THE LEADING CITIZENS OF MADISON COUNTY

CONTENTS
Preface
Names Index
Portrait Index


   J. A. RISLEY was born, March 14, 1848, in the town of Hamilton, N.Y., where he abides at this day--a useful and respected citizen, a thriving farmer. His grandfather, Benjamin Risley, and his father, Elijah, were natives of Glastonbury, Conn., the former having spent his whole life there. Elijah Risley came to New York State in 1823, making the journey on foot. Working at his trade, carpentering, he earned money, and bought the farm now occupied by his sons. He was twice married, his first wife being the mother of, eight children; namely, Cyrus, Irvin, Marion, Matilda, Goodrich, George, Albert, and Luman. By his second wife, Amanda Allen, a native of Enfield, Conn., daughter of James and Eunice (Clark) Allen, he had two sons, J. A. and Romaine. Mr. and Mrs. Elijah Risley both died at their home in the town of Hamilton. James Allen was a son of Ebenezer and Chloe Osborne) Allen. The father and son were farmers and lifelong residents of Connecticut. The Allen homes were at Enfield and East Windsor. Mrs. Elijah Risley's mother, Eunice Clark, was a daughter of Daniel and Rebecca (Davis) Clark.
   J. A. Risley received his education in the district schools of his native town, and began to work while quite young on the home farm, the same now conducted by him and his brother Romaine in partnership, which under their excellent management has become one of the finest farms of the town. At the age of twenty-eight years our subject was married to Miss Nellie Kinney; and their union has been happily blessed with one son, Allen. In their religious views Mr. and Mrs. Risley adhere to the tenets of the Methodist church, of which they are earnest members, showing the beauty and value of their faith in their lives. Just as honest and consistent are Mr. Risley's opinions and doings in politics, he being persuaded that the leadership of the Republican party is essential to the safety and prosperity of the country.
   Mr. Risley's brother Romaine was married, when he was twenty-eight years old, to Miss Ada Crandall, a daughter of John and Sedana (Fuller) Crandall. The great-grandfather and grandfather of Mrs. Romaine Risley, on her mother's side, who were each named Joseph Fuller, came from East Haddam, Conn. The senior married Miss Mary Briggs, and his son married Miss Sarah Bonney. An aunt of Mrs. Risley, Mrs. Matilda Fuller, who in her seventy years has seen five generations of the Risley family, now makes her home with Mrs. Romaine Risley. The brothers Risley are well known and highly esteemed citizens of their town, being men of ability and push, farmers in prosperous circumstances, who, asking favors of no man, have won success by hard work, good judgment, and indomitable perseverance. The noble example of diligence and fortitude given them by their father in sustaining the hardships of pioneer life has, no doubt, been of material benefit to them, as the competence acquired by his years of industry has not been idly frittered away, but has been largely increased under their judicious administration.
   Mr. and Mrs. Romaine Risley are the parents of two children: Luella, eight years of age; and James A., aged six. These children and their cousin Allen, the son oŁ Mr. James Risley, are remarkably bright and promising, and are the centre of affection and the pride of their parents. Safe to say, no happier homes are known throughout the county than those of the Risley brothers. As people of real worth, these families hold an enviable position in the society of their town, and as hosts are proverbial for their generous hospitality.

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