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William Wilberforce (1759-1833)

This letter was sent by Wayne Smith, a direct descendant of William Wilberforce. Mr Smith is looking for his family. If you are able to help, please mail Mr Smith directly.


I am a direct descendent of William Wilberforce. My father was born to Alice Maud, who was the daughter of Patience Wilberforce, the daughter of Richard Stork Wilberforce.

I have been trying to track family and relations for a number of years and only recently found out this information from Sarah Holmes. Her great, great aunt is my great grand mother Patience.

Not many, if any of the family know I exist in Canada. The main reason is that my father William was put into a home in England after the death of his mother Alice. His maternal Uncle Leslie Wilberforce Smith had my father put into Barnardos. When my father was 10 he was sent to Canada under the auspices of Barnardos.

While my father was alive he never talked much about his family and only made contact with them in 1940,to attend the wedding of Dora Wilberforce Smith to William Pitts. Dora is the daughter of Leslie Wilberforce Smith my fathers uncle.

I have made contact with Dora and met her about 7 years ago. I did not even know of Sarah and her family until she contacted me via email recently.

If by chance you know of any other family please let them know about me. I would love to make contact with anyone over there. On my mothers side I am related to the Langtons from the Bucks area. I was born at High Street, Langley, Slough in the county of Buckingham.


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