1826 Shelby Co, IL. He arrived with the rest of the family, according to the local history.
1830 Prect 4, Shelby Co, IL. He was counted at census time as a neighbor to his father and brother, John Jr. He was 20-30 yrs old, as was his wife, and had a daughter under 5.
When the first land patents were issued, he and brother, Sharp, along with their father each entered the 80 acre tracts on which they settled.
1/21/1834 Coles Co, IL. He was already a resident of the county when he purchased 80 acres at a Federal sale for $1.25/acre. The land was located at S20 T13N R07E.
7/21/1836 He bought more land, again at a Federal sale for the same price. It was situated at S19 T13N R07E.
2/21/1837 Adding to his investments, he bought another 80 acres at S29 R13N R07E for the same price at another Federal sale.
1840 Big Creek, Rives Co, MO. William joined brothers John and Randolph in moving west, being recorded by the census taker on the same page. William's household included 3 males aged 5-10, he was 30-40 years old, 1 female at 10-15, and 1 was 20-30.
10/16/1850 Dist 79, St Clair Co, MO. That year the census listed William at 43, a farmer with real estate valued at $800. Wife Celia was 40 and the children were John L, 18, Coleman, 16, Lucinda, 6, Josiah, 4, Robert, 2, and baby Randolph, 5 months. Living with them were Melsena Anderson, 15, and Andrew Prine, 18.