During the Colonial era, women had very few legal rights. Connecticut legislation tended to regard women as the property of their husbands, who also had full control of their finances.
Widowed women had more freedom, generally speaking, than single or married women. If there were no male heirs, widows were entitled to become property owners, with all rights and obligations, for the first time in their lives.
Married women had no legal right to buy or sell property, collect wages, sue or be sued, or dispose of property through a will; all legal rights resided with their husbands.