Thomas Joy

Thomas Joy was a carpenter, millwright, and builder. He was the framer an builder of the first State House in Boston, a wooden building on the site of the present “Old State House.?

His replicated headstone reads that he was “ put in Irons for laying hands on Dr. Child’s Memorial?: Joy became involved in a dispute concerning the right to vote being given only to members of local Puritan churches, excluding about ¾ of the adult male population. He was put in prison by Gov. Winthrop for being party to this petition to the British Parliament.

Thomas Joy headstone