It is not known where in NZ John was born.
He married Grace Trengrove (born at Geraldine in 1872) at Pahiatua in 1889.
They had three children, one of whom died at a very young age.
Grace died at a relatively young age of 46. John remarried a widow, Emily Huston (nee Smith) in 1922.
John's son-in-law, Henry Bloomfield served in WW1.
John was shown as a settler at Pahiatua in 1890, Mangatainoka in 1896 & Kaitawa in 1900.
In 1905 to 1911 he was a labourer in Levin.
The family moved to Gisborne where was a labourer then a contractor.
After he remarried he moved to Motuhora as a contractor, finally ending up as a labourer in Wanganui.