Facts and Events
Richard and his wife were “admitted to full communion in the First Church of Hartford” in 1686. Three of their children are baptized there, in 1687, 1693 and 1695. His wife is not named, but since they were admitted together to the church in 1686, it is almost certain that this is Rebecca.
Richard was a man of some prominence, owning a fair amount of real estate, mostly on the east side of the Great River. He was elected “fence viewer” in 1687, 1692, 1694, 1695 and 1697.
The evidence for Rebecca Adams as Richard’s wife comes from a document found in Towns and Lands, vol 5 p. 204, reprinted in NEHGR Vol. 67: “Hartford, May ye 20th 1726 These may certifie whome it may concern yt I Richard Risly of Hartford do of my Certain Knowledge know yt my father John Addams formerly of Hartford, Deceased, had seven children, viz: 4 sons & three Daughters: one son Died without issue: I married one of ye Daughters & Edward Higbee married another: John Brush married ye other: ye sisters are all Deceased but they have left Children as I herd by Jeremiah Addams viz, two higbee & 2 Brushes which ware well last I herd from them: ye above written I am Ready to testify if cald, witness my hand. RICHARD RISLE” The article asserts that “other documents” identify Rebecca Risley, Abigail Higbee and Sarah Brush.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Jacobus, Donald Lines. The Risley Family of Connecticut. American Genealogist (D.L. Jacobus). (Oct 1949), 25:233-34.
Richard2 Risley, baptized at Hartford, Conn., 21 Aug. 1648, died there after 19 Oct. 1728; married about 1676, Rebecca Adams, born at Hartford, about Aug. 1658, died before 20 May 1726, daughter of John and Abigail (Smith) Adams. … Jeremy Adams was his wife's grandfather. Richard Risley gave testimony, 20 May 1726, that "my father John Addams formerly of Hartford Deceased, had seven Children viz: 4 sons & three Daughters. … I married one of ye Daughters. ...ye sisters are all Deceased [New England Hist and Gen. Register, 67:89; see also 59:316. The probate of the estate of John Adams in November, 1670, calls his daughter Rebeckah aged twelve years in August last. [Manwaring's Digest, 1:171.] Two brothers of Rebecca (Adams) Risley settled in Great Egg Harbor, Gloucester County, N. J., and three of her sons followed their uncles to that place. Although most of the children were not recorded in town or church records, there can be no doubt that the Risleys of the next generation were children of Richard and Rebecca. That is clearly indicated by the repetition of family names, mention of relationships in records of certain of the children, and the lack of other possible candidates for their paternity.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Richard Risley, in Barbour, Lucius Barnes. Families of Early Hartford, Connecticut. (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1977), 482.
Richard Risley s of Richard bp Aug 21, 1648 (HTR) mar Rebecca Adams born Aug 1658 dau of John Adams and Abigail Smith. (See Savage) Richard Risley and Rebecca his wife ad full com 1 Ch May 2, 1686. (See Hfd Times Nov 17, 1902) Children: Child bp May 8, 1687; Mary bp Apl 23, 1693; Hannah bp Apl 12, 1695; Richard; John m Mary; Samuel m Rebecca Gaines; Jonathan m Abigail; Nathaniel m Elizabeth.Freeman 1669; lived in Hockanum.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Hartford Vital Records [NEHGS], in Connecticut, United States. The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records, 266.
Risley, Richard, s. Richard, bp. Aug. 20, 1648 [FFS:2].
Risley, Richard, s. Richard, bp. Aug. 21, 1648 [D:5].
- Boltwood, Lucius M. (transcriber). Births, Marriages, and Deaths, Contained in the volume lettered 'Original Distribution of the Town of Hartford (Ct.) among the Settlers, 1639'. New England Historical and Genealogical Register. (1858-1859, 1866-1869), 12:196.
"Richard Risla sunn of Richard Risla was baptised August the twenty and one one thousand six hundredth forty and eaight."