Whaling Wife


It was not fear of danger, however, that finally kept Eliza ashore, but rather the problem of education for the children. From 1874 on, she stayed behind in Oakland, where the children were in school. When Captain Williams died in 1880, she moved the family back to Wethersfield and lived there until her own death in 1885.

Two of the Williamses’ sons, Willie and an older boy, Stancel, also went to sea on whaling ships, and Mary, the little girl born on the Florida, carried on the family tradition by marrying a whaling captain .