William was a member of the Mormon Battalion. After his enlistment ended he spent some time at Sutter's Fort and participated in the discovery of California gold. Salt Lake City land records prove that he was in Utah in 1848. In 1868 he was an out and Back Teamster . His birth date is given as 5 April 1828, 6 April 1828 and 8 April 1828 in various sources.