John married Elizabeth Ann Johnson 28 Oct. 1838 in Muskegum Co, OH. She was the daughter of Joseph Johnson and Rutha (?)They moved to IL. about 1860. They had 10 children. Ruth, Joseph Lewis, John C. Howard, Thomas L., William Hamelton, Mary Elizabeth, Alvin C, Hiram S., Hellen A., Madora (Dora). He also had a daughter by a second wife. My ancestor is Mary Elizabeth who married Peter Monroe Widdows in 1864. I too am searching for the parents of John.I have been told that it may have been a Lewis Deem. John was a surveyor and laid out the city of Cisne IL.He is buried in the Bovee Cemetary near Fairfield Il.