Alice Clarissa Joy was born on December 13, 1879 in Springsport, Jackson, Michigan to Ben A. Joy and Clarissa Ferris. She was the youngest child in a family of 4 girls. Alice followed in her oldest sister M. Grace’s footsteps and went to Albion College. After graduating from Albion in 1898, she continued her studies by completing a post graduate study at the state university in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She earned a Masters of Arts in June 1900.
She married Henry Louis Pinney on September 9, 1902 and the couple settled in Cass City, Michigan. By 1910, the pair had moved to Seattle, Washington. The 1910 United States Federal Census shows the couple living at 1910 Alder Street in Seattle with their young daughter Gertrude. Gertrude was born on March 10, 1909 and was the couple’s second daughter. Their first daughter arrived on April 9, 1908 stillborn. Their third daughter, Grace Joy, was born on September 12, 1912. In Febuary 1914, Grace came down with whopping cough and died shortly there after. Later that same year, Alice gave birth to Doris Hope on November 4. Their only son, Edmund Joy, was born on August 19, 1917. Their sixth and final child, Barbara was welcomed on August 2, 1919. In the 1920 United States federal census, the family is found living at 1430 35th Ave at Seattle.
Alice’s life was cut short when she passed away on Christmas Eve 1926 at the age of 46. She was laid to rest in Mount Pleasant Cemetery next to her daughters who preceeded her in death.
United States Federal Census – 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920
Cass City Chronicle Cass City, Michigan Friday March 6, 1914 pg. 1
Deland, Charles. Deland’s History of Jackson County, Michigan. B.F. Bowen. 1903
Alice Joy Pinney Obituary. Seattle Times. December 24, 1926 pg.16
Ancestry.com. Washington Births, 1891-1907 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010.