Joseph was born at Welsh Bicknor, Gloucestershire, England.
He emigrated to NZ with his parents, two brothers & a sister on the "Mermaid" arriving Jan 1868 at Lyttelton.
He married Lucy Horne in 1873.
They had no children.
Joseph was a carpenter in Christchurch until about 1890 when he tried farming at Pahiatua & Ballance. He then became a labourer at Palmerston Nth before moving to Levin as a gardener around 1908. he wa s a member of the Salvation Army and the 'No Licence league'.