Colbert William, a pioneer of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Western New York, was a native of Maryland. He was admitted on trial into the Philadelphia Annual Conference in 1790. In 1792 we find him at the General Conference in the city of Baltimore; he then became connected with the circuits of Tioga and the lake country (a perfect wilderness at the time), and here he labored faithfully and uncomplainingly, notwithstanding the difficulties of all kinds which he had to encounter, until 1811, when he located. In 1826 he was readmitted as a supernumerary, which relation he retained until his death in 1833. — Minutes of Conferences, 2:281; Peck, Early Methodism, p. 39, 121, 272.