William arrived in Salt Lake City with an emigrant party that was headed for the west coast but he fell ill and remained in Utah. He was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on 8 December 1850 at Salt Lake City proving that he had arrived before this. He married Catherine Tabitha Hendrick on 30 January 1851. At the time of the 1850 federal census of Utah (spring of 1851) he was living in the Salt Lake City 19th ward, occupation: carpenter. On 19 December 1851 he received a Patriarchal Blessing from John Smith. He was ordained a Seventy on 16 February 1853. A Public Works record dated 14 November 1855 includes him in a Mason's Time Book. His name appears on the Territorial Militia records in 1857 at Salt Lake but in 1861 he was on the rolls in Cache Valley. He is buried at Richmond, Utah.