William was born in 1857 in Canada, and was a farmer in Leland Twp., Leelanau Co., MI through 1916, when his wife Anna died. The next record of him is a marriage in 1920 to Elizabeth Wiedmaier in Cook Co., IL. The couple then moved to California, where William died in 1943.
Anna Alpers was born in 1863 in Michigan, and was the daughter of Henry J. Alpers and Anna Wilhenbrock. She and William had no children.