Facts and Events
Although he is said to have come in the Griffin in 1633 with Rev. Cotton and Hooker, the Great Migration Study Project has not profiled him. It appears that the first record evidence of his presence in New England is in the February 1639/40 record of distribution of lands in Hartford cited by Mr. Jacobus, which implies that Risley was in Hartford no later than the fall of 1639. Mr. Risley also asserts that Richard Risley was a soldier in the Pequot War and participated in the adoption of the "Fundamental Order", Jan. 1639, but cites no record evidence for either. Neither Jacobus nor Risley cites any record evidence of his prior presence in the Massachusetts Bay. It also appears that there is no passenger list extant for the Griffin's voyage of 1633, so it is not clear how Mr. Risley determined that Richard Risley came with that group.