He was born October 17, 1827 in Hillsborough, Orange County, North Carolina and died December 11, 1898 in Dalton, Georgia. He was married February 05, 1850 in Mayfield, North Carolina to Frances James Patterson 1828-1920 who was the daughter of Thomas T. Patterson.
The four children of William and Frances were: Jennie 1852-1933, J.R.W. 1858-1921, Henrietta W. 1861-1949, and Jefferson Davis Thomas 1865-1953.
Portrait/cabinet card - J S Young, Rome, GA