Richard de Risley (c.1615 - 1648)

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Nicknames: "Wrisley/"
Birthplace: of Oxon, Lancastershire, England
Death: Died in Hockanum, Hartford County, Connecticut
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Wikipedia Biographical Summary :

"...Richard Risley (before 1615 - 1648) was an early Puritan settler in the Massachusetts Bay Colony and one of the founders of Hartford, Connecticut. Risley sailed from England on July 15, 1633, in the ship Griffen with Thomas Hooker, William Stone, John Cotton, and John Haynes. They arrived in Boston on September 4, 1633..."

"...In May 1636, Risley left Massachusetts with almost the entire company he had arrived with two and a half years earlier. They found John Winthrop to be too dictatorial. The group headed west through the wilderness, and after a month stopped in an area now occupied by the city of Hartford, Connecticut..."

"...Risley died at Hockanum, Connecticut of typhoid in October 1648, leaving his wife and three children, ages two months to eight years..."

SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'Richard Risley', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 25 December 2010, 16:13 UTC, <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Richard_Risley&oldid=404180466> [accessed 25 April 2011]

Biographical Summary #2:

"...Richard Risley (Wrigley), an original proprietor of Hartford; his home-lot in 1639 was on the west side of the road from George Steel's to the Great Swamp. He afterward went to Hockanum, and settled near Willow Brook. He d. about 1648; inv. £135. 5. 10. His widow m. William Hills, who agreed to bring up the children to read and write, and to give them their several portions.-Ch.: i. Sarah, b. about 1641. ii. Samuel, bapt. Nov. 1, 1646; freeman, May 20,1668 ; d. July 8, 1670, a'. 23 yrs. 8 mos. iii. Richard, bapt. Aug. 21, 1648; freeman, 1669; lived in Hockanum, married and had seven children, and through them had numerous descendants in East Hartford..."

SOURCE: Society of the Descendants of the Founders of Hartford. www.Foundersofhartford.org. Retrieved online on 6 Jun 2010.

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  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Risley
  • 'Richard Risley (before 1615 - 1648) was an early Puritan settler in the Massachusetts Bay Colony and one of the founders of Hartford, Connecticut.[1] Risley sailed from England on July 15, 1633, in the ship Griffen with Thomas Hooker, William Stone, John Cotton, and John Haynes.[2] They arrived in Boston on September 4, 1633.
  • In May 1636, Risley left Massachusetts with almost the entire company he had arrived with two and a half years earlier. They found John Winthrop to be too dictatorial. The group headed west through the wilderness, and after a month stopped in an area now occupied by the city of Hartford, Connecticut.
  • Within the year, the group started a collective government to fight the Pequot War. By the next year, they had adopted what is now generally considered the first written constitution in Western history, the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut. The group eventually signed a treaty with the Indians for a tract of land and settled down.
  • The present-day state capitol building in Hartford sits on the original Risley land grant.[3]
  • 'Risley died at Hockanum, Connecticut of typhoid in October 1648, leaving his wife and three children, ages two months to eight years.
  • References
  • 1.^ "Founders of Hartford". www.cslib.org. http://www.cslib.org/foundhtfd.htm. Accessed 1 July 2007.
  • 2.^ Goold, Roy D. "The First Risley in America". The Risley Family Genealogy (Volume 1).
  • 3.^ "Founding of Connecticut & The Pequot War". www.cypresscollege.edu. http://socialscience.cypresscollege.edu/~lyerby/connect.htm. Accessed 1 July 2007.
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  • 'The Descendants of Richard Risley Sr. in America
  • A nonprofit, private, national organization preserving the history and genealogy of the Risley family Founded 1889
  • http://risleyfamily.org/richard_risley.htm
  • 'Richard Risley was married about 1640 to Mary, who was probably born in England, we are unable to determine her maiden name. Richard died at Hockanum in October of 1648 of Typhoid fever, leaving his wife and three children...
  • 'Richard and Mary Risley had three children:
    • Sarah,
    • Samuel, baptized November 1, 1645, Hartford,
    • Richard, Jr., baptized August 2, 1648; m. Rebecca Adams.
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  • 'Full text of "The Risley family history, including records of some of the early English Risleys' a geneaology of the descendants of Richard Risley, of Newtown (Cambridge), Massachusetts (1633), and of Hartford, Connecticut (1636); an account of the family reunion at Hartford, August 3, 1904, and a list of the founders of the commonwealth of Connectucut;"
  • http://www.archive.org/stream/risleyfamilyhist00lcrisl/risleyfamilyhist00lcrisl_djvu.txt
  • 1 'RICHARD RISLEY is believed to have descended from the Lancastershire, England, Risleys previously mentioned in this work. All the evidence now at hand indicates Norse origin of the name Risley. They were lords and knights in the 12th Century in England; the early name in English Genealogy of " Rolf " is a distinctive Norse name. They no doubt emigrated from Norway into Normandy, France, in the 8th century. The name " Risle " indicated a creek in Normandy, near where the Monastery of Bech was located; there the Normans established a great seat of learning, where the Duke of Normandy was first to be touched by the new faith. Every approach to the monastery was crowded with pilgrims ; monasteries multiplied in the forest glades. Kings sought shelter from the turmoil of the times in a little valley surrounded with woods of ash and elm through which a brook or brooklet runs down to the " Risle." By adding the final " y " to this name we have Risley, The appearance of the name Risley in the early years of the 12th century in England, in which titles of distinction were borne by members of the Risley family, is indisputable evidence that they found their way from Normandy, France, to England with, or followed William the Conqueror, who vacated and set aside nearly all landed titles granted by Saxon and Danish kings and gave their estates to his " Norman " followers. The Risleys are of Norman descent.
  • In the Colonial records the name is erroneously spelled. Restley, Rysley, Rissley, Rizley, Risla, Wisla, Wisley. These various modes of spelling related to the same person whose name is spelled in the inventory of his estate, Risele}'^ and Risley,
  • 34 THE DESCENDANTS OF RICHARD RISLEY
  • and the last spelling of this name was used by three generations of his descendants with a single exception.
  • 'In lineage he was a Norman. In religion a Puritan. Born probably in Oxon, County Lancastershire, England, prior to 1615, he emigrated to Massachussetts Bay Colony, Boston, sailing from Downs in the ship " Griffin " July 15th, 1633, in company with Rev. Thomas Hooker, Rev. Wm. Stone, Rev. John Cotton and the Hon. John Haynes. The latter Governor of Massachussetts Bay Colony in the years 163475, and of the Connecticut Colony in 1639-1641, 1643, 1645', 1649 and 1653. The ship " Griffin " brought from England many of Hooker's church in Braintree, numbering more than a hundred persons. The vessel landed in Boston Harbor, Sept. 4, 1633. Hooker and his associates located in Newtown (now Cambridge,) Mass., where a church had been previously erected to accomodate the new comers. Hooker was ordained pastor of the new church and Wm. Stone as teacher Oct. 25, 1633.
  • The little colony thus planted was surrounded by the trouble-some conditions which seriously aflTected the entire population of Massachusetts Bay and Salem Colonies, there being a struggle between the church and Civil Magistrates and the people which resulted in the election of John Haynes as Governor, in 1634. .............
  • 'In the book of distribution of property in Hartford it is stated: " Samuel Wrislea, son of Richard Wrislea, bap. Nov. 1, 1645. Richard Risla bap. Aug. 2, 1648." These baptisms occurred in the First Church of Hartford. Richard and Mary, his wife, lived on the east of the " Great River."
  • October, 1648, Richard, sr., died at Hockanum, leaving his wife and three children surviving. December 7, 1648, an inventory of his estate, amounting to 135£ 5s. lOd., was filed in court. ..............
  • 'Richard Risley was married about 1640 to Mary , who was probably born in England.
  • 'After the death of her husband, Richard, she became the second or third wife of Will Hill (Hills), who was also one of the landed proprietors of Hartford. He lived at Hockanum, on the east side of the " Great River," and was possessed of some military talent.
  • 'The date of the death of Mary Risley Hill is probably prior to 1680.
  • 'The proof of the marriage of Mary with Mr. Hill (Hills) is found in the inventory of Richard Risley's estate and the book of distribution in the Hartford clerk's office, p. 219, it is recorded that on Feb. 26, 1680, Thomas Bunse bought land of Wm. Hill in Podunk Swamp, which formerly belonged to Richard Risley and came to said Hill by right of his wife Mary, " relict of said Risley." The land was a part of the early undivided lands belonging to Richard Risley and others of Hartford.
  • 'Richard and Mary Risley had three children:
    • 2 Sarah.
    • 3 Samuei..
    • 4 Richard.
  • 'Who after Richard's death were reared in the family of Wm. Hill, who married Mary Risley.
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  • 'The Society of the Descendents of the Founders of Hartford
  • http://www.foundersofhartford.org/founders/risley_richard.htm
  • The Founders of Hartford
  • 'Richard Risley (Wrigley), an original proprietor of Hartford; his home-lot in 1639 was on the west side of the road from George Steel's to the Great Swamp. He afterward went to Hockanum, and settled near Willow Brook. He d. about 1648; inv. £135. 5. 10. His widow m. William Hills, who agreed to bring up the children to read and write, and to give them their several portions.-Ch.: i. Sarah, b. about 1641. ii. Samuel, bapt. Nov. 1, 1646; freeman, May 20,1668 ; d. July 8, 1670, a'. 23 yrs. 8 mos. iii. Richard, bapt. Aug. 21, 1648; freeman, 1669; lived in Hockanum, married and had seven children, and through them had numerous descendants in East Hartford.
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Richard Risley's Timeline

1615
1615
of Oxon, Lancastershire, England
1639
1639
Age 24
Rhode Island
1639
Age 24
CT, USA
1641
1641
Age 26
Hartford, Hartford, Conn.
1645
November 1, 1645
Age 30
Hartford, Hartford, Conn.
1648
August 2, 1648
Age 33
Hockanum, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony, (Present USA)
October, 1648
Age 33
Hockanum, Hartford County, Connecticut
October, 1648
Age 33
Hockanum, Hartford, Conn.
1677
1677
Age 33
Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
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