Joseph was a Private in Capt James Howell's Co 7th Batl of Cumberland
Co, PA, enlisting August, 1782, under Col James Purdy. This was the
same regiment as Samuel McElvain, father of Andrew and Margaret.
He was one of the early settlers of Franklin Co, OH, arriving before
1800. He lived in Clinton Twp along w/Samuel McElvain and John
Hunter. He was one of the founding fathers of the 1st Presbyterian
Church at Franklinton, OH.
Joseph's will dated 3/1828, named executors: sons, William and
Joseph, Jr. Witnesses were J.R. Swan, Freedom Seever, and Samuel
Bigger. There was a codicil added on 12/10/1829 which was witnessed
by J.R. Swan and Mease Smith.