Delia Joyce married Patrick ODonnell around 1887. They are buried together at Holy Name Cemetery in Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey. Her dates are listed as 1862-1929 on her gravestone. She first appears with Patrick in the 1900 census in Bayonne, Hudson County, New Jersey, born in New York to Irish parents. There are not many Joyce families in New York in the 1870 and 1880 census, but several had a girl named Delia, making it impossible to decide which was the correct family.
I had the opportunity to show some old photos to an older relative. I had this photograph of a woman suspected to be Delia Joyce ODonnell.
Armed with a location, I found the Joyce family living in Pawling, Dutchess County, New York in the 1870 census.
|1870 census for Pawling, Dutchess County, New York|
|1870 US Mortality Schedule, 1870 New York|
Able to make the match to Dutchess County, I found a descendant of Patrick Joyce by his second wife. Patrick remarried and had more children. They too had heard the same baby and train story.