William Lane was born in Norfolk Co, England, and cmae to this country, prob a widower w two adult sons and four daughters, to Dorchester in 1635, where he was a freeman 163_. He married 2nd before 1637, Agnes Farnsworth. There is no mention of his wife in his will dated Feb 28, 1650-1, and proved Jul 6, 1654. It names two sons and four daughters, and sons in law Thomas Rider, Thomas Lincoln and Nathaniel Baker. He was one of 71 men of Dorchester who gave their land in 1641 on Thompson's Island for a free school, which was the first public school in the country to be supported by taxation. He died 1654 in Dorchester at an advanced age. Jan 2, 1637, "It is ordered Good: Lane shall have one acre towards the harbor.