Anna Maria WEIGHT 1783 - 1830
Daughter of Daniel WEIGHT 1740 – 1805 and Elizabeth MORRIS 1759 - 1848
Born 1783 Cam, Gloucestershire
Died 21st January 1830 Dursley, Gloucestershire
From the Cam Marriage register, 1805
m. 1) Sarah PRUEN 1810 – 1832 (one child)
m. 2) Mary Leigh SCOTT 1803 – 1880 (ten children)
3) William VIZARD
1808 – 1876 m. Maria Budden JEFFRIES 1811 - 1892 (thirteen children)
4) Edward VIZARD
1810 – 1888 m. Ann FOLEY 1815 – 1902 (eleven children)
5) Ann Elizabeth VIZARD 1811 - 1851 m. John Henry FOLEY 1811 - 1891
Anna Maria Weight’s Bible
For very many years I have had in my possession a bible, that because of its fragile state, has been hidden safely away in a box.
It is a King James version of Old and New Testaments with the Apocrypha. It was published in 1783 by CAMBRIDGE, printed by John Archdeacon. I have always just referred to it as ‘The Vizard Bible’ as it had records of Vizards written on its end pages. The original owner however was Anna Maria WEIGHT.
In the front of the bible (the son of Anna Maria) Edward Vizard has written –
This Bible was my mother’s
& has her name, before she was
married, Anna Maria Weight
1792, written by herself. E.V.
This means Anna Maria was nine years old when she put her name to this bible in 1792. It is a confident tutored hand for a nine-year-old of this time. It would have been written with a (what we’d call now) dipping pen.
At present there is no clue to the background of Anna Maria’s family. Her parents, according to scanty records, appear to have come from Hampshire but were living in Cam, near Dursley by the time their first child arrived in 1782.
Anna Maria had two brothers (one died at birth) and a sister -
Edward WEIGHT 1782 – 1857
Daniel WEIGHT 1784 – 1784
Mary Elizabeth Hawkins WEIGHT 1798 – 1864
The ownership of the bible obviously went to son Edward VIZARD after his mother died. He was twenty at the time.
It was then passed on to his youngest child, Charlotte Marian VIZARD 1859 – 1940 who married Arthur John HUBBARD 1856 – 1935.
The bible eventually passed to the care of Frances Ann HUBBARD 1899 – 1986, daughter of Charlotte Marian who in turn handed it to me, Judith
Frances HUBBARD b. 1949, niece of Frances Ann.
The names at the back of the bible have been written in long after Anna Maria’s death, being a list of the children of Edward VIZARD and Ann FOLEY, thus grandchildren of Anna Maria and the generation of my grandmother.
A Memorial in St James’ Church, Dursley
As you enter St James’ Church, Dursley, you enter through a wide porch into the south of the Nave. On the wall immediately to the right of the porch door on the south wall inside, you see the memorial plaque as follows:
To the Memory of JOHN VIZARD eldest Son of WILLIAM and ANN VIZARD who died 22 Janry. 1814. Aged 41 Years.
In the discharge of his several Duties as Husband, Father and Friend he was exemplary: and the remembrance of his many virtues will ever remain deeply impressed on the minds of those who have to lament his loss.
Also of ANNA MARIA his wife and Daughter of DANIEL WEIGHT Esqr. she died the 21st January 1830, Aged 46.
And of ANNA MARIA their Daughter who died June 24th 1832. Aged 24 years.
And of ANNE ELIZABETH their Daughter and Wife of HENRY FOLEY Esqr. she died Febry. 4th 1851 Aged 39.
The names added as members of the family died. Sadly, no mention of Anna Maria’s good qualities!
Death of Anna Maria Vizard (nee Weight) 1830
On Thursday, at Dursley, Gloucestershire, Mrs. Vizard, relict of John Vizard, Esq.
Source: Worcester Journal, 28 January 1830, page 3