Johan was born on November 27 1708 on the farm Nothern Skål in Alsters parish, Värmlands county. His parents were the farmer Elias Jonsson and his wife Maria Andersdotter. In the year 1721 he still lived at home.
13 years later, in 1734, he married Catharina Persdotter . Where he married is not known. After the wedding his wife also moved to his farm.
Johan lived at Skål his whole life and died, 78 years old, on May 10 1786. He was buried on May 21.