- Birth Date
- 16 March 1837
- Death Date
- 16 October 1922
He came with his brothers Henry and James. William drove an ox team for George Q. Cannon with supplies for the handcarts. He married Matilda Barrett, from this company, in 1860. Evidence that he came in 1859 is confirmed in information found in Church financial records.
- Age at Departure: 22
- 1900 Utah Census.
- Deseret News , 16 Oct. 1922, 5.
- Deseret News , 19 Oct. 1922, 7.
- Handcart Veterans Association. Handcart Veterans Association scrapbook, 1906-1914, folder 6.
- Handcart Veterans Association. Handcart Veterans Association scrapbook, 1906-1914, folder 7.
- Henry Hobbs journal, 1859 May-1860 July.
- Hobbs, William, "From Missouri to The Valley, 1,000 Miles by Hand-cart," Deseret News, 4 June 1921, 4:8.
- Saints By Sea: Latter-day Saint Immigration to America