- Birth Date
- 28 February 1808
- Death Date
- 24 October 1856
The family sailed to America in 1856 on the ship Thornton. Their youngest child, Jane James, born 9 September 1855, died during their ocean voyage.
- Age at Departure: 48
- Head of Household
- Died en Route
- Dangerfield, Mary Ann James, Autobiographical sketch, in Mormon biographical sketches collection [ca. 1900-1975], reel 4, box 4, fd. 10, item 1, 2-3.
- Dixon, Loleta Wiscombe, [Willie Handcart Company and William James].
- "Immigration to Utah," Deseret News, 15 October 1856, 254.
- James G. Willie Emigrating Company, Journal 1856 May-Nov., 16-53.
- Journal History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, November 1856, 24.
- Perpetual Emigrating Find, Financial Accounts 1849-1886, Ledger A, p. 293.
- Perpetual Emigrating Fund, Financial Accounts 1849-1886, Ledger B, p. 216.
- Rogerson, Josiah, Sr., "Strong Men, Brave Women and Sturdy Children Crossed the Wilderness Afoot," Salt Lake Tribune, 4 January 1914.
- Rogerson, Josiah. "Captain J. G. Willie's Or, the Fourth Handcart Company of 1856 [No. 1]," Salt Lake Herald, 15 December 1907, .
- Smith, Marilyn Austin, Faithful Stewards--the Life of James Gray Willie and Elizabeth Ann Pettit, 95-120.