Joseph Loy-Ley (to Canada 1751)

Joseph Loy/Ley (b. 1703 SWITZERLAND—27 August 1758 Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, CANADA)
md. before 1750
Anna Barbara Eve Matler (ca. June 1726 SWITZERLAND—26 April 1803 Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, CANADA)

Joseph arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA on 18 May 1751, on the ship Speedwell, shipmaster Joseph Wilson. The ship sailed from Rotterdam on 10 May 1751. Only the male heads of household were given in the ship list, the ship containing “Foreign Protestants” to Nova Scotia. Joseph was listed as age 48, Swiss, with occupation given as farmer. Also on the same ship was Michael Ley, age 38, also Swiss, with occupation given as “smith.” As I only viewed transcripts, I was unable to see if the original ship record was actually written “Loy” instead of “Ley.” But at the Rootsweb list, it gives note that Joseph’s name was also written as “Lloy.” Another place, it gives alternate name as “Loy.” According to the family tree of Joseph’s son Alexander Conrad, his family had surname Loy.

The genealogy website that was my original source for Joseph and his family is no longer active. Since then, I was able to locate a transcription of his ship record.

Their children:

Note: My original source from this now-obsolete site had listed five children, with a child Anna born 29 August 1757 and fifth child Anna Marie born 27 August 1758. The online tree at gives only four children, with Anna-Barbara having christening date only (22 June 1755) and Anna Marie having both birth and christening date the same (27 August 1758). Because of the similarity of the Anna born 29 August 1757 and Anna Marie born 27 August 1758, could the 1757 date be the actual birth date and the 1758 date be christening date only? Usually infants were not baptized on same day of birth, but up to a year later, or even longer. DRW.

Born Where Died Where
#1 Joseph Loy/Ley ca. 1750 SWITZERLAND or CANADA
#2 Alexander Conrad Loy/Ley ca. 1753 CANADA 5 May 1805 Lunenburg, NS, CANADA
md. ?
#3 Anna-Barbara Loy/Ley [christening] 22 June 1755 Lunenburg, NS, CANADA
#4 Anna Marie Loy/Ley [christening] 27 August 1758
md. 29 October 1776 in Dutch Reformed Church, Lunenburg, NS, CANADA Jean Jacques Jacob Bezanson, s/o Jean George and Anna Catherine (Boutilier) Bezanson ca. 1754 Lunenburg, NS, CANADA 1806 Middle River, Chester, Pictou Co., NS, CANADA