Joseph Essery was born about 1860 in Prince Edward Island, Canada. In the 1880 United States Census he was living with his brother's family in St. Paul, Minn. working as a photographer.
He first operated a studio in Fargo on First Avenue North between Broadway and Roberts Street according to the 1882 and 1883 city directories. In the 1884 directory the address is listed as 618 First Avenue North where he also resided.
No additional information has been found regarding Mr. Essery, and he was not listed in the 1885 Dakota Territory census.
The Daily Republican, Oct. 12, 1882