William Beattie Mowat Fea was born on 6th October 1851 in Evie and Rendall, second son of John Hadden and Eliza Fea. He emigrated to New Zealand in 1871. For two years he was engaged in agricultural pursuits for Mr. T Culling of North Taieri and then became connected with the firm of Gregg and Co as lad, storeman, salesman, traveller and partner. ( - The Cyclopaedia of New Zealand).
On 8th January 1878 William married Sarah Coburn. Sarah was born in Wigtownshire, Scotland, in 1856. Their children were:
William died 28th August 1937 aged 85. Sarah died 23rd March 1945 at Dunedin.