William entered into marriage with Kathryn Brooks (1888-1969), the daughter of Hazell and Jane (Williams) Brooks of Woods Run, Washington County, PA. The wedding took place in about 1909, when William was age 22, and Kathryn 19.
They made their home in the early years of marriage in South Brownsville, Fayette County.
The couple did not reproduce.
The federal census of 1920 shows William, Kathryn, Hazel Elizabeth and William's widowed mother Mary living in a house on Prospect Street in Brownsville. William labored that year as a coal miner.
When the census again was taken in 1930, William, Kathryn and 18-year old "niece" Hazel Elizabeth made their home on Bank Street in South Brownsville. Lodgers Charles W. Teeple and James L. Laughrey boarded in the household. That year, William was employed as a laborer in a local laundry.
William may later have purchased the store, according to the Uniontown (PA) Evening Standard.
While in Fairmont, the Whetzels were members of the Fairmont Presbyterian Church.
As they aged, the Whetzels moved again, from Fairmont to Vandergrift, Westmoreland County, PA, where their married niece Hazel Rowe made her home. Their address was 411 Walnut Street in Vandergrift.
William was burdened with heart disease and hardening of the arteries. He eventually became paralyzed on the left side of his body.
Kathryn outlived her husband by five years. She was sent for medical treatment to the John J. Kane Hospital in Pittsburgh, and died there at the age of 80 on May 1, 1969.
Her remains were transported to Brownsville to join her husband in eternal rest in Redstone Cemetery.
An obituary in the Uniontown Morning News said that Kathryn was survived by nieces Mrs. Wallace Craig of Clarksburg, Mrs. Paul Tarleton of Fairmont and Mrs. Elizabeth Rowe of Vandergrift.
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