William was from Lincolnshire England, he crossed the Atlantic on the ship Zetland in 1849 and crossed the plains with 4 people this same year. He was re-baptized at Salt Lake City. In the 1850 federal census he is age 43 and appears in the same household as a 42 year-old woman named Hannah (almost certainly Hannah Morley his wife). William first appears in the records of the Utah Territorial Militia in October 1851 at Salt Lake City. At the time of the 1856 Utah Territorial Census both William and Hannah were in the Salt Lake 11th Ward and they were still there at the time of the 1860 federal census.