The following is from "The Risley Family
Genealogy" (Volume 1) by Roy D Goold. Available from the
(C) 1981 R.F.A.
is believed to have descended from the Lancastershire, England,
Risleys...In lineage he was a Norman. In religion he was a Puritan.
Born in England, probably Oxon, County Lancastershire, prior to 1615,
he emigrated to the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Boston, sailing from
Downs in the ship "Griffin" July 15th 1633, in company with Rev.
Thomas Hooker, Rev. William Stone, Rev. John Cotton and the Hon. John
Haynes. The ship "Griffin" brought from England many of Hooker's
church in Braintree, numbering more than a hundred persons. The ship
landed in Boston Harbor September 4th 1633. Hooker and his associate
located in Newtown, (now Cambridge) Mass., where a church had been
previously erected to accommodate the new comers. Hooker was ordained
pastor of the new church and William Stone as teacher on October 25,
1633. The little colony thus planted was surrounded by troublesome
conditions which seriously affected the entire population of
Massachusetts Bay and Salem Colonies, it being a struggle between the
church and civil magistrates and the people which resulted in the
election of John Haynes as Governor, in 1634. Rev Hooker and his
parishioners seemed not to have taken part in the struggle; his
followers obtained permission of the General Court to remove to the
Connecticut Valley in the winter of 1636.
On May 31st 1636, the entire company turned their backs on the
Massachusetts Bay Colony, leaving behind nothing to be desired and
betook themselves through a trackless wilderness on foot to the
locality now occupied by the city of Hartford, reaching their
destination in about a month. A treaty was consummated with the
Indians for a tract of land, embracing the present city of Hartford
and the adjoining towns of East Manchester and East and West Hartford.
Richard Risley, with the Hooker Company, was one of the original
founders of the Commonwealth of Connecticut...On January 14, 1638,
Richard participated in the adoption of the "Fundamental Order," the
first written Constitution known to history...
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
Richard and Mary Risley had three children:
Samuel, baptized November 1, 1645, Hartford,
Richard, Jr., baptized August 2, 1648; m. Rebecca Adams.