Joseph was born in 1847 at Bubbenhall, nr Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, to parents Joseph, a servant, and Ann. He was baptised on 21 March 1847 at All Saints Leamington priors, Warwickshire. The family moved to Yorkshire when Joseph was quite young.
He married Ellen Howson Nicholson (abt1851-1934) in the summer of 1874 in the Wolstanton Registration District, Staffordshire. Census returns identify three of five children.
- Joseph Edwin (1875-1959) – a schoolmaster (1934)
- Annie Nicholson (1880-1969) – a student journalist (1911); a confectioner (1939)
- Thomas Arthur (1889-1950) – a journalist (1911&1939)
Joseph died on 14 August 1923 at Handsworth, Birmingham.
- 1870 Tunstall
- 1871 Birmingham I
- 1874 Worcester
- 1876 Wolverhampton
- 1878 disappears and becomes a Baptist minister
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers