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.