|W.D. Ament manufactured wagons similar to this one|
The family removed to Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, before Joseph was born. William was apprenticed at an early age and learned the tinning business. In 1849, his father apparently left for the California gold mines and was never heard of again.
In November of 1845, William moved to Muscatine County, Iowa. He in Bloomington, the name of which was changed to Muscatine in 1849. There, he was very active in the community. In 1855, he established a manufacturing business, making carriages, buggies, and farm spring wagons. His company made over 100 farm wagons and 100 carriages yearly and employed and average of 25 men. I find him mentioned many times as having invented things relevant to buggies and farming. This is an example.
|Court House and soldier's monument in Muscatine, Iowa. ca. 1870|
On April 2, 1879, William married Mrs. Lucinda (McColm) Watkins. They were married at her mother's home in Muscatine. William and Lucinda continued to reside in Muscatine.
William seems to have suffered from the effects of diabetes. One obituary recorded: "For some time past he had been confined to his bed, although he had been in feeble health for over a year or more, able at times to come down town and attend to his business, and then again confined to his room. Diabetes, with a general breaking down of the constitution, was the cause of his death." He died on January 21, 1890, at home.
A final tribute to him was published in another obituary. "He was naturally of a warm and hospitable nature and greatly enjoyed the association of his intimate friends. He was a kind and faithful husband and an affectionate father. He was graciously spared severe suffering in his last illness, and while he desired to live he was resigned to the will of his Heavenly Father, ... " He is buried in the Greenwood Cemetery in Muscatine, Muscatine County, Iowa.