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Joice, James and Jemima

In 1863, James Joice (1807-1872), an escaped slave from Kentucky, was a cook and valet for Lt. Addison B. Partridge of the Union Army. When Partridge left the army, Joice followed him to Fremont Township in Illinois. Two years later, James returned to Kentucky to get his family: wife, Jemima (1824-1920), and their children, Asa (d. 1924) and Sarah (d. 1941). They were the first African American settlers in Ivanhoe, IL. Asa would become the first African American elected to public office in Lake County. The family remained in the community and are all buried in the Ivanhoe Church Cemetery. For more see Daily Herald articles, "First Black settlers found home in Fremont Township," 02/08/1997, Neighbor section, p. 1; and "Joices play important role in history," 02/21/1999, Neighbor section, p. 1. See also "A touch of the past," Chicago Tribune, Magazine section, p. 7.

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NKAA Source: The daily herald (Illinois) (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Chicago tribune (newspaper)

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