Joe is the eldest son of John and Grace.
At the start of the first series, Joe was 19-years-old; a strong, handsome young man. He was torn in half by his love for his mother, his little brother and his yearning to escape the tyranny of his father. After taking a job at the manor house to bring some money in, he fell in love with Martha.
Encouraged by his mother, Joe joined the army in order to defend his country. However, after suffering from severe shell shock and being discovered by the back at his family farm, he was executed for desertion.