The family JOYES on this site is being researched by an enthusiastic group of descendants.
We welcome enquiries and further links. Our early research has been focused mainly
on rural WEST SUSSEX, ENGLAND, though we know that descendants of this particular
family, during the 19th and 20th centuries, settled in other areas of Britain and
some, even more adventurous, emigrated much further afield. If you have an interest
in this line of JOYES please contact us via the email links. Our first known ancestral
couple were Thomas JOYES of Billingshurst and Leah GUMBRELL. They married in 1794
at Slinfold, a parish bordering Billingshurst. Long hours put into extensive research
has, so far, failed to reveal the parents or siblings of Thomas [whom we refer to
as Thomas 1], although the name JOYES was established in the district of Billingshurst
well before his birth date [which we estimate as c1760]
Between 1796 and 1813 Thomas and Leah produced 10 children whose baptisms can be
found in the Billingshurst parish register. Thomas was an agricultural worker who
moved about the district in search of work, often on a yearly basis. Although his
children moved further afield as they matured, a later generation then settled in
Billingshurst village as prosperous corn merchants. Several of our JOYES family have
graves in St Mary's churchyard at Billingshurst.
Other Sussex villages in the area which have been home to the early Joyes family
are Itchingfield, Pulborough, Shipley and Wisborough Green.