William Van Buren Riser was the son of Martin Van Buren Riser (Rizer) and Mary Ann Simms. He was born May 5, 1887 in Mason County, WV and died Mar. 31, 1950, at Sharon, Kanawha County, WV. He was married to Nellie Fern Hall at Malden, Kanawha County, WV on July 14, 1912. There is some indication that this may be a second marriage for him.