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The marriage to Hannah Dennett took place at Itchingfield church on May 19th 1834 and their first child, Daniel, named after an older brother of Luke, was baptised in January 1835. Rather surprisingly, a second child was baptised in November of the same year and he was named Frederick.
There existed at this time of the century almost extreme poverty in the agricultural industry. This was due to the early days of the industrial revolution changing farming methods together with the return of so many men from earlier wars, that employment became difficult to find. Lord Egremont of Petworth House, together with sympathetic friends, recognised this situation and devised the Petworth Immigration scheme in which certain families were selected to emigrate to Canada.
Whether Luke volunteered to go to Canada or was persuaded may never be known but, with the help of the parish, which was without doubt, very happy to lose a family that was a drain on the parish economy, he, with Hannah and Daniel sailed for Canada aboard the 464 ton sailing ship Heber from Portsmouth on 28th April 1836. A mystery exists as to whether or not Frederick sailed with them as possibly, he was too young and not included in the ship's passenger list although this is doubtful. However, later records in Canada show that Frederick did appear there.
The voyage lasted 6 weeks and possibly not without some terror for the wives and children as they met varying conditions across `the Pond'. Journey's end was on 9th June at a `sorting camp' on Grosse Isle in the St Lawrence estuary for a few days on 9th June 1836 where they disembarked. Then, moving on to Quebec City before moving on to Montreal, again aboard small canal-type boats, and eventually ending up in York and then settling in Nelson in Halton County.
The family appeared to settle in quite quickly as the first of the Canadian siblings to Daniel and Frederick and named Solomon was also born in October 1836 with another seven to follow, all before 1856. In September of the same year, Luke wrote a letter to his family left in Sussex. He described his work, how and where he lived and felt confident that his brothers and sisters would do well if they also emigrated saying `they would find it a better country to live in than England.' He expressly mentioned his eldest brother, Thomas, hoping to persuade him to join him together with his sister but which one we do not know although Mary was the only one not married at that time.
Luke also asked for greetings to be passed to his wife's family, the Dennetts, as well as to his own parents. He did not know at the time of writing his letter, that his mother Leah, was very ill and in fact had died shortly before Luke's letter arrived in mid-October of 1836. Her husband, Thomas, survived for only another nine months and he died in 1837. Thomas junior never went to Canada as his employer, a Charles Chitty, a major landowner and farmer in the area, would not agree to his leaving because Thomas was too valuable as a worker.
Luke died in Canada before 1880 and Hannah died in 1881, having survived well in the new life of a different but growing country and leaving behind ten children. More about the family in Canada can be found through Ron Cox without whom much of the above information from Canada would remain unknown. We must express our thanks and appreciation to him for allowing us to use some of his information in this article. For those wishing to pursue the Joyes family in Canada, the relevant website addresses are given below.
From the research for the above, another tale unfolded concerning Thomas' brother-in-law, one William Anscombe. His elder sister, Jane Anscombe, was living in the nearby parish of Ashington when she married Thomas in 1824. Her brother, William, was also living in the village (we do not know if Jane's family lived there) and learning the trade of a mason. During research, it was somewhat surprising to learn that he was a bit of a scoundrel! Records showed that he had spent several months in Horsham gaol in 1833 `for having gotten a child on the body of Hannah Scutt, a widow, likely to be born a bastard and not indemnifying the parish of Thakeham'. Thakeham was the adjacent parish to Ashington and also bordered the parish of Billingshurst.
Within a year of his release from gaol, William was found in Canada being married to a young girl from Clymping in Sussex, one Emily Viney. Their first child was Emily Lewis who could have had a stepsister, Lois, but she was raised by her mother Hannah and eventually went to Australia where she married and raised 13 children. Emily Lewis eventually married Solomon, the third son of Luke and Hannah Joyes. Sadly, Emily Viney died at an early age and William married again to Emily Saxby after which he appeared as the Reverend William Anscombe, a Baptist lay preacher. A tale indeed!
Perhaps the bravest of Thomas and Leah's children was their eighth child, Luke. He was born in 1808 in Billingshurst but little is known of him until his marriage to Hannah Dennett of Itchingfield in 1834. Records of the family's life indicate that they had spent time in this village and it is quite possible that this is where they met. It is quite possible that whatever family crisis caused his older brother, Daniel, to be placed elsewhere in the village of Billingshurst had disappeared by the time Luke reached the same age.
George Robert Joyes and his son Milton William.
Betty J Lambert daughter of Lillian Joyes
Jean, Lillian and Betty Lambert
Lillie Rose (nee Partington), Sarah Jane (nee Cuthbert) and Arnold Joyes