|Birth: ||Apr. 26, 1661|
|Death: ||Apr. 19, 1723|
Mary Talcott, dau. of Lieut. Col. John Talcott and his first wife Helena Wakeman, b. Apr. 26, 1661 at Hartford, Conn. where she d. Apr. 19, 1723, Æ 62. She m. circa 1692 at Hartford as his second wife, Richard Edwards, Esq., only child of William Edwards and Agnes Harris. He was b. at Hartford May 1, 1647 where he d. testate Apr. 20, 1718, Æ 71.
The following account, albeit true, was included by the creator of this memorial. But, as Richard Edwards and first wife Elizabeth Tuttle are the writer's ancestors, a more positive presentation would seem appropriate.
• Seventeenth-century Hartford was no stranger to scandal, as the story of Richard Edwards and Mary, his second wife, vividly proves. In 1667 Richard Edwards, 20, married 22-year-old Elizabeth Tuttle of New Haven. During two decades of marriage Elizabeth gave birth to six [sic seven] children. Richard insisted he was not the father of the first-born, which Elizabeth conceived by another man before the marriage to Richard.
• In 1689 Richard, now a prosperous and powerful attorney, petitioned the Connecticut General Court for a divorce on the grounds of insanity and adultery. There is evidence that Richard, too, had committed adultery. The Court denied Richard's request, but he petitioned again in 1691, claiming Elizabeth had threatened "to Cut my throat when I was Asleep." Richard had good reason to take his wife seriously, for her family had a history of homicidal insanity, including a brother who murdered their sister in a deranged fit of anger. This time the Court granted the divorce.
• Within months Richard, 44, wed 27-year-old Mary Talcott, with whom records suggest he had committed adultery. The couple were apparently able to live down the scandal that preceded their marriage, for both were admitted to full communion in the First Congregational Church, and Richard later was appointed Queen's Attorney for Connecticut. Mary bore Richard another half dozen children before his death in 1718.
• No one knows what happened to Elizabeth (Tuttle) Edwards following the divorce. The only son Elizabeth bore Richard, named Timothy, became the father of the Reverend Jonathan Edwards, one of the greatest religious figures in American history." (www.theancientburyingground.org)
Richard Edwards and Mary Talcott had the following children, all born of record and bapt. of record either at the Harford 1st or 2nd Church, Hartford, Conn.:
• i. Jonathan Edwards, b. Jan. 20 (bp. Feb. 20 [1st Ch]), 1692/3, d. in infancy Mar. 21, 1692/3.
• ii. Dea. John Edwards, b. Feb. 27 (bp. Mar. 11 [1st Ch]), 1694/5, d. May 16, 1769 at Hartford, Æ 75; m. at Hartford Dec. 24, 1719, Christian Coffin, widow of Timothy Williamson and dau. of Nathaniel Coffin and Damaris Gayer. She was b. Apr. 8, 1695 at Nantucket, Mass. and d. at Hartford Jan. 18, 1769, Æ 74. Seven children of the family. John was Deacon of the Hartford 1st church.
• iii. Hannah Edwards, b. Jan. 3 (bp. Jan. 5 [1st Ch]), 1695/6, d. Oct. 17, 1747 at Hartford, Conn., Æ 52; m. Mar. 1, 1721/2 at Norwich, Conn., Joseph Backus, Jr., s. of Joseph Backus and Elizabeth Huntington, b. at Norwich in Mar. 1690/1. An attorney and graduate of Yale (1718), he d. at Norwich 1762. Five known children of the family.
• iv. Richard Edwards, b. June 5, 1698, d. in adolescence May 20, 1713.
• v. Hon. Daniel Edwards, b. Apr. 11 (bp. Apr. 15 [1st Ch]), 1701, d. testate Sept. 6, 1765 at New Haven, Conn., Æ 65; m. in Mar. 1727/8, Sarah Hooker, dau. of Nathaniel Hooker and Mary Stanley, b. Nov. 7 (bp. Nov. 12 [1st Ch], 1704. She d. July 31, 1775 at Hartford. Daniel was a graduate of Yale (1720) in the same class as his half-nephew, Rev. Jonathan Edwards of Northampton, Mass. Daniel was a Judge of the Hartford Superior Court (1754-1765) and Judge of Probate for the Hartford District (1761-1765). Daniel and wife Sarah are said to have had multiple children during the first 11 years of marriage, all who died in infancy, before the 1739 known birth of dau. Sarah and son Daniel in 1745. Daniel Edwards's wife, Sarah Hooker, was the 1st cousin of Sarah Pierpont, the wife of Daniel's half-nephew, Rev. Jonathan Edwards.
• vi. Samuel Edwards, b. Nov. 1 (bp. Nov. 1 [2nd Ch], 1702, d. testate Nov. 4, 1732 at Hartford, Conn., Æ 31; m. by 1732 Jerusha Pitkin, dau. of William Pitkin and Elizabeth Stanley. One known child of the family. The widow Jerusha m. 2) Nov. 17, 1737 at Glastonbury, Conn., Rev. Ashbel Woodbridge, by whom she had none children and d. July 31, 1799 at Glastonbury.
Revised and Expanded 1/17/2016
John Talcott (1630 - 1688)
Helena Wakeman Talcott (1632 - 1674)
Richard Edwards (1647 - 1718)*
John Edwards (1694 - 1769)*
Daniel Edwards (1701 - 1765)*
Samuel Edwards (1702 - 1732)*
John Talcott (1653 - 1682)*
Elizabeth Talcott Wadsworth (1656 - 1710)*
Mary Talcott Edwards (1661 - 1723)
Hannah Talcott Gold (1663 - 1696)*
Joseph Talcott (1669 - 1741)*
Helena Talcott Nichols (1674 - 1702)*
Hezekiah Talcott (1685 - 1764)**
Here lies the Body of Mrs
Mary Edwards Relict of Mr.
Richard Edwards who
Deceased April ye 19 1723
Aged 62 years.
On the day Mary died she was 61 years old, and Ætatis suæ (i.e., Æ, "Aged," in the XX year of her Age) 62.
Ancient Burying Ground
Maintained by: Don Blauvelt
Originally Created by: Christine
Record added: Oct 24, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 12144679