Joseph was born in 1882 in the Bury area, Lancashire. His parents were Ralph Magnall (FM034) and Elizabeth Howarth.
In the 1891 Census Joseph was living with his family at 8 Tenterfield (Edenfield Rd), Norden, he is described as being a scholar. The family were at 26 New Road in Norden by the time of the 1901 Census and Joseph was working as a cotton ball warper.
Joseph married Mary Alice Cockcroft at St Paul’s Church in Norden on the 22 June 1907 and they on Edenfield Road in Norden. At that time Joseph was still working as a warper. They had a son:
- Ernest Cockcroft Magnall, born 1909, died 1969.
Joseph died in the Rochdale area in 1943 aged 61 (RoD Rochdale 1943 Q4 8e 49 age 61).