Joseph was named in honor of his great grandfather Purdy, on his mother's side.
Residences & events in his life:
9/6/1863 Moultrie Co, IL. In a letter of the neighbors, the McPheeters family, it states: "Joseph Powell has just returned from Missouri. He says that they are having bad times where his father lives. Samuel remained at his fathers."
He was active in the issue of roads in the county, petitioning for a road to Springfield in 1865, another in Jonathan Creek Twp on 6/7/1865, and a new road (place unspecified) in 1866.
7/26/1870 Jonathan Creek Twp, Moultrie Co, IL. At census time Joseph and Elizabeth were both 25 years old. He was a farmer with property worth $1800/500. Their children listed were: Perry S, 4; William, 2; and Leonidus, 1. Three doors down was Hudson Martin next to Levi Seass, followed by Beverly Cornwelll, Elizabeth's parents.
1873-1874 The date of the move is unknown but it was between the births of daughter Ollie and son David.
6/3/1880 Spring Creek Twp, Greenwood Co, KS was where the next census found him. He was a 38 year old farmer, Elizabeth was 37. Children listed were Harry S, 15; Wm W, 13; Leonidus H, 11; Ollie M, 7; David E, 5; and Carl E, 2. Neighbors were unfamiliar names. Living in the same county was Atwell Martin.
6/1/1900 Glencoe, Butler Co, KS. By the next census the family had moved again. Joseph was 58, still farming, Elizabeth was 57, and still at home were Carl E, 21, and Joseph C, 19. Also living there was 49 year old servant Nathan B. Harkness, farm laborer.
Wichita, Sedgewick Co, KS
El Dorado, Butler Co, KS.
The 1870 census recorded Joe's birthplace as MO.
Relatives say he died in Shelby Co, IL but that is doubtful considering he was in KS shortly before his death.