Joseph was born about 1815 in York County, South Carolina, the son of unknown parents.
He had two marriages/partners. His first wife was Mary Waters Simmons, who he married on 8 FEB 1844 in Hall County, Georgia. They had no known children.
His second wife was Mary Mansfield Simmons, who he married on 13 JAN 1835 in Rutherford, North Carolina. They had no known children.