William married Sarah Morris and they emigrated to Nelson in New Zealand as part of the first group of settlers to arrive there.
In order to prepare the land, the men of first set of settlers to Nelson went first. William traveled on the Whitby, arriving in Nelson November 1841.
Sarah followed on the Lloyds with their children Sarah and George who were 8 and 6 at the time, arriving in Nelson in February 1842.
The Lloyds was reported on arrival as being badly overcrowded with poor and cramped conditions during the voyage which resulted in the death of 65 children and so they were lucky to arrive alive and well.
Sarah was pregnant and gave birth to a son shortly after their arrival in Nelson and he was later reported to be the first child born in Nelson. This claim cannot be substantiated, however, he was certainly one of the first children to be born there.