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The Beadle Family Tragedy | by Rachel Michaux
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The Beadle Family Tragedy

The inscription reads:

"Here Lieth the Bodies of Mrs Lydia Beadle, Aged 30 years

Ansell, Lotimor, Elizabeth, Lydia & Mary Beadle, her children

the oldest aged 11 and the youngest 6 years


In the morning of the 11th of December 1702

Fell by the hands of William Beadle

An infatuated man

who closed the horrid sacrifice

of his Wife and Children

with his own destruction.



In the sensation of its time, William Beadle, a merchant in Wethersfield, CT, who was going bankrupt at the end of the Revolutionary War, murdered his family one morning then committed suicide rather than have his family face poverty.

The family is buried here, but his body is not. It was buried and reburied several times by outraged townspeople and his final resting place is unknown.

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Taken on July 14, 2007