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Richard Risley

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Birthplace: of Oxon, Lancastershire, England
Death: Died in Hockanum, Hartford County, Connecticut
Place of Burial: Hartford, Hartford Cotunty, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Husband of Mary Risley
Father of Sarah Paine; Samuel Risley; Richard Risley; Unknown Wrisley and Elizabeth Risley

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About Richard Risley

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.


  • 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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  • Updated from MyHeritage Family Trees via daughter Sarah Crooke (born Risley) by SmartCopy: Mar 18 2015, 20:11:57 UTC

(f/g) Richard W Risley Birth: unknown Oxfordshire, England Death: Oct., 1648 Hartford Hartford County Connecticut, USA

Born in England, immigrated to America on the ship Griffin with Thomas hooker in 1633.

Settled in Hartford in 1636.

The original brownstone monument erected in 1837 was replaced by this one in 1986, by the Society of the Descendants of the Founders of Hartford. It stands in the Ancient Burying Ground, which is located to the rear of the First Congregational Church at the corner of Main and Gold Streets in Hartford. This cemetery is also known as Old Center Cemetery. It lists the original Founders of Hartford.

It's commonly accepted as the burial place of the Founders. However, their bodies were more likely buried at the First Burying Ground of Hartford, which predates the Ancient Buying Ground, but was destroyed and the land reclaimed by the city. A portion of the story explains it:

Excerpt from "Hartford in the Olden Time" by Stuart Publishers, 1853

[quote] ITS FIRST BURYING-GROUND

... deposited in the manner we have described, in solemn keeping, at the corner of present Market Street and State House, Square.

Yes, Reader, there was the site of the first Burying-Ground of Hartford-an area close by the first Meeting-House, and running north from the Square towards the present City Hall, and west from present Market Street up, a little distance, the hill. It was then much more elevated than now-ten to twelve feet. It has been cut down since low enough to carry away all the dust both of the bodies and coffins of those who slept in its cold embrace. Its monuments, many of them, as they stood upon the site, were well remembered and frequently spoken of to his sons by the father of Messrs J. B. and C. Hosmer of this city, and also by the late Samuel Olcott. The latter said that many of the stones composing them were used in laying the foundations of some of the oldest buildings fronting on the Square, on it's north side.

But they are gone to our view—and the Settlers have transmitted to us none of their mummied bodies 'loaded with biography.' We have not even the name of a solitary one of those who were buried there. Their dust, distinguished or undistinguished in its day, is undistinguishable now...

— SCAEVA. [/quote]


Family links:

Spouse:
 Mary Risley Hills
Children:
 Richard Risley (1648 - 1728)

Note: Richard W. Risley was likely buried at the First Burying Ground of Hartford, but as the graves are gone this cenotaph will serve as his burial site.


Burial: Ancient Burying Ground Hartford Hartford County Connecticut, USA Maintained by: greatgrands Originally Created by: The Guardian (inactive) Record added: Dec 08, 2006 Find A Grave Memorial# 16963840 -tcd


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Richard Risely (bef. 1600)

Richard Risely Born before 1600 in Clevedon, Somersetshire, Englandmap [uncertain] Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown] [sibling(s) unknown] Husband of Mary (Arnold) Risely — married [date unknown] [location unknown] Father of Elizabeth (Unknown) Irish Died [date unknown] [location unknown] Profile manager: Rev Daniel Washburn Jones private message [send private message] Last modified 14 September 2015.

Biography

Elizabeth Risely was born ca. 1613, a daughter possibly of Richard and Mary (Arnold) Risely.

Maltby cites the below as reference: Little Compton Families, Little Compton, RI, 1967 by Benjamin Franklin Wilbour p. 370, taken apparently from the Compendium of American Genealogy, Vol. 6, p. 785.

FHL Ancestral File for John Irish and Elizabeth Risely, submitted by Larry S. Christiansen, of Tullahoma, TN, Fae S. Cobbley, of American Fork, UT, Robert A. Valentine, of Overland Park, KS, Scott A. Tracy, of Payette, ID, and many others.

He then states: I have not been able to confirm her maiden name from reliable published sources or through original record research.

So I will be marking these parents as "Uncertain".

Sources

English Origins of the Washburn Families of Plymouth Colony and Hempstead, Long Island" byJohn Maltby - Phillip Washburn

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Richard Risley's Timeline

1581
1581
of Oxon, Lancastershire, England
1639
1639
Age 58
Rhode Island
1640
August 1640
Age 59
Hartford, Hartford, Conn.
1645
November 1, 1645
Age 64
Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States
1648
August 2, 1648
Age 67
Hockanum, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony, (Present USA)
October 1648
Age 67
Hockanum, Hartford County, Connecticut
October 1648
Age 67
Hartford, Hartford Cotunty, Connecticut, United States
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