John crossed the Atlantic with his family on the ship Juventa in 1855 as Thomas Lyon. At the time of the 1870 federal census he was living at Hyde Park, Utah with his brother George, both were farm laborers. He married Hannah Elizabeth Balls. In 1880 he and his family were living at Franklin, Oneida County, Idaho. In 1900 they were at Liberty, Bear Lake, Idaho but by 1905 he was living at Basalt, Bingham County, Idaho. This is where he died.