John traveled to Utah as a returning Mormon Battalion veteran in the Levi W. Hancock/Jefferson Hunt/James Pace/Andrew Lytle Company in 1847.
After reuniting with his wife, John and Ann and their son, Larkin, traveled with the Silas Richards Company in 1849. The company records indicate that an individual named Valentine Wyrick was also part of their traveling group. It is uncertain what their relationship was with him.
John later participated as one of the rescuers that were sent out in the winter of 1856 to assist the members of the Church stranded in Wyoming.