William was born about 1868, the son of unknown parents. The place is not known.
His wife was Annie Ross Jope, who he married on 6 JUN 1887. The place has not been found. Their five known children were Margaret GARDNER Fraser (1888-1968), McClay (1889-?), Isabella (1892-1965), Janet Johnstone (1899-?) and Alexander William (1887-1887).