Robert Joy & Sarah Kitchener
Ancestry of William Joy
As discussed, the Joy family lived just south of Bedford from at least as far back as the 1680s.

Some care is needed in traversing the 11 generations of the Joy tree, as from G9 (Robert Joy) until today, 7 are named 'William' and 3 'Robert', the only exception being 'Abel'!

Apart from some more details of dates and places, the following family tree shows almost all that is known about the family up until Abel. Hopefully we will be able to fill in some more details in the future.

 
G9 Robert Joy
( - )
= 29 April 1684 Elizabeth Kniffon
( - )
 
 
G8 Robert Joye
(1688 - )
= 6 November 1711 Elizabeth Berry George Burley
 
 
G7 William Joye
( - )
= 23 March 1739/40 Elizabeth Burley
(1716 - 1769)
 
 
G6 Robert Joy
(1757 - )
= 12 October 1778 Sarah Kitchener
(1761 - 1787)
= 1793
Mary Elmer
(1768 - )
 
 
 
G5 Sarah Joy
( - )
Elizabeth Joy
(1778 - )
William Joy
(1786 - )
= 5 November 1807
Catherine Ball
Mary Joy
(1791 - )
Thomas Joy
(1794 - )
&
James Joy
(1796 - )
Richard Joy
(1799 - )
&
Esau Joy
(1801 - )
Samuel Joy
(1803 - )
&
Elizabeth Joy
(1805 - bef 1807)
Elizabeth Joy
(1807 - )
&
Daniel Joy
(1813 - )
 
Notes & References
  1. IGI