John served as a private with the Ross Co., OH Troops in Capt. Josiah Lockhart's Volunteer Company of Infantry, 1st Reg't from May 4 to July 4, 1812. Also served with Lt. Foster, Capt. Wm Kilgore, Capt. Cabel Hoskins and Capt. Wm Morrow. His brothers Andrew and Matthew also served.
He married Martha McConnel on Dec. 10, 1818, in Ross Co., Concord Twp., OH by Rev. James Dickey, Minister.