John Blythe was born in Avonlea in early 1820s to Blythe family. He was raised there and attended Avonlea school. There he met Marilla Cuthbert, who lived at Green Gables, and they became good friends. After some time, Marilla and John started courting.
However, they quarreled. Marilla didn't want to forgive John when he asked her to. She was angry and wanted to punish him, but John never came back.
John met his future wife and fell in love with her. They were married probably in old age, because their only son Gilbert was born in 1862, when they were almost 40 years old. It is possible they were married earlier and couldn't have a baby after the wedding.
John was happy when Gilbert and Anne Shirley were engaged. He and his wife were invited for their wedding at Green Gables in September 1890. He visited them in their new house in Glen St. Mary and loved his grandchildren very much. He knew only Jem, Walter, Nan, Di and Shirley. He wasn't at Joyce's birth and died a few months before Rilla was born.
When his wife died, he was devastated. He died a year later, in spring 1899, and was buried at Avonlea graveyard next to his dead wife.
John is male given name of Hebrew origin and means God is gracious.
- John shared name with John Meredith, the minister of Glen St. Mary, and with John Selwyn, the Schoolmaster.
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