John George married Helen Trincler in London England in about 1858 where it is said the Bow Bells peeled in Bow Church to celebrate their union. John was well educated and an accomplished linguist. It is said that his family were landowners with estates in Count Armagh and Cork Ireland. It is likely that he was not the eldest son and as a result sought his fortune in Canada West. His land grant in Faraday was awarded for service in the British Army. They arrived in Bancroft in 1864 ill prepared for pioneer hardships.
John was appointed the second post master of York River in 1871 he and was in charge when the village name was changed to Bancroft on October 10, 1879. His salary in 1871 was $17 a year. The post office was located were Car Quest now stands on Hastings Street north. The Georges lost both their home and the post office in a fire in May of 1906. Undaunted they rebuilt and celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1908. The whole town participated because they were much loved and admired.
Their son William George became an officer in the American Army. Son Charles married Millie Davy and son Elvin married Mollie Kavanagh. Elvin became the third postmaster in 1909.