John was born in 1825 at Garforth, Yorkshire, to parents James, a labourer, and Martha. He was baptised on 9 October 1825 at St Mary, Garforth.
Census returns identify the following occupations for John.
- 1851 PM minister
- 1861 Baptist minister at Hamsterley, Co. Durham
He married Anne Hewson (abt1828-1852) on 10 July 1851 in the Louth Registration District, Lincolnshire. Census returns identify one child.
- Henry John (b1852)
He married Jennet Simpson (d1859) in the spring of 1853 at Tadcaster, Yorkshire.Census returns identify one child.
- Jane Elizabeth (b1854)
He married Dorothy Ridley (abt1823-1893) in early 1861 at Sunderland, Co. Durham. Census returns identify three children.
- Thomas Ridley (1861-1932) – commercial clerk (1881); commercial confidential clerk (1901)
- George Arthur (abt1863-1941) – emigrated to USA circa 1883; a sewing machine salesman (1910)
- Mary Pratt (1866-1937) – pupil teacher (1881); school teacher (1901); married George Lowe, examining officer H.M. Customs (1911), in 1901
John died between 1865 and 1871.
- 1847 Brigg
- 1848 Grimsby
- 1849 Hull East
- 1850 Patrington
- 1851 Barton on Humber
- 1853 Scarborough
- 1855 disappears
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers