He was born Feb 25 1869 in Rome, Oneida County, New York and died Jan 25 1918. William was a merchant and spent the years 1890-1900 in the army. He was veteran of the Spanish American War and fought in the battle of San Isadore. He married Nellie Searle on Oct 7 1905 in Clearwater County Minnesota. He died from Brights disease at the age of 49. Bright's disease is a kidney condition.