William was listed as a sawyer in 1621. He lived at Batisfords Manor (also called Freebournes") in Witham until he sold it on 20 Dec 1633. It is said that Freebournes was built early in the sixteenth century and was enlarged in the seventeenth. It is located on what is now Newland Street.
On 30 April 1634 William (40) embarked on the 'Francis' from Ipswich, County Suffolk, (John Cutting, master) for Boston with his wife Mary (33) and children Mary (7), and Sarah (2), and servant John Aldburg/Albro (14).
On 3 Sep 1634 he was freeman in Roxbury MA, where his son Gideon may have been born. He moved later to Boston where he became a supporter of Mrs. Anne Hutchinson and Mr. Wheelwright.
1637, Nov 20. He and others were warned to deliver up all guns, pistols, swords, powder, shot, etc., because "the opinions and revelations of Mr. Wheelwright and Mrs. Hutchinson have seduced and led into dangerous errors many of the people here in New England."
On March 7, he and 18 others, among them Clement Weaver, original purchasers of Rhode Island, signed the following compact marks the foundation of the Colony at Portsmouth, R. I
. "We whose names are underwritten do here solemnly in the presence of Jehovah incorporate ourselves into a Bodie Politick, and as he shall help, will submit our persons, lives, and e sttes unto our Lord Jesus christ, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and to all those perfect and most bsolute laws of his given us in his holy word of truth to be guided