Information from: NEW ENGLAND FAMILIES--Genealogical and Memorial Vol. 1. (1914). Joseph III was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, a private in Capt. Jeremiah Smith's company; Colonel John Smith's Regiment, on the Lexington Alarm, April 19, 1775, also in Capt. David Henshaw's Company; Colonel Thomas Craft's Regiment, Nov. 24, 1776 to May 8, 1777, also in Capt. Oliver Clapp's Company; Colonel Ephriam Wheelock's Regiment, in Rhode Island 1776-1777. His record shows that he was aged 44 when he was detached in 1781 from Capt. Mann's Company to serve in Rhode Island; that he lived in Walpole, was five feet six inches tall, of dark complexion, having gray hair and dark eyes. He was also in Capt. Timothy Mann's Company, Colonel Seth Bullard's Regiment (Fourth Suffolk County) in the summer of 1780. He appears to have been pretty continuously in the service from 1775 to 1781.