The family settled along the Meadow Bank, West River area and over the years some of the later generations moved into Cornwall.
He was first married to Dorothea Rhene and then to Elisabeth Hoschelin.
He had six children and is said to have arrived on Prince Edward Island around the year 1786.
They appear to have been ex-soldiers, whose German regiment was posted in the United States who were either deserters or discharged and made their way to Prince Edward Island.
Complications arose with the acquisition of property. William Fisher; or Wilhelm Fischer was a member of the von Knyphausen Regiment, a regiment of the German military that was posted to New York around the year 1779.
It can be supposed that the family moved to the area that year or the year prior.
The youngest son, also named John married Jane Kellow, and they took up residence in North River. It appears that William had some wealth, as he paid for three passages to Canada himself.
They had five children all of whom were born in Scotland, the last being born in 1807.
The family therefore would have emigrated from Scotland sometime after that date.
William was the son of Thomas Hyde, who with his wife and eight children immigrated to Prince Edward Island, settling along the West River in Lots 31 and 32 in the late 1700’s. His parents immigrated to the United States from Germany. with Peter Cramer, who married his sister Isabella.