Yeomen farmer. parents came from Penn. to NC. when John became of age, he ingerited land his father bought b/f the family came and he died. Married Rachel Stout in 1782. built log cabin (1 room w/ loft, only front door and back door) in the house lived John, Rachel, and their 10 kids. slept on beds of corn husks. one of the nicer houses around. grew wheat, corn, oats, raised livestock, behives, owned a wagon. John was also a carpenter, school teacher, and ran the county store off of front porch. died in 1826.