William was a carpenter living at Amwell End, Ware. He was also a timber valuer
and merchant. When his brother John died in 1777 he left his
property in Water Row to brother Benjamin who in turn left it to his son
John in 1782. William traded this property for "various
In 1788 he became a customary tenant of the Manor of Great Amwell leasing a strip of one acre called The Slips backing onto Hoe Lane. He assigned the tenancy some five years later.
A letter from the College of Heralds dated September 3rd 1979 states: A senior branch of an Usborne family residing in Canada headed by William Usborne of Ware is registered with the College.