The 1857 George Washington ship manifest shows his name as "John Jeury," age 35, a shoemaker from England. No other family members were with him. The Journal History document also confirms his travel on the ship George Washington in 1857.
In 1858 he sent a letter to Brigham Young requesting permission to return to England to bring his wife to Utah.
His birth date is confirmed by the Utah State History and Cemeteries, and the events regarding his death is confirmed by the article in the Deseret News [Weekly].