William Wilberforce was born on August 24th, 1759 in Hull. His parents were Robert and Elizabeth Wilberforce. He had three sisters, Anne, Elizabeth, and Sarah (often called Sally). William and Sarah were the only two kids that survived to adulthood. When he was only eight years old, his father passed away. His mother became sick, so she sent him to live with his aunt, Hannah, and his uncle, William, in London.
William went to Hull Grammar School as a child. Later, he was sent to board at Pocklington Grammar School where he did well in Latin, English, and History. When he was only 17 years old, he went to Cambridge University. Within five years, he graduated and was determined to be a Member of the Parliament.
William was married to Barbara Spooner in April 1797. He was thirty seven when married. Barbara had the same beliefs as William did. They had six children but only four are mentioned, William, Robert, Samuel, and Henry. William was born in 1798. Robert was born in 1802. Samuel and Henry were both born in 1807.