I found a few more items on the Stateler family of Champaign County Illinois, although nothing on your William specifically: The Urbana Free Library Champaign County Historical and Genealogical Index http://18.104.22.168/ccha/cchadb.htmhttp://22.214.171.124/ccha/cchadb.htm ESTATE PAPERS OF MARY STATELER LOVE Comments: DATE OF DEATH: NOVEMBER 25, 1916. names; STATELER, ETHEL STATELER, FRANK STATELER, JOHN R. STATELER, MARY Note: no William but the other two Stateler children of the 1900 census record are mentioned (I checked the census and what appears as Fran K is really Frank)
A divorce case of Matilda (Kerr) and James STATLER 1869.So that marriage only lasted a couple of years.
I agree with Eva that the best choice for William's father is James but he must have remarried.I cannot find him in 1880.
Some more information on the family in the 1850 census: In Davis Township, Fountain County, Indiana Dwelling 688 Mary Stateler 42 Ohio May E. Stateler 12 " Amanda Stateler 10 " James Stateler2 Indiana Lusan(Susan?) Saxton 30 De In Noble Twp, Wabash County IN: Minerva Stateler age with Austin B. Sweet and family
I didn't mention it in my last posting but Minerva was married in Vigo County IN, the other marriages were in Champaign County IL.
Since it unlikely that anyone else is interested in William because he probably had no children I suggest you send for William's death certificate and perhaps the estate papers of Mary Stateler Love.