Joshua was the son of Jacob and Catharine Strohm Beery. He was a farmer. On 1 January 1891 in Columbus Grove, Putnam, Ohio, he married Jennie Thut. He died in Monroe Township. Their children: Lola B. (1891- m. Mr. Hartzler); Mary C. (1895-1897); Ruby Alice (1898-1994 m. Clayton Murray); Howard T. (1900-1972 m. A. Lucille [unknown]; Virgil Peter (1904-1983); Sylvia "Pearl" (~1907- m. Mr. Moser); and Jennis M. (~1909-).