Joseph Beale was born in 1814 probably in Philadelphia and died there in 1890. He was a doctor and a naval officer, serving for about forty years and retired after serving as the U.S. Navy's eighth Surgeon General (1873-1877). Joseph married twice, to Susan Parrish and Atala (Ata) Blow. He had one child from his first marriage and six from his second. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: http://scrc.swem.wm.edu/wiki/index.php/Joseph Beale.