Was born near Petersborough, in Canada, April 2, 1838. His parents, .John and Susan Lee Carlow, were natives of Ireland; his father died in Canada in 1879, and his mother still resides there. When twenty-five years .of age, Joseph H. Carlow left his native place and went to Saginaw, Michigan, where he remained two years engaged in building. From the Wolverine State he went to Franklin, Venango County, Pennsylvania, where he remained until the fall of 1865, when he migrated to Caldwell County, Missouri, and there lived some ten years, when he removed to this County, where he has since made his home. Mr. Carlow owns the Jackson mills, also a saw-mill, and is largely interested in real estate in and around Jackson Station, besides in other portions of the County.

On the 28th of May, 1865, Mr. Carlow was joined in marriage to Miss Annie Murphy, in Franklin, Pennsylvania. By this union they have seven children, named as follows: Susie B., Mamie, Annie, William J., Hattie, Bessie and Eddie. Mr. and Mrs. Carlow are members of the Catholic Church, and highly esteemed by all who know them.