Risley Family papers, 1804-1864 Rauner Manuscript MS-235

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Risley Family papers

Call Number:

Rauner Manuscript MS-235

Collection Dates:


Size of Collection:

1.0 linear ft., 1 box, 1 folder


Asa Risley family. Consists of letters, essays, poetry, property deeds and epitaphs. Much of the material relates to Asa Risley's work as a stonecutter and maker of tombstones

Access to Collection:


Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

Rauner Special Collections Library is open to the public and in most cases no appointment is necessary. The exception is in the case of materials stored off site for which there may be a delay of up to 48 hours in retrieval. Please consult the Access to Collection statement below or contact Rauner Reference.

Conditions Governing Access


Conditions Governing Use

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

The papers of the Risley family contain personal and business letters, epitaphs for gravestones, accounts, property deeds, receipts and writings, including essays and poems, relating primarily to Asa Risley (1790-1862) and his son Lewis E. Risley (1824-1901). Of note are the sketches for gravestone inscriptions for Eleazer Wheelock, Sylvanus Ripley, Mary Brimstead, Mary Woodward, and Levi Newcomb.


Asa Risley was born in 1754 in Glastonbury, Connecticut. He married Ruth Badger in 1775. They moved to Hanover in 1789, where he began working as a gravestone maker until his death in 1840. Asa and Ruth had four children that survived past childhood, Lucy, Lewis (1777-1833), Ruth, and Asa Jr. (1790-1862). Asa married Seviah Kendrick and had one son, Lewis Edson Risley (1824-1901). Besides carving gravestones, the Risley family was actively engaged in the buying and selling of land for profit.

Box & Folder List

Box: 1, circa 1784-1869

Access Restrictions


Box: 1

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Epitaphs, circa 1793-1818
  • Folder: 2, Epitaphs, circa 1784-1827
  • Folder: 3, Epitaphs, circa 1804-1820
  • Folder: 4, Epitaphs: Wheelock-Woodward Family, 1779-1787
  • Folder: 5, Epitaphs: Students: Amory Holbrock (1816) and Albion Pierce (1815), 1815-1816
  • Folder: 6, Business letters and accounts, 1810-1828
  • Folder: 7, Business letters and accounts, 1831-1857
  • Folder: 8, Business letters , undated
  • Folder: 9, Accounts, 1820-1857
  • Folder: 10, Essays and poems, circa 1847-1849
  • Folder: 11, Risley-Evans Genealogy, undated
  • Folder: 12, Receipts, undated
  • Folder: 13, Lewis E. Risley: Deed: Chandler Abbott to Robert Evans, 1823
  • Folder: 14, Lewis E. Risley: Deeds and Power of Attorney related to Robert Evans, A.J. Evans and Asa Risley, 1854-1858
  • Folder: 15, Lewis E. Risley: Deeds: Asa Risley, Piermont, VT, 1855-1861
  • Folder: 16, Lewis E. Risley: Enlistment forms, Civil War, 1863-1864
  • Folder: 17, Correspondence: To Asa Risley from Silas Baker Jr. , 1801-1812
  • Folder: 18, Correspondence: To Asa Risley from Quimby Family, circa 1829-1860
  • Folder: 19, Correspondence: To Asa Risley from friends and aquaintances, circa 1806-1854
  • Folder: 20, Correspondence: To Asa Risley from family members, circa 1830-1870
  • Folder: 21, Correspondence: To Asa Risley from Ezekiel Smith, 1829-1840
  • Folder: 22, Correspondence: To Asa Risley from David and Marshall Kendrick, circa 1820-1834
  • Folder: 23, Correspondence: To Asa Risley (uncle), 1813-1853
  • Folder: 24, Correspondence: To Asa Risley (father) from Robert Lewis Risley, circa 1868-1869
  • Folder: 25, Correspondence: To Asa Risley from E.B. Brown, 1833-1840
  • Folder: 26, Correspondence: To Asa Risley from Lucy Brown, circa 1833-1855
  • Folder: 27, Correspondence: To Asa Risley and wife (parents) from Lewis E. Risley, circa 1811-1847

Box: 2, circa 1790-1818

Epitaphs (oversize) including Levi Newcomb

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