His Nov 1872 Declaration of Intention states that he was born in Wareham, Dorset, England, but he states that he is 29 years old.
His petition for naturalization in Nov 1876, like the declaration states that he arrived at the port of New York in May 1866.
I could not find anyone named William Medland arriving in NY in 1866, but did find the following:
William Medland, age 22, arrived in Boston on the SS Calabria on 15 Jul 1870. It only states that he was from England.
Thank you so very much for this! It’s interesting that his age is five years older on the forms, which could be why he’s been very difficult to pin down. I look very forward to continuing my search for his (my) ancestors, with this new information in hand. Such a blessing!