Author and One of the First Female AbolitionistsMaria Weston Chapman (1806–1885) was a writer, editor abolitionist, and right-hand woman of prominent abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison. She served as editor of the anti-slavery newspapers, the Non-Resistant and the National Anti-Slavery Standard. Although she shunned public speaking, Chapman organized bazaars and other fund-raising events for the movement, and was described by Lydia Maria Child as "one of the most remarkable women of the age."
Childhood and Early Years
Maria Weston was born on July 24, 1806 in Weymouth, Massachusetts, the eldest of eight children born to Warren and Anne Bates Weston, descendants of the Pilgrims. Maria's birth was followed by those of Caroline in 1808, Anne in 1812, Deborah in 1814, Hervey in 1817, Richard in 1819, Lucia in 1822 and Emma in 1825. The children grew up on the family farm and went to local schools.