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JOY, JOHN G (1843-1920) Salinas IOOF Cem. (History and Biographical Records of Monterey and San Benito Counties, Guinn Vol 2) p. 267-268
JOHN G. JOY. It may be that the desire to maintain the traditions and excellencies of an enviable ancestry has influenced the life and work of John G. Joy, the present postmaster of Salinas, for his family were represented among the voyagers of that historic craft, the Mayflower, and later became identified with the growth of New England. At any rate, it is demonstrated that the courageous allegiance of his forefathers to the cause of the colonists under the leadership of Washington during the Revolutionary war, found an echo in his heart when a like opportunity came his way in 1861, for no more loyal soldier shouldered a musket or more dearly won the right to a place on the roll call of the nation's heroes.
The early life of Mr. Joy was spent near Bangor, Me., where he was born in 1843, a son of John C. and Pauline (Robinson) Joy. The father, who was a farmer during his mature years, died when his son was young, but the mother is still living, and has reached beyond the allotted time to ninety-seven years. John G. Joy was educated in the pubic schools, and at an academy, his school days terminating with his enlistment in the war when seventeen years of age. As a member of Company E, Second Maine Regiment, commanded by Captain Emerson, Colonel Jameson and Colonel Roberts, he participated in nearly all of the battles engaged in by the army of the Potomac, his first vivid experience being at the first Bull Run. He was in the Fifth Army Corps battles, through the Peninsular campaign, at the front in the battles of second Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville, in all of the battles led by General Grant, and at the Wilderness and Manassas, as well as in the battle which witnessed the surrender of Gen. Robert E. Lee. Truly remarkable was the fact that through all the fierce heat of war he was never wounded or laid up in the hospital for physical disability.
With the return of peace Mr. Joy went for a time to Michigan, and in 1867 came to California, locating at Santa Clara, where he experienced a long siege of illness. The same year found him in Monterey county, where he rented a portion of the land upon which Salinas is now located, to which was later added more, until he farmed in all about three thousand acres. During this time he became interested in politics, and as a stanch Republican filled several local positions of trust. His first vote was cast for Abraham Lincoln, and that, too, is a reminder of the grim necessity of war, for he was at the time in the trenches at the battle of Fredericksburg. Sixteen or eighteen years ago he was elected county auditor, and under President's Harrison's [sic] administration was appointed postmaster of Salinas for four years. In 1898 he was appointed to the same office by President McKinley, which position he still holds with satisfaction to the community.
In 1883, in Salinas, Mr. Joy married Jane M. Joy, a native of Maine, and who died in 1893, leaving one son, Paul Kennedy, who is attending school. Five years ago Mr. Joy returned to his old home in Maine and married Johanna B. Bubar, a native of Maine. He is fraternally associated with the Royal Arch Masons, and with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. He is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic. Mr. Joy has to an exceptional degree the confidence of his fellow townsmen, and he is liked and esteemed by all who are fortunate enough to know him.
(Salinas Daily Index December 16,
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|Researched and Compiled by :
Timothy P. Reese, PCC of Salinas , CA. & Robert L. Nelson ,PCC. of
Santa Cruz.CA. Both members of the “Sons of Union Veterans of the
Civil War”. Department of California & Pacific. Camp Abraham
Lincoln # 10. The Reese-Nelson CWV-MC Data Base