John was born in Cornwall, England.
He came out to NZ with his parents (date not known). They are both buried in Blenheim.
He married Elizabeth Ann Main-Callie (born in Lethfield, ChCh in 1877) in Blenheim in 1896.
They had two sons.
John was a hotel keeper in Levin in 1910, then Napier, Picton & Wellington before retiring around 1938.
In retirement he lived with son William & Elizabeth lived with son Robert.