William was the youngest of four known sons born to Laurence Witman and Elizabeth Gidin Witman.
William and his brothers were enumerated three times in a list of poor children whose educational fees had to be paid by Bucks Co.
William was a boatman on Pennsylvania's Delaware Canal and a farm laborer. He lived in Ferndale (Nockamixon Twp.) and Tinicum Twp., both in Bucks Co., all of his life.
William married Christiana Steckel. They had ten children: Mary Ann in 1844, George S. in 1846, Francis in 1848, Elizabeth in 1850, William Nathan in 1853, John in 1859, Ella A. 'Ellen' in 1862, William S. in 1864, Edward S. in 1866 and Christiana 'Annie' in 1868.
William had 49 grandchildren and 268 known additional descendants as of late 2007.
From the precursor to the Easton [PA] Express-Times:
"May 22, 1882
A case of small pox was reported in Williams Township and the victim was sent to the Northampton County Poorhouse for treatment. William Witman of Nockamixon, PA, the captain of a boat who arrived at Uhler's lime kiln from Frenchtown, [New Jersey] reported feeling ill. A doctor later diagnosed him with small pox."
William and his older brother Francis were on opposite sides of a civil case over money owed. William was the victor, but unfortunately it split the family, with Francis' branch permanently moving to Berks Co., Pennsylvania as a result.
William was buried from St. Luke's Church in Ferndale. His death is listed in the church records, but they do not confirm whether he was buried in the old cemetery (St. Luke's) or the new cemetery (Nockamixon). There is no gravestone to help locate him more accurately. Most burials at this time were in Nockamixon, however. Thanks to Tom Myers for all of this information.
Christiana Steckel Whitman