Noted events in his life were:
• Census, 1900, Illinois, Stephenson County, Rock Grove Township, District 105, Image 15 of 18. Age 42 yrs., married 18 yrs., sales man, grocery.
John married Mary Elizabeth Bennehoff, daughter of Hugh Bennehoff and Jane Elizabeth Kramer, on 2 Oct 1881 in Rock Grove Township, Stephenson County, Illinois. (Mary Elizabeth Bennehoff was born on 31 Jul 1857 in Wisconsin.)