Barbara Anne Wilberforce

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Barbara Anne Wilberforce (Spooner)

Birthdate: (69)
Birthplace: Maidstone, UK
Death: Died in East Farleigh, Kent, UK
Place of Burial: Maidstone, UK
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Isaac Spooner, of Elmdon, co Warwick and Barbara Spooner
Wife of William Wilberforce
Mother of Barbara Wilberforce; Elizabeth James; William Wilberforce; Robert Isaac Wilberforce; Samuel "Soapy Sam" Wilberforce, Bishop of Winchester and 1 other
Sister of William Spooner, Archdeacon of Coventry; Anne Vansittart Neale; Henry Spooner and Abraham Spooner, afterwards LILLINGSTON

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About Barbara Anne Wilberforce

from Wikipedia: Barbara Ann Wilberforce (née Spooner) (24 December 1771, Birches Green, Erdington, Warwickshire – 21 April 1847, The Vicarage, East Farleigh, Kent) was the spouse of abolitionist and MP William Wilberforce. She was the eldest daughter and third child of Isaac Spooner of Elmdon Hall, Warwickshire, a banker of Birmingham, and his wife, Barbara Gough-Calthorpe, the sister of the first Lord Calthorpe.[1] On 15 April 1797, while at Bath, she met her future husband, William Wilberforce,[1] to whom she had been recommended by Wilberforce's friend, Thomas Babington. The couple were married at St Swithins Church, Walcot, Bath on 30 May 1797.

She nearly died following an attack of typhoid in 1800, after which her health was never strong. Nevertheless, she bore six children, all of whom survived to adulthood. The children were William, (July 1798), Barbara (1799), Elizabeth (1801), Robert (1802), Samuel (1805), and Henry (1807). Her daughters predeceased her, Barbara dying in 1821 and Elizabeth in 1832.

Following her husband's death in 1833, Barbara Wilberforce spent her time with her sons, Robert and Samuel, or with her sister Ann Neale in Taplow in Buckinghamshire. She is buried next to East Farleigh church, Kent, her son Robert Wilberforce's first living, and where her son Henry would minister a decade later.

She was a matrilineal descendant of Cecily Neville, Duchess of York, and the mitochondrial DNA descent through which the remains of Richard III of England were identified in 2013 passes through her mother and her sister Charlotte, who was the mother of Edward Vansittart Neale.

In the 2006 film Amazing Grace, about her husband's involvement in the movement to eliminate the slave trade, she was portrayed by actress Romola Garai.

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Barbara Anne Wilberforce's Timeline

December 24, 1777
Maidstone, UK
July 21, 1798
Age 20
YORK North Yorkshire England
Age 21
YORK North Yorkshire England
January 19, 1801
Age 23
York, York, England, United Kingdom
December 19, 1802
Age 24
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
September 7, 1805
Age 27
YORK North Yorkshire England
September 22, 1807
Age 29
YORK North Yorkshire England
April 21, 1847
Age 69
East Farleigh, Kent, UK
Maidstone, UK