Columbus, Franklin Co, OH. Like brother, Andrew, Joseph was prominent in the history of Columbus.
He was promoted to Col in Capt Vance's Co of Dragoons in the OH Militia and kept the title for life.
1838 He was a trusee of a "lunatic asylum."
His occupations included farmer, merchant (McElvain, Dalsell, & Co, 1834), hotel keeper, & public officer.
1840 Columbus Wd 3, Franklin Co, OH. The census recorded Joseph living just down the road from brothers, William and John, as well as Joseph Hunter. They were listed as McElvains and Joseph's family was the smallest of them with: 1 male at age 15-20, Joseph at 40-50, 1 female under 5, 1 at 5-10, 1 was 20-30 and 1 at 30-40.
1841 He was elected county treasurer, reelected in 1843.
1851 & 1853 He was appointed keeper of the County Infirmary "discharging his duties of this office with kindness and urbanity."
He was assistant director of the Ohio penitentiary.
Joseph died suddenly at home but some relatives say he was killed in the Mexican American War.