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JOY, TEXAS

Clay County, Central Texas North

33 34' 34" N, 98 12' 57" W (33.576111, -98.215833)

One mile off FM 173 and TX Hwy148
16 Miles S of Henrietta the county seat
30 Miles SE of Wichita Falls
20 Miles W of Bowie
20 Miles N of Jacksboro
Population: 110 est. (2019) 100 Est. (2000) 150 Est. (1990)

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Joy TX road sign
Joy road sign
Photo courtesy Elicia Cook, 2014

History in a Pecan Shell

Once known as Fanninton, Fannintown, or Fannin Town, it was named by transmigrating settlers from Fannin County in the early 1880s.

In 1881 a log cabin school was established as well as a Methodist church. Gainesville was the community's main source of supplies. In 1895 the town was granted their post office and saw the opportunity to straighten out the variety of names. They settled on Joy. The post office closed in the 1930s.

The population was a mere 23 in 1914, rising to 37 in the 20s. In the early 40s it reached 150 - a number that the town has evidently felt comfortable with ever since.

Joy Tx - Joy United Methodist Church
Joy United Methodist Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009


Joy Tx - Joy United Methodist Church historical marker
Joy United Methodist Church historical marker
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009

Historical Marker:

Joy United Methodist Church

The oldest church in the Joy community, this congregation was chartered as a Methodist Episcopal Church, South, in April 1881, when the settlements was known as Fannin Town. The site of the organizational meeting, now part of Joy Cemetery, was under an oak tree west of a log schoolhouse where early services were held. The first sanctuary was built here in 1891. From early camp meetings to the present programs of community involvement, Joy United Methodist Church has been a vital force in the surrounding rural area for over a century.

Joy Texas - Joy Baptist Church
Baptist Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
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Joy Tx - Closed Gas Station
Closed Gas Station
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
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Joy, Texas Forum

Subject: Life and Time of a multi-generation family in Joy

"The internet is amazing isn't it! Have you looked at the pics of Joy? If you do, notice the old white Methodist church building. My grandparents were married and attended there for ever. My father, brothers and I carried my grandmothers casket through those doors in 1983. She, my grandfather, my brother and sister and many relatives are buried about a hundred yards away in the Joy Cemetery.

The closed grocery was run by an OLD man named Astin, I remember him clearly. My grandmother ran a wartime cannery and the local switch board from that building. The grocery store is near the street corner where during a blinding rainstorm my grandfather was accidentally run over by a car driven by his lifetime best friend. Didn't kill him but probably would have been better if it had.

When you stop and think that everyone has similar memories from all over the globe it boggles the mind." - A reader in Tucson, AZ, September 17, 2017


Joy TX postal information
Joy TX 1937 postmark
Postcard canceled with Joy TX 1937 postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection


Clay County Texas 1907 Postal map
1907 postal map showing Joy S of Henrietta
in southern Clay County near Jack County line
From Texas state map #2090
Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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Joy, Texas Nearby Towns:
Henrietta the county seat
Wichita Falls
Bowie
Jacksboro
See Clay County | Jack County

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