Elizabeth and John were orphans. They sailed to America with their mother Elizabeth on the ship Zetland arriving in New Orleans 26 December 1849. Their mother died in Missouri about 1851. Elizabeth and John came on to Utah in 1852.
In the 1860 Utah census he was living with the Robert Daft family. Find a Grave website has his birthday 23 March 1848 but it is hard to see if the last number is a 3 or 8. All other records have him born in 1843.