Married Jane Dridge, 17 Mar 1831, Brockenhurst, Hamphire, England
Children: Emma Burton, Rosina Dridge Burton, Eliza Burton, Kate Burton, Jane Burton, Ann Elizabeth Burton, William Burton, Charlotte Burton, Mary Burton
Brokenhurst was a chapelry located in the heart of the new forest, a reforested game preserve in South of England, about thirteen miles from South Hampton.
His father, James, is believed to have cut timber for the government in New Forest as well as an agricultural laborer according to the 1841 census.
Tradition says that a Mormon missionary by the name of William Budge took the gospel to the Burton family. It is not known whether the father, James, joined the Church or not as his wife had died some time before. But William and Charles and sister, Jane, and her husband, George Earley, were baptized. Also some of the members of Williams family were baptized, so at once they started preparations to come to America. It is not known what William did for a living but his brother, Charles, worked on the railroad so William may have done so too. William had one son, William, who did not come to America. He also had eight daughters. He married Jane Drodge or Dridge, daughter of William Dredge and Mary Davier. One daughter died in infancy.
In February, 1854, William, his wife Jane, his sister Ann, and her husband James Kearl, and Alford Kearl, James brother and Ann's baby Helen, and two unmarried daughters of William and Jane set sail for America. Baby Helen was only six months old when she died and was buried at sea.
William, the son that stayed in England, married Ann Burt. They remained in England.
The Burtons sailed on the ship Windwere. They arrived in New Orleans and then went to St. Louis where they were outfitted for the trip to Utah. One daughter, Eliza died as a baby. Jane and Emma died of cholera while crossing the plains. Kate later married a man by the name of Martin. Roxenna married a man by the name of Brown, and Mary was still single when they arrived in Utah.
Ann, William's sister, and her husband were called to help build up the Church in Wyoming, and William and family went to Grantsville where they lived the rest of their life.
William's wife, Jane, died Aug. 12, 1887, and William died in January, 1888. They are both buried in the Grantsville cemetery.
Caroline Tyler Kearl died 17 November, 1886. Alford, Jane's brother, married a second wife, Mary Ann Bowling, January 23, 1856, at Layland, Lancaster, England. She died 10 April, 1926, at Grantsville, Utah. Alford also died at Grantsville, Utah. He had no children.
Ann Burton Kearl was mother of twelve children and they settled in Laramie, Wyoming. Ann Burton Kearl was called to organize the first Relief Society in Grantsville.