12 February 1856 — Ash Grove, Greene, Missouri, USA
William and his wife (Louisa Walker or Jemima Anderson) had a baby girl on 12 February 1856, and his grandson, James Claude Blackwell, said he was told that his grandmother died from childbirth. The child was named Roena. James Claude Blackwell also remembered being told that his mother, Roena, was raised by a man named George Mathis (Mathews). William died when Roena was 8 years old. It must have been a difficult childhood for both Roena and her brother, Scot, who was about 14 years old at the time.