William, his wife Jane and family traveled to America on the ship Hartley arriving in New Orleans 28 April 1849.
The Reid family came to Utah in either 1851 or 1852. They likely came in 1851, but the first documentation to place them in Utah is in Church records in 1852. Further research is needed to narrow the year their travel. In some sources their surname is spelled "Reed". Is rebaptised in the Lehi Ward on 1 April 1857. His birth date is confirmed by that record.