- Birth Date
- 20 September 1812
- Death Date
- 29 August 1879
William initially traveled to the Salt Lake Valley in the William Atkinson Company in 1853. His travel to Utah is mentioned in his son's obituary. He later participated as one of the rescuers that were sent out in the winter of 1856 to assist the members of the Church stranded in Wyoming.
- Age at Departure: 40
- Company Captain
- Head of Household
- Age at Departure: 44
- Atkinson, William N., [Autobiographical sketch], in Jane Jennings Eldredge, "Records and Historical Sketches of Residents of Davis County, Utah," 9 vols. (1916), 5:114.
- Find a Grave (Website)
- "J.I. Atkinson, WX., Pioneer, 1853 Dies In 93rd Year," Davis County Clipper, 22 December 1933, 1.
- "Jesse W. Crosby Company report, 1853 August 19." In Brigham Young office emigrating companies reports 1850-1862, Reports 1853-1855. (CR 1234 5, Box 1, Folder 26)
- Perpetual Emigrating Fund Company general files (CR 376 1), 1850-1887.