John was born on 1 May 1818 at West Challow, Berkshire, to parents William and Elizabeth. He was baptised on 7 June 1818 at West Challow.
After leaving the ministry John was a tea dealer at Stopsley, Luton in 1871 and a shoe warehouseman and Methodist local preacher at Rushden, Northamptonshire in 1881. In 1891 he was a sizer in a shoe warehouse.
He married Jane Jones Shepherd (b1832) in early 1853 in the Cricklade Registration District, Wiltshire. Census returns identify four children.
- Mary (1854-1929) – married William Corbett, a baker, in 1879
- John (b1856)
- Thomas Shepherd (1860-1931) – a beerhouse keeper (1911)
- Jane Elizabeth (1863-1948) – a general servant (1891)
John died in the spring of 1894 at Rushden, Northamptonshire.
- 1846 Worcester
- 1847 Brinkworth
- 1850 Newbury
- 1852 High Wycombe
- 1854 Saffron Walden
- 1856 Maidenhead
- 1859 Northampton
- 1860 Luton
- 1864 Maidenhead
- 1868 disappears
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers