I saw your post & along with Donna am trying to locate our ancestors' siblings.Donna did not know that her John T. Wallin/g had 2 sisters:Mary Ann Wallin & Carrie M. Wallin, so it is possible your Joseph is a "lost" brother, b. in England.
Carrie M. Wallin, my great grandmother was orphaned & lived in Albion, Calhoun County, MI with the Benj. VanOstrand family, after her birth in 1847, supposedly when their parents, Joseph & Susannah (Cook) Wallin died, here is the history as we know it now, still looking for sons/brothers, Richard & Thomas & other siblings:
1. JOSEPH(1) WALLIN was born Abt. 1808 in Keyham, Leicester, England. He married SUSANNAH COOK November 19, 1833 in Keyham, Leicester, England.
Wallin parents from England, came to America before 1847, where they had last (?) child, Carrie M. Wallin about Sept. 01, 1847.
Parents confirmed to beJoseph & Susan (Susannah Cook) WALLIN who came to Brooklyn on the ship Shenandoah, in 1845.Lived in Brooklyn per obit of John T. WALLIN.Mary Ann Wallin Christian’s death certificate of Dec. 1905 lists her parents as Joseph & Susan Cook WALLIN.
RICHARD WALLIN, b. July 30, 1834, Saint George, Leicester, England.
THOMAS WALLING, b. July 31, 1836.
John T. Wallin, .~ brother b. July 03, 1840, in England.Served in Civil War.Lived in Sac City, Iowa in 1870, Carrie last saw him in 1876.His is wife Hannah Carter.He went by spelling "Walling".
Mary Ann Wallin, b. in England Mar. 01, 1841.Married Horace John Christian, [son of John Christian & Rheuanna Tefft, who was born 24 Feb. 1840].Married Mary Ann Wallin on 23 Dec. 1858.In 1870, they are listed in Mentz, Cayuga County, NY Census on page #52, Dwelling 442, Family 456.Horace John Christian died 05 Aug 1877 in Fredonia, MI from a horse kicking him, he was 37 years, 5 months, 12 days in age.Mary Ann Wallin Christian died on Dec. 05, 1905 in Kalamazoo, MI.
Carrie M. Wallin b. ca Sept. 01, 1847, she stated on marriage lic. in Cayuga County, NY.Name misspelled on marriage lic. in Calhoun County, MI of May 04, 1879 as "Walling", she testified in Civil War Widow's pension that her name was WALLIN.Also, have her testimony re: brother, John of Sac City, Iowa & Mary Ann WALLIN Christian of Mentz, NY.She died on Feb. 13, 1920, in Kalamazoo, MI.
So, it's possible a brother, Joseph ended up in WI.
Have you found any more clues in WI?What county in WI did he live in?I suspect since he named a son "John Joseph" you are in our family.Do you have his year of birth, i.e. was it between 1838-1850?Perhaps he was the last born before his parents death and was sent on an orphan train, like Carrie, to live with others.I was told by my Christian & Brown family they believe Carrie M. Wallin who married Harmon Gilson Brown in 1879, that after their parents died the younger children may have gone on the trains from NY to the midwest.
Anyway, these are all assumptions/hunches, but most times my hunches have been correct.
Marilyn (Brown) LeVeque