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"RICHARDS, 'son of RICHARD,' q.v. "(The surnames of Scotland. George Fraser Black, 1866-1948)


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Wikipedia James William Richards (May 31 1850 ? March 9 1915) was a merchant, ship owner and political figure in Prince Edward Island.
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