The 1871 Census tells us that he was 12 years old living with his widowed mother at Cog Lane, near Wood Top, Habergham Eaves along with his brothers and sisters Mary Ann (FM232), Margaret (FM233), Ralph (FM001), Thomas (FM021) and Sarah Jane (FM231). At this time he was a book keeper.
It took a long time to discover what happened to Joseph in 1881 but with the release of the 1881 Census on CD I was able to do wildcard searches and I eventually found Joseph, his mother, two sisters and a brother-in-law living at 1 Ridge in East Burnley under the name Magasall! Joseph was now a Colliery Clerk.
On the 24th May 1885 Joseph was a witness at the wedding of his younger sister, Sarah Jane (FM231)
At the time of the 1891 census Joseph was still living with his mother at 1 Ridge Road. He is described (I think) as a charter clerk. Later he was to become a confectioner and tobacconist.
Joseph married Eve Bridge (FM236) (born 1st Aug 1868 in Burnley) on the 13th August 1892 when he was aged 33. They were married at the Parish Church in Burnley. Details of the certificate are shown below: