Joseph William Martin was born in Ireland in 1843. He was six years old when he immigrated with his family to America. He grew up in Mercer County, Illinois.  He was registered with the draft for the Civil War in 1863, in Mercer County, Illinois. His draft registration log indicates previous service in the Irish Brigade. He attended a boy’s preparatory school called Kemper Hall, at Griswold College in Davenport, Iowa in 1868-69.
Joseph married Susan Beard in 1870. Sometime shortly after, they moved to Kansas where Joe became a farmer near Ladore. They had four children.
Joseph was only 55 years old when he died in 1898. He is buried in Ladore Cemetery in Neosho County, Kansas.
↑ New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010), Ancestry.com, Year: 1849; Arrival: New York, New York; Microfilm Serial: M237, 1820-1897; Microfilm Roll: Roll 084; Line: 29; List Number: 1407. Records of the U.S. Customs Service, Record Group 36. National Archives at Washington, D.C.
↑ Ancestry.com. 1850 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Year: 1850; Census Place: Township 14 N R 5 W, Mercer, Illinois; Roll: M432_120; Page: 370B; Image: 579.
↑ U.S., Civil War Draft Registrations Records, 1863-1865 (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010), Ancestry.com, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington, D.C.; Consolidated Lists of Civil War Draft Registration Records (Provost Marshal General's Bureau; Consolidated Enrollment Lists, 1863-1865); Record Group: 110, Records of the Provost Marshal.
↑ U.S., School Catalogs, 1765-1935 (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012), Ancestry.com.