Joseph was born in Henderson Co, TX to Benjamin Franklin and Nancy Ann Eliza Hogg Lambright. His father died in 1905 and is buried in Carroll Springs Cemetery near the Anderson/Henderson County line. His mother is buried in Oakwood City Cemetery in Leon County. By 1910, he was living in Houston County with his widowed mother. He married Addie Price 5 May 1912 in Houston County. In 1917, they were living in Salmon in southern Anderson County. After Joseph's death, Addie married Robert Ross Lovett. They are also buried in Garden of Memories.