John was born at Mundaroa Valley.
He first marriage was to Alice McDonald (born in 1866) in 1886. She was only 23 when she died.
They had one daughter & one son.
He then married Annie Boulton (born at Pauatahanui in 1865) in 1893.
They had three sons & two daughters. One son, John (Jnr) served in WW1.
John was a labourer all his life. He started in Upper hutt, moved to Pauatahanui, then Levin by 1905. Electoral rolls show he lived in Queenwood Rd & then Queen St.