Rank(s): Ordinary Seaman
Dates of Service: 8/15/1809 - 6/8/1814
Birth Date: 1793
Death Date: 4/24/1869
Joseph Silver’s place and date of birth is uncertain. Various records suggest that he may have been born in 1793 in New Orleans, Louisiana, 1795 in Portugal, or 1801 in Mobile, Alabama.
Silver enlisted on August 15, 1809 as an ordinary seaman. He transferred to USS Constitution from USS President on June 17, 1810 at Hampton Roads, Virginia. He was promoted to able seaman in 1811 and quarter gunner in 1812. Silver was discharged on June 8, 1814 at Boston, Massachusetts.
Battles and Engagements
Silver was on board for the battles with HMS Guerriere and HMS Java.
According to Naval asylum records, he went on to serve on numerous other ships. He was living in New York city in 1855. Silver died from adynamia on April 24, 1869 at the naval hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.