Joseph was the son of Thomas and Sarah and traveled with them in 1856. However, several years later, Joseph crossed the plains again as he worked as an out-and-back teamster with the William Henry Chipman company in 1866.
The family sailed to America in 1856 on the ship Thornton.
Joseph's death certificate and the 1900 Census state that he was born 22 August 1845. However, it is important to note that other censuses imply that he was born sometime between 1844 and 1846.