6/20/1870 Holland, Shelby Co, IL. At census time he was living next door to his father and step-mother. He was 30 years old and "works on the farm." (He had probably taken over his retired father's farm.) He had no wife, only children: Jacob, 7; Burril R, 6; and Albert, 2. Living with them were his brother John, 28, and 18 year old housekeeper, Mary Smith.
6/15/1880 Same place. That year William was listed at age 40, He had remarried to Mary, 27, and children in the house were Jacob, 18, Burrell, 16, and Louis, 1. Son Albert, 12, was counted with his Grandfathr Elliott. A few doors down the road was his father with brother Thaddeus farther down.