John was born about 1815 in River Street, Congleton, Cheshire, England, the son of Thomas Washington and Sarah.
His wife was Mary Hersfield, who he married in ABT 1840. The place has not been found. Their nine known children were Harriet (c1841-?), Thomas (c1844-?), Sarah (c1847-?), James (1850-1929), John (c1852-?), Henry (c1855-?), Jane (c1857-?), Martha (c1860-?) and Mary (1862-?).
!Source: 1861 Census, Conleton, Cheshire, England 89, page 31, Public Record Office , Chancery Lane, London WC2AILR, phone 01-405-0741. Full location was, Township: Congleton, Municipal Burough: Congleton, Municipal Ward: West Ward, Town of Congleton, Eclesiatical District: St James, 167 River Street.
!Notes: Laborer for butcher in 1861.
!Notes: Cotton spinner in 1871, as listed on marriage registration of his son James.
!Notes: Silk Man in 1830 at birth of son James. Residence was Stonehouse Green, Congleton, England.