Mary Arnold Risley was born 1619 in England and died 3 August 1656 Hartford County, Connecticut of unspecified causes.


Hartford Founder's Monument

We don't know much about Mary, but she might have been part of Rev. Hooker's groups that left Braintree, Entland in 1633 and traveled to Boston. That group then left to settle Hartford CT in 1636. Around 1640 is when she apparently married Richard Risley (1612-1648), one of the town founders who is listed on Hartford Founders Monument.

Research Notes

Is Mary Arnold any relation to John Arnold who is also listed on Hartford Founders Monument?

Marriage & Family

Richard was married probably in 1640 to Mary Arnold, who was born in England. They had three children.


Offspring of Richard Risley (1612-1648) and Mary Arnold Risley
Name Birth Death Joined with
Sarah Risley (1641-1658)
Samuel Risley (1645-1670)
Richard Risley (1648-1728) 8 February 1648 Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut 27 October 1728 Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut Rebecca Adams (1658-1726)


Vital Records


Footnotes (including sources)

‡ General
  • Proof has not been found that Mary___Risley's maiden name was Arnold