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JOY, TEXAS

Clay County, North Central Texas
A Mile off FM 173 and Highway 148
16 Miles S of Henrietta
30 Miles SE of Wichita Falls
W of Bowie

Population: 150

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

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 historical marker
Joy United Methodist Church historical marker
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
Historical Marker Text

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
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Clay County Texas 1907 Postal map
1907 Clay County postal map showing Joy
(S of Henrietta. Below "L" in "C-L-A-Y")
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
Joy, Texas
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