Ripton is what you might call a "back parish" of Stratford. Residents of what became Ripton filed a petition with the General Assembly 29 April 1717 to form their own ecclesiastical society separate from the church at Stratford. Not until 12 Feb. 1724, did they manage to retain a minister, the Rev. Jedediah Mills. The register of the Congregational Church thus formed appears not to have been kept until 1773. This gap is a real loss since the Conn. State Library index of this register amounts to some 156 typed pages -- constituting many family groups not found in Stratford VRs, or in the 28 pages of Huntington VRs (mostly post-1789) in the Barbour Collection of Conn. civil VRs. Across the street from this church, in Huntington Center, is the Huntington Center Cemetery, and next to that stands St. Paul's Episcopal Church, whose records are extant from the late 1750s. A very great many Episcopalians never, ever get into civil VRs.Records for the Huntington Congregational Church and St. Paul's Episcopal Church have been filmed by the LDS and can be borrowed at any of their branch libraries. For early Ripton families, I'd also check LDS films of the Stratford Congregational Church (founded 1639; early records not extant) and Christ Church Episcopal, Stratford (from c1722), but this may well be a long shot.