Joseph was born in 1790 in Pennsylvania USA, the son of unknown parents.
He died in 1855 in Lawrence Co, TN.
His wife was Mary Rockley, who he married in 1832 in Tennessee. Their ten known children were William (1823-?), Martha (?-?), Sally (?-?), John (1825-1893), Nancy (?-?), Mary Ann (1834-?), Barzella (1836-?), Elizabeth (1838-?), Malendy (1840-?) and Jerome Bonaparte (1842-?).