently obtained a Florida divorce from her second husband, Dr. Raymond Vail.
THE NEW YORK TIMES July 16, 1944 p. 17 CHICAGO, July 15 -
James Stanley Joyce, Chicago lumber man and former husband of Peggy Hopkins Joyce, left an estate of more than $5,000,000, according to an inventory filed in Probate Court. His entire estate, more than half of which he inherited from his mother, Mrs. Clotilde Gage Joyce, in December 1941, goes to his 21 year-old niece, Mrs. Beatrice J. Richardson of Chicago. He died in January at the age of 58. Under terms of a pre-nuptial agreement, Mr. Joyce's second wife, Nelle, was to receive $250,000 within one year after her husband's death, but her attorney has obtained permission to enter objections and July 26 has been set for a hearing.
THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE January 18, 1944. The will of James Stanley Joyce, millionaire lumberman , was filed in Probate court yesterday, disclosing an estate of $4,010,000. Joyce, third husband of the glamorous Peggy Hopkins Joyce, and later third husband also of Mrs. Nelle Vail Joyce, died Jan. 3 at the age of 58. Neither woman is a beneficiary under Joyce's will. The entire estate will go to his young niece, Mrs. Beatrice Joyce Richardson, 233 East Walton Street. The second Mrs. Joyce - Nelle Vail - is mentioned at length in the testament. Since 192 9 she and Joyce had been battling in Circuit court over a divorce suit which she filed. Joyce contested it on the ground that actually she never was his wife - because, he charged, she fraudulently obtained a Florida divorce from her second husband, Dr. Raymond Vail. Thus, Joyce contended, he and Mrs. Vail were not legally married. In his will Joyce continued the theme in the following language: "For the benefit of the Probate court, I make the solemn statement that Mrs. Nelle M. Vail, who claims to be legally married to me, either knowingly or otherwise secured a divorce from her second husband, Dr. Raymond Vail, in Miami, Fla., upon the representation in court that she was at that time a legal resident of Florida, which representation was untrue and false. "Consequently her divorce from Dr. Vail, which preceded the ceremony of marriage with me, was and is illegal and void. There now is pending in the Circuit court of Cook county litigation in which those facts will be fully established. I was greatly imposed upon, and injured as a result of the false representation, and fraudulent obtaining of said decree." At stake for the second Mrs. Joyce is $250,000 provided in a pre-nuptial agreement. If her marriage ultimately is upheld, she would receive that sum from Joyce's e state, according to the office of Atty. Cushman B. Bissell, which filed the will. Under the agreement she waived all other rights to his estate. Atty. John D. Black, representing Mrs. Joyce, attended the hearing and indicated there will be no contest by his client. The will, filed with Richard P. Fredo, assistant to Probate Judge John F. O'Connell, was the latest o f six wills drawn up by Joyce. The first was dated Aug. 6, 1912. All left his fortune jointly to his mother, Clothilde, and his brother, David. Both are dead. The nearest heir by la w is Mrs. Richardson, David Joyce's daughter. Joyce's fortune was derived from the family' s lumber business in Clinton, Iowa. His two marital ventures make him a news figure. His first wife, Peggy Hopkins Joyce, won a $40,000 settlement, plus $1,450 a month alimony, when they were divorced in 1921.
His second wife: THE NEW YORK TIMES November 4, 1944 p. 16 CHICAGO, Nov. 3 -
A claim for $500,000 by Mrs. Nell e M. Joyce against the $5,000,000 estate of her estranged husband, James Stanley Joyce, lumberman, was settled in Probate Court yesterday for $400,000. Mrs. Joyce had contended $500,00 0 was due her under a pre-nuptial agreement, existence of which prevented her from receiving the bulk of the estate. She filed a divorce suit and it still was pending when Joyce die d last Jan. 3 at the age of 58. Mr. Joyce, third husband of Peggy Hopkins Joyce, left the bulk of his estate to Mrs. Beatrice J. Richardson, his 21-year-old niece.
THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE Saturday July 15, 1944 p. 15
Estate of the late James Stanley Joyce, Chicago lumber king who died Jan. 3, was revealed in an inventory filed in Probate court yesterday to have amounted to more than 5 million dollars, slightly more than half the amount which he inherited from his mother, Mrs. Clotilde Gage Joyce in December 1941. His entire estate goes to his young niece, Mrs. Beatrice Joyce Richardson, 233 E. Walton St., Chicago. The inventory listed 20,000 shares of stock and 7,900 bonds in the Tremont and Gulf railroad, of which he was president; 6,666 shares in the William Joyce company in Maine, which he owned; 16, 666 shares in the Spruce Creek Lumber company of Tennessee; 3,222 shares of United States Steel; an $865,000 live insurance policy, and a claim against the U.S. government for the war time seizure of his yacht, Whitecap II. Under terms of a pre-nuptial agreement, Joyce's second wife, Nelle, was to receive $250,000 within one year of her husband's death, but her attorney, John Black, has been granted permission by the court to enter objections and July 26 ha s been set for hearing. Joyce's first wife, the famous Peggy Hopkins Joyce, received a $40,0 00 cash settlement at the time of their divorce, as well as a $1,250 monthly income for life.
THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE Friday August 12, 1955 F. Clever Arnold Joyce, 21, air force enlisted man, filed a petition in Probate court yesterday claiming he is the son and sole legal heir of James Stanley Joyce, lumber and railroad executive, and this entitled to all of his 5 1/4 mill ion dollars estate. Joyce died Jan. 3, 1944, at age 58, and his estate was closed in 1947. Joyce's estranged wife, Mrs. Nelle Vail Joyce, received $400,000 and his niece, Mrs. Beatrice Joyce Richardson of Coronado Beach, Fla., received the remainder. Clever Joyce, stationed at Orlando, Fla., appeared with his mother, Mrs. Ann Brannon Joyce of Miami, Fla., executive director of the American Children's home there. Samuel Rosenberg, attorney for the plaintiff, said Mrs. Ann Joyce was married to Joyce July 2, 1933, in Jeffersonville, Ind., and that Clever was born of the marriage Sept. 27, 1934. She and Joyce separated three weeks after the marriage, when she was told he already had a wife at the time of the ceremony, the attorney said. Rosenberg said she did not present herself, as a claimant to the estate because of he r shame in her belief the marriage was not valid. She did not inform the elder Joyce of the birth of the child, Rosenberg said. Should Mrs. Ann Joyce's claim of the marriage be established, she would be wife No. 3 of James Joyce. His first wife was Peggy Hopkins Joyce, former actress, from whom he was divorced in 1921, and the second Mrs. Nelle Joyce, whom he married in 1926. They separated in 1929. Out of court, Rosenberg displayed photo static copies of a marriage license and birth certificate, which he said, would establish the claim. At the hearing Cushman Bissell, attorney for Continental Illinois National Bank & Trust company, which was executor of the estate, branded the claim "an absolute fraud" on the court and the bank. He asked a 90-day continuance. Charles Seidel, acting Probate court judge, directed the bank to answer the petition by Sept. 8, and set Sept. 15 as the date Probate Judge Robert J. Dunne would schedule a hearing.
THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE September 14, 1955
The validity of a 1923 state law, which has declared hundreds of children of illegal marriages to be legitimate was challenged in a petition file d yesterday in Probate court by Continental Illinois National Bank and Trust Company of Chicago. This law provides that "whenever persons attempt to have attempted to contract and be joined in marriage, and some form of marriage ceremony recognized by law has been performed in apparent compliance with the law" any child born of the couple "is hereby made legitimate and may take the name of the father, tho such attempted marriage is declared void or might be declared void, for any reason." This law has been interpreted to mean that when either party or both enter into a marriage in good faith, and the marriage is voided, their offspring are legitimate and have the right to inherit from the parents. The Illinois Supreme court has not ruled on validity of the law, which was enacted by the same legislature, which repealed the interlocutory divorce provisions of Illinois, divorce law, attorneys said. The law was intended to legitimatize children of marriages performed outside Illinois when the interlocutory Illinois divorce decree of one of the parents had not become final. Many such marriages subsequently were annulled. The bank's petition was filed in answer to a petition by Clever Arnold Joyce, 21, an air force enlisted man stationed at Orlando, Fla. Joyce's petition allege d he is the son and sole legal heir of James Stanley Joyce, lumber and railroad executive who died in 1944, and thus entitled to all of his 5 1/4 million dollar estate. Clever Joyce claimed his mother, Mrs. Ann Brannon Joyce, was married to James Joyce in 1933 and that he was born of that marriage. The bank was administrator of the estate, closed in 1947. Joyce' s estranged wife, Mrs. Nelle Vail Joyce, received $400,000 and the balance went to a niece, Mrs. Beatrice Joyce Richardson, of Coronado Beach, Fla. The bank contended the alleged marriage never was consummated and that, even if it were, Clever Joyce would not be entitled to inherit the estate because the 1923 law is invalid. The law firm of Cherkas, Rosenberg & Stone, representing Clever Joyce, filed a motion to strike the bank's answer on the ground that when the bank was discharged as executor in 1947 its obligations and duties in the estate ceased.
Spouse: Marguerite (Peggy) UPTON
Birth: 26 May 1893, Farmville, Prince Edward Co, Virginia USA
Death: 12 Jun 1957, New York, New York Co, New York USA
Father: Samuel Boushall UPTON (1864-1928)
Mother: Dora Selena WOOD (1873-1940)
Marr: 23 Jan 1920, Miami, Dade Co, Florida USA
Other spouses: Nellie M. VAIL
3. James P. GAGE
Birth: 1861, Iowa USA
Death: 19 Apr 1904, Chicago, Cook Co, Illinois USA
Burial: 23 Apr 1904, Clinton, Clinton Co, Iowa USA.