hi: i was so glad to find some one searching for my fruit line. the William fruit you mention is my gr-grandfather William r, frui(s). I have much material on his decendants but like you i haven't found a lot on his ancestors.i have several locations and theories but nothing solid.
i would be glad to share any info i have on him and his family. did you know he was married twice?
as to my name: i was adopted by the browers.Quite a story.