John was born in 1852 at East Bergholt, Suffolk, to parents Josiah, an inn keeper (1861), and Hephzibah.
Before entering the ministry John worked as an iron and brass founder.
He married Sarah Wood Willis (abt1857-1929) in the summer of 1881 at Tewkesbury, Goucestershire. Census returns identify three children.
- John Willis (1883-1941) – a clothier (1901); later a Methodist Minister (1908)
- Edith Nellie (1887-1924) – an assistant embroideries (1911)
- Arthur (b1892)
John died on 4 July 1900 at Jarrow, Co. Durham.
- 1872 Buriton
- 1873 Portsmouth
- 1875 Cheltenham
- 1877 becomes a Wesleyan minister
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers