John was born out of wedlock to Susanna Snoots (later Mrs. Jacob Spring) and Peter Fawley. He was baptised at St. James Reformed Church, Lovettsville, on June 20, 1800. His father died about 1815 in Muskingum Co., Ohio, his mother lived to a very old age - she was alive in the 1870 census.
John and his wife Dorothy were the parents of Henry, Samuel, Jonas, Susannah Smith, Elizabeth Everhart, William, John, Margaret Everhart, Mary Ann Compher and Charles.
Some of his half-siblings:
Children of Jacob & Susanna (Snoots) Spring:
Elizabeth (Spring) Williams
Children of Peter & Susanna (Spring) Fawley/Fauley:
Nancy Jane (Fauley) Scholfield
His paternal grandparents: John and Anna Maria Fawley