Born 1760 Limerick Ireland. He joined the crew of HMS Sirius 28 October 1786 at Deptford, aged 26 years.
John was stranded on Norfolk Island in March 1790 and mustered on 20 March 1790 on Norfolk Island after the shipwreck of HMS Sirius.
John was sent back to Sydney Cove aboard HM Supply embarking 24 March 1790 on Norfolk Island, disembarking 11 April 1790 at Port Jackson.
He was transferred to the crew of the Neptune, on 14 August 1790 at his request and travelled back to England.