John was married by Rev. T.B. Maclean to Edith Louisa Harris (1870 - 1952) at Christ Church in Wanganui on 30 January 1901. Edith was the daughter of the late George Harris formerly of Nelson. Although married in Wanganui, the couple returned to Awatere. John appears to have taken over the family farm at Blind River, Awatere.
Apparently they had no children.
John died in Kaikoura, on 2 October 1928 aged 60 
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It may be possible to confirm family relationships with John by comparing test results with other carriers of his ancestors' Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with John: