Did you note the dates on the census rolls? In 1850 it was taken September 18th and in 1860 on August 13th. Yet on the 1860 all of the children appear to be one year older than they should be according to the 1850 except for Joseph who is one year younger.
Personal theory.....the census takers asked the head of household (mostly the fathers of course) the ages of the children. Judging from what I have seen on my own ancestor's censuses these dads missed the dates a lot...my grandfather thought he was a year older than he was...until I found his birth certificate!
I think you have probably found the father of your John.
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