Your Joseph William Nokes is likely to be the person who was baptised 25 Dec 1844 at the Parish Church of St John, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England, the son of William Nokes & Ann (nee Court). He married an Eliza (?). I know he had at least one child, Mary Ann. He is to be found in the 1851,1861 & 1871 Censuses as a Nailer, living at New Buildings, Birmingham Road, Bromsgrove. His ancestry can be traced back in detail to the William Nookes who emigrated to Chester Co, America in c1728 from Bromgrove.
Let me have your current known genealogy to verify that this is your 2x Gt Grandfather.David Nokes. Nokes One Name Study.