Joe Middleton was a photographer.
He was born on 17 May 1845 at Moldgreen, the son of horse breaker William Middleton and his wife Charlotte, and was baptised on 8 July 1845 at Huddersfield Parish Church.
At the time of the 1861 Census, the family were living on Kirkgate, Huddersfield, where Joe was assisting his father as a horse breaker. They were residing in a property between the Fleece Inn and Rose and Crown Hotel.
By the time of the 1871 Census the family had moved to York Street in the North Ward of Huddersfield and 24-year-old Joe was working as a "photo artists". It is assumed that it was during the 1870s that he worked at a studio on the corner of Zetland Street and King Street, perhaps even occupying it prior to German-born photographer Emil Vieler moving to Huddersfield in 1875 — the Vieler family are known to have been living above the studio by 1881.
Middleton's photography career in Huddersfield was relatively short-lived and, by 1881, he had moved to West Derby, Lancashire, with his widowed father and younger sister Susannah. He continued to work as a photographic artist.
Most likely he was the Joe Middleton who died in 1889 aged 43 at West Derby.