Bill was able to purchase freedom for almost all of his family and worked hard throughout his life to realize that end. Bill earned approximately $1.00 a day and shared that wage with Bonafi. However, that work was not consistent throughout the year. Despite those difficulties, Bill was able to purchase all of his family except his daughter Lavinia, her husband, and their child. Although she was relocated within Jacksonville and likely could visit, it can be assumed that was of little consolation to Bill and his freed family. Bill was able to purchase his son Alonzo at auction for $400.00 and kept him from being sold away. Later in life, Alonzo became a commissary sergeant in Company A, Twenty-first U.S. Colored Infantry in the Union army.
The life of Carpenter Bill Kingsley shows not only the will of enslaved peoples to prosper in an unfair world, but the lengths a man will go to protect his family. Many long hours of labor were needed to free his family and the majority of those hours worked brought no pay. Bill's story is one of heroic dedication to both family and freedom.