He married Margaret (Stogdell)and they had eight children. About 1824 or 1825 They started west. They bought 160 acres of land in Richland,OH. They lived in their wagons until they could build a log cabin. He was a farmer and owned a sawmill. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church. He was a very prominent in the area and held many township offices. His father was born in Ireland and met his wife on the trip coming to America.