John H. Ryan Jr. was born around 1824 in Virginia, the son of John H. Sr.
In 1850 John was probably living with Rev. James (born 1791 in Maryland) and Elizabeth (born 1793 in Virginia), in Dover, Union County, Ohio.
John H. Jr. was probably still living in Ohio when he married Christina Spitler (1830-1857) and they probably had at least three children: Welden Hugh (1852-1939), Homer (b. 1854) and Austen (b. 1856), all born in Ohio.
John left Ohio and was probably a widower when he moved to Michigan. By 1860 he was living in Sidney, Montcalm County along with his three children: Welden, Homer, and Austen.
John was a 37-year-old farmer possibly living in Sidney when he enlisted in Company E on October 21, 1861, crediting Montcalm County, and joined the Regiment at Arlington, Virginia. He was absent sick in the hospital from August of 1862 through September, on detached service from November through December, in January of 1863 he was serving with the Brigade wagon train, probably as a teamster, and in February was with the ambulance train. He remained detached with the Brigade trains from March of 1863 through July, and allegedly deserted “while on the march” on July 17, 1863.
There is no further record. No pension seems to be available.
It is possible that John returned to Ohio after he left the army. In June of 1863 there was a 36-year-old merchant named John H. Ryan, born in Virginia, living in Union County, Ohio; also in Union County was 40-year-old Elton Ryan, also born in Virginia.