Based on a review of pension records:
William Smith was born in 1820 in New York.
William married Betsey Budd (d. 1853) on September 27, 1847, in Cambria Hillsdale County, Michigan, and they had at least one child: Louisa (b. 1851). According to one source, they resided in Hillsdale County for several years afterwards.
By 1851, the family was living in Tallmadge, Ottawa County where Louisa was born. On November 2, 1854, he married his second wife Caroline Budd (1840-1864), in Tallmadge, Ottawa County.
By 1860 William was a farm laborer living with and/or working for Daniel Bouton, a wealthy farmer in Crockery, Ottawa County (this was the family of Charles Bouton, who would also join Company I).
William was 41 years old and residing in Nunica, Ottawa County when he enlisted in Company I on May 13, 1861. (Company I was made up largely of men from Ottawa County, particularly from the eastern side of the County.)
William died of consumption July 17, 1862, at Harrison’s Landing, Virginia, and was buried in Glendale National Cemetery: section B grave 159.
In 1864 his widow Caroline applied for a pension (no. 50419), but she died before the certificate was granted. John Newcomb of Spring Lake, Ottawa County, was Louisa’s guardian and filed an application her behalf, which was approved (no. 54594).