|Death: ||Oct., 1648|
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 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
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]
Mary Arnold Risley Hills*
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.
Ancient Burying Ground
Maintained by: greatgrands
Originally Created by: The Guardian
Record added: Dec 08, 2006
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