It is not known where or when Joseph was born.
He married Mary Murdoch (born at melbourne, Aus in 1867) in 1885.
They had two daughters.
When Joseph died Mary married Andrew Lees & had one more daughter.
One son-in-law, Oswald Crawford srved in the Boer War, and another son-in-law, John Hogg served in WW1.
Joseph was a farmer, starting at Manaia. He was in Levin around 1900, before settling at Okaiawa in South Taranaki.