Joel Kirby was born about the year 1812 and according to the records we find, he was born in New York. Very little is known of his youth.
Somehow, Joel ended up in Lake and/or Geauga Counties, Ohio. It was here that he met and married Julia Ann Rossman, the daughter of William Rossman and Jerusha Warren Rossman. They were married in Geauga County, Ohio on the 8th of July in 1832. Joel was a “moulder” by trade.
The marriage of Joel and Julia Ann was blessed with the births of at least 10 children. Their children were: Oscar, Mary Jane, Amanda, Anna Mariah, Thomas H., Jerusha E., David, Lemora, Joel, and Edward A. Their eldest, Oscar, fought in the Civil War for the Union side. He was taken prisoner in Georgia, and died in Andersonville Military Prison. During the time of his captivity, Oscar’s father, Joel, enlisted in the Ohio 4th Calvary, Company I, the 4th Calvary was the same unit that his son was assigned to. I have wondered many times if perhaps Joel, thought to enlist and go to his son, in hopes to help him. How hard this War Between the States was on the families, not to mention, the soldiers. Joel was honorably discharged at the ending of the war.
On the 20th of May in 1879, Joel was admitted to the National Soldier’s Home in Dayton, Ohio. Joel died on the 19th of September in 1892 from advanced bronchitis. He is buried in the Dayton National Cemetery