Joseph Arnold was born in approximately 1787, probably in France. He served in Napoleon's army and fought against the Russians. He was captured by the Russians, and in 1812, was settled in the Volga German colony of Rosenheim. He is recorded there on the 1850 Census of Rosenheim in Household No. 93 as having died in 1840.
- 1850 Rosenheim Census.
- Belousov, S.V. "Prisoners of war of Napoleon's army in the Volga region: the arrangement, content, relationships with the local population." Bulletin of the Samara State University, No. 1 (Samara, Russia: Samara State University, 2006): 48-55.