Active in Southampton 1889 – c 1898, and in Woolston early 1900s.
Carte de visite about 1890
JB Stokes came from Chester, Cheshire. In 1881 he was recorded at Hamilton Place in Chester with his family, and already working as a photographer aged 15 years. His 19 year old brother Frederick was also a photographer. In 1889 JB Stokes was in Southampton to marry Jeanette Henning a music teacher. In the same year he was listed as a photographer at 12 New Road, Southampton in Kellys Hampshire Directory. Around this time he also had a studio in Salisbury.
Cabinet cards early 1890s
The 1891 census recorded Photographer Joseph B Stokes, his wife and young daughter, and 2 lodgers, at 12 New Road. JB Stokes moved to the Compton House studios at 34 East Park Terrace in about 1895, in partnership with Glover. By 1898 34 East Park Terrace was the studio of Max Mills, and JB Stokes and family had relocated to Glamorgan, Wales. The 1901 census recorded Joseph Stokes, photographer, his wife, one of his daughters, and son 'Joseph', (who was also listed as a photographer even though he was only 8 years old), at 2 Brook Street, Glamorgan.
Cabinet card 1895-1898
At some time in the early 1900s JB Stokes and family returned to the Southampton area, to Inkerman Road in Woolston. In the 1911 census the whole family was listed at Inkerman Road :- J.B's wife Jeanette, both daughters, and his son 'Hubert'. Father and son both gave their occupation as photographer. Joseph junior and Hubert were most probably the same person, as the date and place of birth is the same for both in the 1901 and 1911 census records.